EMG 81 Black


Active Pickup for Electric Guitar

  • Humbucker
  • For the bridge position
  • Strong ceramic magnets and closely spaced coils produce a sound with detailed intensity, lots of high-end cut and smooth sustain
  • Due to very low susceptibility to feedback, it's particularly well suited for high-gain applications
  • Output: High
  • String spacing: Universal
  • Connections: Solderless
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Width: 70 mm
  • Height: 38 mm
  • Mounting depth: 23 mm
  • Mounting screw spacing: 78 mm
  • Cap colour: Black
  • Made in the USA

Including EMG's solderless installation system:

  • 25k Tone potentiometer
  • 25k Volume potentiometer
  • Battery bus
  • Stereo output jack
  • In/Out bus for two pickups
  • Mounting screws and springs
  • Pickup cable
  • 2 Connection cables
  • Output cable
  • Battery cable
Item number 121456
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Active Yes
Wiring Completely Wired
Output High
Kappe Yes
Colour Black
Position Bridge
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Jones From The North 03.12.2021
EMG 81's dont really needs a lengthy review, with so many bands and famous names behind them.

Love them or hate them, they've helped shape metal and rock as we know it.

I keep coming back to 81's for bridge PU's because of the consistency and the overall sound characteristics.
They've got a nice punch with a good low-end, and a good treble response.
Sure, they're not as dynamic as a Seymour Duncan JB (passive), but they've got great dynamics nonetheless.

The solderless installation is my favorite. Makes installations much faster, and less chance of a screw up.
You can get every style of switch from EMG them selves, so you wont need to use a soldering iron every again.

In conclusion:
If you're a fan of older (pre-2010) metal/hard rock, then they're definitely worth a look.
Likewise if you're looking for a really hot pickup, with an easy installation, these might also be for you.


2x emg81 + emh 3 way toggle switch
Niky_shred 10.10.2020
These replaced all the electronics in a Musicman JP150 . The pickups were a snug fit but all in all, easy install - Brought an average sounding guitar to stage/recording threshold . As expected of EMG. Superb customer service from Thomann, also as expected; Thanks!


The Original Metal Pickup!!!
Philip669 16.08.2013
What can be said about the EMG 81 that already has not been said?
Well its the industry standard for that searing metal tone, Bands like slayer, In flames, even judas priest now use EMG's.
I've used EMG's for over 25 years mainly in metal guitars for extreme music, but i bought this 81 to go in my Jackson Bengal which will be only used for old 80's hair metal & hard rock, well without a doubt it can nail that sound easy, its now looking that the old 81 is more of an all rounder than many people initially thought, Most think EMG are a one trick pony only for extreme metal.
I must praise the Guys at EMG for coming up with the solderless design.
It makes changing pickups a pleasure rather than a chore, Most people cannot solder very well so the solderless range is ideal for the beginner or if you just want to save money on getting a repair shop to fit the pickups, I am going to try the 18 Volt mod on my guitar to check out the headroom it gives these pickups.
I for one will always use EMG's i love them & they do exactly what it says on the tin METAL!!!!


Excellent with a single "but" for the solder-less system
Dimkasta 09.09.2020
The pickup needs no introduction. It's excellent, well known and used everywhere

What created some issues for me was that my guitar has the output jack on the side and not on the pickguard. This created two problems for me. The solderless wire going to it was too short, and the hole that the wire passes through was too small for the plugs to pass.
So I had to juggle many things to make it work.

I will eventually go full soldered though. I do not like non-soldered contacts if I can avoid them