#1
anyone think EMGs would work well with jazz? I'm torn between using my washburn (81-S-S; alder body) or my dean strat copy (H-H dean stock pickups, basswood body) i think im getting a pretty good clean with the tone at around 5, and neck and middle pickup selected. any input?
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#2
I personally don't think EMGs would make for good Jazz tone but it's all up to you: if you think it sounds good then go with it.
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#4
I guarantee almost everyone else will say no, but I say yes. They would be real nice. EMG's are very responsive to rolling back tone.
#5
Id say the Dean. I hear that EMGs have an aweful clean tone most of the time.
#6
EMGs... at least the 81 in question... are very hot metal pickups.

Sounds like you're using the mid and neck pickups? So the EMG isnt even in the equation.
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#7
Maybe he has EMG single coils in the neck.
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#8
i meant Emg singles in middle and neck, you can't exactly combine active and passives
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#9
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i meant Emg singles in middle and neck, you can't exactly combine active and passives

Yeah, you can.
It just takes some creative wiring and pot selection.

Do you like the sound you get from them?
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#10
Bridge in mine sounds warm and nice
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#12
Experimental Jazz, maybe... But tbh EMG's are designed for metal, which is about as far away from Jazz as you can get, although the EMG 91's are designed for Jazz guitars, so I dunno... Try going for a pair of 60's and keep the tone down... I've heard if you keep the volume down on the guitar, they can do pretty well with arpeggios and open chords, so it might work.
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#13
I like my 60 for cleans, that's if you know how to work your amp.
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#14
Well, just do your own thing, man.
If you dig it, then it's cool by me.
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#16
David Gilmour used EMGs. that alone should answer your question. hes the MAN.
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#17
Not anymore and not for all the classic Floyd stuff, he only used them for a while and only live because they're noiseless; now that you can get noiseless pickups that aren't EMGs and noise suppressors and all that jazz he doesn't use them at all.
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#18
Knopfler uses EMG's in his old (dire-strait-time) Schecters!
It didn't actually sound very metal to me ...
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#19
I don't think the 81 would get the tone you want, but despite their reputation, you CAN get a good clean or bluesy tone from either an 85 or 60.

The 81 in the bridge gives a very sharp clean tone, which isn't a lot of use.


60 goes pretty bluesy, and 85 comes close. Try a guitar with the different pickups in them if you can.
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#20
An 81 in the neck sounds really twinkly clean. A 60 or 85 in the bridge might work well for clean jazz tones.
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#21
Yeah man. EMG's website says that their pickups are aimed for jazz and metal. weird. but I saw it somewhere. but definately not the 81s and I really doubt the 85 will give u jazz sound. look around!
#22
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I'm with you on that. You can get an almost clinically clean sound out of active pickups. With the right amp, they'd be great for jazz work.