#1
Topic. Haha I will change my pups in my v soon and i was thinking about high gain one. ( i play metal that logic )
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I haven't had any problems with my EMGs.
Go whichever; they look practically identical. It's kind of like Coke and Pepsi - there's not a huge difference to be seen.
#4
Blackouts seem to have more headroom than EMG's even with the 18v mod.
They both are great pickups though and you can't go wrong with either
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#5
It's a matter of preference really, see if you can try both sets out before you buy.

If it helps I love my Blackouts, and much prefer them to EMGs.
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#6
I like EMG, but I haven't tried Blackouts. EMGs have a really good high output that actually manage to sound great even on maximum distortion. But I play thrash, melodeath and core so i wouldn't know about your preferences.
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#7
They seem pretty comparable, i have had no problems with my emg's though, they actually sound great, clean and distorted. I have heard somewhere that blackouts have a smaller battery life though.
#8
Aren't blackouts passive o.0
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From what I've heard, and from what I've played, EMG's will cover up your mistakes a little more. I guess because they're like 14db quieter then the EMG's..
#11
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Aren't blackouts passive o.0


Do you live under a rock? Blackouts are definitely active.

To me Blackouts sound better than EMGs but personally I wouldn't go with either because I'm not a fan of active tone.
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Do you live under a rock? Blackouts are definitely active.

To me Blackouts sound better than EMGs but personally I wouldn't go with either because I'm not a fan of active tone.

for me I'd never want active because IMO I HATE having those plastic covers on the back of my guitar, i want a smooth back, or just a tremolo opening, none of those 3 different plastic cover junk
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Do you live under a rock? Blackouts are definitely active.

To me Blackouts sound better than EMGs but personally I wouldn't go with either because I'm not a fan of active tone.

I heard someone say they were passive.
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#14
For metal, get the Blackouts Metal.

Definitely active.
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for me I'd never want active because IMO I HATE having those plastic covers on the back of my guitar, i want a smooth back, or just a tremolo opening, none of those 3 different plastic cover junk



Then get a none active guitar, slap some actives in it and throw the battery in the compartment. Thats how both of mine are setup..


As for the debate its all prefrence...
#17
for the metal tone the SD AHB-1 or SD AHB-2's will suit you fine.
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#20
Also my EMG's are switchable from 9 to 18 volts so that opens up the versatility ten fold for me. If im doing my own thing 18 volts for a unique tone and if im playing metallica 9 volts and its an exact replica...