Warmest EMG active neck pickup?

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  1. jl-austin

    jl-austin SS.org Regular

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    Title says it all. I want something that sounds kind of like a Duncan Jazz. I have tried the 85 (too much output for a neck pickup, in my opinion). I have a 60 in the neck now, I like this pickup, I think it would sound awesome as a bridge pickup, but not so much as a neck pickup.

    The models I am interested in are:
    EMG66
    EMG60a
    EMG58

    I don't have enough money to buy pickups to experiment with anymore. :(
     
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    The 89R is awesome.
    Its 2 pickups in one. Its like a 85 in normal mode but less output and in coil split mode turns into an SA i believe with the single coil being nearest the neck so abit warmer. I personally would do that to have more options for your money.
     
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    The 60A for sure. That Alnico magnet makes all the difference. The 58 is an 85 with Alnico magnets as well. So since you seem to like the 60 over the 85, might as well go 60A.

    For what it's worth, EMG has great support and you could probably swap out pickups with them as long as you don't damage anything. Might want to shoot them an email as well.
     
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    Thanks! I will try the 60a. I recently bought a guitar with the 81 / 85 set, and I am really enjoying the 81, so I am looking for "that" neck pickup. I'll keep my EMG60, I might want to throw it into the bridge on another guitar. :)
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Don't forget the X-Series too. They make a 60AX, which is supposed to be more "vintage", but it might be overboard, especially if paired with a standard 81.

    Grab the 60A and take it from there. At least that's what I'd do.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    60A, HA (the single coil SA in a bucker housing) or a 66 neck.
     
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    Not sure why folks are calling the single coils warm. It's actually quite the opposite.
     
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    Well, they have a brighter attack, but a warmer transient under distorted voicings.
     
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