#1
Whats the difference in sound between them?
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The Blackouts aren't as good in my opinion. The rhythm tone is all muddy and not very good for metal in general. The lead tone, however, is particularly nice and I find it to be, for want of a better term, smoother than the EMGs. I'd say that EMGs are all round better metal pickups whereas my guitar with the Blackout is generally confined to strictly solo-ey songs.
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#4
yer blackouts are good on an all attack solo. but emgs still work far better. maybe on cheaper guitar blackouts
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The Blackouts aren't as good in my opinion. The rhythm tone is all muddy and not very good for metal in general. The lead tone, however, is particularly nice and I find it to be, for want of a better term, smoother than the EMGs. I'd say that EMGs are all round better metal pickups whereas my guitar with the Blackout is generally confined to strictly solo-ey songs.

So put a blackout in the neck and an EMG 81 in the bridge.

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So put a blackout in the neck and an EMG 81 in the bridge.

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Or the other way round.
Since a fair few people would use the bridge for solo.
#8
Can you hook up two different actives like that?

Number 7 from Slipknot uses Blackouts, check out his tone on youtube.
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Can you hook up two different actives like that?

Number 7 from Slipknot uses Blackouts, check out his tone on youtube.

I wouldn't compare anything described by the words 'good tone' with anything described by the word 'slipknot.'

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I wouldn't compare anything described by the words 'good tone' with anything described by the word 'slipknot.'

But that's me.


Amen to that... +1

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#12
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I wouldn't compare anything described by the words 'good tone' with anything described by the word 'slipknot.'

But that's me.


I guess that's what Blackouts sound like then.
#13
I got a Jackson Warrior with EMG 81/85. And I've put both pickups in both positions and all positions leave a whole lot to be desired and a heep of feedback, despite being 'low impedance" and stuff like that, using my Mesa head, my other guiterist's Peavey transtube, out of my Mesa 4x12. I wasted a lot of time with ebay trying to get ahold of them and now I'm trying to sell the guitar.

But, my buddy in a band we've played a lot of shows with has a Dean V with a blackout, plays out of a solid state Ampeg full stack and has twice as good of a sound as my main rig. He's a lot more experienced than I am, but I've already played on his rig for shows on the fly, and yeah, it's a solid pickup. I've actually been thinking about one lately for my Gibson Explorer..
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#14
EDIT: @Nilpferdkoenig^ Nah, the amp makes up way more of the tone than the pups.

As far as Blackouts vs. EMGs go I've only played a guitar with EMGs and even then it was only messin' around at a GC so I really have nothing to add.
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