#2
Judging from your user name alone, I'd say yes.

Actually, it's really common for people to get X-50 or X-100 LTD's and put EMG's in them. This may be a bit presumptuous, but it almost seems like the MH-50 was built with the eventual replacement in mind.
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#3
I suggest the SD AHB-1 Backouts or AHB-2 Blackouts metal in the bridge and a regular AHB-1 in the neck.
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#4
Blackouts are like EMGs on crack. They have a high output, but give a much better sound. If you're in a cover band where the original guitar parts had EMGs, go with them. If not, I doubt Blackouts will ever sound worse.
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#6
If you can, try both out. Blackouts are about on par with EMG X (afaik), but some people like the regular EMG's for what they are, and the sound they give.
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#7
I am aware of the Blackouts giving a killer sound with metal, but for some reason I like the cleans of EMG X's better. Keep in mind, I have a guitar with 85X/81X and Ive tried the Hellraiser with EMG splitters and the Blackjack (that Im hopefully buying) with Blackouts. BY FAR, the EMG X-series (or my 85X/81X) pups are the most versatile. And they KILL metal. Ok, not as good as blackouts for a deep heavy tone, but they are indeed, good.

Keep in mind, I bought the M-100fm which is the same level as the MH-100, and the reason why I placed exactly those pups in it, that I did, was because they can handle everything from RHCP to Metallica. And Im not even kidding.

The bad thing is, that you cant really test the X-series anywhere cos no guitars have them in stock (what I know). My purchase was based on youtube clips, and trust. Risky. But hell, it was more than worth it.

Like someone mentioned, regular EMGs are liked by some people for what they are. Hard to compare their metal tone to the Xs...

All in all, if Id be in your position, and I only played metal, it would be the Blackouts. If I played some other stuff too (like I do), id take the X's.

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#8
Honestly I would say its not worth it,

Why spend 200 dollars on a 300 dollar guitar? If you had tj upgrade anything change the term first.

Otherwise yes, Emg's are awesome.

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#10
I prefer the EMG X series to "classic" EMGs, at least if you're going to run them at the standard 9v. The 81/85 combo at 9v just sounds kind of nasal and compressed to me.
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#11
an ex-50 for example with emg 81/85 would be half as good as a ex-400 with emg in it


Theres a lot of factor that make the guitar better . .better neck , better nut , better bridge , mahogany instead of basswood for example etc.. etc..

i sold my ex-50 to buy a ex-400 and it wasnt only the sound i improve , playability , quality etc... overall the ex-50 was a cheap piece of crap comparing to the ex-400 .

so dont put money on a 250 $ guitar .. specially not EMG pickup .


saved you money and buy a new guitar later .. keep that m-100 like it is . later youll have a guitar factory equipped with emg .
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#12
Considering the MH-100's control route doesn't have room for a battery (at least not comfortably - you'll have to be very careful not to crush the tone control), I would suggest neither.

Not to mention your amp is competley unsuitable for active pickups. Actives are a specialised tool, you need to have a good rig that makes use of them proreply otherwise they will give you a much worse tone than any passive pickup will
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I prefer the EMG X series to "classic" EMGs, at least if you're going to run them at the standard 9v. The 81/85 combo at 9v just sounds kind of nasal and compressed to me.


Yeah, that's the ****ing point. If you're going to spend so much time making your EMG's different than EMG's, then why not just get passives?

The compressed sound of EMG's is what makes them so good for metal. If that's not the sound you're looking for, then don't waste your time with them, imo.

I hate EMG haters.
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#14
EMG's are alright, but I found them to be kind of one dimensional. Played a schecter hellraiser with em through a JSX, didn't like em at all. Preferred the blackouts much more, had a sharper tone with a bit more depth to em. But maybe that's just me.
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Yeah, that's the ****ing point. If you're going to spend so much time making your EMG's different than EMG's, then why not just get passives?

The compressed sound of EMG's is what makes them so good for metal. If that's not the sound you're looking for, then don't waste your time with them, imo.

I hate EMG haters.
Not true at all. Active pickups have much more to offer than just compression and higher than usual output. Low impedance is the main one, offering little signal degradation no matter how many pedals and cbales you're running through. A wider frequency response is another, giving almost the same response as an ultra-underwound and tapped single coil pickup while keeping that same full power. Lower magnetic pull on the strings for better sustain and tuning stability are two other great advantages.

Don't forget that active pickups were first designed to be used with solid state amps so that jazz guitarists could get the most precise clean tone possible. The fact that they found you could also ramp up the output and drive a valve amp into metal territory was just a convenient accident on the side.
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#16
i think u shuld get a betta guitar, nuff said.
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an ex-50 for example with emg 81/85 would be half as good as a ex-400 with emg in it


Theres a lot of factor that make the guitar better . .better neck , better nut , better bridge , mahogany instead of basswood for example etc.. etc..

i sold my ex-50 to buy a ex-400 and it wasnt only the sound i improve , playability , quality etc... overall the ex-50 was a cheap piece of crap comparing to the ex-400 .

so dont put money on a 250 $ guitar .. specially not EMG pickup .


saved you money and buy a new guitar later .. keep that m-100 like it is . later youll have a guitar factory equipped with emg .



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#19
sweet guys...looking at peavey valveking...which im told will work well with actives...cheers! btw im play mostly metallica,iron maiden, megadeath and anything thats hard rock, metal......LONG LIVE DIO!!!!!
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sweet guys...looking at peavey valveking...which im told will work well with actives...cheers! btw im play mostly metallica,iron maiden, megadeath and anything thats hard rock, metal......LONG LIVE DIO!!!!!



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