#1
Right now in my ESP SV, it has a pair of EMG 81's. I like the tone the 81 gives in the bridge, but for the neck position I want something with a different sound to it.

The 81 is pretty aggressive and biting, which is good, but I don't think I really need it in the neck. So, I was thinking about switching to a 60 or an 85.

How do these sound, and compare?

I'm looking for something that might be able to do cleans better, but more importantly, I want something a bit warmer and darker. More rounded off, maybe.

And in case anyone is wondering, the ESP SV has an ebony fretboard, maple neck, and alder body.
#2
im not sure how they compare since i've never played a 60 but if you end up wanting an 85 i have one for sale
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#4
As someone who has a guitar with the 85, I don't really like it. I played an ESP LTD FX400 a few times, and I must say that the 60 had a much tighter, and less bassy sound in which you're looking for. The 85 gets a bit muddy for me, but that maybe due to the settings on my amp. The 60 on the other hand was clear as day. I loved it.
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#5
Hmm...

The best way I can describe the tone I'm going for is smooth, dark, and deep. It doesn't have to be bright, but I don't want it to be muddy.

I suppose the closest comparison would be something like the leads and solo in this song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfmIDBfuGcU

and I'm aware that's done with passives (and on a custom PRS), but it's the best example I could think of at the moment. That, and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFFWDUhuMDg
#7
owning both, id have to say i like the 60 better, better cleans and better distorted sound, but thats all opinion its a little cooler sounding, smoother thats why i like it, does leads really well
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#9
the 85 is a mini humbucker in a humbucker casing, its a little more aggressive than the 60 imagine
#10
85 is good for when you have both the bridge and the neck pickups on, it gives it a bit more crunch
but if your going for a cleaner soundin the neck, so id say defently go for the 60.
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