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EMG 81 Black

EMG 81 Black

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The EMG-81 is a pickup with high output. It is best suited for high volumes and amps with master volume. If the amp is sufficiently overdriven, the pickup produces aggressive to razor-sharp attacks (especially important with a high output pickup, though rare) with plenty of punch and long sustain.

  • Resonant frequency: 2.25 kHz
  • RMS output: 1.25 V
  • Peak output: 1.75 V
  • Output noise: 91 dBV
  • Output impedance: 10 kOhm
  • Current consumption at 9 V: 80 µA
  • Battery life: 3000 h
  • Colour: Black

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Richard936, 09.09.2013
What can you say about the EMG 81 that hasn't been written before, in truth not much. The EMG 81 is the standard metal pick up that all other metal pick ups are measured against and in all fairness they fail to match up the 81.

While the cleans are not the best, the distorted tone is fantastic for all types of metal. Ive used the EMG 81 in various guitars, Jackson's, PRS SE's and Ibanez and I have never failed to get a killer tone out of them.

My current Amp is a H&K Tubemeister 18 Head and with a EMG 81 equipped guitar I can get a real great crunch tone with no hum, which is the bonus of an internal pre amp in the 81.

There is a reason the 81 is on some of the classic metal albums of all time and the user list for the 81 is so long, this pick up slays end of story.

The quick connect system is a really good system but make sure you have space in your control cavities for the 9v Battery. You may find that abit of drilling may be required to get the thick cable down to the new jack socket, I've only found this on Ibanez guitars so far.

The quick connect system is also usable for SD Blackouts, so if your are someone who likes swapping pups there is another reason to get an 81.

Pairs well with an 85 or the 60 in the neck position.
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Super cool pickup!

Vasily, 05.05.2017
I have ordered this pickup in couple with EMG60 to upgrade the LTD M-100FM guitar and have active pickups set like Kirk Hammett. The quality of the sound is amazing! Both clean and distortion are great - real improvement to original passive LTD pickups.
The set of electronics provided with pickups is very easy to assemble. Soldering is only needed for switch, the rest is connected by adapters - so comfortable!
I would easily recommend this pickups for very high quality of manufacturing and sound!
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EMG 81 Black
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EMG 81 Black

Active Pickup The EMG-81 is a pickup with high output. It is best suited for high volumes and amps with master volume. If the amp is sufficiently overdriven, the pickup produces aggressive to...

  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: 2 Conductor
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: Black
  • Position: Bridge
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  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: 2 Conductor
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: Chrome
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
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