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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Could someone that has played both pickups out of the same amp describe to me the differences tonally in both pickups. Thx

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 04:36 PM
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I owned an ESP KH-2, that had EMG-81's in it before I traded the guitar for my JEM, which has Evos, and I still use the same amp (Crate GFX1200h head and cab, and although I've played them both through tube amps, the very basic differences still applied, in my opinion). Both guitars are similar, alder bodies, maple necks, double locking trem.

Now, this is just from my memory but...the 81 -to me- was brighter than the Evo, and seemed a little more thin but not by much, it also crunched more whereas the Evo has a slightly thicker more compressed sound, which obviously isn't conducive to a crunch sound, and an overall sound characteristic that I refer to as a 'brassy'--again, in my opinion.

Obviously, the 81 has more output, and is perhaps a little more quiet hum-wise, though the Evo isn't a low-output pickup by any stretch of the imagination and really isn't very noisy at all for what it is. They both are capable of producing nice pinched harmonics.

Overall, I thought the 81 was a great deal more dry and flat sounding, and perhaps not QUITE as expressive as the Evo and didn't seem to let sound of the actual guitar come through as much.

As with anything involving sound it's entirely subjective, though I tried to be as 'scientific' about the comparison as I possible. I hope this helps.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2003, 04:42 AM
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Sounds about right to me.

The emg 81 is a very hot pup that will sound a bit compressed.The 81 has too much high end in my opinion and I feel that it was designed to sizzle.By sizzle, I mean have too much highs so that the high end sounds buzzy instead of sweet. The midrange of the 81 is cool I think nad there is lots of tight low end.

The evo is my preference for a really hot bridge pup that has tight low end. The evo will sound a bit more dynamic adn jstu as ballsy as the 81. THe evo also has a really sweet high end even though it is ceramic.The only thing with the evo is that it seems like it could use more highs.IT sounds like they tuned the evo that way on purpose so as to accentuate the really tight low end response
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2003, 03:23 PM
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I played a kh 602 with a emg 81, and I think it is the best humbucker for solo work, but will a emg 81 work on a jem?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-23-2003, 12:17 AM
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It'd work, but unless you replaced the other pickups with EMGs as well, ithe wiring would be a major headache, and personally I'd advise against it.

But yes, if you're not adverse to replacing all the pickups and finding a place to stick a battery, etc, it would work.

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