#1
I am thinking of buying some emg pickups to put inside my Ibanez AX220. Im bored with the guitar and am getting a new PRS, so i want to have some fun witht he ibanez. Ive done very little research on the EMGs, and not sure which pickup would be best suitable in the bridge/neck, or also which pickups would be giving me the fattest sound possible. I played around with a PRS SE Nick Catanese and really liked the sound, along with a Gibson LP that had a really fat lead sound as well. Anybody have any suggestions about what sort of EMG i can put in that old ibanez and give it some fat and heavy lead sound?
#2
Am I posting incorrect? I seem posts get a bunch of views but no comments, and I'm new to the MSG boards.
#3
Welcome to the boards. What kind of music are you wanting to play? What's your budget?

I'd honestly steer clear of EMG pickups, but that's mostly because I loath actives as a whole.

For thick LP tones I recommend a Dimarzio Super Distortion for the bridge and a Dimarzio PAF Pro in the neck.
#4
I really like EMGs but if you're after a really fat tone then they're probably not what you want to be looking at.
#5
This is easy. These http://www.emgpickups.com/products/index/395/294/1

57/66 set. Amazing pups for pretty much everything. Just do it. I have them in my Ibby, let me know if you have any questions.
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#6
I'm playing all types of music, not one genre in specific. I liked the tone of the EMG in the PRs Se singlecut I was playing, but will definitely check out the diMarzios.
#7
Ok this is the obligatory Blackouts Rule EMGs Suck reply that was bound to happen like a '90s teenager in a guitar store playing Enter Sandman

I have a Schecter Blackjack with Seymour Duncan Blackout active pickups. My friend has a much more expensive ESP Eclipse with EMGs (not sure of configuration, pretty sure it's an 81 in the bridge). I have played both guitars through the same rig and my Schecter blows his ESP out of the water. He gets so frustrated sometimes trying to get a good sound, while I can do it with ease.

I'm not a EMG-basher - there's too many A-graders who swear by them for me to get cocky and snub them. That said there is a growing army of Blackout supporters. I'd strongly recommend at least considering them. I've got a Les Paul with Bare Knuckles and a Schecter with Blackouts, and I'm totally sold on both.
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#8
FWIW, I had EMG 81/85s in the Ibby, replaced with Blackouts and liked them better, found they squealed a bunch with hi-gain and threw in the EMG HetSet and they were great pups. For kicks, on recommendation from my former guitar teacher I tried the 57/66 set and they are the best I've tried yet.

I concur Blackouts beat the legacy EMG 81/85s but don't count out the new EMG offerings...they are too good to dismiss because of the 81/85 reviews.
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Ah yes the Hetfield EMGs ... mmm I must admit I did consider getting some at one point. Had a quicl listen to some audio clips with them - they sound awesome
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#10
Thanks for all the input. Im traveling, and will definitely be spending some time trying out the blackouts.
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Quote by dkunick
This is easy. These http://www.emgpickups.com/products/index/395/294/1

57/66 set. Amazing pups for pretty much everything. Just do it. I have them in my Ibby, let me know if you have any questions.

The 66 will give you very little low end, compared to an 81/85 set.


Anyway, I actually prefer Seymour Duncan Blackouts. They sound cleaner, imho. I have a set AHB-1/ABH-2, and get excellent low end on the bridge (the ABH-2) and great leads on the AHB-1.

http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/active-blackout/
#12
We need to know what you want to play to make any real recommendations. Just give us a list of bands/songs you'd like to get close to.


I'd also like to throw out the opinion that Blackouts are pretty niche. What they attempt to do, EMG X do way better. EMG X are more organic, sound fuller and better clean. Blackouts are really only good if you want something more passive than an EMG but more active than an EMG X.
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#13
Don't know about blackouts...never played them. EMG 81/85 in my MH400 dropped a whole step sound amazing. I would say play a guitar with them and see. The whole EMG haters thing is like ford and chevy....what ever.

Hatfield EMGs or look at the zakk wylde set maybe.

Good Luck!
#14
I just threw an EMG 60 in the neck with an 81 in the bridge, could not be happier. Was going to go with the "Het Set" but I like older Metallica, can't stand their new sound.

I think this is really a matter of preference, try them out if possible.