EMG GZR-PHZ Geezer Butler Passive P Style Bass Pickup, Black
EMG along with legendary artist Geezer Butler have collaborated to develop the GZR-P and GZR-PJ signature bass pickup sets. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bass player started working with EMG founder Rob Turner in 2011, looking to recreate the classic bass tones he had in Black Sabbath’s early days. As Geezer and Black Sabbath moved from studio to touring in 2013 the final component of getting the classic Geezer tone was in play, a passive pickup with a truly vintage tone an feel. To recapture Geezer’s early Black Sabbath tone, it meant a new EMG vintage style passive P & PJ design with a few modern touches. The all solderless P set uses Alnico V pole pieces and custom wound coils for just the right amount of punch and grit. The J (PJ set) also uses Alnico 5 poles and features two custom wound split-coils. This eliminates the noise and hum usually associated with early 70’s bass pickups and allows for more power and volume than any other standard single coil J, creating a remarkable balance between the P and the J. The result is an unmistakable early Geezer Butler bass tone with deep, tight low end that you hear on tunes like “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid,” just like 1970’s. “I never felt comfortable giving my name to any other pickups, but this time these have blown me away.”, Geezer Butler
My £90 ebay bass now sounds superior to many of my friends £5/600+ models thanks to these monsters. Absolutely incredible tone, insanely fast and foolproof installation. My favourite music purchase for a few years!
A good well balanced p Bass pickup that is easy to install
I have tried a couple of precision pickups, but could not get the vintage sound I was after, this pickup delivers the sound I have in my head. Easy to install with the solderless connections, time will tell will tell if they are reliable. I may change the jack socket as it feels cheap and does not make a good connection. Overall this is a great product at a very reasonable price.