Lundgren m8 vs emg 81-8

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  1. Two Panthers

    Two Panthers SS.org Regular

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    based off of m7,blackout bridge , and emg 81-7 they are all close
    Many videos exist

    But I have t had anyone compare perhaps the two biggest of the two types of pups
    81-8 actives vs the powerful m8

    I’ve heard the output, the actives seem “louder” but the m8 sounded more clear and high end than the 81-8

    Any comparisons out

    allow me to add, I’m liking for High output, clear high tight and low/scoop, but still with character


    (Anyone have EQ profile for m7/m8 ..,,.?)
     
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    I would take a look in to a company called guitarmory. They have slew of options to choose from for extend range guitars. I would look at the Red Stone offering they have it both in Alnico V and VIII so many flavors of the same pickup. Also don't worry about whether its high, low, medium output. A high gain amp and a tube screamer are plenty enough to get any gains possible.
     
  3. Two Panthers

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    Dude, it’s more about the EQ curve profile, rather than the output persay, ....it’s part of it but what I’m interested in knowing is what the mid, treble and bass Profile look like on a graph

    Anyone have the Graph for 81/8 or M8
    Like this for example , from dimarZio
     

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    You're not going to go wrong with either pickup!
     
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    Mike The Traveler

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    While I don't have an official graph, I'll give my two cents since I've had both in the same guitar previously.

    The M8 has more clarity, better note separation, and a low mid growl that the 81-8 does not have. The 81-8 has more sustain, is more saturated, has more of a full mid body sound (more going on in the 500-800hz area.)

    Charting them like dimarzio, imo might look something like this:

    M8: Bass: 6 Mid: 4 Treble: 8
    81-8: Bass: 4 Mid: 6 Treble: 7

    Personally I preferred the 81-8 as I felt it was more versatile and did more styles of metal better, but YMMV.
     
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  6. Two Panthers

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    Great reply
    Thanks
    That is what I heard as. Well...in regard to the description you gave

    There is a low end bump I didn’t expect in the lundgren
     
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    There is no comparison, the Lundgren M8 smokes the EMG-81. Graphs and charts are cute and all, but how they sound/feel in real life is night and day. They both are aggressive and powerful, but the depth, clarity, and dynamics of the Lundgren blows the EMGs away. The EMGs are also a lot noisier and more compressed to my ears.

    Honestly, for more extreme metal styles the Lundgren M8 is probably the best 8-string pickup on the market. Not as versatile as some of the Bare Knuckles or Fishman, but for pure brutality and cut, its untouchable.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    How does it compare tone-wise to something more mainstream like the Duncan Distortion or Custom?
     
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    Lundgren has a relatively stiff low end and a growly/grindy midrange. Definitely not as hairy as the distortion and a lot clearer overall. Also it's lower output than the distortion
     
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    WHat about the m7?
    Is it like the same as the m8?

    I guess, sorta same question , 81-7 vs m7?

    Same difference ?
     
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    KnightBrolaire baritone zone

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    the 81 and m8 don't really compare, same with their 7 string counterparts afaik. M8 has a really unique slightly thick but cutting tone. It has a enough low end to make it sound big, but not so much that it flubs out. The grinding/growly midrange combined with the relatively bright high end helps it slice through the mud and gives the overall sound a lot more aggression. Very percussive pickup, has an almost single coil esque spank at times. the bump in the low end makes it a tad dark on the 7th/8th string if you're doing big extended chords (depends on the guitar/amp).
    the 81 also has a really percussive sound but lacks that magical growling midrange that the m8 has, plus it has a fair bit more compression iirc.
     
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  12. Two Panthers

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    Knight, I like that description a lot
    I hear the brightness very much akin to a single coil as you described
    It’s that mid growl-bright cut that makes it unique
    Thanks
     

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