#1
I'm considering getting an Ibanez RGA72QM but I am really curious how its stock CAP LZ10/20 active pickups compare to the EMG 81/85 combo. Does anyone know?

Thanks in advance!
#2
I haven't heard good things. Most of the Ibanez pickups are junk. Not horrible, but most players would want to swap them out right away.
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#3
Just try them, you may like those pickups, I've played that guitar and the pickups weren't that bad.
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#4
If there like the ibz-lz's in my art300 then there not too bad honestly.. i like them way better then the duncan designs that came in my schecter.. id say very compairable to the emg's
#5
try them both, ibanez stock pickups aren't as bad as everyone makes them out to be.
#6
I guarantee the EMGs would be better. I'm not an EMG fan(though I don't hold a grudge like some), but actives are their thing. Ibanez makes some ok pickups for their Japanese guitars, but they are still not quite up to par. The only exception I can think of are the F2 and F4, but people know that and they don't typically come cheap anymore.
#7
I have the Ibanez Halberd with the CAP lz10 CAP lz20 active in it. and it sounds awesome. it does have a heavy mid sound to it, almost blackouts like but less bass. with the right amp there amazing. i use a peavey 6505 head and peavey cab. so the clarity/bass is already there with that particular amp so having a mid/high active pickup sounds just like studio quality without loosing really anything pretty well rounded with the right set up


I also frequently use my LTD MH100QMNT with EMG 81/85 with the same 6505 setup. and the emg has more of a DEEP digital sound to it, still clear. the highs can get lost in bass but with EQ/ing it turns out fine.

BOTTOM LINE:

EMG has more bass to it, and a clear digital sound, mids are present

CAP has noticeably less bass(but does not lack!), and a clear digital-ish sound. mids are prominent

the only thing ive notice so far is once you've heard EMG in one guitar no matter what wood or brand. it has a consistent sound MINIMAL DIFFERENCE, where other active PUPS vary from axe to axe

IMO: high output passives have more personalty and tonal control and sound just as good(more natural) as overpriced possibly over rated actives