#1
Hey folks, does anyone play the emg 81?. It sounds killer on their website. I play a s470 ibanez through a marshall valvestate (Soon to be a 5150 hopefully) with EHX pedals. I've heard confilcting things about most seymour duncans.

Only thing is can i install it myself, and can i live with it looking different than coiled pickups??..
#2
they're awesome for metal. there is soldering and removing pots and stuff involved so it depends if you've done that sort of stuff before. i had never done it and i was able to get it done. it took me several hours though. i personally like the look of the covers better
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they're awesome for metal. there is soldering and removing pots and stuff involved so it depends if you've done that sort of stuff before. i had never done it and i was able to get it done. it took me several hours though. i personally like the look of the covers better

Nope, no soldering. All you do is clip and go. They sound good in basswood, alder, and mahogany. Also, they are pretty bright, but I like 'em.
#4
You better like metal (and pretty much nothing but) and like a pretty bright tone (although mahogany and your 5150-to-be should attenuate that).

From what I hear (and backed up by my limited experience) they sound better in mahogany than alder...
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You better like metal (and pretty much nothing but) and like a pretty bright tone (although mahogany and your 5150-to-be should attenuate that).

From what I hear (and backed up by my limited experience) they sound better in mahogany than alder...

Kirk Hammett seems to like them in alder. I use them in basswood and they sound alright to me.
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Kirk Hammett seems to like them in alder. I use them in basswood and they sound alright to me.


yeah, but kirk hammett sucks.
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#7
that was pretty opinioned of you Dave.
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#8
^ well it's the truth. Heck, when I'm trying to find my lead tone, one of my pointers is "try to sound as little like hammett as possible".


Ok, it's not, it's just funny. But I still stand by hammett's tone sucking.
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#9
I love my 81. Now I just need to get my tube combo and im set. I installed my set by myself and didnt have any problems and when I did it I was still rather wiring and soldering retarded. I also like the covered look alot better than open coils. Looks cleaner to me. I suggest getting a pair though unless your guitar only has one pickup in it. I suggest getting an 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck.
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#10
hammetts tone isnt that great its kinda thin not like James tone which IMO is just crushing . James may not do the soloing but he is a much better player than Hammett is. And FOR the last time Hammetts Guitars are Neck thru Maple with alder wings which makes the EMGs sound better because maple is so dense and heavy. So the EMGS ARE IN MAPLE NOT ALDER. and yes to me they sound like crap in basswood. Maple neck thrus with mahogany or alder wings are good best in solid mahogany though.
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#11
Cheers for the help-would be s470 be thick enough to install the battery compartment and stuff?. They are very thin guitars..
#12
Usually you can fit them in the back compartment (the one with the pots). I jammed one in a Les Paul and it fit. And that had 4 pots, the Ibanez only has 2 (and the 5 way).
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#13
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