EMG 81-7 Black

Active Pickups For 7-String Guitars

  • Humbucker
  • Classic EMG 81 sound in a 7-string housing
  • Dimensions: 38 x 89 mm
  • Quick-connect cable, volume / tone control set with knurled shafts, output jack, battery clip, screws & springs

Further Information

Type of pickup Humbucker
Active Pickup System Yes
Passive Pickup System No
Wiring Completely Wired
Colour Black
Position Bridge
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The classic 81 tone in 7-string form
ThomasUV777, 16.03.2018
People tend to be really divided between active and passive pickups. I used to be on the passive camp, until I purchased a guitar with an EMG81 in it. For my custom 7, I knew I had to get this in a 7-string form. I didn't regret this one bit. Sounds vivid, bright and sustain for days. I'll go on record by saying that yes, it does have a very compressed quality. But that's not a bad thing per sé. Having a constant level is great for the metal genre, especially if you go in a more oldschool direction. Paired with a 707 makes a match made in heaven. If you do want some more headroom and less compression, the 81-7X is a great alternative, which I have tested and checked the soundwaves. A clear difference in dynamics, so EMG has fans of more compression covered. Note that the solderless installation makes installing this pickup a breeze. Highly recommended!
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the real deal!!
21.06.2016
we don't need to talk to much about EMG. the famous brand speaks for it self. Great quality, great sound, very easy to set up, just connect everything and bang!! ready!! don't need soldering. the best pickup for heavy sounds.
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EMG 81-7
GuyL, 03.06.2011
ce micro delivre un son tres froid, raide mais super preçis !!!
c'est un regal pour tout les fans de metal, il a un bon niveau de sortie, et excele sur des guitare en acajou. n'esperez pas avoir un jolie son clair avec ce micros, il est taillé pour le gros son.
attention toutefois, afin de l'équiper sur votre guitare , un passage chez le luthier est nécéssaire, ce micro est plus large que les micros standard.
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Der EMG 81-7 oder wie eine 7-Saiter das rocken lernte
Nick F., 27.12.2009
Endlich konnte ich mir mal den Luxus erlauben, in meine 7-Saiter (eine ESP LTD M-107) einen besseren Pickup einzubauen - die Wahl fiel nicht schwer, ein EMG musste her. Kurz im Laden ein paar Klampfen mit dem 707 und ein paar mit dem 81-7 angezockt, und schwupp war der 81-7 als zukünftiger Klanglieferant auserkoren und bestellt. Als er dann ankam, war ich erstmal sehr positiv von der Fülle an Lieferumfang angetan - alles was man braucht um einen Pickup anzuschließen (außer dem Lötkolben ;) ).

Auch die Potis schon vorverlötet, es muss alles theoretisch nur noch in die Klampfe eingesetzt und zwei, drei Lötstellen festgemacht werden. Und die Installationsanleitung mit den verschiedenen möglichen Schaltungen jeweils in einem großen, übersichtlichen Plan erklärt - super !! Also ran ans Werk... alter Pickup schon lange draußen, nun den neuen einsetzen... OK, erstes Problem - wie ich vermutet hatte, die EMGs sind größer als die Standard-PUs... also passend ausfräsen lassen, und weiter. Jetzt passt er (yeah!).

Dann das zweite Problem ... Die Bohrungen für die Potis in meiner Gitarre sind weiter auseinander, als die vorverlöteten Potis es zulassen. also Lötstellen lösen und versuchen das ganze mit Silberdraht und anderen Kabeln zu verlängern... jetzt passts. Problem 3 ole ole: alles ist schon schön vorverlötet, ja. Aber die Anschlussbuchse passt nunmal nicht von innen durch die schmale Fräsung durch... Also auch die Buchse abgelötet, Kabel durch den Kanal gezigen und von außen wieder drangelötet. Jetzt passt aber alles. Also dann alles nochmal komplett verlötet und schlussendlich den Pickup noch angeschlossen (Easy connect - geile Sache !) und eingesetzt - tadaa!!!

Nachdem ich dann alles schön im Innern der Gitarre verstaut hatte (samt Batterie - eng, aber passt), direkt Saiten draufgezogen, auf Drop A getuned und angezockt. Klingt schon deutlich besser als vorher! Ein dickes Pfund im unteren Bereich, deutlich im oberen. Schreit wie Zakk Wylde es nicht schöner könnte ;-) So muss dat klingen! Jetzt wird gefetzt!

[UPDATE August 2012]
Nach zweieinhalb Jahren Spielpraxis mit dem Ding muss ich sagen - es klingt immernoch geil. Aber werde mir als nächstes wohl doch wieder nen passiven PU zulegen, die klingen differenzierter (gerade wenn man viele Full Chords spielt über alle sieben Saiten) und wenns der richtige ist auch nicht weniger kraftvoll. Trotzdem - EMG rockt weiter sehr fett!
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