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: Black
  • Included: solderless installation, volume/tone control set with split shaft, output jack, battery clip, screws

Further Information

Active Yes
Wiring 2 Conductor
Output High
Kappe No
Colour Black
Position Bridge, Neck
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A cleaner take on the thrash classic
Daenerys, 27.08.2020
I've been there - a girl growing up on influence from my sis listening to Metallica and Slayer, whilst my own (complicated and confused) teen years it has been Bullet for my Valentine, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying and so many other metalcore bands - these were my heroes, there when I was crying, lonely and there when I was happy - and I always wanted their sound.

When I started playing the guitar, I got the EMG Zakk Wylde 81/85 set and had it installed, and for many years it has been *it* for me.

Now, as my tastes changed a bit (and, inevitably, did the musical scene), I am looking forward into a pickup that's more cleaner, clearer and more versatile, but while I play nowadays modern metal - I still bring back the bands and songs that got me to playing the guitar in the first place. I haven't forgotten the best time of my life. 81X is all of that - clear punchy and open enough for modern rhythm playing, bright enough for cutting through the densest mixes - and still powerful enough to play those songs we all grew up on.

So for me, this is a perfect pickup. Thank you EMG. :)
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What a disappointment
DT1980, 10.04.2020
I've been using EMG pickups for many years, mainly the EMG81. I had very high expectations of this pickup, but it is a complete disappointment.
All the good things of a EMG81 is taken away from this pickup. It sounds muddy and not tight at all. The output is also a lot lower than a regular EMG. The tight sound and soaring highs of a EMG81 are not present in this pickup. For the music I want to play with it, it's unusable.
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First Choice for Hard Rock and Metal
Robert924, 17.06.2013
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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16.03.2015
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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