#1
Mainly this is for my guitar project but its only havin 1 pickup and I was thinkin an EMG, which would be the best? I'd be playing alot of heavy shit like hatebreed, mastodon, killsdwitch engage, fear factory etc...
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#2
EMG 81. Its their most powerful pickup. Its got a very smooth sound on it too. Or if you want more chunk, maybe the 85.
#3
Which would be best for lots of heavy palm muting rhythm style shit
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#4
Quote by kurdtkobaign
EMG 81. Its their most powerful pickup. Its got a very smooth sound on it too. Or if you want more chunk, maybe the 85.


I agree with Kurdt... He knows his stuff

I don't know about the differences between EMGs... But the sound is fookin awesome... Obviously....
#5
For that stuff, the 85 probably. If youre going to be doing more lead work or intricate stuff I would go with the 81. Both are extremely powerful.

edit- Thank you Untitled001.
#6
Hmm I might go with the 81 I do play abit of lead now and then but if it's also very powerful it may suit my needs thanks dude
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Quote by kurdtkobaign
For that stuff, the 85 probably. If youre going to be doing more lead work or intricate stuff I would go with the 81. Both are extremely powerful.

edit- Thank you Untitled001.


Heh ^^

No problem
#8
My mate just told me his dads sellin an emg 81 that he used quite a long time ago that he might sell to me, is it worth buyin a used one? considering its only for a guitar project. It comes with all the stuff spring, battery connectors for £40
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#9
Thats a very good price. Just make sure it comes with everything a new one would...ya kinda need all that stuff lol.

EMG's website has clips of all their pickups too if you wanna check em out.
#10
sick stuff man I might go for it, he now says its a vintage emg 81 humbucker from the 80's? lol
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#11
Would wiring an EMG be the same as an ordinary humbucker?
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#12
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Would wiring an EMG be the same as an ordinary humbucker?


No, plus you have to change the pots
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#13
it comes with everything it orginally came with, the pots wires, battery cable
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#14
what guitar are you using, and what wood?

i hated the emg 81 in the bridge of my M-II (alder body, maple neckthru). i kinda sounded too bright and shrill. So i swapped it with an 85 and it made a whole lotta difference. Has more chunk and thickness to the tone.

81 works well for dark sounding guitar though, used to have a LTD H-300 (mahogany body, mahogany neckthru) and balances out the tone good.
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#15
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No, plus you have to change the pots

I was aware of this but why is that?
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what guitar are you using, and what wood?

i hated the emg 81 in the bridge of my M-II (alder body, maple neckthru). i kinda sounded too bright and shrill. So i swapped it with an 85 and it made a whole lotta difference. Has more chunk and thickness to the tone.

81 works well for dark sounding guitar though, used to have a LTD H-300 (mahogany body, mahogany neckthru) and balances out the tone good.


I'll be using it in a guitar project, I dont have a clue what wood it is but it needs a new pickup for sure so I thought why not put something good into it? but if not I'lll whack it into my les paul lol...
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#17
EMG's will sound awesome in mahogany but very bright and trebly in alder and some other woods.

81 definately
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#18
I'd get either an EMG 81 or a 85 depending on the wood.
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#19
bah whats wood got do with it =[ didnt know it would afect the sound
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#20
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bah whats wood got do with it =[ didnt know it would afect the sound


Well it does. EMG 81 sounds best on mahogany.
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#21
I own a Peavey Wolfgang (evh) and I'm pretty sure it's maple. Would it be better for me to get an 81 or 85 or both with the ZK Combo??
#22
I wouldn't use EMG 81 on maple at all. I'd use 85/60 being the 85 in bridge pos. and the 60 in neck pos. An EM 81 would be way too trebly and nasty.
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#23
I think the wood used in my gutiar project is maple...i think :/
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#24
Quote by ~Andrea-Angel~
what guitar are you using, and what wood?

i hated the emg 81 in the bridge of my M-II (alder body, maple neckthru). i kinda sounded too bright and shrill. So i swapped it with an 85 and it made a whole lotta difference. Has more chunk and thickness to the tone.

81 works well for dark sounding guitar though, used to have a LTD H-300 (mahogany body, mahogany neckthru) and balances out the tone good.


81/85 combo in a mahogony guitar = rape.
#25
i didnt really like the 85 in the neck too, it was too bassy
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#26
I prefer EMG 85 if you have to go with one of theirs, got more life to it than the 81 wich is too compressed for me.

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81/85 combo in a mahogony guitar = rape.


not if you put the 85 in the bridge, sounds wonderfull. got it right here, nice warm. 81 is bloody annoying though.
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#27
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My mate just told me his dads sellin an emg 81 that he used quite a long time ago that he might sell to me, is it worth buyin a used one? considering its only for a guitar project. It comes with all the stuff spring, battery connectors for £40



that a nice price, some emg sets are around $200