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  • the difference between a Dimebucker and an emg81!?

    what is the difference tone wise here!? are they pretty similar!? how about for clean tone!? which 1 is better, any info would be of much help, thanx

  • #2
    EMG81 is an active pickup which means it uses a 9V battery to make them higher output. Dimebuckers are passive, so they dont use a battery. But I have no idea how they perform, I;ve never played one. EMG81's are great though.

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    • #3
      how are they different tone wise or are they pretty close just without the battery!?

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      • #4
        The Dimebucker is a bit better for cleans, but I hate it's distortion tone. It has a weird twang to it on single note riffs that I dislike. I don't really like EMG's either though. They're too digital and sterile for me, no thickness or warmth to them.

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        • #5
          that might sorta be what im lookin for! does it have the twang of say a fender but obviously more heavier!? like is it bright like an EMG but more i dunno...maybe less digital and sterile like you said? dont get me wrong, i can see how people say that both these pups have no warmth but i want a really bright humbucker that has that twangish vibe to it. not 100% metal, but still metal ya know what i mean!? if you ever heard of bands like (hed)pe,Taproot,Pulse Ultra,Rage, then thats sorta in the ballpark!

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          • #6
            Yeah, it has like a huge brash upper mid spike, which sounds kind of twangy. Then has a ton of subsonic lows. No lower mids at all.

            The 81 is more ballenced but bright...
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            • #7
              I have one, it has a pretty heavy sound to it, but not overly. I guess its what you're looking for, emg's are much more for the metal sound that EVERYBODY has, if you need maybe I can record it... lemme know
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              • #8
                Here's a clip recorded with my friends Jackson USA Soloist with a Dimebucker in the bridge...

                Dimebucker Clip

                It's kinda hard to hear the weird twang I'm talking about in this clip though.

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                • #9
                  dimebucker = GHAY
                  EMG 81 = kool


                  thats the diff...
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                  • #10
                    I've heard the Dimebucker sounds a lot better if you put it in upside down. I can't comform that.

                    I don't really like it myself, but it has some cool qualities. It's a really "quick" pickup with lot's of output, great harmonics, and really good chug. Into an amp with lot's of low-mids and smooth highs it'd sound pretty good.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Megadeth7684
                      The Dimebucker is a bit better for cleans, but I hate it's distortion tone. It has a weird twang to it on single note riffs that I dislike. I don't really like EMG's either though. They're too digital and sterile for me, no thickness or warmth to them.



                      Exactly my same thought's minus the EMG comment's which of course were used on the Blackmore clip on my site you like alot. It also accentuates the pick sound when it hit's the string's when speed picking. Sound's like a Canary is going to fly out of the speaker cab "Chirp Chirp Chirp" IMO it's the worst pickup I ever put in a guitar.

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                      • #12
                        originally posted by DerekB
                        Exactly my same thought's minus the EMG comment's which of course were used on the Blackmore clip on my site you like alot. It also accentuates the pick sound when it hit's the string's when speed picking. Sound's like a Canary is going to fly out of the speaker cab "Chirp Chirp Chirp" IMO it's the worst pickup I ever put in a guitar.

                        Derek


                        Haha, good description with the canary comment! I can think of worse pickups (Ibanez V8 for example) but yeah, the Dimebucker is pretty bad. Your EMG + Blackmore clips sound badass, and mine sound alright as well, but I just seem to prefer passives in person I guess. Or, it's just the Gibson tone I want!

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                        • #13
                          emg are super pickups for metal,or anyother type of music that requires tight articulation. they are also great for clean sounds. i doubt that the dime bucker sounds better in cleans as the 81.
                          if you want the true dime tone, get the l 500xl by bill lawrence.
                          b.t.w. i think it sucks that guys like dime and zakk build their careers with a product ,ie bill lawrence pups, and then later get endorsement deals with bigger company's that try to replicate the original sound.
                          thats just wrong
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                          • #14
                            originally posted by MRscratch
                            emg are super pickups for metal,or anyother type of music that requires tight articulation. they are also great for clean sounds. i doubt that the dime bucker sounds better in cleans as the 81.


                            The Dimebucker has a better clean tone. EMG's are garbage for cleans, well, the 81 at least. The 60 is better, but still not as good as pretty much any passive or single coil.

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