#1
Soon I'll be buying me a new guitar, probly a LTD M300FM. It comes with two EMG 81 pickups.

Question is, should I remove these EMGs and install a couple of Seymour Duncans? Because I've read stuff and word on the nets is that these EMG don't deliver the best sound.
Also, how much money could a pair of SD's cost?
#2
Quote by Mr Winters
Soon I'll be buying me a new guitar, probly a LTD M300FM. It comes with two EMG 81 pickups.

Question is, should I remove these EMGs and install a couple of Seymour Duncans? Because I've read stuff and word on the nets is that these EMG don't deliver the best sound.
Also, how much money could a pair of SD's cost?


Why the rush? when your guitar arrives try them (a lot of people swear by EMGs), if they don't work for you you can always change them.

what's your amp?

A Pair of SDs vary in price, but I doubt they'll exceed 250$ (unless they're active).
#3
There's no such thing as a pickup which does or doesn't give a good tone. It's all subjective; what guitar we're talking about, the amp you use, any pedals you may use, your playing style, how you like to use your guitar's controls, how you like to use the amp's controls, the speakers you use, the strings you use, the tuning you use, the genres of music you play and most importantly, what you consider to be a good tone. It's also rather silly to say something like "a couple of Seymour Duncans", as if every pickup that Seymour Duncan make are the same.

As far as cost: Google it. Once you've worked out which specific items it is that you want to buy, put their model names into Google, hit the enter key and right at the top of the results it will show you the top few shops that are selling that item and how much it costs. It's far quicker than waiting for a forum reply, especially when you've not even said where you live.


As far as replacing the active pickups go, I'll say this: active pickups, especially the standard EMGs and SD Livewires, can give you a better tone than any passive pickup so long as you have an appropriate amp and you know how to get the most out of them. My rule is if you have to ask about them then no, you probably won't know how to use them properly, they're a specialised tool and you would probably be better with a much more standard set of generic passive pickups. I actually think it is quite irrisponsible of these companies to put active pickups in guitars like the LTD Standard line because it's pretty clear if you're buying those sorts of guitar then you almost certainly don't have the actual need for active pickups, but I suppose it must help them shift a lot of units. But that's a story for another day.

Anyhoo, when it comes to changing out active pickups you will need to switch out the old control pots and jack too. Sometimes you will also need to change the pickup selector switch. Finally you will need to add a ground wire for the bridge. Now for which actual model of pickup you should use, that depends on so many factors (see above) that nobody could give a fair answer to you yet. We'll need more information about the specifics of your rig and how you play before anyone can make any useful suggestions on which pickups might suit you.
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#4
Yeah..actives do have their use and a lot of people do not like them. I'd say try the guitar out first and don't leave the cable in..that drains the battery. I do agree companies are doing customers a disservice by installing the actives in low end guitars as for many these are first guitars and they don't realize many of the pros and cons of active electronics.

As for saying all SDs are the same, how? I mean if they were all the same wouldnt they all sound the same? Say the Invader would sound just as low as an Alnico II Pro.