Anyone Keep Going Back To EMG?

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The bridge sounds like a JM pickup with the tone knob turned down pretty low.
I have no experience unfortunately playing a JM pick up so I will 100% take your word for it. Ray has a squier baritone jazzmaster too that sounds awesome in Drop F with the stock pick ups. But he's a balaguer and EMG artist so it makes sense that he'll use this guitar as his main.
 

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I have no experience unfortunately playing a JM pick up so I will 100% take your word for it. Ray has a squier baritone jazzmaster too that sounds awesome in Drop F with the stock pick ups. But he's a balaguer and EMG artist so it makes sense that he'll use this guitar as his main.
JMs have a shit ton of brightness in the bridge. Combination of the single coils + 1meg pot. Judging by that video alone, it rolls of that high end tremendously.
 

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JMs have a shit ton of brightness in the bridge. Combination of the single coils + 1meg pot. Judging by that video alone, it rolls of that high end tremendously.
Having heard him play the squier a lot, plus this Balaguer with the stock JM style pick ups that came in it and now these, I can say that the EMG set sits inbetween the stock Squier set and the stock balaguer set in terms of brightness. The Squier set was the darkest, and the Balaguer was VERY bright. These have a nice middle ground to them. Funny enough, the more I listen to the video the more the voicing on the bridge pick up sounds good. I still think the neck pick up sounds fantastic.
 

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I bought an Ibanez Iron Label with EMG's and intended to swap them out because actives are not my thing. I hadn't owned an 81 in almost 20 years. I left them in and won't ever change a thing. It's been a long time since I bought a guitar and left all the hardware intact.
 

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Anyone run any of your EMGs straight to the output? No volume, no tone.

I'm guessing the difference was minimal or negligible due to them being active as compared to what you would get with passives.
 

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I did that for a friend and noticed no tonal differences. We put a Killswitch in (the mind that clicks) to control the volume on/off though
 

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I played an ESP with an evertune and some EMGs at a Guitar Center. The cleans were sterile and surgical and into a dirty channel it was like the perfect bridge lead tone. Personally I like Fishmans
 

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I just put this Lukather style set in my strat and couldn't be happier. Incredible pickups.

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I like it well enough to not be in a hurry to change it out. But I’ll keep that in mind.
The 60 is still pretty middy but not to the extent the 81 is. The highs are more sparkly and there's a bit more low end. It's great if you want good cleans with power behind them but still have clarity under distortion.
FWIW I also like the 85 in the neck. I used to hate it, but you gotta crank the pickup REALLY fucking low for it to sound good. But it can sound good.
 

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I used to hate them but I had only had time to play and track the guitar with a 707 and now I'm starting to think something was wrong with it. I got my ESP in 2020 that came with the 707s and had already ordered Warpigs with the proper mounts to replace them. To my surprise the 707s sounded fine, nothing like what I had experienced previously. If I had not ordered the warpigs already I might have decided to save the money but I think soapbar pickups look awful anyways.

I love so many tones that were tracked with an 81, been dying to try one. One day I'll get an explorer and put an 81 in it for.. reasons..
 

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The 60 is still pretty middy but not to the extent the 81 is. The highs are more sparkly and there's a bit more low end. It's great if you want good cleans with power behind them but still have clarity under distortion.
FWIW I also like the 85 in the neck. I used to hate it, but you gotta crank the pickup REALLY fucking low for it to sound good. But it can sound good.
Sounds pretty good. At some point I will replace the pickups as they are pretty used and show signs of their age. Maybe I will just change the neck one out first.
 


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