#1
hi everybody

I'm about to exchange the stock pickups in my epiphone goth explorer 1958 and I think I'm going to pop in some emg's. Not that those stock pickups are bad, but they're too noisy and once I lift my hand off of the strings, there's immediately feedback and other unpleasant noises. that's why I think active pickups are going to be the best solution.

so, what kind of emg pickup combination is best suited? I've yet to play a lot, the only combo being the 85/81, which is kind of standard.

Any other suited emg actives? I play mostly metal in the higher gain registers, such as killswitch engage, all that remains, trivium, bullet for my valentine, metallica etc.

thanks in advance
#2
Whichever you choose give the 18v mod a shot. I really enjoyed it. Personally I liked the 81 better in the bridge position then the 85 but thats my personal preference. Go on the EMG site, listen to the clips and go on youtube and watch some videos and decide which sounds best to your ears. Thats the way I would go about it.
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#3
Whats your amp? I had always heard EMGs dont sound great through solid states. Didnt believe it. Until i actually played one.
#4
i havent used emgs but i know some metal artists (hetfield, jim root) have the 60 in the neck
#5
I would try the new X's for something different.
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hi everybody

I'm about to exchange the stock pickups in my epiphone goth explorer 1958 and I think I'm going to pop in some emg's. Not that those stock pickups are bad, but they're too noisy and once I lift my hand off of the strings, there's immediately feedback and other unpleasant noises. that's why I think active pickups are going to be the best solution.

so, what kind of emg pickup combination is best suited? I've yet to play a lot, the only combo being the 85/81, which is kind of standard.

Any other suited emg actives? I play mostly metal in the higher gain registers, such as killswitch engage, all that remains, trivium, bullet for my valentine, metallica etc.

thanks in advance

That is not the only solution; an ISP Decimator will clean up that noise.

But if you go with EMG's, go with the 81/60 combo. The 60 is great for cleans, while the 81 can get the heaviest of metal.

Either way, you should get the ISP. Actives won't get rid of the noise completely; the ISP will get the job done.

Good luck.
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#8
EMG-X's are basically regular EMG's with the 18v mod, but better. Better cleans, same clarity, better tone, more versatility, same high gain.

EMG-X's all the way

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Not that those stock pickups are bad, but they're too noisy and once I lift my hand off of the strings, there's immediately feedback and other unpleasant noises.

do you have a grounded outlet? because first i had those same noises and i decided to ground my outlets so i could get a tube amp. the noises dissappeared.

EDIT: also check your cables. makes sure you got some decent ones and not some cheap low quality cable that came with your guitar. If you have done all that and you still have noise you should buy an noisegate
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do you have a grounded outlet? because first i had those same noises and i decided to ground my outlets so i could get a tube amp. the noises dissappeared.

EDIT: also check your cables. makes sure you got some decent ones and not some cheap low quality cable that came with your guitar. If you have done all that and you still have noise you should buy an noisegate


i havent done anything conserning the outlet, but my cables are pretty good, so i guess it's either the pickups or the wiring.

thanks everybody for the information
#11
What's your amp?

Emg's will sound like crap in a Spider or MG...
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#12
I don't really get, why people keep recommending the 85, and 60 in the neck, for "tolerable" cleans. For Gods sake, that's why EMG brought up the 89, which is essentially 85 as humbucker, and SA, when split-coiled. Then again, make sure to get the X version.
#14
or blackouts... watch some comparison youtube vids.

i hate emgs but love blackouts ::
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