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Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by Tisca, Jun 7, 2018.
As in instead of connector the wires are permanently attached
That must be a really old EMG though.
I think they kept the non-quick connect for OEM stuff for awhile. That or they sent all the older stuff to OEMs.
Any other details on these?
Maybe so, it's just that any EMG stuff I've seen in the last 10-12 years were quick connect on the pickup. Not saying there wouldn't be some floating around with the older configuration but I don't think EMG is producing them like that for the last couple of decades.
Yes, they made them like that for years. I had several like that around 2003 ~ish? Some people even say those sound better, but you know how Internet lore goes.....
I bought some EMGs back in the late 1990's (81/85) that had hard wired cables. I bought some in the early 2000's that were quick connect. Honestly, I'd be a little dubious about that one in the photo, since it doesn't look that old, but, as @MaxOfMetal mentioned, it might be an OEM pickup (but I don't think the OEM 81's are hardwired at all anymore).
I bought a new LTD EC-500 (81/60 set) and an LTD Viper (81/85 set) in 2005. The EC-500 was hard wired, the Viper was quick connect. I think around the early 2000's many manufacturers still had the old stock on hand and were still throwing them in guitars to get rid of them. I'm sure every now and again, if you're looking at an oem EMG from an early 2000's or earlier guitar, there's a good chance it could be the hard wired version.
Youtuber Phil McKnight told a story from when they were dealers about a guy who claimed old EMGs sounded better and also proved he could pick them out in a blind test. Not sure how old they'd need to be but this stuck, something I'd like to test out.
I wouldn't trust Phil McKnight with McD's french fries, let alone anything to do with gear.
That pickup is mighty interesting. Not sure when EMG stopped making hardwired pickups, but that one doesn't look too old. I'd be a bit suspicious of that. Perhaps you should email EMG with pics and whatever else you can provide info wise and ask them.
That looks like a 90s/very early 2000's set. I've seen some EMGs that had that sticker in the back with the black epoxy.
I have plenty of EMG pickups that look exactly as you posted. Don't worry it's perfectly legitimate.
I don't know about the hardwired ones "sounding" better but they damn well were far more reliable. I have three guitars where the main pickup coax cable has failed necessitating me to source (at expense and hair pulling out) new ones. The UK just does not have them. And that in itself is a pain in the butt. Not to mention a few pots where the solderless connections have failed too. £12 for a 25k pot? Yeah, thanks buddy!
Added to that, all the solderless electronics end up being far more expensive, far more prone to error and far far messier with all the overly big cable runs especially in a tight control cavity. To the point where I try not to use those parts where possible. On my guitars I just use standard 25k pots and solder the connections. It's really not hard, just spend some scratch on a decent solder station instead of a crappy plug-in type hunk of garbage and you're set.
But yes, your pickup is perfectly fine.
The early 81 where AlNiCo and then switched to ceramic. Also, magnets demagnetized over time so a 90' 81 will sound different to a new one.
Yep my ‘06 MH400 has hardwired EMG’s. Shit, I remember when “quick connects” where the hot new thing.
Oh no, is this what being old feels like?
I believe they had to source new opamps at some point, too, some time in the 00's.
The 89 that I sold last year was hardwired.
I've watched Phil since he had about 10k subs and there's absolutely nothing that would make me question him. Judging from the responses here below they actually were different.
Did not know this, thx!
The last one I picked up on Reverb was hardwired. It's in my F-200 now. Couldn't beat it on a $35 deal.
As far as I can tell, it made no difference, FWIW.