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post Jul 7 2007, 01:31 AM
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Im looking for a bridge pickup for playing metal (all kinds). Any one got one of these or know what there like ?
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post Jul 7 2007, 01:39 AM
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I know there will come a bunch of positive responses so I will start with a slightly negative.
I think the sound is sterile, I COULD use one myself if I was playing a modern hi-gain amp with 6L6 tubes in it. Active EMG seem to give the extra "punch" though the tone itself doesn't get less sterile esp. with 6L6's that I find less warm compared to EL34's.

So to sum it up, for modern Higain metal in a f.ex ENGL or Mesa with 6L6 tubes they sound good to my ears. Just me ok. I know plenty of people just love em so I have to say I'm probably representing a minority here. I think they lack a bit of warmth.

I realize that above was a bit blur... Perhaps it's just me...

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post Jul 7 2007, 01:45 AM
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You can get yourself the emg-81 or the emg hz-h4 (passive version of the 81). And if you don't like emg's then Seymour Duncan Invader Pickups are also good for Metal.
Peronally I would prefer the emg-81


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post Jul 9 2007, 01:49 AM
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I have 81's in my bridge and neck and i love them,great for metal and screaming lead work biggrin.gif

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post Jul 11 2007, 11:21 AM
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I've got an EMG81 in bridge position and I LOVE it when playing with high gain! But when playing in clean it sounds pretty bad. Its like a very thin sound with no warmth in it. I got an EMG85 in neck position wich is completly the opposite, a nice warm clean tone, but not so great with high gain riffs.

So I would really recomend it for heavy riffing and soloing, it gives you a sharp thrashy tone, but make sure you got a good clean-pickup in neck position because emg81 in bridge position is pretty useless for clean

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