#1
So I was reading some chatter about who likes active pickups and who hates them. What stood out is not only do some folks not like active EMGs, but those who do like them have near-violent disagreement about which model is good and which one bites. Some say "Get the 81/85 combo"...but someoen else always says "No way; 60 is better than 85" So which is it, or rather what reason do you have for your preference?

And no I do not have anyreason besides how there can be such a disagreement. I am not shopping for new pickups.

#2
i have an 81/85 combo. 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. i just like the sound the 85 in the neck gives me for a solo. its smooth and just kind of flows better. ive been told that an 85 sounds good in a bridge position too, so next time i change my strings im gonna flip em around and see how they sound.
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#4
It really depends what kind of tone you are trying to achive. I have EMG-HZ's (don't ask numbers, not sure) that came with my DKMGT Dinky, by Jackson. It gives me a really bluesy tone (Marshall Halfstack), really warm and nice.
#5
Quote by Abbott
It really depends what kind of tone you are trying to achive. I have EMG-HZ's (don't ask numbers, not sure) that came with my DKMGT Dinky, by Jackson. It gives me a really bluesy tone (Marshall Halfstack), really warm and nice.

they are most likely H4's
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#7
81/60 = James Hetfield
81/85 = average metal band
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#8
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I hate actives. Just make sure they work for you before you invest in them. I find them sterile and toneless.

That's the sound I want. Being in that kind of band, makes me want them like no other. Although I have numerous guitars, and there's no chance any other of them are getting Actives.

On that note, is there any pickup that has that distinctive "toneless and sterile" EMG sound?
#9
^Yeah, I'm also looking for a similar combination, just less toneless and sterile.
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#10
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That's the sound I want. Being in that kind of band, makes me want them like no other. Although I have numerous guitars, and there's no chance any other of them are getting Actives.

On that note, is there any pickup that has that distinctive "toneless and sterile" EMG sound?

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#11
81's are generally for lead.
85's are generally for rhythm.
60's are generally for cleans.

But this definitely isn't true all the time, just kind of what they sound best with IMO.
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#12
I hate actives, way too bright sounding, and they sound like im running my axe through a processor, i prefer ceramics for high output, they still sound a little cold, but nowhere near as bad as actives.
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#13
81/85
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#16
for sure 81/60 or the duncan livewire dave mustaine active <- also gr8 active pickups

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