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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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About EMG pickups

Ok, i love the EMG 81 distortion sound for lead playing, its just fantastic, but im afraid of two things.
The first: i dont know if the clear sounds are good enough, i mean, im also into warm clean jazzy sound, you know, for fingerpicking and clean jazz improv, a sweeter tone i guess. and i dont know if the 81's could perform this task (As a bridge pickup).
The second: i love the seymour duncan jazz humbucker (As a neck humbucker), i love that crunchy sound when the guitar is distorted and again the warmer tone for jazzy stuff, the problem is, that i havent found any EMG pickup with this features.

Well, you'll propably be saying , simple, put a EMG 81 in bridge and a SD Jazz in neck. OF COURSE! i though that at first, ***BUT!!!*** i read some faq at seymour duncan site , and there, they said that you just cant mix a SD passive pickup with an Active pickup of any other brand.
By the way i use a RG1570.

What you guys think about this?

Thanks for the help and comments.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 04:44 PM
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Re: About EMG pickups

I've heard the EMG 85 is a ton warmer and a lot more PAF sounding than the 81. But since it's still active it's still really clear and stuff. I would try the 85 and see how you like it. Otherwise your gunna have to do like I did... get a bunch of guitars! lol, only way to do it man... 1 guitar can't do it all... and that sucks.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 10:01 PM
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Re: About EMG pickups

the emg 60 is plenty warm, more so than the 85 to my ears.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2005, 06:57 AM
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Re: About EMG pickups

Both 85 and 60 can do warm jazz tones quite well, the 60 can even do a position 2 and 4 like strat sound and for that alone I'd go with the 60.
Mind you I'd get you usable jazz tones with 81 neck as well - way more usable than any "hot" pasive pickup can ever do.


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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2005, 07:19 AM
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Re: About EMG pickups

Is it possible to mix a PAFPro brdige with an EMG active pickup in the neck?
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2005, 09:24 AM
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Re: About EMG pickups

Active and passive pickup combination in the same guitar is not desirable, even if you manage to make it work you'll either need 2 volume controls and 2 outputs or an elaborate 3 chain on/on switch installed.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 05:58 PM
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Re: About EMG pickups

I would advice against it, but if you insist on combining an EMG 81/ Seymour Duncan Jazz you will need to peform the following modifications:

Install EMG 25K Volume and Tone Pots and Passive 250/500K Volume and Tone pots for each respective pickup. It would be advisable to not use the position 2 combination, as it would probably damage the EMG or The Jazz.

You can use them in the same circuit chain becasue the EMG takes it's power Directly from the battery and the hot output ultimately goes to the output jack as usual "The whole circuit isn't charged from the 9V battery as some people believe, just the pickup". You may be able to combine the EMG and the Jazz at position 2 if you install some protective circuitry into the pickup sellector switch, but I can't think of the exact components you'd need right now.

I would RECOMEND dumping the EMG 81 active pickup and going for a high output passive alternative. The lundgren model M for instance is a very comparable pickup.
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