#1
I have a cort kx1q with passive emg hz's and i want a new bridge pickup. emg only that way they are both emg's
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
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Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#2
Gunna be another HZ then, lol
ProTone Pedals: Attack Overdrive
Fractal Audio: AxeFX 2
Engl: Fireball 60
Zilla: Fatboy 2x12
Carvin: DC700
Carvin: Vader 7
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Schecter: Banshee 8 Passive
Jackson: DK2M
#3
why's that?
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#4
All of EMG pickups (other than HZ) are active pickups so it's gonna be a hassle getting them to work together. Plus you're going to have to do some routing which is either dangerous or expensive depending on whether you do it yourself. Best bet is to replace both.
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#5
Unless you want to put in alot of hard work, you can't have an active and a passive in the guitar, so you'd have to get a passive.

EMG passive pickups for metal are the HZ series.

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ProTone Pedals: Attack Overdrive
Fractal Audio: AxeFX 2
Engl: Fireball 60
Zilla: Fatboy 2x12
Carvin: DC700
Carvin: Vader 7
Schecter: KM-7 MKii
Schecter: Banshee 8 Passive
Jackson: DK2M
#7
my pickups were called the EMG-HZ OPEN SA1 & TB1 but were renamed to the oc-1 and the oc-2. oc is for open coil.

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/EMG-OC1-SRO-OpenCoil-Passive-Humbucker-Pickup?sku=584311

are there any other hz's that are better? i want a good bridge pickup for metal and soloing.
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#8
HZ's aren't the greatest pickups ever, to be honest.

Look at the Dimarzio D-sonic, or the X2N/D-activator as has been suggested
ProTone Pedals: Attack Overdrive
Fractal Audio: AxeFX 2
Engl: Fireball 60
Zilla: Fatboy 2x12
Carvin: DC700
Carvin: Vader 7
Schecter: KM-7 MKii
Schecter: Banshee 8 Passive
Jackson: DK2M
#9
the EMG HZ aren't that good. Get seymour duncans or dimarzio instead.
Guitars
Fender American Standard Strat 2008
Burny late 1980's Super Grade RLG-70 Les Paul
Sterling by Musicman JP50
Fender Classic Series 60's tele
Yamaha FS720S
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Roland Microcube
Fender Blues Junior III Humholdt
#10
so what do you recommend? i prefer seymour duncan.
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#11
You can go active but its easier to do both than mess with different controls. Maybe a better alternative would be the Irongear Steamhammer to replace both pickups at an affordable price, so keeping the matched look while upping the performance with dedicated metal response curves (boosted bass).
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#12
Quote by thundermonty
so what do you recommend? i prefer seymour duncan.


why dont u like dimarzios? they're just as good as seymour duncans. i think that seymour duncans makes better vintage sounding pickups while dimarzio makes better modern sounding pickups.

Check these pickups out
seymour duncans- custom 5,alternative 8
dimarzio - d-sonic, crunchlab, d-activator, steve's special
Guitars
Fender American Standard Strat 2008
Burny late 1980's Super Grade RLG-70 Les Paul
Sterling by Musicman JP50
Fender Classic Series 60's tele
Yamaha FS720S
Amp
Roland Microcube
Fender Blues Junior III Humholdt
#13
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#14
I know the best pickup for you!
It's called the Pickup Buying Guide!
It's a sticky at the top! Yay!
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#15
didn't know that was there. thank you my good sir!
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#16
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#17
out of those two, the d-activator would be better for metal.
but if i were u, i would get the crunchlab.
Guitars
Fender American Standard Strat 2008
Burny late 1980's Super Grade RLG-70 Les Paul
Sterling by Musicman JP50
Fender Classic Series 60's tele
Yamaha FS720S
Amp
Roland Microcube
Fender Blues Junior III Humholdt
#18
whats so good about the crunchlab?
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#19
Screw the HZ series. Get an EMG 81 and 60 in there. IMHO, the EMG 81 is THE ultimate bridge pickup for metal, so there's no point in compromising. Other people will disagree with me for definite.

Also, buy used. You'll get a used EMG 81 for a fraction of that SD retail price.
Last edited by -MintSauce- at Jun 5, 2010,
#20
how much on average would it cost to have a guy put those in for me?
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#21
A lot more than it is worth imo. Just stick with passives. Can't go wrong with D-Activator or Crunchlab as said before.
#22
A lot more than it would cost for you to buy a soldering iron and some solder.

It's an easy job, and the battery will fit in your current control cavity.
#23
dont get an EMG 81 unless u have a tube amp and like really compressed sterile tone. it's an active pickup and active pickups are meant to push the tubes harder to get more gain out of them. if u have a solid state amp, there are no tubes to push. It'll make the amp clip badly and u'll get a bad tone.

the d-activator is a passive pickup but it was made to sound like an active pickup. if u like the active tone, get that.
the crunchlab sounds crunchy and sounds more natural than an EMG 81. John petrucci is known for using this pickup a lot.
Guitars
Fender American Standard Strat 2008
Burny late 1980's Super Grade RLG-70 Les Paul
Sterling by Musicman JP50
Fender Classic Series 60's tele
Yamaha FS720S
Amp
Roland Microcube
Fender Blues Junior III Humholdt
#24
figured I'd mention the SD SH-6 distortion, I've got one of those in the bridge of my guitar and I really like it, though I've seen people say they're too bright in a alder type guitar. idk since mine's mahogany, but it sounds great in it.

then again I also prefer more of a 80's thrash style distortion, so if you want a more modern sounding distortion it may not be for you (don't know for sure since I never try to get a modern sound)
#25
Quote by holycow
dont get an EMG 81 unless (1) u have a tube amp and like really compressed sterile tone. it's an active pickup and active pickups are meant to push the tubes harder to get more gain out of them. if u have a solid state amp, there are no tubes to push.(2) It'll make the amp clip badly and u'll get a bad tone.

the d-activator is a passive pickup but it was made to sound like an active pickup. if u like the active tone, get that.
(3) the crunchlab sounds crunchy and sounds more natural than an EMG 81. John petrucci is known for using this pickup a lot.


1. Subjective. I don't find the tone sterile at all, and neither do the legions of EMG followers. Please keep crazy speculation like that out of an advice thread - it's not constructive at all.

2. It'll only make the amp clip badly if you're not set-up properly. Wind the volume back and go easy on the pedals, then you'll have no clipping. Bad tone = subjective.

3. Crunchy pickups are great, but the crunch remains when you try to go clean. You're better off with a strong, clean signal that distorts well AND does clean. Again, "sounds more natural than an EMG 81" is subjective. Also, don't forget that an EMG 81 can be run at 18V to give more headroom and a more organic character. There are also EMG X series models available now.


Edit: Notice how I've put across my advice without slating other suggestions? The whole point is to give TS a wealth of information to make an informed choice, not to battle until only one option remains.
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#26
Quote by thundermonty
didn't know that was there. thank you my good sir!


I meant that you are forced to put the question in there.
It's the rules.
I like to uphold the rules. So, do me a favor, and ask this question there.
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#27
Quote by timbit2006
I meant that you are forced to put the question in there.
It's the rules.
I like to uphold the rules. So, do me a favor, and ask this question there.
Thank you for you Cooperation.

It would help if people went in there to help. I have very limited knowledge and it's been me and one other guy for a while. Maybe one or two popping in randomly but no one gets answers in there so they make a thread about it.
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#28
Cort KX1Q w/ Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB
Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Head
Orange PPC112 - 60W 1x12" V30 Cabinet
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner -> Whirlwind Red Box Compressor -> Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive -> MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion -> Vick Audio '73 Ram's Head -> loop -> Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser -> Mooer Eleclady Flanger -> Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb -> MXR Carbon Copy Delay -> MXR 10-Band EQ
#29
Quote by BladeSlinger
It would help if people went in there to help. I have very limited knowledge and it's been me and one other guy for a while. Maybe one or two popping in randomly but no one gets answers in there so they make a thread about it.


I see.
I would help, but I have no idea how I would help. My knowledge on pickups is very limited. I just know how they work, and that's already answered.
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#31
Doesn't anyone listen?
Should be in the pup buying guide.

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