EMG 85 Black

Guitar Pickup

Active pickups in electric guitars split the field: But even sceptics have to admit one thing: The EMG pickups sound fantastic and without wild noise. The long list of prominent users (including David Gilmour, Steve Lukather and Metallica's Kirk Hammett) speaks for itself!

The EMG 85 is oriented on the legendary PAF, Alnico magnets are used and consequently sound warm and singing, without emphasizing certain frequencies. Guitar pure! Black with golden EMG logo.

  • Humbucker
  • Active version
  • No noise
  • No humming
  • Alnico magnets
  • Warm attack with rich mids and highs
  • Very similar to PAF
  • Golden EMG logo
  • With potentiometers
  • Colour: Black

Further Information

Active Yes
Wiring 2 Conductor
Output Medium
Kappe Yes
Colour Black
Position Bridge, Neck
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The classic
Why do I need nickname?, 14.01.2019
Ordered this pickup a while ago for a project, used it in bridge position (with SA in the neck).
There are lot of stereotypes of EMG pickups on the internet, but screw them. Does it sound like a 59 Les Paul pup? Hell no.
But it is not supposed to. It is bright, aggressive, but can be tamed with volume pot. It balances well with active single coil in the neck too, giving the middle position a bit of extra depth and complexity.

Obviously, if you want best active pickups on the market, completely ignoring the cost, go for the Fishman Fluences. However, EMG 85 makes a compelling option both for bridge and neck positions.
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Great pickups
17.12.2014
I bought this pickup together with the 81 for my ESP Horizon from 2000, which had stock pickups. For the style we play in the band (thrash), the sound is a huge leap from previous pickups. For rock to brutal metal, it's highly recommended. Cleans on this one (neck) are also actually quite well defined and warm.

The second great thing is the solderless approach. It comes with the needed pots, and without having much guitar tech knowledge, I managed to install everything correctly, until I came to the point to solder them to the selection switch... this I got a tech to do, as I don't know how to solder. Nevertheless, very good idea from EMG.
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Doubled the value of my guitar!
John84, 16.08.2018
I bought this pickup to upgrade my matt black Epiphone SG Junior.
The pickup costs almost as much as the guitar but it was worth every cent. The sound is great with high sustain, excellent clarity.
Installation is very easy with this solderless design. Just make sure you have room for the 9V battery.
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Siamac, 17.10.2018
No doubt ! its EMG !
The best Black Witch Ever !
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EMG 85 Black
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EMG 85 Black

Guitar Pickup Active pickups in electric guitars split the field: But even sceptics have to admit one thing: The EMG pickups sound fantastic and without wild noise. The long list of prominent users...

  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: 2 Conductor
  • Output: Medium
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: Black
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
EMG 85 White
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EMG 85 White

Guitar pickup Humbucker, Active, No noise, No humming, Alnico magnets, Warm attack with rich mids and highs, Very similar to PAF, Golden EMG logo, With potentiometers, Colour white

  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: 2 Conductor
  • Output: Medium
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: White
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
EMG 85X Black
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EMG 85X Black

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

  • Active: Yes
  • Wiring: Completely Wired
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: Black
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
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