#1
Hey, I have a Gibson Les Paul classic, and was curious about a couple things.

First off, EMGs are mainly used just for metal? If they are, I don't think I will put them in, but if they are also pretty nice for other types of music, such as alternative, and just general rock, I may consider it

And second off, if EMGs wouldnt really do well for other types of music, what would you guys suggest for a pickup upgrade for my Les Paul. This is all just curiousity, I may look into getting new pickups some day, just trying to get some ideas
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#3
EMGs are mainly used for metal, although there will be people on here telling you that you can use them for any genre. Personally I think they sound like total crap and they shouldn't be used by anyone!
#4
what don't you like about the sound you have now?

what amp are you using?
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#5
not all EMGs.
most EMGs are geared twords metal, but that doesnt mean you can use em for other stuff.
for example, the EMG 60 is the most amazing sounding blues/clean pickup i have ever herd in a humbucker form.
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#7
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EMGs are pretty much average for anything but Metal.


Not everyone has $400 lying around just for a set of pickups.

I recommend the EMG 60's, 89's, 89R, 81TW

That is if you want EMG's

A seymour duncan 59, Jazz, or JB combo of sorts would be a good option, although, for just a hair more you can buy some SUHR humbuckers, which eat duncans alive.
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#8
EMGs are generally better suited to metal.

Personally if I had a gibson, I don't know why I'd change the pick ups on a £1,200 guitar. But, that's just me.

I'd personally go for the SH-4 JB Bridge and SH-2n Jazz Necks, versatile, they sound niiice.
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#9
Pink Floyd's guitarist uses EMGs,and their tone is great!
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#10
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emgs=metal only...



thats a very ignorant statement.....i have EMGs can play anything i want...it takes tweeking like always..EMGs were made in the 70's for blues players


id still suggest getting some SD's sh4 and sh1 set
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#12
i think EMGs sound incredibly sterile and characterless. i played a 2nd hand american made fender telecaster that some idiot had put EMGs in and it sounded awful. i wouldn't recommend doing the same thing to your les paul.
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#13
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Not everyone has $400 lying around just for a set of pickups.


Well considering he doesn't have a location stated, he could well have been English which means it's not $400, it's like £110.

Even still, they're totally worth it.
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#14
EMG's are used in jazz guys...not just metal. I have an 85/81 set in my ibanez and they sound pretty decent whatever I play, not just through my 6505+ either.

People assume they are primarily metal pickups as they have a very high output. What they don't realise is that if you put high output pickups through a high gain metal amp, a lot of the time some pickups which are of a lower output sound just as good, if not better than the high output pickups (Lamb of God have Duncan JB's I THINK - not a massive fan, but it demonstrates my point).

I'd suggest some BKP's though - much more articulate than EMG's. If you want active pickups then they Seymour Duncan Livewires might be worth a look...lots of people say that they're better than EMG but the majority of people haven't actually tried them so be sure to try before you buy.
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#15
I play heavy music (garage,thrash,grunge sometime punky,sometimes prog) and I couldn't find a tone I loved out of the EMGs i put in my soloist. I found them to be very thin sounding. Harmonics were great and distortion was seething on the higher registers, so was sustain, but the creaminess of my tube amp was stifled and I couldn't get used to it. They IMHO were not versatile. I have a set of dimarzios-super distortion in the bridge and tone zone in the neck....Simply put, the most versatile set up I have ever played. Great harmonics, great chug a lug palm muting, very balanced (low-mid-high) sound that can do anything!
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#16
Well, I know they won't do clean as well as passive, because the output. You would have to roll off the volume a bit on the guitar.

You should maybe try out a guitar with them on, to see what they're like.
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#17
What's with all the EMG hate tonight?
Anyone else care to jump on the bandwagon?

Honestly, I bet half of the people saying EMG's suck haven't tried them with an 18v mod. There average pick ups without the mod, but amazing with it.

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#18
I did the 2 -9v trick and yes I admit, that did great things, but still just not my sound. They are not for everyone. I am not saying they sound Bad, just missing a certain growl I like.
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#19
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I did the 2 -9v trick and yes I admit, that did great things, but still just not my sound. They are not for everyone. I am not saying they sound Bad, just missing a certain growl I like.


Yeah, and I respect that. Different strokes for different blokes.
But when people jump to the conclusion that everything has to be amazing out of the box with no modifications, and when everybody jumps on a bandwagon of hate, it pisses me off.

Hell, I have a High end amp head, and I've had to replace a fair few components to get a better sound.
If people don't like EMG's I suggest they do the 18v mod. Try it out, and see if it's better for them.
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#20
Wooo go Single Coils!!!!11!

But on a note that actually matches this topic..

IMO stick with the Gibson pickups. Great tones for most styles. INCLUDING metal. Sure, not as good as EMGs for metal, but still decent.
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#21
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What's with all the EMG hate tonight?
Anyone else care to jump on the bandwagon?

Honestly, I bet half of the people saying EMG's suck haven't tried them with an 18v mod. There average pick ups without the mod, but amazing with it.


its hardly a bandwagon. i don't think anyone here is saying "they suck". I, for one, am not saying they suck. i'm just saying i don't like them and stating what i didn't like about them - and that was that they sounded very bland, to me. There are probably better active pickups out there.

btw, i think that telecaster i was referring to had the 18v mod you speak of, but it was well over a year ago that i tried it and i was hardly blown away so i'm not entirely certain, but it does ring some bells regarding the shop i tried it in.
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