#1
I recently picked up an Alexi 600SE ($700 ) and I was just wondering, is it really worth it to switch from the HZ to Blackout? I haven't got around to trying them out, and the HZ seems bearable but I think i want a bit higher output. Also, how do EMG 81s compare to the Blackout?
#2
I DEMAND PICS OF THAT GUITAR RIGHT NOW
but yes, put a blackout in.
I BETTER GET PICS
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#3
lol I know. I didn't have the cash to buy it so I only made a reserve payment. Hopefully I'll be getting it tomorrow, and then guitar porn will follow. (I also got a matching black/pink strap )
#4
I liked my Alexi when I put an 18V mod EMG 81 in it. Sounded pretty damn good.
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#5
The HZ's are crap pickups in my opinion. Better off with an active EMG setup or the blackouts.
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The HZ's are crap pickups in my opinion. Better off with an active EMG setup or the blackouts.


Yeah...EMG passives aren't so great, but their actives are amazing.

From what I've heard Blackout pickups are amazing...I'd try them out.
#7
Actually, the EMG-HZ's are great pickups. Their tone is exactly the same as the 81 and 85, just a bit less output, which can be a good thing. They have that same compressed, articulate, low noise playabilty as their active brothers.

People have their mind made up already and assume these pickups are bad because they aren't active and come stock on lower end models. Which is ridiculous. It's just classic bandwagon favoritism.
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#8
Get the freakin' Blackout
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just a side question, do all metal players use active pickups? i mean, with super crazy high gain amps, do you really need your guitar to have a little more output to get some more gain? its not like anyone can possibly be using all the available gain in an amp like a 5150.
and im not trying to sound condescending, i really just dont know and am curious.
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just a side question, do all metal players use active pickups? i mean, with super crazy high gain amps, do you really need your guitar to have a little more output to get some more gain? its not like anyone can possibly be using all the available gain in an amp like a 5150.
and im not trying to sound condescending, i really just dont know and am curious.


Plenty of metal bands use passive pups. Lamb of God and Amon Amarth for example. I prefer actives b/c it makes pinch harmonics easier, but the one pet peeve I have is that they are so hot that feedback can be a problem, nothing a noise gate can't fix though.
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just a side question, do all metal players use active pickups? i mean, with super crazy high gain amps, do you really need your guitar to have a little more output to get some more gain? its not like anyone can possibly be using all the available gain in an amp like a 5150.
and im not trying to sound condescending, i really just dont know and am curious.



I'm guessing people said the same thing about humbuckers when they first came out.
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I'm guessing people said the same thing about humbuckers when they first came out.

except the sole purpose of humbuckers being invented was to "buck the hum." not to get more overdrive.
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#13
yeah hz's are pretty bad. alexi only used them because he has the booster, which is basically like an active out of a passive. the blackouts are not exactly metal pickups. theyre like hard rock pickups... smae thing alexi uses them because he has the booster. they have more mids and not as much gain, but it's still pretty gain-y.
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