81X Review

manufacturer: EMG date: 05/19/2011 category: Pickups

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EMG: 81X
This is the new EMG 81X, from the X-series. It's branded as a more dynamic pickup with a more headroom. The output is high, its a high output mic and there is no problem with playing the most heavy stuff.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Overall rating:
 8.2 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 7.3 
 Votes:
 4 
 Views:
 2,430 
review (1) user comments vote for this gear:
overall: 9
81X Reviewed by: mazerfaka, on may 19, 2011
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 99

Purchased from: thomann

Sound: This is the new EMG 81X, from the X-series. It's branded as a more dynamic pickup with a more headroom. The output is high, its a high output mic and there is no problem with playing the most heavy stuff. The tone is fine, much better than I expected, there is a new designed pre-amp in this set that doesn't color the sound. It's a litte bit to bassy for my taste, I had to get the mid up a bit. I have it in the bridge. I always use the Gibson Dirty Fingers pickup, and like that alot more, it's more raw, in your face and a bit higher output, suits my punk/easycore playing better. // 8

Reliability & Durability: It seems solid! It came with a volume knob, a tone knob and a output jack. It's all solderless, just connect the wires and it's done! Easy as plugging in a mouse to the computer. I depend on it! The quick connectors seems to last my jumping and all my rocking out moves. And I rolled the battery in ducktape to get it more soft since I have it in the control cavity. // 10

Overall Impression: I love the solderless installation, it's a blast not to have your fingers burned off everytime you need to do anything. All pickups should be in this system. I installed it in my Hagstrom Ultra Swede. Basswood body, seems like a good match! It's in the bridge position. // 9

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