The title says it all. I have an EMG 81/60, and personally, the 60 has the best cleans of any pickup I've heard thus far. The 81 does kinda sound sterile, but it has a real twangy sound, which kinda reminds me of a Tele.. I think some overdrive on the 60 would sound pretty good for blues, what do you guys think?
I think they're terrible because they lack dynamics
While someone will try to be all specific with a response to my answer. Gilmour used EMGs, he played "blues" with it.
The 60 is great
What about a 58, there suppose to sound like a p90.
I use to think EMGs where awesome. then i started paying attention to different artists that get gnarly solid sound without active pick ups and realized active is just a waste. why try to imporve something tat doesnt need it? you can get similar if not better sounds from a distorted pick up. to each his own though but i feel active pick ups are as much as a ****ty gimmick as the gibson robot guitars.
Alex Westaway from Fightstar uses EMG's in a Tele, and he gets the best cleans I've ever heard.
EMGs were invented to give Blues and Jazz guitarists more power without distortion or other noise. The fact that they distort brilliantly is a handy bonus. That said, the tone range would not compete with a BKP PG Blues or IronGear Blues Engine which are dedicated to the task. Meanwhile the P90 sized Alnico V 'Staple' that Gibson used on some models pretty much defined the sound of Blues guitar since the 50's.