EMG 81 Chrome

Active Pickup

The EMG-81 is a pickup with high output. It is best suited for high volume 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: 1.25V
  • Peak output: 1.75 V
  • Output noise: +91 dBV
  • Output impedance: 10 kOhm
  • Current consumption at 9 V: 80 uA
  • Battery life: 3000 h
  • Colour: Chrome
  • Includes EMG's solderless Installation System volume & tone potentiometer with knurled shaft, output jack, battery clip set, screws and springs

Further information

Active Yes
Wiring 2 Conductor
Output High
Kappe Yes
Colour Chrome
Position Bridge, Neck
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The sound of the EMG-81 with a classy finish

Frozen Matt, 17.09.2012
On the sound side there is no notable difference between the traditional version EMG-81 and the chrome version (fortunately for that matter). The rating of 4 stars out of 5 concerning this sound quality is due to the fact that despite the undeniable quality of the EMG product, one can always find a small defect here and there (but what microphone can boast of being perfect on all points - dynamics, precision, gain, ... - each microphone has its specificities).

A big "+" regarding the chrome finish that is well worth the difference in price. Note the wiring facilitated by Molex plug. Personally, the previous version to solder suited me well. Indeed, difficult to make pass a molex plug in a hole that let just pass the wire before ... but if you are plugging in the micro yourself, is that you are able to make a weld :)
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Gerald D., 18.10.2009
My son has been playing an Ibanez SZQ520 in blue for 5 years. With the acquisition of the Spider Valve it was now time to equip the guitar for the tougher gait. Therefore, the long-cherished desire to incorporate EMG humbuckers has now been realized. The decision is much to the classical combination of the 81 and 85-ger variant, which also comes with many prominent guitarists to the Einastz. For optical reasons, the chrome-plated pickups were selected.

All relevant components such as volume and tone potentiometer, jack socket, complete cabling set and bus board are included as standard. All components are equipped with plug-in connections and, in conjunction with the wiring diagrams, can be wired and installed quickly for almost all common types of guitars. For the conversion I had to buy a new toggle switch which is not included in the delivery. This is an Ibanez problem, however, since this switch is also designed as a kind of busboard. Since the active EMG pickups require a 9V block battery as a source of energy, I ordered another battery compartment from Conrad, which I put into the cover plate of the electrical compartment. Thus, changing the battery is also child's play. 2 new pickups from Schallter round off the whole package.

After the installation could be released immediately. The pickups sound always transparent in any setting, whether crystal clear or ultra heavy, and send the signals of the respective playing style first-class into the amplifier. Certainly, every reader is aware that this pickup finds its advantage quite clearly in the rock and metal range. Evil riffs sound incredibly voluminous and powerful. Since nothing mats, provided the amplifier is adjusted correctly. The sound control also performs its work effectively. With so critical a consideration I could not find a negative aspect.

Optically and soundly these parts are top. The price for the 81-C pickup with the described contents goes absolutely in order. All those who have long thought about giving their guitar a different note, I can only say, "dare you".
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  • Wiring: 2 Conductor
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: Chrome
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
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