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Hey Folks I just bought myself an emg 81, I didnt buy a neck pickup because Im too poor for that :p. Anyway I have a question, I read that the EMG 81 has little magnetism compared to other pickups. Normally the 81 is paired with an 85, but I have my stock passive pickup in my epiphone les paul and wondering how the two will go together, with one being higher output and all. I read that passive pickups have a grounding wire and EMGs have an internal shielding. How will these two effect each other? Not at all I hope.

If anyone has installed these or an 81 in the past and has advice it would be apprieciated. Thanks.
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haven't tried it, but I can assure you, it's not going to sound pretty.
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#3
bah screw the combo, I'll just have a big hole where my rhythm goes XD
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just on what it takes to wire them, from EMG site...

Can I mix EMG's with passive pickups?
It is possible to mix EMG's with passive pickups. There are three possible wiring configurations; one is better than the other two.

Use the high impedance (250K-500K) volume and tone controls. The problem is that the high impedance controls act more like a switch to the EMG's. The passive pickups, however, will work fine. If you have a guitar with two pickups and two volume pots, with a three-way switch, there is another alternative. Use the 25K pots for the EMG, and the 250K pots for the passive pickup. This way you can use one or the other with no adverse affects, but with the switch in the middle position the passive pickup will have reduced gain and response.

Use the low-impedance (25K) volume and tone controls provided with the EMG's. The problem here is that the passive pickups will suffer a reduction in gain and loss of high-frequency response.

This is the best alternative. Install an EMG-PA-2 on the passive pickups. There are two benefits to doing this. With the trimpot on the PA-2, you can adjust the gain of the passive pickups to match the EMG's. The PA-2 acts as an impedance matching device so you can use the low-impedance EMG controls (25K) without affecting the tone of the passive pickups. You will also be able to use other EMG accessory circuits such as the SPC, RPC, EXB, EXG, etc. For this application, we recommend ordering the PA-2 without the switch for easy installation on the inside of a guitar.

i've read from other users that it wasnt worth the hassel of mixxing because there were volume problems, and such.
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#5
^You really know your stuff, don't you jenny?


I've always though it was a rule of thumb; Never mix active with passive.
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#6
nah, i just remember this question, as it comes up time to time. so i know, and know where to find the answer.

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#7
Thanks alot, I rarely use rhythm personally so I might just completely remove the wiring for the passive and just leave it in while installing the 81, just so that there isnt a giant hole in my guitar XD oh well thanks for all the help
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Well, I do have some experiences with EMG's...

If you play cleans occasionally, 60's in the neck really sound nice...not the best pups for clean, but they're nice.
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#9
^I actually get some good cleans from both the 81 and the 85. Probably just the amps I'm playing it through though :P.
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^Ahh, well, I've played my EMG's only on the cube...then decided I didn't like the trashy metal sound they gave me and I then went to lower output pups
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^I still have the set in the Les Paul, swapping them out for none other than BKPS. But it will be a few months, since that guitar is at the bottom of my list at the moment.
#12
^ BKP FTW .

really? Well, I wouldn't want to spam up this thread...would have asked more questions .
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#13
noooooooo so much work, I thought I was handy but there's scary things and stuff... *dies*
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hmm I think I soldered it wrong or something
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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay thanks for all the help and all, It sounds wiiiicked XD
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lol, triple post. Grats!
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