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Old 2007-04-01, 22:09
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i recently bought a 7 string, but i wanna change the pick ups.

im thinking of getting emgs 707.

but do i have to get 2 of them? or how does that work?

if so.. would it be better to get an emg 707 and another pick up, not the 707?

thanks.
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Old 2007-04-01, 22:41
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i recently bought a 7 string, but i wanna change the pick ups.

im thinking of getting emgs 707.

but do i have to get 2 of them? or how does that work?

if so.. would it be better to get an emg 707 and another pick up, not the 707?

thanks.


Here are some things to consider.
Emg 7 string pickups are bigger than regular 7 string pickups, and routing might be required for them... in that case... i'd just get an x2n-7 if i were you.

and

emg 707's are muddy as shite, i'd recommend an 81-7 if you MUST go with emgs. My overall recommendation is to skip emg's altogether and go with something with more balls, like an x2n for example.
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Old 2007-04-08, 21:04
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has anyone tried the EMG HA before? the single coil in a humbucker, I think it has a great sound, but not many people have tried it out it seems, mostly seems to stay around the 81/85/60 zone, which i think are all great pickups and I have all 3 of those throughout my 3 Beasts...emg 81 in all the bridges, and 60/85/HA in all the necks...I still think 85 sounds great clean though, just has a different kind of tone than the 60, which has a GREAT clean tone in the neck i think, but the HA is real smooth, and I think should be recognized more...
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Old 2007-05-27, 19:58
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So if I were to replace the duncan in the back of my jackson should i use The 85 or the 81?
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Old 2007-05-27, 20:23
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So if I were to replace the duncan in the back of my jackson should i use The 85 or the 81?

By "back", do you mean the bridge pickup? If so, use an 81 in the bridge. The 85 is muddy and dull.
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Old 2007-06-04, 19:24
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By "back", do you mean the bridge pickup? If so, use an 81 in the bridge. The 85 is muddy and dull.


Thanks man!!!! That is gotta be the baddest fucking pickup ever. Its amazing the difference it makes verses the duncan. My leads and harmonics have improved 120% in the past week. Fuck Yeah!!!!!
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Old 2007-06-30, 02:47
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Trying to decide on pickups and i've heard a few options.

81-85: I've heard it and I like the sound for lead guitar
81-81: never heard this set-up but I've seen it installed in some esp guitars
81-60: I heard it gives you better clean tones

Obviously my first love is metal or I wouldn't be on this site. I want to play a mix of lead and rhythym guitar but my main concern is having decent clean tone for when I decide to fool around with some other styles of music. I really like the sound of the 81-85 set up but I'd like to hear your input on some of the others. Thanks!
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Old 2007-08-23, 07:43
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I'm pretty sure I have passive dimarzio pickups in my guitar. It has a battery in the cavity. I've played the guitar without the battery.

Do active pickups need the battery to work? Do actives work without the battery?
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Old 2007-08-23, 11:46
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I'm pretty sure I have passive dimarzio pickups in my guitar. It has a battery in the cavity. I've played the guitar without the battery.

Do active pickups need the battery to work? Do actives work without the battery?


Yes active pickups need a battery. No they wont work without it.

Heres how an active works

(rediculously cheap underwound pickup) --> preamp (powered by battery) --> pots, input, all that jazz.

if theres no battery, the preamp will not have power, and if the preamp doesnt have power, it will act as a wall and will block what little current comes from the pickup. Its just like plugging into a guitar pedal with no power: it will silence you.
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Old 2007-10-10, 02:36
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Question Single coil?

Since we are on the topic of EMG pickups, anyone know what would be an Ideal single coil for me? I want to place a single coil at the neck. I'm looking for something where it will give me a nice warm tone for playing things on clean. No distortion. Though when used with distortion it would also make a great pickup for sweeping and what not. Most preferably I want to get a single coil pick up though it must be passive. I don't want active. From what I told you what do you guys think would suit me best, an s3 or s4?

http://www.emginc.com/displayproduc...8&catalogid=168

Also what do you guys prefer for a neck pickup. I'm curious to know and as well your reasons.

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Old 2007-10-10, 06:41
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See, i had a lot of trouble finding a neck pup that i liked. Because i had a single coil guitar for the longest time, i couldn't find a metal one. Then i found Dimarzio. Most single coils are passive by them (i say most ,because i don't know all of them off hand), and i use the 'chopper' in the neck of my hamer, which kicks major ass. Very silent, and picks up a lot, very easy to sweep without excess squeaks. Then in my strat, i use the YJM in the neck, and it speaks for it self, i mean, if Malmsteen uses it, it has to be good, haha.
But i have no idea how the single coil emg's sound, i heard that the single coil emghz was decent, but, don't take my word for it, i do not like using emgs at all
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Old 2007-11-04, 14:20
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about how much would it cost to get a ZW 81/85 set installed at a guitar store? i just bought a set and i dont really wanna mess it up by putting em in myself
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Old 2007-11-29, 19:42
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emg 89s

hey guys, yeah im new so sorry if i sound like an idiot but here goes: i really want to put active pups in my prs se (v.1) so im thinkin definately emg 81 for the bridge, + i like the idea of the coil tap in the 89 so i can have the versatility of the 85 / SA... i'll probably get a technician to do it purely cos i know the guys in the store and they won't charge much

1. will the wiring etc of an 81 and an 89 (cos it has a push / pull thing to switch right?) fit in my one volume + one tone guitar, bearin in mind i keep the volume and tone at full anyway so i don't care what they get assigned to .. im assumin it will work but its good to check ..

2. how easy would it be for someone like me who's pretty new to fitting / changing things to take out the 89 and rotate it 180 degrees so that the single coil is right under the neck in the lowest position? - im sorta hopin it'll sound a bit nicer there..

3. is it always better to have the pickups as close as possible to the strings for both neck and bridge? i.e. my neck pickup is quite far away / low down, so should i make a point of telling my guy to raise it up?

sorry if this stuff is pretty basic
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Old 2007-11-30, 01:38
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Not sure about 1, but:
2. It's quite easy. EMG pickups use a quick connector that you can simply disconnect, pull out the pickup, rotate it, and then reconnect it, no soldering necessary. You will have to unscrew the pickup casing from your body though.

3. Because EMGs are active, they produce very little string pull themselves, so it's best to place them very close to the strings.
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Old 2007-12-25, 14:48
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Help please

Hey , I recently installed a set of 81 - 85 on my guitar (bought 'em sepparetly so i had to do some modifications, i mean, not prewired as the Z W set), and i made a 2 vol independent and a master tone configuration on a epiphone explorer.

I took it at first with a stupid "technician" and he made the ground connections wrong and the 85 neck pickup sounded twangy as hell and u could hardly hear it was effectivly sounding..... after doing some research on that (i couldn't sleep knowing my guitar was sounding like real crap) I found out that the stupid tech put the 85 pickup "out of phase", after reading about the subject I moved the ground cables and fixed the problem.

Now the 85 neck pickup sound allright, full, nice, loud and beefy, but my problem is that there is a lot of difference of output level compared to the 81 in the bridge... many people has told me that it is normal since all the neck pickups always have more volume because of the possition, and because the 85 emg has more output than the 81 by deffinition... but after all the crappy connections the first stupid tech did to it, im afraid there's something else that would be fuckd up .....

Other thing i came up with, is that the guitar still has the same string gauge it comes from factory (9's) and that could be the reason for the thin, not loud sound from the 81 pickup....

The difference between sounds is more obvious when you are using the clean channel, when using a heavy dist u could hardly say wich pickup you are using...

Somebody knows if this is allright? somebody has the same pickup configuration? somebody knows if it is normal to have more volume output (notticeable) from the 85 pup?

Thanx a lot, any help would be appreciated!
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Old 2008-01-04, 15:14
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I just bought a EMG 81 and 60 because the the EMGHZs in my older jackson dinky sound like shit... the problem i have is the 2 wires between the volume and Tone pods arnt long enough to reach the preexisting holes.. what should i do?
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Old 2008-01-04, 21:16
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I just bought a EMG 81 and 60 because the the EMGHZs in my older jackson dinky sound like shit... the problem i have is the 2 wires between the volume and Tone pods arnt long enough to reach the preexisting holes.. what should i do?

You're going to have to buy new wire and replace the current wires. Use a soldering iron, and do it one wire at a time so you don't connect anything to the wrong thing.
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Old 2008-01-13, 21:25
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Hey guys, I'm sorry if this is already in this thread, but I can't search all 37 pages so here goes:

I have a Jackson Dinky with EMG-HZ pickups in it, and I want to replace them with actives. I know I have to change some things to make the switch from passive to active, but is it a little easier seeing that the pickups are already EMGs even if they are passive?

I would like to install these myself, but I have never installed pickups before. Is this an attainable goal?

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Old 2008-02-19, 08:29
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Hey guys im new to the site. My guitar is in the Artist series of Ibanez i believe the AR2000 the one with the wood finish. I'm dropping the 81 85 setup in it and i wanted some criticism on it, haha constructive or destructive. i think i may being doing a good thing, just hit me back.
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Old 2008-04-08, 16:53
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Hey guys, I'm sorry if this is already in this thread, but I can't search all 37 pages so here goes:

I have a Jackson Dinky with EMG-HZ pickups in it, and I want to replace them with actives. I know I have to change some things to make the switch from passive to active, but is it a little easier seeing that the pickups are already EMGs even if they are passive?

I would like to install these myself, but I have never installed pickups before. Is this an attainable goal?

Thanks,
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If you buy EMGs new, they come with everything you need. You would basically replace all the electronics in the guitar with what comes in the EMG boxes. Each pickup comes with a volume pot, tone pot and capacitor, battery connector and output jack, and of ocurse wiring diagrams for the most common pickup/control layouts.
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