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#2
every pickup sounds different, one brand can make very different sounding pickups.
some are more suited for distortion, some sound fatter or brighter. just search on the sites of the brands and most of them have soundclips on em(emg site sucks donkey balls though). they don't help that much but you can compare the different pickups of one brand
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#3
They are the closest thing to emulate an "active pick-up". Higher output, high gain response, brighter tone.

Better? It's all opinion, and what your using them for.
#4
Quote by Guitarjunkie18
They are the closest thing to emulate an "active pick-up". Higher output, high gain response, brighter tone.

Better? It's all opinion, and what your using them for.

The most popular EMGs ARE active pickups.
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The most popular EMGs ARE active pickups.



Why would you ask about active pick ups, when he most likely has a passive setup?

EDIT: I could be wrong here. Maybe he's just saying in general. If he was GOING to buy a set, it sounds like he has a passive setup to work with.
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Why would you ask about active pick ups, when he most likely has a passive setup?

EDIT: I could be wrong here. Maybe he's just saying in general. If he was GOING to buy a set, it sounds like he has a passive setup to work with.


You can replace passives with actives.

The battery *usually* fits into the control cavity.
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You can replace passives with actives.

The battery *usually* fits into the control cavity.


I stand corrected. This was the first time I can really recall, learning something for someone else on Pick Up topics. *kicks self in nuts*
#8
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I have (2) batteries in the control cavity of my guitars with EMGs for the 18V mod. Snug, but they fit fine.
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No, EMGs wount change your tone, except they'll make you sound like a bass!
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I have (2) batteries in the control cavity of my guitars with EMGs for the 18V mod. Snug, but they fit fine.



THats what I run. Gets rid of bird chirps. Whole new pup IMO thats better than 9v
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EMGs kick so much ass. GET THEM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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EMGs have no mids, so you can play metal with them, which means your tone will change.
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Why would you ask about active pick ups, when he most likely has a passive setup?

EDIT: I could be wrong here. Maybe he's just saying in general. If he was GOING to buy a set, it sounds like he has a passive setup to work with.
yeh im using a pssive setup
#17
Yeah, one thing to note though; with standard 500k pots for passive pickups, the controls on your guitar will act more like on/off switches, rather than a variable control. You can replace them with 25k pots though, and be fine.
#18
good thing about EMG's though, they come with the 25k pots, wiring, input jack, and battery clip. They also include the long shaft pots for guitars like LP's, or the short shaft for guitars like Ibanez Rg's, so you wind up with extra.

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THats what I run. Gets rid of bird chirps. Whole new pup IMO thats better than 9v

yeah, I've done it to all my guitars besides my 7 string at this point. It really helps the cleans imo too.
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EMGs have no mids, so you can play metal with them, which means your tone will change.

Erm...no mids? K....

My 81 shot my mids through the roof...
#20
yeah emgs are sweet, but a lot of people have them, and a lot of poeople have the same tone, but over all they kick ass
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#21
ive heard that EMG's sounds exactly the same on ALL guitars and its pretty d@mn stupid to put them inside an expensive guitar like say a PRS or a gibson LP. if u want the EMG sound, just install them in a piece of crap guitar like an ibanez...
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ive heard that EMG's sounds exactly the same on ALL guitars and its pretty d@mn stupid to put them inside an expensive guitar like say a PRS or a gibson LP. if u want the EMG sound, just install them in a piece of crap guitar like an ibanez...


Well, you heard incorrectly.

Play a Godin Freeway EMG next to a Schecter C-1 Hellraiser, and you'll hear a big difference.
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ive heard that EMG's sounds exactly the same on ALL guitars and its pretty d@mn stupid to put them inside an expensive guitar like say a PRS or a gibson LP. if u want the EMG sound, just install them in a piece of crap guitar like an ibanez...

Ive heard youre a tool.


...Hey its just what I heard...
#25
Ryank285, that was a very pointless post, I must say.
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No, EMGs wount change your tone, except they'll make you sound like a bass!



wtf. umm... that might be one model of emg's. hetfield's tone doesnt sound like a bass to me...
#27
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Ive heard youre a tool.

...Hey its just what I heard...

actually, I think it's confirmed at this point, not just heresay.
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#28
yeah, im a tool because i spend more time PLAYING my guitar than learning the technical BS of it. u were as clueless as me at one point, so stfu.
#29
I may have been clueless, but I also didn't post about stuff I didn't had no clue about. See the difference?
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#30
its a message board, thats what its for, to ask questions about things and hope someone can give their take on it. if u dont like it, then dont read it. simple as that.
#31
yes, it's a message board, so expect to be called out when you post incorrect information. Don't get all butthurt, learn from it. The quickest way to be labeled a dumbass is to post about stuff you have no clue about. A good rule of thumb is to post about things you have experience with, or at least know about. You weren't asking a question, that's completely different.
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#32
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its a message board, thats what its for, to ask questions about things and hope someone can give their take on it. if u dont like it, then dont read it. simple as that.



beautiful contradiction of an intolerant and ignorant prick

and yes, emg's would change your tone, the active emg's are way better than the passive ones
#33
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its a message board, thats what its for, to ask questions about things and hope someone can give their take on it. if u dont like it, then dont read it. simple as that.

well it's not just that no one likes it, someone who has less of clue about emgs could read your false info and get the wrong idea. then possibly tell people who will tell people about it. then the world will turn to idiots.
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#34
wheres the contradiction? im saying dont go around calling someone a tool just because they dont really know as much as u. whats amazing is yall went off on me when i said i "heard" that EMG's sound the same on all guitars, not i "know".
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well it's not just that no one likes it, someone who has less of clue about emgs could read your false info and get the wrong idea. then possibly tell people who will tell people about it. then the world will turn to idiots.


its their own fault for not reading what i said correctly. i said i "heard". that means take it with a grain of salt and its open for discussion.
#36
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ive heard that EMG's sounds exactly the same on ALL guitars and its pretty d@mn stupid to put them inside an expensive guitar like say a PRS or a gibson LP. if u want the EMG sound, just install them in a piece of crap guitar like an ibanez...


You heard wrong. And although i detest Ibanez, they are certainly not a 'peice of crap
guitar' company. I just can't get on with them.

Try and answer this kind of question with fact, not opinion.
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#37
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its their own fault for not reading what i said correctly. i said i "heard". that means take it with a grain of salt and its open for discussion.

true, but you seemed pretty damn convinced with the other words that were said, which could be convincing to lots of other people.
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#38
they are v. modern and computerized i feel

still good, but for true tone, you need old pups or custom wound
#39
Never heard EMGs on a guitar.

But I don't like their sound on a bass.
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#40
i didnt pass on EMG's solely on the fact i heard that they sound the same on all guitars. ive also heard that they sound too sterile and fake, its very easy to spot who owns EMG's. i wanted a more natural tone that also can get pretty heavy so i went with a dimarzio super distortion for the bridge and PAF pro for the neck (i know the PAF pros are not that heavy, i got it for the cleans).
I didnt want to take a gamble with EMG's on my les paul considering they are actives which requires different kind of setup inside the guitar.
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