#1
What do you think are best? whats the difference between the 2 sonically..say 81 and 85s
#3
I dislike any active pickups for metal. I prefer passive pickups that are not even intended for metal.. i.e. the gibson 498t..sounds great for everything from blues to arch enemy.
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#4
Straight up keep the 85 at the neck, and give the bridge the blackout.
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#5
I went passive also and I used to be die hard emg. But I got ahold of some damn good actives and they are just so much better and organic sounding. I'd go with EMG just because they are the original. They have held their ground for years.
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I went passive also and I used to be die hard emg. But I got ahold of some damn good actives and they are just so much better and organic sounding. I'd go with EMG just because they are the original. They have held their ground for years.



wow the one thing i thought about emgs is they have an unatural decay
#9
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emg actives are the way to go they can make even the ****tyists of guitars have WAY better sound



And make amazing guitarists have an average sound.

Blackouts imo. More output, brings out the wood of the guitar, greater freq response, more organic, and a tastier crunch.

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#10
If it's between EMG 81/85 and duncan blackouts, you would be a fool to go with the EMG's.
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#11
I'd say Blackouts for a great metal tone, but I prefer my EMG 89/S/S set because it's so versatile and tweakable for every other style.
#12
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emg actives are the way to go they can make even the ****tyists of guitars have WAY better sound


Or they can make the best of guitars have the WAY ****tyist sound.

It just depends.
#13
I don't like active pickups. Between those two alone, I would say Blackouts I guess.

Medium output actives are for me
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#14
needed bump

instead of making another thread, ill just ask my question here.

im debating between the two as well. Currently i have stock Gibson 490s on neck and bridge.

what i am pretty much loking for is a pair that will give me nicer gain, great cleans, and is versatile. I play many kinds of stuff, but think System of a Down

thanks
#15
I don't care. I love my emg's.

I just never use the bridge for clean, always both in tandem for my clean sound.
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#16
both are fine at what they do. one isn't ZOMG x infinity times better than the other, IMO. i listened to a comparison between the blackouts and emg's (9v) and found the blackouts to sound a little weird, but still usable.
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#17
I like EMG's better...hence why my guitar has a 81/85 set, but in all honesty if SOAD is as heavy as you're going to get then actives shouldn't even be considered b/c neither the EMG's or the SD's are going to have great cleans compared to most passive pups....good thing I don't use cleans much at all hahaahahah
#18
^my amp is very versatile and if need be ill just lower the gain to get a SOAD tone, im planning on writing heavier stuff though