#1
Ok, I know that EMGs sound best through a tube amp, and Im saving up for one, but if I upgraded my guitar with an EMG 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck, do you think they would sound better than my stock Duncan Designed pickups? Im just wondering because I dont want to pay about $150 to get a tone thats worse than the one I have now. The guitar is mahogany, and the amp is a Line 6 Spider II. I play mainly metal, but some clean stuff sometmes. Thanks for any opinions and help.
#2
I hear Spider's suck no matter what.
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#4
I personally don't like EMG pickups, I would get a higher brand of Seymour Duncans,like the seymour Duncan Diablo(I think that's what it's called, it's the one that Dimebag had installed on all his guitars.)
#5
Lets put it this way... It probably won't hurt your tone, if anything it will make it slightly better, but it's still a waste to run those p'ups into that amp.
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#6
Spiders pretty much do suck either way, but replacing your D.D.'s with an 81/60 combo is a hell of an upgrade regardless..
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#7
yes...some people like that analog tone from the spiders...so if you like it, and want an extra boost..go for it.
but the 81's cleans are a little overdriven. like bluesy OD.
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#8
the thing about moddling amps is that your still going to get the sound the amp is trying to give you no matter what. Sure pickups matter, but not as much as you would.
#9
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like the seymour Duncan Diablo(I think that's what it's called, it's the one that Dimebag had installed on all his guitars.)


I'll ignore your ignorance in hopes that you'll better educate yourself before the next time something like that slips out again.

TS: Get a new amp. Cold, brittle, solid state tone will sound like **** no matter what you put through it. But to be completely honest, i don't know how tone subjective you would be, coming off of a spider. I say stick with that setup, and save up to get a new tube amp. Seriously, it's day and night with ss amps and tubes. And to be honest, you seem a little too inexperienced to play around with pickups so soon. The tone you hear, that you want to change, i'm guessing a major percentage of it is within your setup, in relation to the amplifier you're using. I would recommend some good dimarzio pickups, after, you get a new amp. Something like a Tone Zone with an Air Norton, or PAF PRO. Depends on what kind of music you play, but that's a totally different topic.

Point being, buy a new amp, before you worry about anything else.
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#10
1. The common misconception that EMGs only sound good with tube amps holds as much water as the myth that EMGs sound the same no matter what guitar they're in. It's simply not true. I've been using EMGs as my primary pickups foralmost 18 years now, and over half that time, I've played thru a solid state amp. EMGs have always given me the tone I've wanted regardless of the amp I played thru. If you like the sound of EMGs, then you'll like them no matter what amp. IMO, the 81/60 in mahogany gives the best balance of high gain (81) and cleans (60).

2. The Spider II is an ok practice amp at best. Yeah, the EMGs will make your setup sound better, especially for metal, but the tonal 'bottleneck' in your rig is definately the amp. And quite honestly, any good brand name pickup would make it sound better than those Duncan Designed pickups.
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#11
^How about the IBZ-Dimarzio ones?
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