#1
Was looking at getting a Carvin, wondered which Carvin PU's most closely resembled EMG 81/85
#2
None really, carvin pickups are much more organic sounding. You can always sell the stock pickups and throw in an emg set. I have several carvins and the hottest pickups were the ones in my ultra V. Harmonics for days!
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#3
Carvin makes actives, but nothing like an EMG. If you've really gotta have EMGs, you'll have to put them in yourself.