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EMG EMG-81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup

Sound Quality

[Perceived output level] I've never heard/played another passive pickup that can drive like these! [Tone] Very well balanced and consistent, no sogginess whatsoever! [Sonic evaluation] Rig 1 ADA MP-1 rack preamp into Marshall VS100 head and one Marshall 1960A 4x12 cab (100 watts mono) Rig 2 ADA MP-1 rack preamp into Nady GEQ 215 rack eq , Rocktron Hush Super C, Rocktron Velocity 300 power amp with two Marshall 4x12 cabs (150 watts per side stereo) These pickups will drive a little 10 watter practice amp to "eviction" levels! Imagine what they do in rigs like this! [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable] Awesome pickup for metal, I have 81s in both neck and bridge positions.


General Comments

[Comments] Steal the pickups right out of the guitar? Must be a very dim-witted thief, could only be a politician then! Wait a minute....those two ARE the same thing! Ha! I wouldn't give it a second thought about replacing these with the same, as I put EMGs in every "keeper" guitar I own. I'm that serious about it, its like crack for your ears. Once you have them, you don't want anything else. Doesn't work too good for clean tones, I admit, as it pushes so hard to the amp that the clean breaks up and distorts. You'd have to turn down the guitar volume a bit for that, but before you roll your eyes, keep in mind that the tone stays CLEAR and FULL even though the volume is down! Passive setups will lose the high end and become muddy when the volume gets turned down. Since EMG setups don't need to ground the strings, you won't get shocked from the microphone when you're playing either. Could save your life then. I've never, EVER had any problems with EMG pickups, and I have been using them since about 1986. So you have to change the battery about every 3000 hours of playing. Quit crying! Thats the nature of the beast. You would change the oil in your Lamborghini every 3000 miles and not bitch about it, wouldn't you? The tone, power, and sustain are worth it. If you are still searching for your magnificent metal tone and haven't tried these out, I think you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. $100 is cheaper than buying a new rig in your quest for THE sound. Look, if you honestly don't like them after you try them, you can definitely get your money back out of them by selling them to someone else! If your axe requires multiple pickups, buying them seperately at the same time will give you spare parts such as volume and tone pots, jacks, if you feel that you would need them in the future. So yes, awesome deal, awesome sound, none of the bad qualities that passives would have.



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