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  • I'm had EMG 81/85 pups installed in my Gibson Les Paul Custom

    I will pick it up on Monday. I'm wondering how it will sound. I hope it kills. hehehe...

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    How can you be glad, when you don't know what they sound like?


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    • mbengs1
      mbengs1 commented
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      I don't know 100% how its gonna sound like. but knowing the sound of the emgs when it was on my Ibanez JS and the acoustic sound of my les paul. it will sound great most likely.

  • #3
    Sorry to hear that. We all make mistakes.
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    • Freeman Keller
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      You took the words right out of my mouth. Now install a wammy bar and a bunch of decals.

    • badpenguin
      badpenguin commented
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      shudders

    • t_e_l_e
      t_e_l_e commented
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      not a whammy bar like a bigsby, but you need to add a floyd rose and make some big hole in the body for it
      without floyd rose the emg sound like nothing in a les paul

  • #4
    Right on man, I don't think you'll be disappointed, not in the least. One suggestion - try both 9 and 18 volts. They both have their nuances, I have my Beast wired 18 and Warlock 9. I'll post a harness diagram later.
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    • mbengs1
      mbengs1 commented
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      I'll ask Arie, the tech, if he could convert it to 18v.

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    I think you'll find them to be a bit sterile compared to the original passives. What you gain on one end you'll lose on the other. Not something I'd install in a LP. I have other shredders with factory installed 81/85's They are what they are, Shredders. not LP's

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    • #6
      Well done! I hope they sound amazing.

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      • #7
        Originally posted by badpenguin View Post
        Sorry to hear that. We all make mistakes.
        It wouldn't be my choice because I'm old school but I won't say it is a mistake for someone who likes that sort of sound.

        I prefer noisless strat pickups to actual single coils - would you call that a 'mistake' too?
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        • badpenguin
          badpenguin commented
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          I hate active pickups. It kills any natural tone a guitar has, in my opinion. Noiseless, no, since they aren't active.
          I've had EMGS, and within hours, ripped the out, and sold them on feebay, for those that use heavy distortion, and don't want a clean tone.

      • #8
        I got my les paul custom today from the tech. It has the 81 and 85 combination now. the emg'ss are very loud.they distort the clean channel when the guitar's volume knob is at 10. I have to lower the volume to about 5 to get a good clean sound from the pickups. the clean tone is kinda mediocre though, but not bad. I can still get some good clean tones. just don't compare to fender strat on the 2 and 4 positions on the pickup selector. the emg's are loud and kick butt. I have nothing bad to say about them except theyre the way emg's are supposed to be. low noise, aggressive (the 81), loud, clear (the 85), and they cut through the mix well. I have a question though. the emg's I got came from an Ibanez JS1000 from the the late 80's I think. I transferred the Gibson 498t and 490r to the Ibanez JS and they sound exceptionally good too. Do old emg's sound different from newer emg's? I'm worried the emg's I put in my les paul are out dated and the newer versions sound more up to date. Especially the 81. the 85 sounds great. but I wonder if my emg 81, is a good one?

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        • #9
          Do old emg's sound different from newer emg's?
          No

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          • badpenguin
            badpenguin commented
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            Wow..... I think that's the shortest, most concise reply, I have ever seen you do!

          • 1001gear
            1001gear commented
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            Prolly rong then.

        • #10
          Originally posted by doublecross View Post
          I think you'll find them to be a bit sterile compared to the original passives. . . .
          Passive pickups have a peak at 2-5KHz, which gives them their characteristic sound. AFAIK, active pickups have no such peak, which causes them to sound ''sterile.''
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          • #11
            Originally posted by badpenguin View Post
            Sorry to hear that. We all make mistakes.
            ​No mistakes. I was sure I wanted to put my emgs I had on another guitar. I moved the Gibson pickups to that one. both guitars now sound much better. its a win win situation. I paid about 75 dollars to switch the pickups. the guy did a great job!

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            • #12
              Originally posted by doublecross View Post
              I think you'll find them to be a bit sterile compared to the original passives. What you gain on one end you'll lose on the other. Not something I'd install in a LP. I have other shredders with factory installed 81/85's They are what they are, Shredders. not LP's
              ​yes they are a bit sterile. but I recognize the sound to be very aggressive on the other hand. great for metal of course. I'm happy with the new sounds I'm getting.

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              • #13
                Did your tech replace the volume and tone pots on your Les Paul?

                If so, did he give you back the original pots?
                As a human being, you come with the whole range of inner possibilities
                from the deepest hell to the highest states.

                It is up to you which one you choose to explore
                .

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                • mbengs1
                  mbengs1 commented
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                  Yes he put in two 25k pots for a volume and tone. the volume knob is for both pickups while the tone knob only affects the neck pickup. the other two pots are disengaged. I don't have a problem with that since I never use them.

              • #14
                I put 81X/60X in my '78 custom and it kills. Mind you my normal go-to pickups are Antiquities and WCR Godwood/Crossroads so that should give some perspective on my tone preference. IMO the X series still sound like an EMG 81/60 but more open, dynamic, and responsive like a good passive.

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                • #15
                  Running them 18v opens them up, increases dynamic response, etc. I've never used the X series, but from the description above, I would imagine they're similar
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                  Gear Used:
                  BC Rich Beast (EMG 81/85 PA-2)
                  Peavey 6505/Randall 4x12
                  Caline Purple Smoke
                  Dunlop Gcb-95
                  DigiTech Whammy
                  BBE Sonic Stomp
                  ISP Decimator

                  Hellion=Dr. METAL.

                  EG

                  Originally Posted by J-E-M
                  Use a wah pedal so you can fully express the cry-baby inside

                  Good Deal with: Twisty571

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