#1
just like to hear some positive points on EMG pickups. Im looking to get 81/85(maybe) for some shredding and intense soloing. Are they right for soloing? Is there a better brand of pickup for soloing? just like to hear your opinions
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#2
i like them, i've got two 81/85 sets in a les paul and a charvel, and they're pretty fly
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#3
They are pretty sweet. But they get a little old after a while. Not as versatile as one would hope... and trust me. You think you just want them for solos now, but eventually you will want more out of them. That being said, I'll leave it up to others in this community to recommend you some other pickups or tell me that I'm an idiot, as I'm not as knowledgeable about the vast majority of pickups as I wish I was. I know Rockfields are great, and Bare Knuckles seem to be really popular as well.
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#4
DiMarzio's ftw.
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just like to hear some positive points on EMG pickups. Im looking to get 81/85(maybe) for some shredding and intense soloing. Are they right for soloing? Is there a better brand of pickup for soloing? just like to hear your opinions


like I said in your other thread, look at the Dimarzio Evo2's
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#6
I want an Evo 2 for my bridge.
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#7
I have the 81/85 in my Pacer, I really hated them when I first got them, installed them like all the pros do, 81 in the bridge, 85 in the neck. the 81 sounds really thin and the 85 too muddy, was thinking of getting rid of them then tried reversing them for the heck of it, now my 85 sits in the bridge and the 81 in the neck, I couldn't believe the improvement, they sound awesome now. I'm in no way brand loyal though, I like EMG, Dimarzio, and SD. I've tried all brands and they all have their place, just depends on what model you get in their line, as for passives for shredding, I like the Dimarzio Evolution, and the Tone Zone.
#8
I like mine. EMGs are good for high gain metal, that includes solos with high gain. They aren't the best for clean things or more bluesy/jazzy stuff though. You should also check out Seymour Duncan JB/jazz pickups.
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#9
there high gain. very high gain. I love em. they've got this great sustaining fuzz(good fuzz) for bends, have a creamy top end, and a nasty midrange that's still got a little fizz on the low end. there awesome
#10
Ive decided over EMGs and im getting Bare Knuckles, people seem to prefer them. All being said kurt hammett uses 2 81s, so i dont think there bad but you either love em or hate em.
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#11
i love my EMGs, they really wail when playing lead, rhythm is heavy and chunky and has this thickness to it that i cant explain just that "ah" sound that gilbery talks of but with rhythm playing, i love my EMGS, and people say the 81 / 85 combo isnt great for cleans, but mess around with volume / tone knobs with both Pups on, bit of chorus and they sound really nice imo, its all personal preference but i know ill stick with EMGs.
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