Better than the 85. The 81 has a tendency to sound thin to my ears where as the 85 sounds fatter. Seymour Duncans were the hot thing in the 80s, the Black Winter is a personal favourite. I much prefer the 57 for most purposes. By Haven't tried the 18v mod myself, (planning on doing it next week actually) but will recommend the PA-2 pre, like King uses. 81/60 is the best without a doubt....85 is way to bassy and boomy in the bridge. I guess within the EMG world, the 57 is the most open and passive-like one I've tried (I haven't tried the Retroactives), but it still sounds like an EMG. Ive used the EMG 81 in various guitars, Jackson's, PRS SE's and Ibanez and I have never failed to get a killer tone out of them. Has anyone tried this? Also I looked at the Hetset because I'm a huge 'Tallica fan, but it didn't scream to me like it does for others. I was really looking at the 81/60 and 81/85 combos as they seem right up my alley since I play mainly metal, specifically 80's metal, though I'm having a rough time deciding. Dec 23, 2009 #2 Emg 60 in the neck will give you a nice clean sound. I know the 81/85 and 81/60 combos are pretty common, but if you have had experiences with an 85/60 combo share them! The 60 is the perfect neck pickup it's not overly bassy like the 85 can be, has great cleans, and smooth liquid lead tone. I do love the 60 in the neck though...and 18 volts? So I'm thinking of upgrading my pickups for my ESP V-100 here soon, after getting it fixed I couldn't help but notice the rather washed tone I was getting compared to my new LTD EX-50. The 60 has pretty good cleans and I like the 85 in the bridge way better than the 81. The 81/60 was a good combination for metal.   Pasted as rich text. Hey guys, sorry about another EMG pickup thread, but I searched back the last 10 pages and my questions weren't answered. Cleans sounded awful on it. i know that the EMG is quite the Obvious pick on the two for a super high gain application.....but is it better? opinions ? running 85 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck. I tried an 81 on my rich, and that guitar just sounds better with the 85. After spending last night listening to pickup clips, I agree 100%! You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. The EMG 81/85 (and copycats) are all wound to about a PAF level with 42AWG. Like (0) Dislike (0) Bridge The Void wrote December 25, 2007 13:00. Joined Dec 27, 2008 Messages 945 Reaction score 34. 8 watching. I have a 60 in neck-position on my LTD and it's great for clean tones. But another thing that contributes to the "active" sound and being less pleasant to listen to clean, is that they load the pickups a lot, to smash the resonant peak frequency down and flatten out the response. The 81 was very tight, the 60 was creamy smooth and did an alright clean tone although sometimes I felt like it was a little muffled. I just helped a friend install a pair of d-activators tonight though and we played the hell out of his guitar. Either of those in the bridge position will sound a lot better than the EMGs. The EMG 81 is commonly used in the bridge position, giving high end cut and fluid sustain. All I can say is I tried out an 81 in my main ibanez for a while but it's very muddy and kind of a one trick pony. oilpit Senior Member. 85 in the bridge slays. Jun 6, 2009 #2 Ceramic magnet in the neck sounds like...horrible. The EMG 81 is the standard metal pick up that all other metal pick ups are measured against and in all fairness they fail to match up the 81. Cookies help us deliver our Services. EMG 81/85 or 81/60? Do any of you have any sound clips of differences between 81/60 and 85/60 or 81/85? The 81 has the 18v mod. I have guitars with 81/60 and others with 81/85s, Zakk and Hanneman uses the 81/85 if that helps. [Discussion] EMG 81/60 vs 81/85. I play in Drop C through an EVH 5150iii 50W. I feel like it is a good configuration. Should have clarified that, yes, Thrash and NWOBHM is normally what I play. Upload or insert images from URL. Related: emg 81 85 emg 81 60 set emg pickups seymour duncan blackouts emg het set emg 81 60 chrome. On a clean channel, it acts as a solo(volume) boost. The EMG 81 is a popular active humbucker guitar pickup manufactured by EMG, Inc..It is usually considered a lead pickup for use in the bridge position, paired with EMG's 85 as a rhythm pickup in neck position (Zakk Wylde is famous for this configuration). Which EMG combo would you say is better? I do prefer the 81 for chug-a-lug-lug music though, and it sounds a little better in the context of the example in the video. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo. Musical Instruments & Gear; Guitars & Basses; Parts & Accessories; Guitar Parts. So decided to try the 81 in the bridge of my Custom Sabre Wraith (I have the Hetset installed in this guitar normally). Bridge (232) Items (232) Neck (43) Items (43) Not Specified (5) Items (5) see all . Re: EMG 81/85 vs 57/66 sets? Category. I have another guitar with an 85 in the bridge, and while it sounds nice for chugging metal (palm muting and etc), it doesn't give you the lead tones that you need, though its great for a rhythm guitar.. IMHO, I think of the bridge in this fashion: If you are doing the leads, then go with the 81. If you want great solo sounds in the neck position, i'd rather consider the 85. EMG's solderless installation makes swapping your guitar pickups easier than ever. Powered by Invision Community. EMG 81 IVORY ACTIVE SOLDERLESS HUMBUCKER GUITAR PICKUP SHORT SHAFT POTS & WIRING . Close. 81 bridge/ 85 or 89 neck.   You cannot paste images directly. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. For the neck spot, I'm a big fan of Duncan 59. While on the other hand, i wouldn't even consider taking out the 81 outta the horizon. The EMG81 has two variants: EMG81TW features two separate pickups and preamps in a single pickup housing, allowing for single-coil and humbucking configuration. if you are set on Actives, check out the Seymour Duncan Blackouts or the James Hetfield set. hi it's time to tell us why you like it or not :) cold sound ? 81 has a certain bite to it that you don't get with the others, but it's more sterile and scooped mids. There no more 80's metal pickups than the Dimarzio Super Distortion or the Seymour Duncan JB. Clear editor. Today's Posts; Member List; Calendar; Forum; Equipment; Amps and Effects; If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Include description. Hi guys so I recently got an EMG 81/60 set for my backup guitar. If you are getting them new, try the Emg 60 A (alnico magnet). I've used them in some of my guitars for years, and today I'm comparing the 81/85 Combo to the New EMG 57/66 set. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. I just switched from a guitar with an 81/85 set to the 57/66 set. I thought I'd make a video of it and talk a little bit about installing a pair of Emg active pickups. Only in the last few years tried a 60 in the neck (I'd always used an SA, as my guitars were always H-S) and it's a nice complement. (I'll admit that out of the 3 sets I've tried, thought EMG 81/85's were pretty good, EMG 81/60's were even better, and SD Blackouts were better than both...but, to be fair I don't really play a lot of metal either. Welcome to r/guitar, a community devoted to the exchange of guitar related information and entertainment. So I'm thinking of upgrading my pickups for my ESP V-100 here soon, after getting it fixed I couldn't help but notice the rather washed tone I was getting compared to my new LTD EX-50. You can post now and register later. It's super versatile and has clarity like few other neck humbuckers, especially at the price point. EMG 81 + 85 CHROME ACTIVE HUMBUCKER SET LONG SHAFT POTS ( 6 ERNIE BALL #2221 … While the cleans are not the best, the distorted tone is fantastic for all types of metal. J. Jojoman Member. I'll be putting the combo in my new Agile PS970, mahogany wood guitar. BTW, my buddy already switched back to his EMG's. The 81 has a tendency to sound thin to my ears where as the 85 sounds fatter. So I just swapped out a set of 57/66 (which is super easy if you already have EMGs) in my PRS SE Torero and thought I'd share my initial thoughts, impressions. :) Seems a lot like a Dimarzio Super Distortion to me from their provided EQ distribution but I haven't played one so I dont know. I just swapped out my 81/60 for the emg het set. If you want something completely different, the 57/66 isn't what you should be looking at. The 81/60 set is $199 the 81x/60x set is $229 and the Het set is $239 not much of a difference price wise.   Your link has been automatically embedded. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. IMO there's nothing wrong with the Blackouts, just not my cup of tea. I will be installing them on a Agile ps970 guitar. You can't really go wrong with the 81/60, its just that there are options out there if you want a little more. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain. Hello, I know I want to get an EMG 81 pickup in the bridge, but I can't decide between an 85 or a 60 in the neck. I don't know what the 85 sounds like in the bridge nor do I know the 89. I have one guitar with an 81/81 setup, and have played a similar guitar with a 60 in the neck, and it gave that fatter neck tone that I liked. If you like playing a lot of shreddy lead stuff from the '80s then a Screamin Demon might be up your alley. I say the 85 in the bridge and the 60 in the neck. I also like the Duncan Custom in the bridge. I'm sorry sir, but you are wrong. I just wanted to hear from some of you that might be using the 81/81 combos with the JVM amp. bball_1523, July 20, 2007 in Electric Guitars. 85/60 is my favorite set. Free postage. I've been running an EMG 85 in the bridge for well over 25 years, back when playing 80's metal was just called playing metal. Either way, 81 bridge FTW. Sounded amazing from crystal clean to searing distortion. Selected category Pickups; Position. EMG 81 + 60 GOLD ACTIVE HUMBUCKER SET LONG SHAFT POTS ( 6 ERNIE BALL #2221 ) £189.96. 14. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo. … by the time i was nearing the end of my active pickup usage though, i was running 85 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck and it was WAY better than any combination with the 81. in the end, switching to Dimarzio X2N for all my metal needs has been the best decision ive ever made in my life. EMG Pickups! Only 1 left. Display as a link instead, × I didn't care much for the clean tones the Blackouts had either. However if I were ever to buy a pair of EMGs it would be a 85/60A (60 with an Alnico magnet) And that … I couldn't decide, So I just bought a Black Epi G400 Custom and put EMG 81,85,60 in it. Not really weak per se. just for metal ? I'd say the EMGs are great for Thrash and maybe NWOBHM, but otherwise I'd look at some passives. I enjoy how my 81 sounds in my 81/85 setup but would like to know if adding … 3 new & refurbished from US $105.00. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. I know the EMG 81/60 and the EMG 81/85 are very common setups. Thanks for visiting. When used in both neck and bridge positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Package Includes: EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable, prewired split shaft volume/tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws & springs. I have an 81 on my ltd guitar and it sounds great (lots of crunch/high mids), while on my rich there's an 85 it packs more of a low-mid punch with a smoother top and a darker/softer tone. Fluence vs. EMG vs. Seymour Duncan - Blindfold Pickup Challenge. but on the neck, the 60 is a better pickup hands down.. have you checked out the seymour duncan blackouts? Which one gives me great metal tone and punch, while giving me good cleans? Joined Jan 2, 2008 Messages 8,434 Reaction score 2,214 . It has a three pin header output which makes it easy to replace and mod without iron solder. The 60 has pretty good cleans and I like the 85 in the bridge way better than the 81. Hmm... JB and a '59, would you happen to own a newer Pro Series Dinky? This is the way to go. One of the most popular EMG’s the 81 is the one that started a revolution. Below are examples of the songs I play with my band. No quastion. I was not unhappy with the 81/85 combo but for my playing the 81 left me a little bit wanting. I would agree here. EMG 81-85 or EMG 81-60 I am tottaly a metalhead who loves to play metallica and iron maiden but i also want a clean and smooth sound for my acoustic songs i am sorry for my english,i am a french canadian thank you all . Posted by 4 years ago. EMG 81/60 vs EMG 81/85? £83.81. well i tried it and didnt like it....i guess it just depends on the guitar a bit as well...either way 60 in the neck, It all depends on the guitar woods and what you are looking for. I know they are much brighter sounding and my concern is they would be to thin sounding possibly for this amp. What are your (people of r/guitar) thoughts on the two combos? Why yes the irony is every real, why do you ask? My friends want to start a cover band and I only have one guitar that sounds decent, so I need to fix up the other one for stage quality. When you say 80's Metal do you mean Thrash, Glam, NWOBHM or something? Here are my thoughts about how they compare, and I really am finding it hard to choose between them! I agree. If you're just deciding on the neck pickup, I'd agree with Offworld's assessment. EEF13 Senior Member. MTech, May 22, 2009 #6 He's Dead, Jim, Nov 3, 2014. × Check out some demos yo, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. The EMG HetSet is even better, if you can swing it. from his previous EMG 81/85 set up. After spending last night listening to pickup clips, I agree 100%! If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Press J to jump to the feed. like toasted cinnamon butter to my ears. See similar items. If you have guitar related questions, use the "Search" field or ask the community. I hear a lot of good things about their X series though...and I like the EMG harnesses better than what SD sells.) Good for cleans, sweet for leads. I recommend doing the 18volt mod too if you don't put an 81 on the bridge, since it makes that pup sound too bright.   Your previous content has been restored. Archived [Discussion] EMG 81/60 vs 81/85. Free postage. The best place to start if you're new is right below in our "Rules" section. I use the added gain for Killer rhythm crunch, squeals, increased harmonic dynamics, and feedback. The EMG 60 is an active humbucker guitar pickup manufactured by EMG.It is usually considered as a 'rhythm' pickup for use in neck position, paired with EMG's 81 as a 'lead' pickup in bridge position. Gates: 'Fall is going to be worse than the summer' I'd like to hear what some of you think. Type. × I say the 85 in the bridge and the 60 in the neck. The 85 has mids but not quite as much bite to it. Paste as plain text instead, × If you are doing mostly rhythm, then the 85 may be better suited. Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible. Check out demos for both and go by what your ears tell you. the 60 seems more balanced with the 81 in my opinion, the 85 in the neck position is just too thick. When used in both positions the sound can only be described as blistering. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. Kristen Bell breaks her silence on Dax Shepard's drug relapse. EMG 81 vs EMG 85 - Active Bridge Pickup. This is a forum where guitarists, from novice to experienced, can explore the world of guitar through a variety of media and discussion. All. The high end is much less brittle and the articulation you can get out of it feels more natural. EMG 60 / 81 Active Humbucker Pickup Set - black. They're a little pricier, though. Just went from EMG 81/85 to SuperD and PAF36. EMG 57/66 compared to 81/85 ... in a LTD Elite Eclipse and have had the opportunity to compare them to both the new JH "Het" set and the traditional 81/60 combo (but not as yet an 81/85 combination). 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