Re: Non-metal players using 81s
I think you'll like the EMGs. I have a Jackson with an 81/89 combination. I play mainly blues and some hard rock. Surely not a shredder ... The neck pickup with EMS is nice.
I'm fond of Johnny Winter, who always uses the neck pickup, so I learned to get a good sound from that position. Johnny would prefer two pickup guitars to 3-pickup setups, since the middle pickup sort of gets in the way. I noticed that Vai pulls the middle pickup even with the bridge on Evo. I'll probably do that with my 555.
I'm waiting for a new ax - an Ibanez 56-something with the 81/85 combination.