#1
i want to trade in my stock pickups to get some emg active pickups.

i just want to know whats a better set up : 81/85 or 81/60

my style is a mix between led zeppelin, metallica, and lamb of god


thanks
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#2
I'd go with 81/60 combo.

But why EMGs?

Zeppelin - Passive pickups
Metallica - Passive pickups (in the 80s.. you know, when they were good)
Lamb of God - Passive pickups

something to think about..
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#3
i had some and i wasnt a fan, id suggest ya try out some different seymour duncans before u get deadset on EMGs.
#4
can you fit a better in your control cavity, or cut a hole out for yourself?
cause if not thats gonna be hard


and line 6 spider is most likely your problem if you arent getting the tone you want
#7
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I'd go with 81/60 combo.

But why EMGs?

Zeppelin - Passive pickups
Metallica - Passive pickups (in the 80s.. you know, when they were good)
Lamb of God - Passive pickups

something to think about..

about the metallica thing ive seen a video from the very early 80's where kirk plays a flying with 1 emg in the bridge
#8
As far as I know metallica have pretty much always used EMGs 81/60 combo for Hetfeild

If you have a solid state amp you should upgrade to valve before the EMGs will sound good.

'Worth it' is a loose term, they are differnt, that is all.




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#9
81/85 definably
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#10
thanks, im still not sure if emgs are right for me, because i have stock hums on mine and they dont sound so good, and i hear the emgs on my friends RR3 through my amp and it sounds way better.

the battery is also a concern, where does it go in the guitar? (PS, i got a deal with my buddy at my local guitar shop, that he will install the pickups including the new pots and input jacks for free if i give him my old pickups)


oh, anyone got any good suggestions on passive pickups then?
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#11
Short answer: NO
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#12
i didnt check to see what kind of guitar you have, but you can either install a battery box, or just throw the 9-v in your control cavity. chances are you'll have the room. i've always heard the seymour duncan JB or Pearly gates are good for all-around stuff. but I stick with guitar fetish, just because im super tight on cash.
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#13
Don't bother with actives, get Dimarzio D-activators.

Sounds like them and needs no batteries. Imo they're better than emgs. I have them on my custom axe. I have emg 81-60 on my lp copy though.
#14
If emg's are the sound your looking for then yes they are awesome...

if they're not then well... duh there not...
and for the bands you listed im gonna go with no...
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#15
EMGs wont do led zep so good. And wont so well on a spider amp. EMGs seem to be the solution to all tone problems. I have a set in a guitar havent played in months, dont like the way they sound. There are lots of ways to get more gain than active pickups and cheaper ways. But if you have your heart set on EMGs not much we can say.