#1
Well i'm going to buy EMG pickups for my Ibanez GRG170DX
I am currently thinking of buying two EMG 81's and a EMG Sa
would this be a good combination? or is there something better?
how do u put pickups on anyway?
Thank u!!!
#2
Well if you're asking how to put pickups in it's probably best to go to an expert to get them fitted. Most places will in clude a setup for you as well

But I can whole-heartedly recommend EMG's, especially if you're playing any kind of heavy rock/metal style as they have a lcarity to every note even in thick distortion
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#3
my lespaul has two 81's, and they are awesome, i dont know anythign about singles though, you will probably have to have a guitar store like Guitar Center put them in for you, especially if you have active pickups like the 81's are, because they require more wiring, and the installation of the battery pack
#7
Those EMGs are going to cost more then that RG you've got... But I would go for an EMG85 in the bridge, and 60 or 81 for the neck. An SA in the bridge will work nicely as well. Just be ready to replace your jack and pots. Its easy to change batteries. All you have to do is open up your electronics cavity and swap it.
#8
Quote by CJRocker
Those EMGs are going to cost more then that RG you've got... But I would go for an EMG85 in the bridge, and 60 or 81 for the neck. An SA in the bridge will work nicely as well. Just be ready to replace your jack and pots. Its easy to change batteries. All you have to do is open up your electronics cavity and swap it.

what do u mean change my jack and pots???
#9
Quote by Ibarshall_X
what do u mean change my jack and pots???


EMGs require 25k pots due to the output of them. I understand standard pots will sound extremely harsh or just flat not work at all (Im not 100% on that so feel free to correct me) They also need a stero jack, so the active circuit can be completed and work. This also means you have to unplug your guitar or it will kill your batteries.
#11
Quote by CJRocker
EMGs require 25k pots due to the output of them. I understand standard pots will sound extremely harsh or just flat not work at all (Im not 100% on that so feel free to correct me) They also need a stero jack, so the active circuit can be completed and work. This also means you have to unplug your guitar or it will kill your batteries.

ur confusin me
#12
so if i buy the emg's
i'll need batteries, 25k pots and a new stereo jack
are the 25k pots the tone and volume control knobs on the guitar?
and i don't understand when u say tht ''This also means you have to unplug your guitar or it will kill your batteries.'' are u saying that if i play then i have to unplug the guitar or smthing?
EDIT: oh yeah....and links on the pots and stereo jack please
Last edited by Ibarshall_X at Oct 29, 2007,
#13
And once again we come back to the crapness of your amp...
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#15
If you buy a kit all the parts are in the box. But sounds like this is a bit out of your league to do the work yourself. You will be replacing all the guts in your guitar to do this.
#16
Like most people above said, basically, if you make the move to EMGs (or any active pickup really), you'll be replacing all the electronics of your guitar. Not just the pickups.

Reason why your amp is in question, is because depending on your amp, EMGs might not make much of a difference in your tone, or could possibly even sound worse.

So what kind of amp do you have?
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#17
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what do u mean?

You have a little 15 watt practice amp....new pickups are the least of your worries when it comes to improving your tone.
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#18
i have the Ibanez TB15R amp
so what kind of kit do u reccommend?
and i wont change em myself
#19
I think that you should get a better guitar than just spending more money into your old one which (no offense) is really ****ty. You can get a ESP KH with EMG pickups and a Floyd Rose for just a hundred bucks more than your Ibanez...

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#20
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I think that you should get a better guitar than just spending more money into your old one which (no offense) is really ****ty. You can get a ESP KH with EMG pickups and a Floyd Rose for just a hundred bucks more than your Ibanez...

Here is the link: http://www.zzounds.com/item--ESPKH202

The pickups aren't the same, the floyd is licensed, not original. It is an improvement over the ibanez, however.
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#21
Well yea but they are made by EMG and in my opinion the author of the thread wants them just for looks - if he doesnt have a good amp its still going to sound choppy. If thats true than he can get passive EMG's as well
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#22
Quote by Hamer098
Well yea but they are made by EMG and in my opinion the author of the thread wants them just for looks - if he doesnt have a good amp its still going to sound choppy. If thats true than he can get passive EMG's as well

Yeah, I mean the amp is the obvious way to go for tone improvements, I agree with the TS wanting them for looks, in which case, yes the passives would be good. However, we need to overcome this noobishness and focus on the main objective of getting this guys tone the best it can be.
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#23
EMGs may sound worse through your amp than your current pickups.

Let's buy a new amp.
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EMGs may sound worse through your amp than your current pickups.

Let's buy a new amp.

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yay now everyone is happy
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#27
ok...listen, i'm not going to buy the emg's yet ok? i'm planning ahead
u really think i don't listen?
besides i just got my guitar at the end of summer so the stock ones are still a ok for me
i'll buy the EMG's a bit sooner /a bit later then my amp
#28
Quote by Ibarshall_X
ok...listen, i'm not going to buy the emg's yet ok? i'm planning ahead
u really think i don't listen?
besides i just got my guitar at the end of summer so the stock ones are still a ok for me
i'll buy the EMG's a bit sooner /a bit later then my amp

How old are you? because you've made loads of threads asking for advice, and then not taking it.
The EMG's will get you metallica's tone, but only through a decent high gain tube amp. Do you have any idea how much all of this is going to cost you?
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#29
yes i know how much it will cost me
i'm 14 but ive told u many many times, 2 YEARS!!!!
i think i will have the money in 2 years....ps my dad pays half of it
#30
WOW than thats planning way ahead... IMO learn how to play good and than think about changing your gear and if you still want EMG's get a better amp if not than get a better guitar...
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#32
Hokay than everybody is happy again!!

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