#1
i know tht this is a very powerful metal combo and they are very good. i was wonderin if they are also good for cleans tho and also wut is the difference between the 2. - and how long duz the battery last?
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#2
Battery life for a single EMG is 3000 hours of use. If you unplug the guitar when it's not in use (essentially, plugging the lead into the guitar turns the power on), then you can literally go for a year or more on a single battery.

And if cleans are important to you, I'd go the Hetfield route and go for an EMG 60 instead of an 85. The 85 won't give you very good cleans.
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#3
can u get a hellraiser tht comes with the 60 tho and are its cleans any good?
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#4
The 60s are good for rhythm, but I think they are fine for cleans. Hetfield plays lots of cleans with them. I don't know about the hellraiser question though. You might have to buy them seperately.

I've heard that 89s sound good with cleans, but I haven't personally done so.
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#5
The 60 is great for cleans in the neck position, and it's indeed what Hetfield plays. I myself recently converted from the 85 to the 60 for the neck on my guitars.

The 89 is essentially an 85 (small tonal difference, but about the same) with a coil tap that turns it into an SA. When used as a single coil in the neck position, it does produce a very nice clean tone.
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#6
The 85 has a decent clean... very warm and bassy

And about the Hellraiser.. you'd have to buy the 60 seperately... but changing it would be easy with the use of the quick-connect cable.
#7
The 60 is sweet in the neck. I know, I have one and I have the 81 in the bridge too. Very good combo. I've played metal with the 60 in the neck and it's not so bassy. To me it sounded cool.

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#8
So if you take pickups out of a Hellraiser, could you reuse them. Cos I'd like to take them out, put the 81 in the bridge of my old guitar, put the 85 in the bridge of the Hellraiser and a new 60 in the neck.
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#9
emg has a pickup with a push/pull pot that turns it into a single coil emg... thats probably the best your gonna get for clean, one of those in the neck and an 85 or 81 in the bridge. but be warned emgs are made to melt the souls of children with unnesecary amounts of distortion, the clean tone is going to be treacherous no matter what compared to any passive pickup, the single coil im assuming would jsut be less treacherous
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emg has a pickup with a push/pull pot that turns it into a single coil emg... thats probably the best your gonna get for clean, one of those in the neck and an 85 or 81 in the bridge. but be warned emgs are made to melt the souls of children with unnesecary amounts of distortion, the clean tone is going to be treacherous no matter what compared to any passive pickup, the single coil im assuming would jsut be less treacherous



my band's rhythm guitarist snagged an ltd explorer (pre-gibson lawsuit one too!) from guitar center for $400, that had an 81/89 set. It's a great guitar. the 89 is a good pickup (that's the switching one with the push/pull pot), but the 60 is still probably better. The 89 sounds identical to my 85. Even EMG themselves state the 89 is basically an 85 when set to humbucking, and an... SH, i believe, when set to single-coil