#1
I've been playing with EMG's in my guitars for the past 2 months now, I have an ESP EX-400 (81/81) and an ESP F-400 (81/85), I play on a Peavy ValveKing, half stack 100 watts, tube.. and use the Metal Muff pedal.

I've never had a chance to hear Dimarzio's or Seymore Duncan pickups, and was wondering if someone could give me a good contrast/comparison between the three.

I absolutelly love my EMGs but, hey who knows right? maybe I'll love Dimarzios or somthing after I hear them.

Unfortunately there is no guitar shop here, at least not one that would carry anything with pickups like that.

Which in your opinion is best for metal?
#2
i like emgs i got 81/85 in my les paul and i have a ibanez with a duncan full shred my les paul sounds so much better its not even funny
#3
Retubing your amp, and putting in a new speaker will get better metal results. Look around, there are great VK mods you can do that will make your amp sound ultra-beast. Those will do far more to the tone than any pickup can do
#5
emg's are good for metal...but once i replaced the emg's in my hellraiser with the seymour duncan blackouts, i threw my emg's in another guitar and sold it...the blackout gave me a fuller, deeper and darker tone....awesome pickups
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emg's are good for metal...but once i replaced the emg's in my hellraiser with the seymour duncan blackouts, i threw my emg's in another guitar and sold it...the blackout gave me a fuller, deeper and darker tone....awesome pickups


Yeah, Blackouts!

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#7
Seyour Duncans are great. I have a SH-4 model in the treble position of my RR1, and I love it now. It took some getting used to first because I was used to my 81/85 set in my Les Paul, but now I like the both the same. The SD's are just as hot as the EMGs, and I think i prefer them a little more becaue they have better dynamics, and better cleans. They definity work for metal.

I've heard alot of Dimarzios before, but I cant really give you a good description. I've heard them from guitarists at shows, and alot of them time I was far back so I didnt get to fully hear them. Randy Rhoads used a Super-Distortion in the treble and a PAF in the rhythm, so that should give you somewhat on an idea. In his Polka Dot V by the way, not his other guitars. Listen to BlizzardOfOzz, he used his PDV on most of those tracks.

Overall, the Seymour Duncans are more versatile. Better cleans, better dynamics, and usually passive (unless you buy blackouts). EMGs are also good, but it depends how versatile youre going to be.
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#8
After reading and watching Guitar World's review on the Blackouts, I want it!
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After reading and watching Guitar World's review on the Blackouts, I want it!

in general i wouldnt trust their reviews too much (marshall MG - 9/10, the review was sponsored by: Marshall... etc) but blackouts really are good ****
#10
that was a good review...pretty much dead on from my experience...i now have two guitars with blackouts in them...and i can actually hear a difference between the guitars...unlike when i had the emgs in them
ESP Eclipse with blackouts (Snow White)
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#11
Blackouts and EMG with the 18V mod are pretty comparable.

Also get new tubes and some celestions for the valveking.
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#14
What worries me is the metal muff on a tube amp. Why use it? Besides, if you absolutely love your EMG's, then why a change after only 2 months? I would keep the guitar as it is now and spend money on amps and save for a real ESP later.
#15
What are the differences between the Blackouts and the EMGs?
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#16
i heard duncan sh-6 and those were fantastic, and that's what im gonna get soon :p
passive pickups ftw!
#17
What are Invaders like? I was considering changing my RG pups to either Blackouts, EMGs (probably 18V) or Invaders - for pretty much all metal.
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#18
Necro thread FTW.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
#20
seymour duncan and dimarzio make all kinds of different pickups so it's really kind of ridiculous to expect people to be able to describe the differences between them and a brand like EMG, which basically have one signature sound, which is active.
#21
Stop posting, retards. This thread is 19 months old.
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what kind of palm muting is best for metal?
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#24
emg's are the best but you need to use them @ 18 volts
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