#1
I ask you for help. I have just bought emg-81 pickup and I think that it may not be original one. What do you think about it?? PLEASE, HELP ME!

#2
What makes you think it's fake?
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I have seen a lot of this pickups and they looked different + I have no experience with this pickups :/
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I have seen a lot of this pickups and they looked different + I have no experience with this pickups :/
I don't see how the two things cope with each other.
I've never heard of fake EMGs, but anyway, how were the others different?
And where did you buy the thing?
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I don't see how the two things cope with each other.
I've never heard of fake EMGs, but anyway, how were the others different?
And where did you buy the thing?



Fake EMGs exist but they don't look like the one in the OP's pic.


FWIW it looks real to me. So I'm wondering what exactly OP is seeing that makes him think it's fake? Is it the sticker on the back? Some older EMGs have the orange/brownish back instead of the black. Maybe it's that?
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nowadays in my country we can find a lot chinese counterfeits. old and new EMGs are varied by logo and etiquette on back of pickup, what really make me unsure if it is original. Pickup come from 13-years old guitar. These counterfeits I talk about have the same etiquette like on my pickup. It makes me upset at all
#8
The logo on the front never changes. The only thing that changes is the color and that's because it denotes a different pickup all together.


Silver logo is almost always an 81.
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nowadays in my country we can find a lot chinese counterfeits. old and new EMGs are varied by logo and etiquette on back of pickup, what really make me unsure if it is original. Pickup come from 13-years old guitar. These counterfeits I talk about have the same etiquette like on my pickup. It makes me upset at all



Maybe the guitar is 13 years old, but the pickups were newly replaced. Front looks real. Never seen the back of one. I'd say it's real.
#10
Looks legit to me. Mine were the same on the back.
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#12
The black back EMGs were usually OEM. Most of them have the green circuit board looking back, but there's absolutely nothing abnormal about your black back with the sticker.

There actually have been two different style EMG logos. Yours looks like the older logo, like this:



The new logo is more stylized, and looks like this:

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#14
Here's what mine look like. I pulled these out of a Epiphone Custom Shop guitar, so I can verify the 81. I bought the 60X online, so I'm pretty sure its legitimate. Biggest difference is that mine have what I believe are manufacturers date on them, but that's not to say that they didn't at one point in time.