#1
Hey guys,

My jackson DXMG comes with EMG HZ pickups, I don't think their active. They sound alright but they get kinda muddy. I finally finished setting up my guitar after a while of unexperience with parts of the guitar, but it's finally comfortable.

So, this Jackson is meant to stay in Drop C. I play a lot of metal, like Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom, and even Steve Vai and such on this guitar. My question is, could you guys recommend a good setup of pickups for it? I heard the EMG 81's and (I think 85? can't remember) were the EMG's that everyone used. But I'm sure there's a lot more out there.

Any suggestions and info is much appreciated,
Thanks everyone!
#2
for anything but steve vai the emg 81/85 will work out. for steve vai, dimarzio's.
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#4
i say go with emg active 81 and 85
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#5
Alexi uses an EMG HZ, so if your playing COB with it and its bad, maybe its your settings?
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#6
id go with the EMG 81 85 set adam D of kse uses them.. or you can check out duncan blackouts ive heard they kick ass
#7
Damn that was fast. Here's what I'm playing through
Jackson DXMG, EMG HZ pickups
Line 6 Spider III amp

and my strings are Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky (11-54). I'm not so sure I like the feel of them.. I may just put regular size back on and tighten them up.. I want my Jackson to feel like my Les Paul. I just loosened the truss bar earlier this morning and it feels 100X better than it used to.
#8
^ Use the pickup money to save for a new amp ...i'm begging you.
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#9
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^ Use the pickup money to save for a new amp ...i'm begging you.


You think so? Suggestions?
Last edited by 001 jigsaw at Mar 14, 2009,
#10
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You think so?

Yes, really.

The fact is you'll probably need to eventually replace both. When I played HZ's I found them muddy as hell through a good tube amp.
There may be a slight tone change with your spider, but you will notice a greater tone change with the purchase of a new amp, preferably tube but good SS works.

Total budget?
#11
^ Yeah, that line 6 spider you have will be .... fuzzy and horrid in comparison to the amp you could buy by putting that pickup money aside and saving a little

I'm not really big on that area of amps but maybe look into used Peavey 5150s? Not smooth enough for Vai but it seems to be the standard metal amp to cover those other bands. I would however like to reiterate you should ask round a lot more, cos it's really not my area of playing
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#12
Those are good points. I figured I would have to replace these pickups and my amp at some point. How do you guys feel about marshall? I play a lot of Zeppelin and pretty much everything, with different guitars for the task. So I can't just have one amp that's only good for metal. Some pedal's would be in order as well haha.
#13
Standard questions...

Budget?
Location?
Can and will you go used?
Do you gig?
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#14
b-52 at-112

excels in metal but can do other stuff well too... and at a tasty price of $360
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