EMG Bass pickups - best for djent/Nolly tone?8

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  1. lewis

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    Got a 4 string and want to keep EMG going in my family to help with potenial endorsements - especially with some things happening this year.

    So what ideally is the best soapbar pickup they offer that will get me real close to that nolly/dingwall/darkglass tone?

    I presume i can expect no ground/noiseless operation like their guitar counterparts?

    I know nothing about their bass pickups.

    (Will be putting the Darkglass TC in the bass to pair with them)
     
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    Not sure about that tone your talking about but their bass pickups are good like their guitar counterparts. My old bass player swore by DC series in his basses. Used them in a 4 string Yamaha, 5 string Ibby SR, and 6 string Ibby BTB. the 5 and 6 also had the active EQ stuff operated on 27 volt sytem and with all those basses he dialed in a ton of different tones throughout the years on Ampeg and Mesa amps and eventually straight to PA.
    - From what little I've heard on YouTube of the "nolly" tone it seems like he's using a pick hybrid technique and some overdrive on their too mixed kinda flat with a mid emphasis. Good tone, good player.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Checking out the sound of the NG2 and NG3, it sounds like it has some top-end aggression, but it's not extremely extremely bright like a Music Man pickup.

    I'd say either the 40J set, or the 40CS. The 40J is... yeah, a J bass in a soapbar. The 40CS is a humbucker based on the 40DC, but with different magnets to lower the high end attack so it's not as harsh. I'm leaning more towards the J because I don't think the FD3N pickups are dual-coil?
     
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    Yeah i was thinking the DC because it mentions the agressive/crispy top end or the J set becuse of like you say the dingwall isnt dual coil i dont believe.

    Might be worth going for that J set
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    The DC is basically a very compact Music Man humbucker. It's suuuper bright and kinda scooped. I feel like the midrange punch is what makes the Dingwalls, so check out the Js.
     
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    You could go with the 35TWX set as well. You get the CS and J in one pickup, switchable by either a push-pull pot or an EMG B330 (solderless DPDT on/on switch).
     
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    Damn thats cool. Didnt know that was a thing. I would need to drill a new hole for that switch though.
    Atm i have 5 knobs.

    3 band eq, blend and master volume
     
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    Yeah, drilling into the body might not be desirable. What bass are you putting the pickups into?
     
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    A redsub fan fret 4 multiscale. 35.5 inch scale length. Thread in bass subforum
     
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    There was another thread here last week about a similar question. About how to get the Nolly sound.

    The FD3N pickups in Dingwall basses are actually split coil P pickups, I believe. So you might want to check EMG's answer to that. Like the EMG 35TWX, 35TW or maybe the 35P4? You might want to ask EMG that since I'm not that familiar with their product line-up.

    Since you want to keep EMG happy, you might as well get the EMG 3-band on board preamp because the biggest difference between EMG-Darkglass is the treble knob.
    I swapped the EMG pre in my Combustion with a Darkglass TC and was kind of surprised of how little difference it made. Even when a Dingwall Comb is in passive mode, that distinct "Dingwall/Darkglass/Nolly" tone that everyone talks about is there, albeit a lot less outspoken.
     
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    I actually was gonna bring up the EMG 40P, but I wasn't totally sure if it was actually a split-coil P bass. It was confusing because they made a pickup called the FD-3 P-tone so I thought the P bass version was separate from the rest. :lol:
     
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    I just googled the FD3N gut to be sure if it were P or J pickups.
    Old style, like the EMG housing
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    New style with round edges
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  13. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Well shit.

    You want the EMG 40P pickups then, Lewis. :lol:

    They did sound awfully jazz-sounding in demos. It's why I went that route.
     
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    This is good timing. I recently recorded a band, and the bass player used a MiM fender jazz bass > DI > interface -- that's the clean tone I hear in my head! With some free plugins, I got it sounding really gnarly, really easily.
    I want to replace the emghz in my schecter damien 5 string, and was looking at the 40J.
    I realize there are other factors involved and my schecter won't miraculously become a MiM Fender Jazz bass.... but I'm hoping the Emg 40J (or 40P) will get it close for less than buying a new bass.
    While I'm not a fan of periphery, I've watched the bass play-through for 'prayer position' about 40 times! Amazing tone.
     
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    Getting Nolly's exAct tone is hard. Pickup position plays a huge part in it as well. He either uses 2 pickups close together close to the bridge position or (i assume) as many as 3 pickups at once. Plus you're dealing with neodymium pickups and a unique scale length.
     
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    Yeah defo. My bass is 35.5 so decent length but obviously not a dingwall. Lots of maple and basswood so its similar to the Alder/maple construction.

    I might just have to suck it up and buy the dingwall pickups instead lol. I will keep all my guitars EMG instead probably. Im getting seriously bored of these fishmans.
     
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    Mid+bridge in series (and the Darkglass TC) plus the scale length gets it done. My J bass could get a lot good tones but it couldn't get that tone. Especially on the low string, 34" was hard to deal with. The Dingwall 37" is a world of difference.
     

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