#1
I have an Ibanez S520Ex and I was thinking of getting some 81/85 EMGs to put in it. But my friends recently got a Hellraiser which comes with EMG 81/85 but with Coil Taps, 81tw/89 or something like that... Anyways, they're pretty much the same thing when not tapped right?

He played it outta my amp with the same settings I usually use and it sounded a little better than the stock INFs I had in my guitar. It had a little bit more color to it, but that's pretty much it. My guitar had more Bass and distortion to it... So is that all the EMGs are? Or are my pickups just somehow decent for being stock. Or am I just dumb? Haha.
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#3
should have tried EQing them better than using the settings you use for your other guitar. cant really for an opinion without messing with the eq first
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#4
I have a 520EX with EMG 81/85.
I think it's my best sounding guitar period, even for clean.
#5
idk.... i love the hellraiser, but ive noticed emgs sound better on certain guitars
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#6
I found the EMG's to sound pretty much the same whatever guitar they are in. Not that that's a bad thing.

They seem a bit sterile to me.

Would like to try non-active pickups in my guitars to see what difference it makes to the sound, and see if any sound differences between the different models.
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#7
I depends on the amp...sometimes the better the amp..the bigger
the difference in the sound of pups. On a spider active EMG's barely
sound better than Seymour duncans...but on a nice tube amp..there
is a big difference.

It all depends on what your ear likes and what kind of style u like
to play in. If you play alot of power chords and wild bends and wails
for solos..the compressed feel of the emg's might not be a prob.

For some players they dont want the compressed sound. They like
for all of the strings to have more of a diverse tone. I think that pups
shine in different situations. EMG's are heavily endorsed by metal
artists..but i think they do better in blues and chicken pickin...
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#8
actually, emg's and active pickups sound a lot better out of good amps. when you play out of the wrong amp, whether it is good or bad, it sounds like trash. also, if it's too high gain, turn down the pickup volume almost all the way and you get some sweet organic distortion-ish clean sound. personally, i like emg's but a lot fo people hate them. don't know why but it's true
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#9
Well, you can see my gear in my Sig... Is VK not a quality amp? Haha.

Maybe I'll test it out again next time and see if I can get some sweet sound out of it. But I gotta learn how to not suck at playing guitar first...
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· Ibanez PF · Washburn WG-248 · Ibanez S520Ex
· Ibanez BTB455
· Schecter Studio 5
Amp & Accessories
· Peavey Valveking 212
· Carvin BX1200
· · TraceElliot 1028H
· · Custom 1x15 Eminence

· · Carvin BRX4.10
#10
Quote by Phry
Well, you can see my gear in my Sig... Is VK not a quality amp? Haha.

Maybe I'll test it out again next time and see if I can get some sweet sound out of it. But I gotta learn how to not suck at playing guitar first...


It just sounds to me like you like passive pups more. Theres no harm in
that. With a valve kings..just run distortion effects through the clean channel.
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#11
my emg passive h4's still hummed like crazy, the highs and the midrange was ok, but the humm was terrible. i replaced them with gibson pickups and it's all good
#12
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my emg passive h4's still hummed like crazy, the highs and the midrange was ok, but the humm was terrible. i replaced them with gibson pickups and it's all good


H4's aren't active, they're just a budget version of an real EMG