#1
I'm looking for some high-output active humbucker neck and bridge pickup for my guitar that can handle high distortion/gain well and be suitable for very low down-tuning (from C to A standard)

Thanks in advance.

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#2
EMG 81/85 or 81/60 are the traditional standbys
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#4
these new Emg 57 and 66 have been getting allot of hype. I never tried one myself yet but i would look in to them.
#5
If you want a standard metal tone, EMG would be a good place to start. If you want something that's gonna be good for low shit but still let the character of your guitar shine through look into passives, especially Bare Knuckle pickups. I have a VHII in the bridge of my Les Paul and it does metal pretty well, and I know Bulb used Bare Knuckles a lot in his guitars for the first Periphery album.
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these new Emg 57 and 66 have been getting allot of hype. I never tried one myself yet but i would look in to them.

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If you want a standard metal tone, EMG would be a good place to start. If you want something that's gonna be good for low shit but still let the character of your guitar shine through look into passives, especially Bare Knuckle pickups. I have a VHII in the bridge of my Les Paul and it does metal pretty well, and I know Bulb used Bare Knuckles a lot in his guitars for the first Periphery album.


Bare Knuckles all day! +1

EMG's if you want to sound like everybody else
#8
81 in the bridge and 60AX in the neck. The 81 is the most standard active tone that everybody is familiar with. You can't go wrong with it; if active metal tone is what you want, that's the pickup you buy. The 60AX is warmer than the 60 but clearer than the 85 and the 'X' preamp gives you more headroom than a SD Blackout.

Or check out Shadow Electronic's SH EQ5, which is a standard active humbucker design with a 5-band EQ and input and output gain controls built in to the top of the pickup. That way you can get the exact sound you want and even adjust it as you play.
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81 in the bridge and 60AX in the neck. The 81 is the most standard active tone that everybody is familiar with. You can't go wrong with it; if active metal tone is what you want, that's the pickup you buy. The 60AX is warmer than the 60 but clearer than the 85 and the 'X' preamp gives you more headroom than a SD Blackout.

Or check out Shadow Electronic's SH EQ5, which is a standard active humbucker design with a 5-band EQ and input and output gain controls built in to the top of the pickup. That way you can get the exact sound you want and even adjust it as you play.

MrF, have you tried the 57 or JH? I didn't care for the 81 myself, Blackouts were better, JHs better yet and now have found the 57/66 set to be the best actives I've tried. All in my Ibanez. Just curious.
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#10
And your amp is?
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#11
No offense, but Seymour Duncan Blackouts are much better, imho, than EMGs. EMG 81s don't get enough low end, whereas the SD Blackout Metal ABH-2 do get that excellent low end. EMGs 85 probably also get good low end, but I consider EMGs more muddy than Blackouts. I would check out the Blackouts ABH-2 for a bridge pickup and the ABH-1 for a neck pickup, especially since you're going to be downtuning (you really need good low end). They're a bit better, imho, than an EMG81/85 combo.


Edit:
Also, I hope you know you'll need thick strings and will need to adjust your truss rod for low tunings like C standard or A standard, right? (And you will need to re-adjust your truss rod every time you change tunings.) I'd just pick a tuning like A standard and then learn to transpose things in any higher tunings. So, if a song is in C standard or Drop C, then just find the same notes on your guitar in A standard. It's much easier than re-adjusting the truss rod every time.
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#12
^ The lower you tune the less low end you actually need.
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I have some kind of Seymour Duncan's on a PRS Santana SE. I forget exactly what they are but they made that guitar excellent.
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