#1
i play some pretty bassy "brutal" stuff, but at the same time shred way high up. im looking for an emg and seem to have narrowed it down to the emg 81. the emg 81x also caught my eye. whats the better choice for me? any other active pickups i should consider?
thanks in advance
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#2
Eww.

But if you have to have actives... Seymour Duncan Blackouts tend to be better than most EMGs.
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#3
you could also look at seymour duncan blackouts, the x series are said to sound better at metal than standard emg's
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#4
Quote by britishsligean
you could also look at seymour duncan blackouts, the x series are better at metal standard emg's



what? rephrase that.

i checked out the seymour duncan blackouts and they seem dandy, but i only want the one for bridge position. would it still be superior to the emg 81 if this is the case?
#7
Quote by Chikarai
get emg 85 to the bridge

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#8
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It's actually not a bad idea, just not practical in your application. As much as I hate actives, I'd say the Seymour Duncan Blackout. I haven't tried the 81X, so yeah.

Is your guitar only one pickup? Cause you can't have a passive paired with an active unless you want to get into wire-schematic hell.
#9
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']It's actually not a bad idea, just not practical in your application. As much as I hate actives, I'd say the Seymour Duncan Blackout. I haven't tried the 81X, so yeah.

Is your guitar only one pickup? Cause you can't have a passive paired with an active unless you want to get into wire-schematic hell.

its got all passives right now. im pretty sure im just going to dodge that bullet, and just pay for the shop to do the work. the guitar needs the cut out and i am not willing to risk ****ing it up doing it myself. the more and more i look at the blackout the more appealing it becomes.
#10
Must it be an active pup?

DiMarzio and SD make some really good high output PU's that are much better IMO than actives
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#11
what pickup is in the neck of the jim root sig tele?

that thing is sweet.

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#12
Quote by Silver-spear94
what pickup is in the neck of the jim root sig tele?

that thing is sweet.

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#13
Quote by tsa
its got all passives right now. im pretty sure im just going to dodge that bullet, and just pay for the shop to do the work. the guitar needs the cut out and i am not willing to risk ****ing it up doing it myself. the more and more i look at the blackout the more appealing it becomes.


Either way, it'll cost more to try and pair an active with a passive in terms of labor and work for the tech.
#14
Quote by Chikarai
get emg 85 to the bridge


This is a great bridge pickup. Shadows Fall's guitar player does it, a ton of people on the ESP forums do it, and I do it. I got a guitar with it and I loved it for a bit and then hated it until I tried the 18V mod. Although I hate a lot of things about actives this sounds very good. The only pickups I really feel compare is the Bill Lawerence XL500/L500Clean set it my Gibson V. I haven't tried blackouts but TS you may look up some clips of 85's in the bridge. I'd say overall it is more boomy(in a good way) with less compression especially with the 18V mod. Also a little thing about getting pickups put it, you really should have to route it any guitar for the battery or anything and the only thing that has to be done now with the whole solder-less installation is soldering the battery clip to the input jack. Even if you can't do you should know someone that'd solder a single wire for free.
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#15
60A in the bridge till i die. ill never use the 81 again. doing the 18v mod costs a few bucks, takes a few minutes, and its worth it.


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#16
Quote by tsa
its got all passives right now. im pretty sure im just going to dodge that bullet, and just pay for the shop to do the work. the guitar needs the cut out and i am not willing to risk ****ing it up doing it myself. the more and more i look at the blackout the more appealing it becomes.


I've got a few questions.

1) What amp do you have?
2) What guitar is this for?
3) What do you mean by "guitar needs the cut out"
#17
Quote by Silver-spear94
what pickup is in the neck of the jim root sig tele?

that thing is sweet.


motherf*cker is in a metal band playing a damn tele....nuff said. F8ck that guy and F8ck his tele. his tone comes from his damn pedal anyway....i hate slipknot(my opinion)
#18
Quote by GodofGuitar1991
motherf*cker is in a metal band playing a damn tele....nuff said. F8ck that guy and F8ck his tele. his tone comes from his damn pedal anyway....i hate slipknot(my opinion)


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#20
I like the 81 in the bridge on my LTD, though Im not digging the 85 in the neck, I may switch to a 60.
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#21
Quote by azn_guitarist25
I've got a few questions.

1) What amp do you have?
2) What guitar is this for?
3) What do you mean by "guitar needs the cut out"


I'm pretty sure the "guitar needs the cut out" is referring to routing a battery compartment, seeing as the guitar currently has 2 passives.
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#22
EMGs were meant to be played on tube amps only! If you are not an owner of a decent tube amp forget the EMGs.
#23
Quote by LPstudioWRz28
i am a big fan of the 60/81 setup



That's what i got and i love it. I don't get all the hate... on emgs....
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#24
Quote by Slash546
I'm pretty sure the "guitar needs the cut out" is referring to routing a battery compartment, seeing as the guitar currently has 2 passives.


Eh if that's the case then 90% of the time that routing is not needed. You can generally place a 9V battery in the current routing most of the time without much hassle. Of course it's not pretty but tbh I'd rather that then route out more wood.