#1
Considering my style in playing is more on the Metal side i wanna get some new pickups...

Ive heard a lot of EMG's really popular...BUT the Blackouts have just ascended from hell and are also used by great bands like DIVINE HERESY and CHILDREN OF BODOM.

What do you prefer?
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#2
I believe Hakael has both EMG and Blackout equipped guitars; you should send him a PM.
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#3
The honest-to-goodness difference between them is negligible.
The EMGs sound more modern, more gain-y. The Duncans sound more organic. Both have high output.
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#4
Go for the blackouts. EMG's are overused now IMO.

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#5
Never used Blackouts wanna try em, but my EMG`s are the stuff Metal gods play with... the gain from them with the PA 2 is unreal and the pinch harmonics are insane, deff, put them in a guitar with a Floyd.

i don`t see me using anything other then EMG 81/85 maybe the 60, but i still gotta try the Blackouts.

but truespin has both, and if he`s right, there really no sence in me spending the cash on Blackouts when i know i love EMG`s.
#6
Quote by PlagueX1
Go for the blackouts. EMG's are overused now IMO.


Thats not a great reason.


As for a difference between the two, I can't help you compare, I can just tell you my experience with EMG's. I'm not a fan of 81's, they sound rather thin and searing. Great for like 80's metal but not enough thickness for modern metal. The 89 or 85 is a phenomenal pickup (i prefer the 89) they are both some of the biggest sounding pickups I've ever heard, and the 89 has the best cleans from a pickup I've ever heard.
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#7
Quote by MESAexplorer
Thats not a great reason.


As for a difference between the two, I can't help you compare, I can just tell you my experience with EMG's. I'm not a fan of 81's, they sound rather thin and searing. Great for like 80's metal but not enough thickness for modern metal. The 89 or 85 is a phenomenal pickup (i prefer the 89) they are both some of the biggest sounding pickups I've ever heard, and the 89 has the best cleans from a pickup I've ever heard.



Really, see i LOVE the 81 for the high gain searing sound it has, it just sounds like your gonna melt your face off with it.

havn`t tryed a 89 but the 85 is REALLLY boomy, ton of bass to it, wish it had alittle more high end, but is a really good pickup for cleans if you turn the gain way down.
#9
Quote by IbanezPsycho
Emgs with the 18v mod FTW

Same great output and tone but alot more organic....


also even more gain

but ya the 18V mod is a MUST.

Wish i had space to put a 9V/18V switch in my Warlock
#10
Quote by Slayerdeath
also even more gain

but ya the 18V mod is a MUST.

Wish i had space to put a 9V/18V switch in my Warlock


Honestly i leave mine in 18v mode about 99% of the time. I might switch to 9v so i can get the exact tone of a band im playing but then in like ugh i rather the 18v so i immediately switch back to 18 lol
#11
Quote by truespin
The honest-to-goodness difference between them is negligible.
The EMGs sound more modern, more gain-y. The Duncans sound more organic. Both have high output.


bang on the money. I found not a lot of difference. Seymour Duncan have obviously used the EMG's as they're blueprint. The only difference I would say is slightly more output than EMG's, which ain't a good thing on the neck pickup if you need decent cleans, but great for leads.

My main guitar has EMG 60/81, because I need the 60 for the cleans in my band's songs. The Blackouts are in my backup guitar cause I found them useless for cleans, but they are excellent for all else and a welcome change for differing purposes.

If you are in the hunt for active pickups but need cleans, go 60/81. If you need just brutal power then look at 85/81 and the Blackouts, they are a lot more alikened to each other.
#12
In my opinion, actives aren't really worth it.

Coming from an EMG owner.


But seriously, I'd just look at some higher output passives, they have a more diverse sound, and I doubt you'll get tired of the sound as quickly as you would with actives.
#13
go with the new blackouts ahb-1 there replacing emgs in fact the nickname for for these beast pickups are emgkiller
#14
I personally prefer blackouts, i hear they have a more humbucking tone, but Im getting them installed next week.
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#15
EMGs with the 18v mod...or the new EMGs might be good (i have not tried them yet). I also like blackouts but find the EMGs to have a bit more bite.
#16
i use nothing but emg 81/60, does the job for me, i tried blackouts and didnt liek them
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#17
if u THINK about it, it all comes down to preference, ur going to get biased answers left and right here
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#18
I had the same decision to make and went with the Blackouts, I just go the bridge pup though as I rarely use the neck pup, being installed as we speak.
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#19
I have Both the Regular blackouts and Blackout metal in two of rhoads.
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#20
Iv played emg's and they sound good but the Blacks came out and are said to be emg killers. Then I also herd that emg came out with the emg's X to compeat with the blacks
#21
It`s all preference. Try them both and see which one sounds better for the tone you`re looking for.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

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#22
Quote by MaidenRulez666
Considering my style in playing is more on the Metal side i wanna get some new pickups...

Ive heard a lot of EMG's really popular...BUT the Blackouts have just ascended from hell and are also used by great bands like DIVINE HERESY and CHILDREN OF BODOM.

What do you prefer?

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#23
holy shit what an old thread
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