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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Re: First Pickup Change --- Recommendations?

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Those pickups are worth more than the guitar. Do you think you should sink that sort of cash into that guitar. I'd recommend saving up for a better guitar first, the. Then think about a reasonable amp. Then think about pickups.
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From my experience, the type of guitar that you install EMG's in is not as important as passive or other type of pickups. The EMGs tend to sound the same despite what type of guitar you put them in. So in my opinion, if that is the sound you are looking for, installing them in a budget guitar is a better option. I would not put EMGs in a $2,000 Gibson or PRS. You are not going to get the tonal benefits that those high quality guitars provide out of the EMGs. Not that they are bad PUPs. I actually have the EMG 81/85 ZW set in a Les Paul Studio I bought for $300 and they sound awesome for metal. But I would not be too concerned about spending a ton of money on a high end guitar and then pop in EMGs. Passive PUPs are much more critical of the tonewoods and type of guitar you place them in. Youre inexpensive guitar may be just fine for EMGs. I would be more concerned about the playability and reliability of the guitar than if the EMGs would be worth putting in it. You can get a set used for cheap. Also, they are a piece of cake to install since the sets come with solderless connectors.
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awesome, exactly wat i was saying lol! from wat ive read so far on the ibanez grx20 it is a quality guitar thats built to be cheap and last with good sound, only negative aspect ive found from hours of checking out reviews and write ups, is that it has weak pups. although now i have found a schecter damien 6 elite for about $200 cdn with VERY minor cosmetic damage (theres a single scuff on the back lol) that comes with emg 81/85 setup. im going to try to get this because its actually $50 less than the emgs alone lol
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From my experience, the type of guitar that you install EMG's in is not as important as passive or other type of pickups. The EMGs tend to sound the same despite what type of guitar you put them in. So in my opinion, if that is the sound you are looking for, installing them in a budget guitar is a better option. I would not put EMGs in a $2,000 Gibson or PRS. You are not going to get the tonal benefits that those high quality guitars provide out of the EMGs. Not that they are bad PUPs. I actually have the EMG 81/85 ZW set in a Les Paul Studio I bought for $300 and they sound awesome for metal. But I would not be too concerned about spending a ton of money on a high end guitar and then pop in EMGs. Passive PUPs are much more critical of the tonewoods and type of guitar you place them in. Youre inexpensive guitar may be just fine for EMGs. I would be more concerned about the playability and reliability of the guitar than if the EMGs would be worth putting in it. You can get a set used for cheap. Also, they are a piece of cake to install since the sets come with solderless connectors.
Yet another person perpetuating this myth......

Turn down the gain a bit, and lower the pickups a smidge. EMGs are fantastic for all sorts of styles, especially with the 18V mod.

There's also more options than the 81-85 combo typically used by metal players.
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Again, wrong. You do not need to reroute for six string EMGs. You get the pots and stuff with the pickups too.


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well, its not really the best amp out there, but thats not the point.

Active pickups are like, the biggest noob mistake. learn what they are really about, it will take almost 300 dollars. You need to re-route the cavities, change all the pots, switches and the input jack, add a new route for the battery. the pickups themselves are already very expensive. you don't know what you are getting yourself into.

If *I* were you, I would get a normal ***passive*** (<not a bad thing, dude) DiMarzio, such as the tone zone.



So *especially* with EMGs, installation is a huge ordeal, Passives ar sooooooo much easier, and imo, actually sound better and more dynamic, unless you are in a djent band rofl


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Again, wrong. You do not need to reroute for six string EMGs. You get the pots and stuff with the pickups too.
Maybe he's got them confused with a Ferdandes Sustainer. ;P



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Maybe he's got them confused with a Ferdandes Sustainer. ;P
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