EMG 81 Black

Active Pickup for Electric Guitar

  • Humbucker
  • For the bridge position
  • Strong ceramic magnets and close aperture coils create a sound with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut, and fluid sustain
  • Ideal for high gain applications due to its very low susceptibility to feedback
  • Output: High
  • String spacing: Universal
  • Connectors: Solderless
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Width: 70 mm
  • Height: 38 mm
  • Installation depth: 23 mm
  • Mounting screw spacing: 78 mm
  • Cap colour: Black
  • Made in USA

Includes EMG's solderless installation system:

  • 25k Tone potentiometer
  • 25k Volume pot
  • Battery bus
  • Stereo output jack
  • In/Out bus for two pickups
  • Fixing screws and springs
  • Audio cable
  • 2 Connection cables
  • Output cable
  • Battery cable

Further Information

Active Yes
Wiring Completely Wired
Output High
Kappe Yes
Colour Black
Position Bridge

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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!
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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!!!!
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Instant transformation of an old guitar
StabbingOctopus, 19.03.2021
Put this (combined with an EMG 85 in the neck position) in an old guitar that was never particularly good.
Installation was a breeze due to the solderless setup. Fit perfectly into the pickup rings/cavities of the old humbuckers - no need to modify the wood.
The tone instantly went from meh to perfection (for what I needed). Allows for incredibly clear, tight, nice heavy chugging.
Thanks, EMG!
My only regret is that I didn't get several years ago!
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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
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