EMG 40DC

40DC pickup for electric bassWhile the colleagues in the guitar section are more conservative with comparatively active pickups, the bassists were always more open and eager to experiment. So the EMG bass pickups have enjoyed great popularity for many years.

The EMG 40DC is a double spooler for 5-string basses. Due to the wide magnetic field, it has a very good bass response. Like all EMGs, it features an audible amplification of the mids, which fits very well with more modern soundscapes and helps every bass to be more assertive in the band context, especially with the often critical low H string.

  • 2 parallel coils
  • Wider magnetic field
  • Rich bass
  • Slightly raised centers
  • Maximum string spacing: 79.37 mm
  • Colour: black
  • Includes EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect™ cable, prewired solid shaft volume / tone control set, output jack, battery clip set and adjustment screws

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Active Pickup System Yes
Wiring 3-Conductor
Colour Black

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If you are upgrading your PUPs, certainly choose 40DC

13.01.2017
First of all, if you are deliberating between active & passive pickups, there is little doubt on most of the Bass forums that the consensus is overwhelmingly in favour of Active EMGs. Even if you don't have a battery recess in your bass, the 9V battery can easily be accommodated inside a standard tone pot cavity. I did this with my Peavey Grind 5 string, simply purchased a plastic 9V battery holder from Ebay, then epoxied it to the inside of Tone pot cavity cover.
Its firmly in place and does not interfere with the pots.
But the sound... its fantastic. Replacing the indifferent pickups in the Peavey with a pair of 40DC's was the best upgrade I ever made, the range of tones, clarity, sensitivity and quietness, you can't really beat these, without spending 300 or more Euros on boutique electronics..
I play metal, doom and technical death varieties, the low end growl I get now is priceless! Also, the solderless electroncs system and pot set is just another reason I love these pickups! Its all included and was a joy to set them up. Only one thing! They require weird US sized nobs, the two tiered, `Babel' style - single barrel nobs wont fit -
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Sam, 13.10.2009
The 40dc bass pickup from EMG comes in a complete package. In addition to the actual pickup, there are also two potentiometers, a plug socket, a battery stroke, a battery connection, a switching element and all cables. Also for "non-electronics" the components are easy to install. No cabling or soldering is necessary. The manual is in English, but thanks to very clear and clear graphics, the parts can be installed or put together correctly, if the English language is not powerful.

To the sound is to say that the 5-string humbucker pickup gives a very rich sound. I have to say, however, that I did not use the pickup in the conventional sense. I used it to build a whamola (a 1-string bass variation where the pickup is "upright"). Initially, I had concerns that it could not work because the string is quasi between the two coils over the pickup is led. These concerns, however, were unfounded.
The coils at the 40DC differ from the other models of EMG both over the entire width of the pickup.

I also like the simple, minimalist and reserved design.

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