#1
are they worth it?

cos their reviews arent that good, so just wondering whats so bad about em??
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#2
in short...EMGs generally suck ass, let alone the passive ones.

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#3
i take it u dont like actives??
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#4
To me the entire point of EMGs is having really hot output so passives kinda defeat the point.
#5
fair point

but i find actives tend to be a bit muddy, so i like the idea of using passives for rhythm sections, and use a gain booster for leads. It sounds pretty good to me.
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#6
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but i find actives tend to be a bit muddy,

what amp were you playing them through ?
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#7
I have a guitar with EMG passives. For cleans, they are better than actives. For distortion, though, they aren't that great. There's better options.
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#8
tried em through a randall module amp through the recto model
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#9
EMG-HZs are OK, there are worse pickups. I have them with the EMG afterburner (active gain booster); the HZs alone are kind of weaksauce but the gain booster makes them a bit tighter and sharper.

I wouldn't get EMG-HZs without the active gain booster, but that's kind of contrary to the whole passive PU thing...
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#10
the thing is i have them with the gain booster, and i find that it gets em close to the active sound, without all the muddiness
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#11
I don't see how you find active's muddy because they are some of the clearest if not the clearest available.
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#12
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in short...EMGs generally suck ass, let alone the passive ones.


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#13
could it have been a faulty set??
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#14
The emg-hz's that came with my Douglas sound pretty good. They have a flat frequency response and aren't very high output, but they are very crunchy and clear. I almost like em more then the evo's in my Ibanez.
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#15
Quote by Silver-spear94
in short...EMGs generally suck ass, let alone the passive ones.

just... shutup.

emg doesn't make great passive pickups, they're fairly mediocre for the price.
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#17
i need somethin with high output and good midrange and low end
and a lot of gain,
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#18
Quote by soloXshredder
i need somethin with high output and good midrange and low end
and a lot of gain,


Dont take me up on this but ive heard great things about Dimarzio D activators, apparently they have a similar output to actives but their passive. might be worth looking into.
#19
When I had my Alexi 600 it had emg hz's in it, and I really wasnt that impressed by them. Im sure you can find better passive PUs, try looking into Seymour Duncan.
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#20
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When I had my Alexi 600 it had emg hz's in it, and I really wasnt that impressed by them. Im sure you can find better passive PUs, try looking into Seymour Duncan.

I was just about to mention Alexi. As with any pickup, the sound depends on the entire rig. So many people buy EMGs because they think they'll sound like they're favorite bands, but they don't have the full setup to get that tone. Alexi uses an EMG Hz and I'm pretty sure that no one complains about his tone, same as the people who use the regular EMGs. Just because you can't get good tone out of them doesn't mean they suck. All pickups have different characteristics. Getting good tone is about mixing that with the characteristics of your guitar and amp with the rest of the band.