#2
Quote by xrei
Which one is better and why?


i have both the blackouts and emg 60/81 combo
It is personal preference and really depends on your amp
the blackouts have less noise then the emgs
the emg's seem to have a better lead tone
I like the blackouts more then the emgs with my amp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoSvdirNK2o
here is a youtube video with sound clips of both pickups
#3
I have a guitar with EMG 85X/81X, great pups, gives a nice lead tone. I played a guitar with the blackouts this week and it kicked ass, giving a really deep chunky, beefy, dark but smooth chug. No complaining about the cleans either. I think on the rhythm side, the blackouts humiliated emgs.
#4
My friend has Blackouts, they're killers for playing heavy Riffs. they also work especially well with drop-tunes.
#5
I think it's all down to preference...I dont know about you but I wouldnt buy an EMG 81/60 set nor a blackout set...I would buy a JB(bridge)and a 59(neck).they have much better clean tones than both you've mentioned and also handle high gain things pretty well..overall they are much more versatile
#6
Quote by xrei
Which one is better and why?


"Better" is purely subjective. No one can tell you anything but facts, and their opinions.

What are you looking for? What don't you like about your pickups that you want EMG's or Blackouts to do?
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#7
Personally I like my blackouts (well I have livewire metals, the precursor to the blackouts) because they have a bit punchier sound, the cleans are disgusting though!
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#8
Quote by Offworld92
"Better" is purely subjective. No one can tell you anything but facts, and their opinions.

What are you looking for? What don't you like about your pickups that you want EMG's or Blackouts to do?


Actually, you're right, i just wanted people's opinions.
#9
Well, I haven't played Blackouts, but I really like EMG's. I play mostly metalcore/death metal type stuff, but also a fair amount of clean stuff.

I haven't played all the different models, but I know for a fact that the EMG 89 cleans up really nicely, if that is a concern for you. For whatever reason I can't figure out, people don't seem to know how to make them sound good clean, or just can't be assed to use their clean channel or adjust their settings or whatever, but EMG's are capable of beautiful cleans.
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#10
Blackouts sound more organic, less like active pickups.
EMGs have that searing edgy tone that everyone associates with actives.
EMG-X pickups are somewhere in between, I guess.
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#11
Standard EMGs use an older style of preamp that isn't as efficient as the one in Blackouts and EMG X-series as well as unbalanced coils. They have a slightly more compressed tone with vaguely more noise, though are still far less noisy than any passive pickup.

Blackouts are basically just a modern updating of the older active designs; balanced coils and a more modern, more efficient preamp. Basically, they sound like the older standard EMGs with the 18v mod. They also have less output than EMG pickups, which is more suitable for some amp and play styles.

EMG X-series are the same as Blackouts only with EMG's solderless install system and more output on average, with more models to choose from too.


Generally I would recommend EMG X-series above the other two; Blackouts if your amp is better off with more modest output and standard EMGs if you really want 'the' active tone and full output. That said, active pickups are a highly specialised tool and in the wrong rig or in the hands of someone who doens't know what they're doing, active pickups will sound infinitely worse than event he most mundane of passive pickups; if you have to ask about active pickups, you don't need them.
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