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EMG EMG-81-7 7-String Guitar Active Pickup Black

 
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Comments I've got this pickup in the bridge position of my RG1527 running into either an ENGL e530 or a Boss GT-PRO. I changed over from an evo 7 so as to get that cookie-cutter modern metal rhythm tone (I know, I know!) as I wasn't (or am not) in the financial position to get another 7 at the moment. This thing is exactly as you would expect from a 7 string 81 - that EMG top end sheen is there, the consistency of attack, the tight controlled aggression you can achieve - it's got a similar snappy scream to it that the evo has, so it's not too alien to me. My only problem at the mo is it's not as loud as the 707 in the neck, however I think that's more down to the 707 being too loud than the 81-7 being too quiet!
I like to play proggy thrashy deathy metal and this pickup is super nice for that kind of thing, but one does need to mindful of what one's pairing it up with. I'm yet to try swapping the 707 and 81-7 around but I think that might help me. The problem is that I really like the 81-7 in the bridge!

I do hear a lot of people complain about the "sterility" and "fizziness" of the 81s - I think it's there to be harnessed. When I was a little younger I never really "got" EMGs until I got into recording and the like and now "sterility" and "fizziness" have become "Consistency" and "definition" - if you do have a bit too much high end, remember it's easier to dial out something that's there than to dial in something that isn't! I think I'd recommend anyone to at least *try* one of these - however irreparably altering your guitar might not be worth trying it out. Now Duncan released the blackout 7s in regular humbucker sound there really is no excuse for EMG to be carrying on like this. Granted there is brand identity but now I have a humbucker set I'm not 100% happy with - what happens if it turns out I don't like any of the EMGs or blackouts in my neck position?! That's right, I've just ruined my favourite guitar! :P

Regardless, if you love your metal (or even if you don't and just want a really nice controlled sound at whatever gain level you want) this pickup's worth a go!


Liked about it Definition
Aggression in the sound that doesn't leave you lumbered with mush
Doesn't sound madly shabby clean!


Didn't like The housing.
The complete mismatchedness with the 707
Maybe a teeeeeeensy bit lacking in low mids


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By vai n maiden
Jan 10, 2010
 
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Comments Love this pickup in mahogany as it is brighter with the ceramic magnet.


Liked about it Crunchy and very tight. Sounds awesome in mahogany and ash.


Didn't like Not that great for cleans but honestly thats what a neck pickup is for no?


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By djpharoah
Aug 12, 2009
 
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