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Rating and Reviews: EMG 81X Active Humbucker

Come out on top of the mix with this humbucker pickup. It utilizes ceramic magnets and close aperture coils for awesome sustain.

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"Not just for metal don't believe the hype" submitted September 15, 2017

By Jonathan downey in Xenia, OH
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Musical Background: 30 years blues rock metal. Studio musician by trade
Music Style: Blues rock
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Sound: It is bright with full midrange with a flat low end. If you are looking for more chunk as found in death metal you may prefer the 89 or 60 Feature: The quick connect made install a breeze but not one to use in a 2 humbucker setup that you only want to replace one of your pickups. I had to leave my neck pup unhooked up amd useless Ease of Use: Simple. Dial back the treble with a high pass filter and prepare to be amazed Quality: Build quality is what you expect from EMG no cheap materials here Value: Absolutely Manufacturer Support: Never had to contact EMG The Wow Factor: No other than its an EMG. I know when i am done installing i dont have to take it back out and try again with another pup Overall: I recently bought this pickup after owning an EMG 89 years ago. I put this one in my Jackson Dinky and glad i did. The one review i read claims it hums really bad. I haven't had this issue i would say they didn't follow the directions correctly. Wired correctly it is a well pronounced pickup that has a sweet sound for metal blues rock and even country. I play all styles and it has yet to dissapoint. I do alot of solo guitar songs similar to Vai and Satriani and it has performed well for them. Used in the studio i dial back the treble a bit at around 700-800hz and it seems to be just right for me. All in all EMG has done well in this pup as far as i can tell so far.
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"puts the heavy in heavy metal" submitted March 19, 2013

By Ryan Jones in blairsville , PA
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Musical Background: 10+ w/road experience
Music Style: Heavy Metal Nu metal death metal
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Overall: Great pup. Sounds really sick in my esp Ltd m100. This pick up makes me buckle at my knees when I hit a pinch harmonic it screams metal and the solder less kit makes for easy installation. Long live emg! Great pickups for the heavy metalhead
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"Worst pickup on the marked." submitted June 27, 2011

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Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: Metal
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Sound: they are completely different from 81 we all know. Ease of Use: i don't like the quick connection system as they made it kind of difficult ,for me anyways. i much prefer soldering. Quality: worst pickup i have ever owned. it feedbacks like crazy in the band situation. it is the most humming and microphonic pickup on the market. it amplifies hum depending on which angle your guitar is. you can find the "sweet spot" in which you get least hum,but as soon as you move ,guitar will start to hum like crazy. i had two of these pickups in and tried them in 3 different guitars. same results every time. i have guitars with an older emg pickups and guitars with duncan blackout pickups. all of them like 10x time quiter in the hum/feedback department than this new X series pickups. the blackout being is the most quite one. i never write any reviews but this thing realy pissed me off. and yes i have tried 4 different amps,home and studio,cables etc... it's definitely the pickup and not my setup. btw passive high gain dimarzios are much quiter than any active emgs that are on the market. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CRAP. Value: read above Manufacturer Support: did't try to contact the support. my local store have returned my money back. Overall: very bad product.
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