#1
Im thinking of asking for a EMG-81 or some other pickup for christmas. Now I thought i heard somewhere that the EMG doesnt fit in the SG-400. And is there any thing special you have to do to switch from passive to active? Are there any other pickup recommendations for a metal pickup?
#2
well, actives need a battery, and there is normally room for it in a cavity in guitars for actives. Sometimes there's enough room to put a battery into the pre routed cavity, but sometimes the cavity is too small and you need to route a new one just for the batteries.
At least i'm pretty sure. Also, actives and passives have very different volumes and generally don't mix, though don't quote me on that because i'm not 100% sure
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#3
An EMG-81 will fit just fine (I have a G400 too :P)
It's standard pickup size, and the battery will fit in the control routing. Just be sure to add another active pickup, as it's a bit of a trick to mix active and passive. I recommend the EMG-60, -85, and -89.
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well, actives need a battery, and there is normally room for it in a cavity in guitars for actives. Sometimes there's enough room to put a battery into the pre routed cavity, but sometimes the cavity is too small and you need to route a new one just for the batteries.
At least i'm pretty sure. Also, actives and passives have very different volumes and generally don't mix, though don't quote me on that because i'm not 100% sure

yah u got it right. unless ur like me and only use the bridge pup or neck pup there will be no point in just changing one pup
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#5
Duncan Distortion for metal? I mean, it has the word "distortion" right in the name...
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An EMG-81 will fit just fine (I have a G400 too :P)
It's standard pickup size, and the battery will fit in the control routing. Just be sure to add another active pickup, as it's a bit of a trick to mix active and passive. I recommend the EMG-60, -85, and -89.


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I highly recommend EMG 81 and EMG 60 combination
#10
I kinda go back and forth about active pickups. Great distorted metal sound, but thats it, no dynamics.
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#11
does anyone reccomend the Duncan SH-6, DiMarzio X2N, or DiMarzio D-Activator over the EMG's? because they are all cheaper.

and my amp is (flame suit: on) line 6 spyder 75w
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#12
No, you should save money for a new amp - pickups won't make any discernible difference.
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No, you should save money for a new amp - pickups won't make any discernible difference.


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Pickups aren't worth it, especially not EMGs that are designed for tube amps anyway.
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Pickups aren't worth it, especially not EMGs that are designed for tube amps anyway.


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seriously, they wont do much good with that amp, to hear any difference you need a better amp
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#15
It would fit, but you need to realize you would need to gut the entire guitar due to needing new Pots, battery clip, and I think even the input jack is different because it needs to ground to the battery clip.
#16
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and my amp is (flame suit: on) line 6 spyder 75w

And you want to change pickups why when you have a modelling amp, and a bad one at that? ._.

If you get round to it, stay passive. More dynamics and punch, and much better cleans.

As always, my big reccomendation is Bare Knuckles, their high output models also have good cleans, and scream with a bit of gain. Pricey, but that's the absolute ONLY drawback.

But first, NEW AMP.

AND DON'T BE SUCKERED INTO BUYING AN MG.
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And you want to change pickups why when you have a modelling amp, and a bad one at that? ._.

If you get round to it, stay passive. More dynamics and punch, and much better cleans.

As always, my big reccomendation is Bare Knuckles, their high output models also have good cleans, and scream with a bit of gain. Pricey, but that's the absolute ONLY drawback.

But first, NEW AMP.

AND DON'T BE SUCKERED INTO BUYING AN MG.


Tube ONRY! =D

Seriously, its worth it. When I jumped from my SpideyIII to my current Rivera, its orgasmic really.

After you have a nice tube amp, you can go down checking for pick ups, pedals, new guitars and plenty of other stuff.
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#18
seriously listen to these people. At first with my spider i was like " wahwahweewah it haz all deez effectz!!! and BR00t4lz diztorshun!!! "

Then i went to gc and tried out a valveking with a bad monkey and i was like. "HOLY SHIT SO MACH BR00T4LS SO LITTLE TIME!!!!" and so now i'm going to buy a vk for 200 bucks used off of craigslist.

moral of the story: If you want moar br00t4lz change your amp not your pickups. I mean seriously the spider has no testicles.
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does anyone reccomend the Duncan SH-6, DiMarzio X2N, or DiMarzio D-Activator over the EMG's? because they are all cheaper.

and my amp is (flame suit: on) line 6 spyder 75w

I've got a set of EMG's in my Explorer and through a modelling amp (I've got a Vypyr) they don't sound much different than the Duncans in my LTD or the Gibson pickups in my V. My friend has a couple of tube amps and I use one of those when we jam and the EMG's sound great through both of them. So save for a new amp you'll be better off in the long run.
#20
First Suggestion is to get an NEW AMP an SS won't sound well with new pickups.

Second if you can't afford a amp get the DImarzio X2N, D activator X, D activators, Seymour duncan AHB2 Blackouts Metal.
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#21
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an SS won't sound well with new pickups.

Not entirely true. Just to stop some of the bandwagoning here, some transistor amps do kick major arse, the Line 6 Vetta or HD147, for example and the Roland Jazz Chorus, and they'll sound better with some new pickups. Maybe not actives, but passives, and you'll be fine.

So if you have a top of the range transistor amp, which you do not have, spare the money, and get a new amp, like everyone's saying.

But people, remember, there are some amazing transistor amps out there, it's just that most are crap pieces of...


Crap.

But yeah, change your amp to a nice valve one, I would say one, but my computer is dying, I've got and essay to write and I'm too stressed to think!

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#22
lol my moms gona kill me if i say i needed to switch amps. i switched from a peavy 75w to the line6 75w. i hated the peavy. Should i try and find a small tube amp?
#23
well i think im just gona get a seymour duncan sh-6. i found one on craigslist for $40, good deal, and what can it hurt thats like half price.