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post Aug 22 2015, 08:07 PM
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I've always liked EMGs, for a multitude of reasons. For metal, the 81 in the bridge got a massive and powerful sound, and for cleans the 60 in the neck is pristine and full. Aside from their tone, another great thing about EMGs is the ease in which you can change them, due to their quick connect feature. I've rotated the 81, 85 and 60 in all positions just to try a variety of sounds. The 85 in the bridge with the 24V mod is wicked. Of course, one of the greatest attributes of active pickups is they do an excellent job of causing tone purists to get massively butt hurt.

However, I have few issues with the classic active EMGs. While they sound great with massive amounts of gain and with a very clean sound, I've never been too happy with the mild crunch sounds and the various amounts of gain between clean and mean. I'm also not crazy about the way it sounds when you dial back the guitar's volume knob. Also, while the compressed sound lends itself well to an even tone, my tastes have shifted away from that. I've recently been playing medium output passive pickups, such as the DiMarzio Chopper, and I love how dynamic it is. It transmits all the nuances of my playing, for better or for worse.

EMG recently released some new pickups that make the claim to combine all qualities of passive pickups with an active design. This sounded very appealing to me. I checked out the Richie Faulkner video demoing the EMG 57/66 set, and was like, "That's it! That's the tone!" I ordered them and installed them in an LTD H-1001. They replaced an 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck.

They're excellent pickups. I wasn't expecting to be so impressed. They're so clear and articulate. The 57 in the bridge has great crunch sounds and high gain tones, and has much of the dynamics of passive pickups. It doesn't have quite the "thump" of the 81 but it does make up for it with tight palm mutes. You can play open chords and hear all the individual notes. They're both very similar to a classic PAF sound. The 66 in the neck is very clear and finally, what I've been waiting for, no muddiness. It's got a very "tubular" sound.

Now, this is just an initial impression. I've only played it through a Blackstar ID Core. Haven't had a chance to play it through a proper tube amp.

I highly recommend these, especially if you already have EMGs. They have a nice vintage look, so when a tone snob compliments the sound they emanate, you'll get to enjoy watching him have a massive meltdown when he finds out that they're active.



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post Aug 23 2015, 08:50 PM
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interresting post !

i know the 18v trick, but not the 24v...... what it's ?

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post Aug 23 2015, 10:42 PM
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QUOTE (fzalfa @ Aug 23 2015, 03:50 PM) *
interresting post !

i know the 18v trick, but not the 24v...... what it's ?

Laurent


As far as tonal quality is concerned, the 24v mod doesn't offer any advantages over the 18v mod. They will both sound approximately the same. However, with the 18v mod you need two 9v batteries, and many guitars that already have a cavity for a battery don't have room for two 9v batteries. With the 24v mod, two 12v batteries can fit. I don't remember the battery size, but I think it's A23. I could be wrong.

This mod however requires a separate 9v style connector. You need to wire it in series then tape or shrink wrap the connections. It's pretty simple.


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post Aug 23 2015, 11:44 PM
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i'll try this with my Les Paul custom EMG

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post Aug 24 2015, 02:46 AM
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Yup. The 57/66 combo is simply the best thing EMG currently makes IMHO smile.gif They sound much more organic and lively than the standard EMG but they are still EMG pups so folks who dig emg pups will still dig em!! I replaced the EMG808 with the 57 8 string version and WOW. It made all the difference in the world. I really despise the EMG808 after doing the A/B test. The 57 just killed it.


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post Aug 24 2015, 03:03 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Aug 23 2015, 09:46 PM) *
Yup. The 57/66 combo is simply the best thing EMG currently makes IMHO smile.gif They sound much more organic and lively than the standard EMG but they are still EMG pups so folks who dig emg pups will still dig em!! I replaced the EMG808 with the 57 8 string version and WOW. It made all the difference in the world. I really despise the EMG808 after doing the A/B test. The 57 just killed it.


Yes, I was really surprised that the difference would be that impressive. EMG really did their homework with these pickups. The design is innovative and a bit of a departure from their traditional design. They definitely have the PAF vibe to them.

I was actually torn between this pair and the James Hetfield Het Set, but after hearing Richie Faulkner playing them I was sold biggrin.gif


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post Aug 24 2015, 03:39 PM
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The het set is nice smile.gif But I gotta say I think these are a bit better over all in terms of being more organic and "Alnico" sounding smile.gif But they are very close to the het set.

QUOTE (Mudbone @ Aug 23 2015, 10:03 PM) *
Yes, I was really surprised that the difference would be that impressive. EMG really did their homework with these pickups. The design is innovative and a bit of a departure from their traditional design. They definitely have the PAF vibe to them.

I was actually torn between this pair and the James Hetfield Het Set, but after hearing Richie Faulkner playing them I was sold biggrin.gif



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