Bridge Pickups Comparison: EMG-81 vs EMG-85

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  1. mikestamper

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    This is a pickup comparison between EMG-81 and EMG-85 on the bridge position using the same guitar (alder body and canadian maple neck).



    Enjoy!
     
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  2. fps

    fps Kit

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    Thanks for this. To my ears the 85 sounds more musical, which works better for most applications, then the 81 sounds better for that murderous old-school thrash rhythm.

    I've also learned that neither sounds good for funk ;)
     
  3. Marked Man

    Marked Man SS.org Regular

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    For any superstrat, I prefer the fuller sounding 85 at the bridge. I made an exception for my ESP Hannemans given the purpose of those guitars. :mf666:

    I actually prefer the 81 at the bridge for LP type guitars. The natural girthy tone of the LP makes the 81 work extremely well.
     
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    RND SS.org Regular

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    Seems like the 85 definitely has more of a full sound. That would be my choice if I were to go active.
     

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