#1
Would you recommend EMGs (81/85) or Blackouts (AHB-1) in a mahogany guitar tuned down to C#?
Last edited by firepile at Aug 23, 2013,
#2
Whichever you prefer.
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#3
If you prefer a darker and heavier tone, you might want to go for Blackouts.

However, if you want maximum versatility, I'd go for 89/60 combo.
I've been using a 81/89 combo for a while now and I've got nothing bad to say about it, I love the sounds I get. I tune down to D and use a Gibson LP Studio.

To add, if your amp isn't up to it, the pickup upgrade will be worthless.
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#4
Running an 81/60 in my LTD MH 400 NT, nothing wrong with it at all. Lovely combo. and that guitar is in drop A#
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#5
If you have the money get Bare Knuckles man, best pickups ever. I like them alot better than actives actually.
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#6
I've used a combo of EMG 60/81 and the Blackouts ABH1's and I massively prefer the EMGs, I currently have them installed in my LTD EC (mahogany) and it sounds crystal clear, searing hot output and aggressive tone for Drop D stuff like older Trivium, LoG etc. I'd recommend them for what you got, but it would be best if you can try out both first.
#7
I've always preferred Blackouts to the EMG 81/60 /85. They are heavier and give an overall better tone
#8
Quote by firepile
Would you recommend EMGs (81/85) or Blackouts (AHB-1) in a mahogany guitar tuned down to C#?


My personal preference is for the Blackouts, but I really have no issues with the EMGs.
#9
I have Blackout AHB1s in my mahogany Schecter, and I tune that guitar to C# Standard, and they sound pretty damned good to me. I haven't tried EMGs through my rig to compare though.

The Blackouts are very clear at that tuning, but provide a nice degree of thickness and warmth too. Admittedly, I don't use the neck pickup for leads all that often -- just cleans mostly. I'd like to try a lower-output active neck pickup for that reason, as my 6505 already struggles with cleans.
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#10
i have a lp tuned to drop c and i like the emg 85 in the bridge it sounds a little more organic than the 81 and has a better pick attack