#1
just wondering how the EMG HZ H4's sound compared to an 81/85 and blackouts. also whats the difference between all the HZ's? I have heard the HZ H4 is the way to go.

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#4
my explorer has the HZ's in it, im not sure if there the H4's tho, but there not bad, at times they can seem a bit stale and twangy, in the neck they have some good cleans, otherwise there not bad

but id probly go with the active emg's or blackouts, or passive seymour duncans
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#5
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what makes the SRO's better than the HZ's?


Everything, the HZ's are more lifeless than the actives, and sound worse. The SRO's are based off a more traditional style pickup, being designed to do more than one thing, I've played a set, and I like them just as much as I like Bareknuckle pickups, super versatile.

Think of it this way, the HZ's were EMG's attempt to make a passive pickup something it's not, and the SRO's are EMG's attempt at making a passive pickup that acts like a passive pickup is supposed to.
#6
okay thanks, I'll check them out. any popular guitar models have them? if so then ill look in some of the local stores.
#7
i didnt mind the h4's in a jackson i had, kinda like them better than the 81/85 that i put in there. but i threw the two H4's into a gibby SG for the hell of it, and i really liked the 81/81 i put in there better. YMMV.

but looking at your sig, do you really need a third guitar with EMG branded pickups or actives for the matter?

i would look elsewhere for high output pickups.
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#8
EMG HZ's... hm.

The typical H4/H4A set you see EVERYWHERE is pretty damn terrible.

That said, I have an H2N in the neck of my M-200FM, and I actually really like it. It's a lot nicer than the H4 I have in the bridge of that guitar anyway.

But neither of them even come close to touching the tone of the 81/60 set I have in my H-301.

If you're going for nice clean/bluesy tones, I'd recommend the EMG H2 set, but for metal, stay away from HZ's. Because you'll probably want the H4's, which suck ass.

Just ebay around for an 81/85 or 60 set. Sometimes amazing deals pop up.
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#9
HZs are gross.
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