#1
I am in the process of restoring a peice of crap strat copy, gonna try and make it into something decent. Unfortunately, because of my location, i can only obtain EMG pickups. The ones in my price range are the EMG 85, 60, 81 and 90. Which one of these pickups is the best for a fat metal crunch?

Thanks, hopefully ill make it down to the shop and buy one before it closes.
#4
81s are pretty fat warm toned
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Emg 81.
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81 bridge 60 neck
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81/85 combo
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how are you gonna fit humbuckers into a strat?
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Dont get the strat. your better off putting the money together and buying something worth while.
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get sd blackouts instead
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He said he can only obtain EMGs.

Go with an 81 bro.
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81 all the way
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your a pink floyd fan and u dislike emgs. ok lol you shouldnt like pink floyd at all. cause dave gilmour uses emgs in his strats

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Why would you get two of the same pickups?


u obviously know NOTHING about emgs. kirk uses two 81/81. they have a balanced output suitable for bridge and neck pickups.
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your a pink floyd fan and u dislike emgs. ok lol you shouldnt like pink floyd at all. cause dave gilmour uses emgs in his strats


lol kids. First off if you understood what I wrote you'd know it was sarcasm. Second of all Gilmour doesn't use EMG's anymore and admitted that they take away the Strats characteristics. He only used them live in the 80's and 90's because all their electronics and lights on stage caused his passives to be too noisy. He's back to his old black Strat as his main axe now with passives, live and in the studio. On an Island album was recorded mainly on his black Strat and some Les Paul's. Third just because I like Pink Floyd and Gilmour doesn't necessarily mean I'm thrilled about his EMG Strat tone. Do I like it? Yes, but he's refined it. If you listen to Delicate Sound of Thunder and then Pulse theres a nice change in his tone. I prefer his tone better when he's using passives. Just listen to Live at Pompeii or his new DVD at Royal Prince Albert Hall. Thanks and have a nice day.
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#18
OK Thanks for the advice, just picked up an EMG 81, is it better to install it at the neck or bridge position?

Thanks
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Bridge definitely. But contrary to what someone mentioned earlier, EMG 81's are NOT fat and warn toned... They are extremely hot and quite a bit trebley.. Killer pickups, but if you find that the sound is a bit harsh and thin for you, try wiring in another 9v battery in series with the other battery. It will open the pickup quite a bit.... I have this mod with my LP 81/85 setup and it really rounds out the tone of these guys.

There's threads about this 18v mod if you want some info.
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#21
81 and 60 is the best combo if you ask me, 81 is pretty high gain bright tone where the 60 is alot warmer but still descent gain, together they work nicely.
#23
OMFG, i installed the 81 in the biggest heap of **** $50 guitar that i bought over 10 years ago, and it sounds better than my $1500 ibanez RG-P that i just bought a few months ago, cant believe it. This strat that i modded is the funniest looking guitar now ill post some pics soon
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OMFG, i installed the 81 in the biggest heap of **** $50 guitar that i bought over 10 years ago, and it sounds better than my $1500 ibanez RG-P that i just bought a few months ago, cant believe it. This strat that i modded is the funniest looking guitar now ill post some pics soon


It doesn't really matter what you put an EMG in, it'll all sound the same more or less. EMG's aren't really affected by the wood like passive pickups. I think it might be the fact that their magnets are much weaker then on a passive. Anyways you can end up with something like this.....
http://youtube.com/watch?v=BzgV8xLOhR8
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#26
everybody's saying 81, but from what i've heard, the 81 is really treble-strong and really biting (and not warm) unless you detune 2 steps or so. am i right on that?

i'd personally go with an 85 in the bridge. if i had an EMG set, it'd be 85/60
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