#1
I was just looking at a musicans friend magazine looking at the guitars section and I saw a guitar that had EMG 81 and 85 pickups and it said they have better "attack" ? What's that mean?
#2
More aggressive tone. Usually associated with bright/punchy/tight.

Those are high output pickups, they're used for massive distortion.
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#3
It depends on the useage. How you attack your strings refers to the velocity and angle of the pick. The attack of your sound refers to how loud and responsive your pickups are in relation to how you hit the strings.

And yeah, EMG 81-85s have pretty killer attack. I never had a complaint when I used em.
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#4
I agree with Garou. My EMGs have excellent attack.
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#5
So it can pick up the sound of your pick hitting the strings easier?
#6
Quote by Rave765
So it can pick up the sound of your pick hitting the strings easier?

Yeah. They respond sooner and they're generally louder and 'punchier' then passive pickups and in this case, some active pickups.
-Guitar Gear-
1995 American Fender Strat, EMG 85 pup
Randall RH200 Head
Marshall 1960a Cab
Woods Acoustic
-Bass Gear-
Spector Legend 4 bass
Washburn Bantam bass
Hartke HA2500
Fender Bassman 410H
Play what you love, love what you play
#7
Attack is the "immediacy" of the sound and how quickly it gets to full volume. With active pickups and ceramic passives the sound is very immediate and pretty much "jumps" out at you at full volume. With something like an alnico 2 magnet you get a much softer attack, there's a tiny bit of space there at the beginning as the sound grows and develops.

For highly distorted, aggressive tones like in metal then you'd probably want a sharper attack, but for soulful, softer leads then you might prefer a softer attack.
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