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EMG 81 Chrome

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: 1.25 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
  • Laser-engraved EMG logo
  • Chrome version

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Rating from EMG 81X Black EMG 81X Black

16.03.2015

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Excellent pickups.I purchased this EMG pickup because i was recording Downtuned metal guitar.It is a great pickup well worth the money.Its an improvement on the old 81 in my opinion .It has a more natrual sound and nicer tone. For people who play metal or hard rock etc this pickup will not dissapoint.Im very pleased with the purchase and recommend it .As always with Thoman the customer service is great , posted quikly and well packaged.
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First Choice for Hard Rock and Metal

Robert924, 17.06.2013

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The installation is incredibly easy as the quick connect system it uses eliminates the need for soldering. It has a very focused tone with a tight low end which combined with it's ridiculously high output results in a very saturated and aggressive distortion that remains articulate even at higher gain settings. Given it's tight tone it tends to work better in darker sounding guitars. The active preamp in it does reduce the audible difference between different wood types slightly, but it still seems to sound best in a mahogany guitar.

It's less compressed sounding than the original EMG 81 and it responds more to picking dynamics. For high gain modern rock/metal tones it's pretty hard to beat. As with the original 81 it doesn't excel at clean tones, but the extra headroom on the 81-X does offer a slight improvement.
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The Original Metal Pickup!!!

Philip669, 16.08.2013

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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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Metal Standard

Richard936, 09.09.2013

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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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EMG 81 Chrome
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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...

  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: 2 Conductor
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: Chrome
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
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
EMG 81X Black
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EMG 81X Black

Active Pickup for Electric Guitar Can be used in neck and bridge, High output humbucker with long sustain, Ceramic magnets, Newly developed preamp with open and dynamic sound concept, Colour:...

  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: 2 Conductor
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: No
  • Colour: Black
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
EMG 81TW-X Black
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EMG 81TW-X Black

Active Pickup for Electric Guitars Dual mode humbucker - EMG81X & single coil in one housing, For neck and bridge, Newly developed preamp with open and dynamic sound concept, Colour: Black, Incl....

  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: Completely Wired
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: No
  • Colour: Black
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
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