Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Londonderry, NH
Re: First Pickup Change --- Recommendations?
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.