#1
Greetings! I'm buying a new guitar, there are two models with same specs, but the only difference is in the pickups. Guitars are Jackson KVMG(Q) and KVQ Pro Series King V. KVMG(Q) has EMG 81-89 and KVQ SD Distortion SH-6 TB-6. Which pickups are better?
http://www.jacksonguitars.com/guitars/king-v/models/pro-king-v-kvq-ebony-fingerboard-transparent-amber/
http://www.jacksonguitars.com/guitars/king-v/models/kvmg-pro-series-king-v-ebony-fingerboard-black/
#2
It's entirely a matter of personal preference.
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#3
I'd get the one with duncans, purely because it looks more badass. You cant really go wrong with any of those two, although it is kinda weird that the SD ones has the same pickup in both positions. But as far as i know, both are good for metal, and people tend to hate on EMG's on this board. They say they sound compressed and sterile. I have them in both my guitar, and i like them.

EDIT: oh yeah, the emg 89 can actually be coil split, but the guitar doesnt seem to have any controls for that. You could get a push pull pot, or rewire the switch if you wanna use that. It would give you some more variety in your sound options.
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Last edited by gorkyporky at Dec 12, 2014,
#4
I ended up switching from an exclusive EMG player to a passive (and mostly SD) player so my opinion based on that (and I think the one with Duncans is far better looking) is go with the one with the duncans.
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#5
You have to play both through the same amp and see which you like better, as it's only a matter of preference. Obviously a lot of metal players use EMG pickups but there are many who play passive too. You'll find someone playing pretty much every pickup out there (Mark Morton jams on a set of '59s, which I find weird).
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#6
Or at least he used to - has his own signature pickup now.
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#7
Get the sunburst one. Pickups can be changed later anyway. The burst one's way cooler.
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#8
EMG's will be more even across the freq ranges but more gainy. Lots of people think they are generally great for any application if you can't find a passive that suits the guitar. I like the SH-6 though. Got one in my 86 Jackson Soloist that I swapped for some EMG ZW 81/85s and I think the bottom response is much better than the EMGS and I haven't lost anything else in the mids or top end freqs. I like the Seymours better...... for now....
#9
Deffinitely the quilted transparent amber w/ duncans. Like Cath said you can always change the pickups if you dont like em.
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#10
There's probably going to be a significant difference in sound between the two, I'd say try them or at least do some research. EMGs seem to be a very love-or-hate option.

Although personally I completely disagree with the orange one looking cooler, the finish doesn't fit anything on the guitar imo, and the zebra pickups look utterly out of place. I'd take the black one any day, it looks tight, elegant and badass. But that's aesthetics I guess which is purely subjective.
#11
The black one looks cheap IMO.
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#12
The Duncan Distortion was the weapon of choice for Randy Rhoads.

I have four guitars loaded with EMG's three 81/85 and one 81/81 with 18v mod and afterburner, fire and brimstone that one is!

I have two guitars loaded with Duncan JB/JM one of those JBs is a custom shop hand wound by the legendary Maricela Juarez it has a hand stamped sticker on the back with her code(JB-J) which screams way better than the assembly line machine wound JB.

I have this custom shop Maricela Juarez Duncan Distortion that I have yet to load into anything yet...



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#13
I'd get the quilt top although I agree the zebra coils look out of place, but I already own a solid black 1993 Jackson King V so that may have something to do with my choice, I do love that quilt top tho!
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#14
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I'd get the one with duncans, purely because it looks more badass. You cant really go wrong with any of those two, although it is kinda weird that the SD ones has the same pickup in both positions. But as far as i know, both are good for metal, and people tend to hate on EMG's on this board. They say they sound compressed and sterile. I have them in both my guitar, and i like them.

EDIT: oh yeah, the emg 89 can actually be coil split, but the guitar doesnt seem to have any controls for that. You could get a push pull pot, or rewire the switch if you wanna use that. It would give you some more variety in your sound options.

KVMG has a push pull pot, and that's why I like KVMG more than KVQ.