#1
so i got a nice gibson explorer and im thinking of putting in the emg 81/85 combo that seems to be all the rage in metal. but my question here is, which should i put in the bridge position?
#4
Don't get EMGs. Get Seymour Duncan Blackouts. They're also active pickups. However, they have MUCH better cleans than EMGs, while still having that awesomely punchy low end. Also, I've found they give less feedback than EMGs.
#5
Quote by crazysam23_Atax
Don't get EMGs. Get Seymour Duncan Blackouts.

Please don't post stuff like this. There is nothing wrong with EMG's.

You should tell him to also look at Seymour Duncan Blackouts. Then explain why you like them better. EMG's & Seymour Duncan Blackouts are both good sounding, quality pickups. They just sound different from each other. Which one is better is really a personal preference thing that people have to decide for themselves.
#6
If you want good cleans then get a EMG 60 in the neck. The 85 is more rhythm oriented and the 81 is more lead oriented.
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#7
I'd go try guitars with both EMG's and SD Blackouts... see which you like better. If you like the EMG's better, get some EMG's. If you like the Blackouts better, get the Blackouts.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#9
Quote by salsawords
If you want good cleans then get a EMG 60 in the neck. The 85 is more rhythm oriented and the 81 is more lead oriented.

thanks, this is actually what i wanted. im a big fan of the tone that dethklok gets and i know a large part of that is the guitar and pickups and i found out that brendon small uses emg 81/85's. i was thinking probably the 81 in the neck and 85 in the bridge. i want that super smooth as hell lead tone and the stock pickups in my explorer are in the right direction but its not smooth enough and the sustain isn't that great.
#10
Quote by willT08
What guitars even have Blackouts in them stock, i've never seen one.

Schecter Blackjack ATX, Mick Thomson's Ibanez signature model, and I think that's it.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#12
Quote by Scowmoo
Can you mix EMG's and Blackouts?

I see no reason why not.

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#14
Oh thats cool..
I want and EMG and a blackout in the same guitar


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#15
Quote by zakkwyldefan79
Yes you can. They even use the same quick connect hook ups , 25k pots and stereo jack. You can just unplug an EMG and plug in a Blackout.

Hm, maybe I'll get an EMG 60 and an AHB-1b, just to test it.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#16
Quote by willT08
What guitars even have Blackouts in them stock, i've never seen one.


For about two months or something, the 2007 ESP Alexi-600 had blackouts. Good luck finding one though.