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Sound Quality

[Perceived output level] Very high output [Tone] The 81 is scooped with lots of bass, the 85 has more upper mids [Sonic evaluation] Guitar: Ibanez SZ720 FM (a mahogany body, with a flame maple top, and a mahogany set neck with rosewood fingerboard, through a Dunlop GCB-95 Wah, a boss stereo chorus, a Boss Turbo Overdrive, an active A/B Switcher into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and a 50 watt Marshall JCM800. [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable] Metal, Rock, Blues

Reliability/Durability


General Comments

[Comments] If these pickups were stolen, I would definitely replace them. They provided the very tone I was looking for, and enough output to drive my JCM800 at live volume. I was told that EMGs are useless for good clean sounds, but this is rubbish. If you have a good, all-tube amp which is capable of producing rich clean sounds, then all you need is the ability to tweak the amp and alter your playing technique. If you don't know what you are doing, then they will sound bad.

 

 




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