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Emg Jazz Hz pickups

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Hi there

A chrismas present from brother in law who heard me rave on about emgs. I did want an active set not a passive one. So it's here unwanted unopened. Anyone know how good are these?
Anyone have any use for them?
Should I attempt a stockist to take them and get another set with added cash?

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[quote name='BassKS' timestamp='1389381741' post='2333742']
Anyone know how good are these?
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If it's the "JHZ" set you've got, I've found them to be very low output when used fully passive but quite acceptable connected to an active onboard preamp - in my case, a J-Retro.

You can't deny they look the part...

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Thanks for that.
I was going to use them with my aggie Tonehammer so was wondering if I truly achieved
The same clarity as one would with Emg active pups.
In other words is EMGhz merely a preampless (lower output) pup cf to its active brother? Are there any differences in tone?

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[quote name='BassKS' timestamp='1389538619' post='2335227']
Thanks for that.
I was going to use them with my aggie Tonehammer so was wondering if I truly achieved
The same clarity as one would with Emg active pups.
In other words is EMGhz merely a preampless (lower output) pup cf to its active brother? Are there any differences in tone?
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I don't currently have anything with active EMGs fitted, but a couple of years ago I had a Yamaha BB with a pair of EMG "LJ" long jazz pickups, and as far as I can remember they sounded similar - clean, clear and pleasantly unremarkable. The J-Retro gives tonal variation and some extra output level to the HZs when boosting the EQ (your aggie would probably do the same) but it's not the same as a full EMG system with active pickups and EQ circuit, so if that's what you really want, I'd sell the HZ set sealed to get the most cash.

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I prefer passive EMG's. they combine growly, warm and punchy with a sweet hi-mid sizzle. And there is a raw woodyness that almost disappears with the actives.

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