EMG J5 Set

Active pickup set

  • For 5-string J-Style electric bass
  • Output: Medium
  • The original EMG J set for 5 string bass, which became an immediate success with its harmonic overtones, pressure and low noise
  • Classic jazz bass characteristic with a wider sound frequency range
  • Connections: Solderless
  • Magnetic material: Ceramic
  • Cap colour: Black
  • Made in USA
  • Includes: EMG exclusive Solderless (solderless) installation system: 2x 25k volume poti, 1x 25k tone poti, 1x battery bus, 1x stereo output socket, 4x pair of mounting screws, 2x pickup cable, 2x connection cable, 1x output cable, 1x battery cable

Further Information

Active Pickup System Yes
Wiring pre wired
Colour Black
Position Bridge, Neck

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very bright; good definition; lesser growl
Rob van Dijk, 22.01.2019
Have put them on a Yamaha BB415 (with P+J pickups). After some woodchopping I mounted them on 5cm and 15cm from the bridge. This 1:3 distance I've calculated to be the best to get all overtones in a nice balance. I play with fingers; jazz, funk/soul and some pop; some slapping. Neck sec sounds fat and bright; very usable. Bridge sec needs some equalizing in lows. However, Br + Nk and in particular Br + 50% Nk give a great balanced sound on all strings. Br + Nk with tone full open give a nice fat+snappy sound for slapping. Compared to the original pu's the sound is deeper and much brighter, but I miss some growl. With an equalizer on 250Hz (1 octave) it is OK. The brightness tends to be too much. My strings are more than half a year old and it still needs the tone control at half. I use a Hartke HD75 with a warm sound, which works fine with the J5's. But with a bright amp+speaker it might get too much.
Installation was pretty easy, however I am not very pleased with the configuration options. See the J5-instructions at the EMG-website. There are 4 setup-configurations: (1) Passive with 2x volume; (2) Active with a balance control (not supplied; $79?) with 1x volume; (3) Active with pu-switch (not supplied) and 1x volume; (4) Active with pu-switch (not supplied) and 2x volume. At all 4 there is also a tone-control. With the supplied components only '1' can be made. When having a switch '3' and '4' are possible. '2' (which I preferred) needs an additional control (for which I asked EMG, without answer upto now). For using a switch you need some soldering. The volume controls have the most effect in de last quarter of the turning range. Not optimal. The tone-control works fine, upto a dark reggae sound.
The end result is better than what I had, but all together not ultimately satisfied because of the controls and the lack of growl. Maybe the Yamaha (wood) itself gives already a bright sound and/or the original pu's were not so bad at all. And I still want to have a balance control.
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