#1
I wanted to hear how EMG's (81/85, 81/60, 85/81) sound like with a crunch-type sound, like a classic rock tone, and an Iron Maiden-type metal tone.

I was considering getting an ESP/LTD with EMGs, just wanted to see how they fair with other types of metal/rock.
#2
They sound pretty good IMO. Especially the 60. Just go to a store and try it out yourself.
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#3
EMG has some clips on their website. Just go to the specific model you're looking for, and they have both overdriven/clean clips.
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They sound pretty good IMO. Especially the 60. Just go to a store and try it out yourself.
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#6
Keep in mind that active pickups like those rely on having a good amp, more so than passives do. Of course, the amp is always going to be the most important part of your tone anyway - it's just that this applies doubly so to active pickups.

If you don't have a good amp (and by 'good', I don't just mean 'you could kind of gig with it'. I mean a proper, touring-quality rig), then EMGs (and in fact, all active pickups) tend to sound utterly awful. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you have a really good, proper amp rig for them. Your Peavy might just be good enough to do the pickups justice, but I wouldn't bank on it.
#7
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I wanted to hear how EMG's (81/85, 81/60, 85/81) sound like with a crunch-type sound, like a classic rock tone, and an Iron Maiden-type metal tone.

I was considering getting an ESP/LTD with EMGs, just wanted to see how they fair with other types of metal/rock.


I would recommend EMG 89's. You can coil split em to sound like Iron Maiden's single coil stuff. They have excellent cleans, and they have a really smooth distortion.
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#9
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I dont see what's wrong with my XXX, it's a mid-end tube amp.


EMGs are very sterile pickups. Lots of high end, cut really well.
Normally thats a good thing, but with an already sterile amp, it could be a bad combination.

Depending on how you EQ the amp, you could get a great sound.
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#10
Cuz the Triple XXX is a bit on the bright side, i'd get an EMG 89/60A set, or a a 58 (yea, 58, it was the first model they made) for the bridge. I believe since the 60A is alnico, it should sound warmer and have a bit wider tonal spectrum, and the 89 is splittable. I liked the sound of the 58 i heard sounded like an 81 without the the hid mid focus. Like a tighter 85.