#1
Okay, so recently I picked up an LTD EC-1000 with a mahogany body/neck and it has an ebony fretboard.

It came stock with active EMG's 81/60 combo, and I cannot stand the sound I get from them. They're way to bright sounding. My LTD MH-400 has the 81/85 combo, and it sounds great in that guitar, but I need something else for the EC-1000

Basically what I'm look for is a less bright sounding pickup combination for my LTD EC-1000. I'd prefer a much warmer tone. Because the set in my EC-1000 is harsh sounding.


(yes, I have tried eqing my amp differently, hasn't helped.)

EDIT*
I'm perfectly okay with trying out passives, I prefer them anyway.
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#2
Are both the 81 and 60 too bright or is it just one or the other? You might want to check out the Seymour Ducan Sh-4 for the bridge, it's mellow but still has some bite on top of it. For your neck pup, do you want the guitar to really cut out for leads or what?
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#3
Quote by Ghold125
Are both the 81 and 60 too bright or is it just one or the other? You might want to check out the Seymour Ducan Sh-4 for the bridge, it's mellow but still has some bite on top of it. For your neck pup, do you want the guitar to really cut out for leads or what?



Sorry about that, I'm not much of a lead player, but I'm actually perfectly fine with the 60.

It's the 81 that's killing me, can't get a tone I like out of it, at all.
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#5
Quote by Ghold125
Try turning down your tone knob, it will help dull out the sound then.


I've tried that as well, but then my tone just turns muddy
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#6
Yeah man I had a similair problem, I now run a Seymour duncan Sh-6 Distortion in the bridge and A Gibson Burstbucker in the neck of my old Schecter which came with EMG's.

It's brilliant, passives are the way to go, no doubt.
#7
try an 85 in the bridge
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#8
Instead of making up a new thread i'm gonna make a question here too, it's better to buy an emg-81 new, OR, should i buy the 81/85 both used but more economic-wise

My guitar it's an Ibanez grx20, ins't high-end but i love it.

And trhead-wise, are you a old-band guy?, try some DiMarzio or 85 pickups, it's weird, but generally the 60 has the sound you want. (if u're a fan of old metal bands)
Last edited by Jchm at Jan 30, 2012,
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