#1
Whats the difference between EMG 81's and 85's?
i recently picked up an RG, guy said it had 81 and 85 but turned out both were 85... i have an 81 i wanna swap it in but where should i put it, neck or bridge?
#2
The 85 is a fatter sounding pickup. The 81 is more clear and defined. If you need a tight metal assault, go 81 and if you don't like that, go 85. I really like the 85 in the bridge though. It's a thick sounding pickup, really nasty. The 81 is nice is the neck as well.
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#3
thanks for your input, would i be alrite running both 85's? its got a 85 SA 85.... or would i be better off throwing in the 81?
#4
It all depends if you like the 85s or not. When I was using EMGs, originally, I had the 81 in the bridge and neck. I ended up putting an 85 in the neck at one point, not really liking it so I chucked in the 81 in the neck and an 85 in the bridge. It stayed like that 'til I sold the guitar.
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Do you like the sound?
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#6
Personally I like the 81 in the neck, gives you that creamy neck pickup sound but remains nice and clear. Depends what you like though, to be honest if it 'ain't broke don't fix it. If you like how it sounds now there's no real reason to dick with it, they're both great pickups.
#7
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thanks for your input, would i be alrite running both 85's? its got a 85 SA 85.... or would i be better off throwing in the 81?


Mix and match, that's the beauty of EMG pickups it's so easy to change pickup positions depending on how bored you get.
#8
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Mix and match, that's the beauty of EMG pickups it's so easy to change pickup positions depending on how bored you get.


+1

That kept me amused for a couple of months.
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It's normally 85 as bridge pickup, 81 as neck. That's how my ESP came

Honestly they're fantastic. Use the 85 for distortion, 81 for clean. The clean, while maybe not to the standard of a Fender for blues, will do great for arpeggio melodies and chords. The 85 on distortion is just brilliant for the heavy shit, pinch harmonics are made a dream with EMG's
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+1

That kept me amused for a couple of months.


Indeed I'm about to get an 89 so I'll have the 81/85/89 at my disposal so it'll certainly be interesting times ahead changing pickups every 5 minutes.
#12
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It's normally 85 as bridge pickup, 81 as neck. That's how my ESP came

Honestly they're fantastic. Use the 85 for distortion, 81 for clean. The clean, while maybe not to the standard of a Fender for blues, will do great for arpeggio melodies and chords. The 85 on distortion is just brilliant for the heavy shit, pinch harmonics are made a dream with EMG's


I usually see 81 bridge 85 neck, both 81s or 81 bridge 60 neck.
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#13
so upon looking take the pickups again... the ones in the guitar are the older ones without quick switch capabilities so i think i'm just going to leave them as is... sounds pretty sweet anyways...
#14
if you can get bored, you can add those quick switch thingies. They need to become a standard in all pickups because i don't own a soldering gun.

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#15
Where do you get those and how do you put them into an existing wiring schematic?
#16
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if you can get bored, you can add those quick switch thingies. They need to become a standard in all pickups because i don't own a soldering gun.

LOLfail i know.


I don't think so the EMG pickups are hard wired and don't come with the clip unless they utilise the quick connect system.
#17
um... if youre guitar came with the 85 in the bridge and 81 in the neck, its came from the factory wrong. Thats essentially the Zakk wylde set and they are supposed to be an 81 at the bridge. The difference between the two is that the 81 has ALOT more upper mid range, a slight trebel boost and the bass frequencies are cut by a couple dB and the overall bias of the pickup is towards a brighter sound. The 85, on the other hand, has a lower mid boost and the upper mids are cut a little, along with there being a smoother bass response giving a pickup that has a little more sustain and is alot smoother.

other than that, the 85 has traditionally come with gold writing and the 81 in silver, though EMG seems to have stopped doing that