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
  • Incl. solderless installation,volume/tone control set with split shaft, output jack, battery clip, screws

Further Information

Active Yes
Wiring Completely Wired
Output High
Kappe Yes
Colour Black
Position Bridge, Neck
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Very clear and warm, enormous output
Florian4355, 20.02.2014
The Emg 85-X is a quite warm sounding Pickup that still lets very high frequencies get through. I first used it in the bridge position, now I am using it as a neck pickup, where it sounds warm, yet still retains high overtones if mounted close enough to the strings. It does not compress or clip like previous active pickups, but the output is so high it can cause some clean channels to clip. Also the high output can cause too much compression when you play hig-gain solos with it, so it is best used with a less compressing amplifier. If so, the sound is still very articulate and not muddy.
Compared to the 81-X in the bridge postition it sounds warmer/less aggressive, more boomy and like it had some mid frequencies missing. I rather like the 81X used with a thick pick.
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EMG 85 on steriods
Seger, 25.12.2014
The EMG 85-X has the same high quality as all the EMG products.

I bought two of them in 2010 and installed them in a brand new Gibson Explorer and the sounds is simply amasing.

Currently I own 3 guitars with EMG 85 in (a Jackson SL-3, 2 Music man Luke II) and the EMG 85-X is more brighter and has a wider dynamic than the EMG 85.

I encurrage you all to try this pick-up as an better alternative to EMG 85.
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Pickups DIY install and sounds great
Michael_Axe, 31.05.2013
Active pickups at their best. Easy to install, great sound. 85-X - I fitted two on my LP to upgrade the pickups, now gives a wider range of sounds and a 'deeper' fuller tone. Being able to choose exactly the pickup combination you want and install them yourself is great.
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Nur zu empfehlen ...
Manfred155, 28.02.2011
Update März 2011:
Habe mir noch eine Ibanez RGA72TQM als Bühnen-Backup gekauft und auch diese wie unten beschrieben, umgerüstet. Mit dem gleichen wahnsinnigen Ergebnis.

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Review vom Dezember 2010:
Ich wollte eine flexible Gitarre mit "schnellem" Hals und Tremolosystem.
So habe ich mir noch eine Ibanez RGA72TQM zugelegt. Die Gitarre ist ab Werk auf "Schwermetall" ausgelegt. Die serienmässigen Ibanez-LZ-PU's haben dementsprechend sehr viel Dampf und klingen aber "clean" z.B. leblos.

Also habe ich die Gitarre grundlegend modifiziert. Als erstes wurde das Floyd-Rose-ähnliche Tremolo fixiert, damit es nicht mehr"schwebend", sondern immer fest anliegend stimmstabil bleibt (tremolieren ist jetzt nur noch nach unten möglich, was mir aber reicht).

Jetzt aber zu den PU's.
In der Halsposition habe ich einen splittbaren EMG 89-X, in der Stegposition bewusst einen EMG 85-X Und nicht einen 81er) verbaut.
Um der Gitarre noch mehr Dampf bei Solopassagen geben zu können, wurde noch ein EMG PA2 Booste/Preamp mit max. 20dB Anhebung nachgeschaltet. Diesen habe ich auf ca. +12dB eingestellt.

Resultat: Die Gitarre ist nicht mehr wieder zu erkennen ... Sie ist jetzt so flexibel - und zwar für alle Stilrichtungen, die ich in meiner Top40-Band brauche - , dass sie tatsächlich meine Lieblingsklampfe für den Bühneneinsatz geworden ist.

Für insgesamt ca. 850,00 Euro habe ich jetzt eine sehr leichte und komfortable Spitzenklampfe mit einem solchen Sound bekommen, dass sogar einige meiner Custom-Shop-Sammlerstücke regelrecht "an die Wand" gespielt werden.
Mit dem Egnater-Amp RENEGADE 112 habe ich vor Monaten auch noch "meinem Traumamp" dazugekommen (der wiederum meine Vöxe AC30 "auf Rente" geschickt hat.

Fazit:
Die modifizierte Ibanez RGA72TQM und der Renegade ist die beste Kombination, die ich in meinem über 30ig-jährigen Musikerleben gespielt habe.

Ich kann speziell diese EMG X-Serie ohne Bedenken empfehlen. Übrigens, mit aktiven PU's gibt es jetzt keinerlei Störgeräusche mehr auf der Bühne (z.B. die durch gedimmte PAR-Leuchten).
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