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#1
what are some good pickups for death metal/Black metal
or any type of metal.

ive been thinking EMG's 81/85 or 81/60 set.
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#2
Definitely go with the 81/85. You won't find other pickups with the kinda punch they have. Many people will swear by them.
#3
EMGs are good, but I've heard a lot of people say that Duncan Blackouts blow them out of the water. I'd go with those instead if you want to go active.
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EMGs are good, but I've heard a lot of people say that Duncan Blackouts blow them out of the water. I'd go with those instead if you want to go active.


Blackouts have nicer cleans if you want to use them, and they do eliminate some hum you'd find with EMGs.
#5
EMG 81/60 > 81/85 any day. The 60 is a lot warmer than the 85 and is better for not only cleans, but leads as well.

You may want to try Seymour Duncan Blackouts- many people say they blow EMG out of the water- unfortunately nowhere around here has a guitar with them installed.
Another brand to look at could be Bareknuckle. If you can afford them they're great passive pups (I'm getting the nailbomb set hopefully)
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#6
Yeah deffinately 60>85. Though I do enjoy the 89 as well.
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#9
ive heard the same thing about the Blackouts but ive also heard bad reviews too.
thats why im iffy on the idea.
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#10
I don't even really think new pickups will make that much of a difference on a modeling amp. Then again, Epi pickups are kinda muddy.

Just remember, a pickup doesn't have to be high output to be for metal. Lamb Of God's guitarists use vintage output pickups. They get their br00tality from their Mesa Mark IVs.
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I don't even really think new pickups will make that much of a difference on a modeling amp. Then again, Epi pickups are kinda muddy.

Just remember, a pickup doesn't have to be high output to be for metal. Lamb Of God's guitarists use vintage output pickups. They get their br00tality from their Mesa Mark IVs.


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btw. i ordered the Roland.
i got a blemished one, and now i owe my mom some money

yeah. i think its Mark Morton who uses the SD '59

i know pickups wont help much but then again, stocks arent going to do me any good either.
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haha. its you again!

btw. i ordered the Roland.
i got a blemished one, and now i owe my mom some g's.

yeah. i think its Mark Morton who uses the SD '59

i know pickups wont help much but then again, stocks arent going to do me any good either.


Morton uses two 59's, and Adler uses a JB/59 setup. If you are looking for the most serious gain you can get, save up more money and ignore your pups, and try to find a used 5150 combo amp.
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haha. its you again!

btw. i ordered the Roland.
i got a blemished one, and now i owe my mom some money

yeah. i think its Mark Morton who uses the SD '59

i know pickups wont help much but then again, stocks arent going to do me any good either.

Cool. Blems are a great deal!

save some more money, then, if you want to upgrade from the stock ones...and maybe just get pickups from GuitarFetish.com.

Maybe a vintage '59 in the neck, and a Fat PAF in the bridge.
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Quote by ugmung
what are some good pickups for death metal/Black metal
or any type of metal.

ive been thinking EMG's 81/85 or 81/60 set.


Depends on what you want. Personally I like Dimarzio. Id go for a Dimarzio tone zone on the bridge then an X2N on the neck.
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Cool. Blems are a great deal!

save some more money, then, if you want to upgrade from the stock ones...and maybe just get pickups from GuitarFetish.com.

Maybe a vintage '59 in the neck, and a Fat PAF in the bridge.


my epi was a blem. they knock of $50 easy.

i love that site.
thats where im getting all my new upgrade parts. i.e. tuners, strap locks, etc.
but i wasnt so sure about the pickups.
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Cool. Blems are a great deal!
Maybe a vintage '59 in the neck, and a Fat PAF in the bridge.


The alnico's?
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#18
In all seriousness....Seymour Duncan '59's in both positions. Just get over having a high gain pickup, crank your f-ing amp. They'll give you a lot more clarity with everything.

I used to have them in my Jackson until I got a new bridge(Invader) that I'm not fond of it at all. All the guitars that I've played that have EMG pickups tend to be very bassy, which you might like...on the other hand a lower gain pickup with a high gain amp will help keep some clarity IMO.
#19
I'm not huge on vintage voiced pickups like the '59 for metal as they can get very muddy, but I guess for death metal (don't kill me sterotyping) that would be alright. Also consider the Duncan Full Shred or Invader along with the DiMarzio X2N or Drop Sonic.
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The alnico's?

Yessir.

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I'm not huge on vintage voiced pickups like the '59 for metal as they can get very muddy, but I guess for death metal (don't kill me sterotyping) that would be alright. Also consider the Duncan Full Shred or Invader along with the DiMarzio X2N or Drop Sonic.

I would NOT rec' an Invader.
#21
jesus you have a LP 100? dont bother with new p/ups, they wont make a difference, if your thinking of putting a pair of EMG's into it why not just save for a new guitar? how much did you pay for the LP 100?
your right though, the stock pickups in that are rubbish. Muddy as hell!
...if hell was made of mud..?
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#22
^Yeah I second that. Get rid of that **** and get an Ibanez.
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#23
im still not comfortable with the 59' idea, but you guys are way more educated and experienced than me so ill take your word for it.
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jesus you have a LP 100? dont bother with new p/ups, they wont make a difference, if your thinking of putting a pair of EMG's into it why not just save for a new guitar? how much did you pay for the LP 100?
your right though, the stock pickups in that are rubbish. Muddy as hell!
...if hell was made of mud..?



i actually like it, thank you.
i paid $200 for mine.
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i actually like it, thank you.
i paid $200 for mine.


ah fair 'nuff man, just i remember my mate had one for a while and i dispised every bit of it lol especially the pickups. If you intend keeping itfor a while, hell put whatever you want in it, a piece of steel with some twine around would sound better than the pickups in it atm......

seriously though,
Pair of EMG Active's would beef up your tone ALOT.
you'l need em really if your playing death metal, through a cube especially.
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#26
ahhh.
then which one?!?!?!?
the EMG's? or the 59's??!?!?!
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ahhh.
then which one?!?!?!?
the EMG's? or the 59's??!?!?!


Go for an EMG 85 Bridge, 81 neck combo. Very fat, beefy tone that works well for everything. The '59s would be beefy as well, but would get really muddy with a lot of gain.
#28
EMG's deff. I'd go with the 85/81 pair too, the 85 in the bridge might suit you more for death metulz, althou i dunno if it will make as much of a difference as it should through a cube!
go with the 81 and the 85 pair though.
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#30
Yeah, supposed to be more beefy and not as trebely as the 81 bridge setup!
ya could always switch em around after if your not happy anyways
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#31
oh.
ok then...

another question.
couldnt i just have the 85 in the neck and just use that instead?
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#33
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You want brutal? Try the Seymor Duncan Dimebucker's. I've heard good things.....

*looks up reviews* no, jk, they're pretty "bad" (as in good )


i heard they suck.
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#34
Okay if you don't get an amp with serious distortion, you will need a pair of EMG 85/81.
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Okay if you don't get an amp with serious distortion, you will need a pair of EMG 85/81.


what do you mean?
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#36
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Go for an EMG 85 Bridge, 81 neck combo. Very fat, beefy tone that works well for everything. The '59s would be beefy as well, but would get really muddy with a lot of gain.



They've never gotten muddy for me. BUT..I have an alder guitar.
#37
i can never find out what my guitar is.
ive seen mahogany/alder
and basswood.
i really have no idea.
and i know that will do a great deal for my pickup selection.
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#39
EMG's if your're an active pickup lover.

But....I would have to go with Bareknuckles!!
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They've never gotten muddy for me. BUT..I have an alder guitar.


What are your settings though? I tried a guitar last week (its model escapes me) with Duncan '59 in the bridge and thought it got muddy with a lot of gain, especially if you cut the treble/mids anyway.
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