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