#1
Hello all,
I am looking to buy my first custom shop guitar. I am getting it from jackson and have come to a predicament as to what set of EMGs i should equip it with, the 81/85, 81/60, or the 85/60. If you can tell me what type of a sound if would get from each set and whether or not you would recommend them through personal experience. Any and all help will be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks guys

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#2
I like the 81/85 combo in my Schecter. The 85 is smoother than the 60 as a neck p'up and the 81 gives incredible distortion.

The 81/60 is what the guys from Metallica use. So if you listen to their live tone, you should get a pretty good representation from that.

I've played a guitar with an 85 in the bridge position once and it was a lot crunchier IIRC than the 81.

Not sure if this helps but I tried.
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I like the 81/85 combo in my Schecter. The 85 is smoother than the 60 as a neck p'up and the 81 gives incredible distortion.

Yeah, but the 60 is a lot clearer.
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What do you want to play with them?


play with them? are you talking amps and effects or what?
#6
can't go wrong with the 81/60 and hell, if your getting a custom shop try out the new James Hetfield ones! haha and if you dont like them you could always sell them and get regular ones
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play with them? are you talking amps and effects or what?

I mean what kind of music do you want to play with the EMGs? I assume heavy metal like Metallica and stuff?
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I mean what kind of music do you want to play with the EMGs? I assume heavy metal like Metallica and stuff?

oh, haha yeah...i play alot of slayer, metallica, pantera, megadeth, a little anthrax, some trivium, random riffs, and whatever me and my co guitarist and/or friends come up with
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oh, haha yeah...i play alot of slayer, metallica, pantera, megadeth, a little anthrax, some trivium, random riffs, and whatever me and my co guitarist and/or friends come up with

Ok... I have tried all these combos and I think the most versatile is 60n/85b which I currently use and is my favourite... For the neck position the 81 and the 85 aren't so good if you want to play with clean sound. However the 60 has a creamy and ballanced tone and it just feels right in the neck imo... For the bridge position I think the 85 has a fuller tone than the 81 and is also better for solos... If you don't really need clean sound then go for the 81n/85b combo. All three pickups handle high gain very well.
Sorry for my English btw, I live in Greece...