#1
Couldn't decide if this would go in GG&A or here, so I chose here.

Anyways, I have a LTD H-300 with an 81/I THINK 85 combo. It's pickups came from factory.

My neck pickup is about 3 times louder than my bridge, and sounds WAY better than the bridge. Is this normal? Because everyone talks about how amazing the EMG 81 is with metal but compared to the neck it's pretty bad. Is there anyway to change this?


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#2
The most obvious thing that comes up in my mind is that one of the pickups is closer to the strings (?)

Can't help you more out, though I think that you've already thought about it..
#3
The neck pickup in guitars will generally have higher output because the strings vibrate more above the neck pup than over the bridge pup. Try lowering the neck pickup, it might help.

As for not liking the 81, you're not the only one who doesn't. I personally prefer passive pickups, even for metal (ESPECIALLY for metal). You could try an active to passive mod, but that might be more than you're willing to do.
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#4
i have the same problem with my H-1007's EMGs, just FYI. i haven't done anything to it yet because i don't switch between the two very often. i was just gonna try lowering the neck pickup though.
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well from factory that would have EMGHZs, ive owned a few of these, it sounds like a cable either came loose or whoever installed them diddnt check everything, open up the cavity and check all your cables first, since i assume you tried changing the battery, if anything is loose it will need resodered
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#6
When I'm setting up a new guitar, I plug it into to an amp, set the tone and volume knobs all the same, full volume. raise the neck pickup untill it sounds good. Switch to the bridge pickup and adjust it's height so the two pickups have the same volume when swiched back and forth between them. Now the pickups are balanced with each other and will produce the same volume.
The pole screws on some pickups cam be used to adjust individual string presence. I like to match the poles arc to that of the fretboard radius for a start. Good luck.
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well from factory that would have EMGHZs, ive owned a few of these, it sounds like a cable either came loose or whoever installed them diddnt check everything, open up the cavity and check all your cables first, since i assume you tried changing the battery, if anything is loose it will need resodered



Well then I guess the previous owner swapped out the pups
Cause I've opened it up to take a look at everything before, the bridge is an 81 for sure, the neck was either an 85 or an 89. I've already lowered the neck pickup alot, that was the first thing I tried xD


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as kumamilesbear said, the neck pickup's being a bit louder is normal, but 3 times louder probably suggests something's wrong.

have you tried lowering the neck pickup and raising the bridge pickup?

try that and get back to us.

if that doesn't work, maybe there's something wrong with the wiring.
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