#1
okay.. i'm lookin to get a guitar with a good emg set.

i'm looking at a all of ESP's semi-cheap guitars.

i'm also looking at a zakk wylde guitar.

i'm aware that humbuckers can get rid of hum and provide a little bit warmer tone...

i'm also aware that emg's have better distortion capabilities.

right now i have a set of three single coils.

i just want something tonaly versitile, where i can go from rolling stones to metallica relativly easily.

i guess my overall question is...

what type of pickup do i need if i want extreme tonal capabilities?

what are it's pros and cons?
#2
If you get EMGs, try an HA/SA in the neck, and an 85 in the bridge. The 85 will sound warmer then the 81 does, the HA will give you single-coil sounds in the neck.

It's likely you're not really a candidate for EMGs, passive pickups may be more suited for what you wish to play.
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ummmmm... are you completely set on EMGs? are you sure that they're what you want?

because there's a ton of Seymour Duncan pups out there that would fit what you're looking for. there are others on here that know more that I do, but I'd say look into them.
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i'm also looking at a zakk wylde guitar.

I'm guessing you're looking at the cheaper ZW Epiphone, in which case it comes with HZs on it if I'm not mistaken which suck majorly.


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i'm also aware that emg's have better distortion capabilities.


Wrong, any higher output pickup can get you great distortion sounds, you don't need actives. Even lower output pickups can sound great with a lot of distortion.


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i just want something tonaly versitile, where i can go from rolling stones to metallica relativly easily.


If you want something that's very versatile you should NOT be looking at EMGs. They can be pretty versatile with an 81/60 or 81/89 combo, but there's better pickups out there for what you want.

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what type of pickup do i need if i want extreme tonal capabilities?


You'll probably want a passive pickup. Duncan JB, '59 and Custom Custom are great as well as the DiMarzio PAF Pro, Air Norton, Breed and Tone Zone.

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what are it's pros and cons?


Passives will have a much more organic sounds and (imo) better sounding cleans. EMGs will have a certain distinct tone to them, but most guitars with them in them seem to sound tonally, very similar, as well as cleans being sterile and bland.
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