#1
you thinks its good to put emg 81/85 on a basswood guitar (rg350dx) ? or it wont bring out the best of tone of the emgs?
#2
they'd be too trebly i think. those emgs sound best in mahogany.
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#3
I'd agree they were designed with mahogony in mind, but you could always try emailing emg and askin their opinion
#4
They sound far too trebly and fuzzy in basswood. I had them in a couple of Ibanez over the years, and more recently, in a lower end Deal ML XT (also made of basswood). IMO, they sounded terrible. They didn't stay in my guitar for very long at all.

And I'm not an EMG hater that's out to slam the brand. I've been an EMG user for 18+ years now and I have them in 4 of my 5 guitars.

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#6
I had this guitar back in 2002. Those pickups eventually were isntalled in my ESP Explorer when I got it a few months later. This was one of the guitars I sold (as parts on ebay) to finance the ESP purchase.
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#8
Well if you do a little search, EMGs in basswood guitar is pretty much frowned upon, along with SS amps.

Maho is much denser and much more suited for EMGs. Basswood is rather umm..un-dense. So it will sound stale and muddy?
#10
basswood body + emgs = mahagony + emgs =
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#12
^ err..wow.

Actually, I think it might turn out to be pretty decent, except you might need an EQ pedal to change a few things around.
#13
I don't care much for EMGs in alder either. They just don't have the definition that I want. And I would try an EMG 85 (b) / 60(n) setup for alder instead of an 81 in the bridge. The extra bassiness of the 85 will counteract the lack of lows in alder.
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#14
I have emg's (81 & 89) in my RG (which is basswood according to the ibanez forum) and my brother has a ESP MH-1000 (which is mahogany with 81 & 85) I have played both guitars back to back through my rig and his and there was not as much difference to my ears at least. His guitar had more sustain, but that is about all I noticed.
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#15
thsi one dude put emg set in his rg1570 and listening to his recording right now. It sounds killer i dont think it sounds bad. But i do here too deep of bass muddiness.
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#16
If it's higher qualityend basswood, you won't get as trebly a sound as cheap basswood, but will have a very muddy low end. Higher quality basswood actually sounds similar to mahogany, so you can usually get away with it. But the guitar will always be muddy in the low end.
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#17
Quote by Crunchmeister
I don't care much for EMGs in alder either. They just don't have the definition that I want. And I would try an EMG 85 (b) / 60(n) setup for alder instead of an 81 in the bridge. The extra bassiness of the 85 will counteract the lack of lows in alder.


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But 60's on Alder ought to sound very weird, the cleans will be...urgh.
#18
How about 81/85 in ash?
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