#1
Has anyone else seen this, or tried them? They seem to be EMG's answer to the Blackouts. Shame it's taken over a year, right?

The EMG-X Series of active pickups was conceived and developed with the goal of creating a series of pickups with an open and organic tone while retaining the traditional edge EMG actives are known for. This new generation of active pickup offers increased headroom and body, giving the voicing a more passive feel with crunchy mids and tight bottom end.






Also, they're producing chrome- and gold-covered 81's, 85's, and 60's now:



Sorry if this is old news to anyone.
#2
New to me, never heard of EMG X before. I'm curious as to how they will hold up against Blackouts and the old EMGs
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#4
EMG X is news to me... ive already planned to buy the EMG chromes though
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#5
What are the EMGs I keep seeing with black covers but gold polepieces showing? Are they anything to do with EMG X's?
#6
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What are the EMGs I keep seeing with black covers but gold polepieces showing? Are they anything to do with EMG X's?


Those will be EMG HZ variants.

Also, I'm stoked about this:

The final new release is Alexi Laiho's shredding new signature set, the ALX w/ABQ gain boost, which is composed of a signature passive HZ humbucker paired with a 3-band EQ/gain boost mounted on a push pull pot. This new set is incredibly versatile and was developed in conjunction with Alexi himself. You want his tone? This will get you that much closer!


Edit: It looks like they've revamped the wiring section on their site too - sweeet
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#7
I've researched the X Series a little more and it seems they'll sound silimlar to EMG's with the 18v mod but only need 1 9v battery. They use the terms open, organic tone and more headroom which are the same things people say about EMG's with the 18v mod. I don't know for sure but that's what it sounds like.
#8
Looks sweet, seems like they want a way around the 18V mod... Could this nullify out 18V thread?!

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but they still look sweet.

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#9
So what happen's if you get the EMGX pick up and mod it to 18v, do you get an even better tone out of the pick ups? hmm

I think i might have to buy one of those gold plates EMG's they look pretty nice.
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#11
Hate hate hate EMGs, but I look forward to seeing how these sound I guess.
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#12
I know EMG gave Brendon Small some prototype EMG X's for Dethklok.
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#13
So X series + 18V mod = EPIC WIN?!?!? lol


This wont end the EMG / blackout argument so there is still no point comparing the two.




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#14
Well, I like the look of the chrome covers, but I still hate EMGs with a passion. :/

Maybe I'll be won over by a set of EMG-Xs with the 18V mod.
#15
i might have to get a pair of the X series. they sounds exactly like what i am looking for. EMGs can be easily swapped for other EMGs, right?
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#16
Finally something interesting coming out from EMG. Can't wait to hear em.



#17
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i might have to get a pair of the X series. they sounds exactly like what i am looking for. EMGs can be easily swapped for other EMGs, right?
I'm assuming these new X series still have the same 3 pin quick connectors yes.

*just checked and yes they are a direct swap*




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#18
^thanks.
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#19
looks damn nice

hm.. theyll probably be about the same as blackouts.

does this count as selling out?
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#20
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looks damn nice

hm.. theyll probably be about the same as blackouts.

does this count as selling out?



I don't think so.

It'd be selling out if they made like, the EMG Whiteouts. ;p

Exact same thing as Blackouts except with an Ivory cover, and like, a 1db boost of gain or something.
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#21
I have Blackouts so the only way Ill use EMG is for the Alexi set if I build an Alexi V, even at that I probably would just stick to Blackouts and buy the boost. Now I have to get the 18v mod for my Blackouts if its possible.
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#24
Is there any reason it wouldn't? Aren't all actives capable of handling a lot more than 18v anyway?
#25
I'm not sure, afaik there hasn't been anything set in stone about the EMG X's or the Blackouts...
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#26
They don't have the product info PDF up yet for the X models, but I would assume that they can handle up to 27v like all the others. That would kick ass though if the EMG X pickups with the 18v mod were the be all-end all of active pickups.
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#27
Or so we think, until anyone's played these and shown me a comparison, I'm not passing any judgements.
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#28
So sexy. I've got an 81/85 set waiting to go into my current build but I might have to sell them and pick up a gold set at some point to match all the gold hardware.

As far as the X's go, I'd like to try them out. Maybe when I'm rich or something...
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#29
I'd like to see an 81TW-X and 89-X

And didn't EMG have a 65 pickup that was a coil splittable 60? I don't see it on their site...
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#31
Think, if these sound like normal EMG's with 18V mods but require 9V wiring, how will they sound with the 18V mod?
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#33
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Think, if these sound like normal EMG's with 18V mods but require 9V wiring, how will they sound with the 18V mod?

To be honest, I'm not sure;

The EMG standards are made to withstande a voltage up to 27V. They claim that the difference between 18V and 27V is inaudible.

This makes me think: If they wire the preamp so that it will run at 18V output with 9V power, would there be an audible difference in the "9V" (18 from 9) and the "18V" (27 from 18)
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#34
I really like those Gold and Chrome covers. I was just going to put in an 81 in my Alexi build but i guess I'll just wait until the Alexi kit comes out. I just checked the EMG site and Alexi's back on there, so what about his sigs from ESP? I assume they're back to using HZ's?