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 #121199  by Rusty the Scoob
 Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:17 am

I finally got frustrated with the Fralin/Sadowsky pickup/preamp combination in my main Fender, and tossed in a set of EMGs with a John East BTB-01 preamp. I'm lukewarm on the preamp but the EMGs sound awesome! At home they're a little dull and lifeless, but on stage they translate every little nuance of my playing to the audience - stuff that used to just get buried in the mix can now be clearly heard. And they punch like crazy! I'm really prominent in the mix here, but not really overpowering the sonic spectrum. Exactly what I was hoping for.

These are the new PAX model - Alnico magnets instead of the Ceramic that they normally use, for a more vintage sound, plus X series - no idea what that means, it's "extended headroom" or something.

New Tone: same audio that I used for the videos above, my Zoom H4n.

Old tone - same venue, same recording setup and placement, different PA speakers unfortunately. I think my stage volume largely carries the room anyway. :oops:
 #121278  by zambiland
 Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:05 pm
Yeah, it's funny. For my Modulus, I keep coming back to EMGs. They really do create presence in a room in a way that other pickups don't. That said, they aren't my favorite tone when soloed. Oh well, I can learn to love it! I am tempted to try David Schwab's pickups (SGD).
 #121645  by spacebassed
 Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:25 pm
I love the EMG DC's in my Q6, it's one of those combinations that just works. I use EMG's BQC preamp as well, you might want to give that a try - the sweepable mid is great.
 #121685  by Rusty the Scoob
 Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:24 am
Thanks, I might! I forget what EMG preamp I put in my cheapie ESP 5-string, but it's a pretty impressive combo.

Now I'm itching for EMGs in a short-scale. I bet that combo would own a room, sonically.