EMG 81 and Evolution: tonal difference?
I am aware that this type of question is asked ad nauseum, but I have honestly exhausted myself with searches over the last week.
I have an RG470 (2002 model, I think, with basswood body(?)), which I have installed the EMG 81/85 combo. It is pretty nice. Balanced, loud, pretty clear. Something odd: people speak of harmonics "leaping" from the fretboard...this is not the case for my setup. Not sure why.)
I play through a Classic 30, J-station and a litttle Marshall MG15 DFX (Ok, don't laugh--I am working on getting a nicer tube amp!).
My style/tone preference is Vai-ish (he IS a freak!), Malmsteen-ish, Van Halen, Lynch...more 80's type of rock/metal. I don't particularly like the modern Mesa sound, and prefer a more Marshall-y tone. I prefer a bit brighter over bass-y. I also like to hear all of the notes in a chord, if possible. I HATE mush!
I feel that sometimes the dynamics of my playing are lost in the EMG. It is as if the pickup is attempting to balance the sounds too much.
Some use the term "sterile", and I believe this may be an accurate term.
I have been considering the Evolution for several reasons.
(FYI: my other guitar is a Malmsteen strat with HS-3's, which are very low-power pickups. I love this guitar, but purchased the RG to create a different beast using higher powered humbuckers.)
People describe it (Evolution) as articulate, balanced, tight and powerful.
My playing is usually on the faster side, with articulate Malmsteen-ish fast runs and rhythms. Therefore, I require a pickup that is articulate and tight.
Anyway, here are the questions: Can anyone describe the tonal difference between the EMG 81 and the Evolution? Would it be worth it to make the change?
I know, it is only a ~$70 investment, but I have family to take care of, so I prefer to have every dollar count (which is why I still do not have a great amp).
Thanks in advance,