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#1 User is offline   ESPguy 

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:29 PM

I met a moron who put an 81&85 in his Les Paul.
You could stick those emgs in a block of styrofoam and get the same no tone sound. What a waste of mahogany!

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:40 PM

 ESPguy, on 31 May 2012 - 11:29 PM, said:

I met a moron who put an 81&85 in his Les Paul.
You could stick those emgs in a block of styrofoam and get the same no tone sound. What a waste of mahogany!


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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:33 AM

Personally, I agree with you! I would never put EMG 81/85's in a Les Paul. But it is all a matter of taste ;) I like tone, some like over the top crunch and could care less for even a touch of cleans LOL. The stock pups in most Gibson's crunch just fine. You will never find 1 pickup that will do everything, that's why they make so many (and why just 1 guitar is never enough!!!).

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:37 PM

I used the EMG81's throughout the 80's and they had a mean sound to them [thumbup]
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:46 PM

The "Gilmour" single coils are interesting....I played a Strat with them once......
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" Playing scales is like a boxer skipping rope or a punching bag. It's not the thing itself; it's preparatory to the activity." Barney Kessel
" After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Hoxley
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:14 PM

EMG's are a good way to make your Gibson sound less like a Gibson.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:21 PM

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:27 PM

 ESPguy, on 31 May 2012 - 11:29 PM, said:

I met a moron who put an 81&85 in his Les Paul.
You could stick those emgs in a block of styrofoam and get the same no tone sound. What a waste of mahogany!


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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:32 PM

I have a single EMG Godin

Which I like a lot... [biggrin]

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:24 PM

I much prefer my signature OMG pickups........[flapper] ....
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" It occured to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception." Einstein on his theory of relativity.
" Music is a higher relevation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." Ludwig von Beethoven
" There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.' Johann Sebastian Bach
" Playing scales is like a boxer skipping rope or a punching bag. It's not the thing itself; it's preparatory to the activity." Barney Kessel
" After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Hoxley
" There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have crossed this line." Pianist Oscar Lavant
" Music came before language; musical grunts became words." Damian (copyright)
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:39 PM

If emg pickups will get you closer to "your tone" by all means, go for it. The mqin reasons people say emgs sound "the same" is because many emg equipped guitars are played at high gain levels. Personally, i think emgs are great high-output pickups that retain clarity, whereas many others lose amlot of treble and can sound muddy. A/B a strat and paul both equipped with an 81/85 set, through a good tube amp, and then tell me theres no difference...
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:35 PM

I have EMGs in a Strat and I love them, that being said I am no real fan of the HB sized ones. They just don't suit my tone/music.

But to each their own. If someone likes them, that's up to them.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:24 AM

Sort of like using a distortion pedal through a JCM2000.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:21 AM

Kinman is making a smoking single coil pickup.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:49 AM

Dang, when I read the heading I thought you meant this:

Electromyography (EMG)

Glad it's only a pup. They do kind of suck cuz it does hurt some. :rolleyes:

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

*ahem*



this, ladies and gentlemen, is an EMG81 equipped guitar! [flapper]
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:00 AM

it's really up to signal chain, and how they're amped.
EMGs can be made to suck, OR sound great....they're just p'ups which are 1/4 to 1/5 of the tone equation.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:08 AM

 Cú Chulainn, on 22 December 2012 - 12:36 PM, said:


this, ladies and gentlemen, is an EMG81 equipped guitar! [flapper]



....a Charvel, not the LP which the OP was referring to.


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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:18 AM

 AlanH, on 23 December 2012 - 05:08 AM, said:

....a Charvel, not the LP which the OP was referring to.


Yeah, well, he also wrote this:

 ESPguy, on 31 May 2012 - 11:29 PM, said:

You could stick those emgs in a block of styrofoam and get the same no tone sound.


...which my videoresponse was aimed at [flapper]
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

.......and the point he was making was that EMGs are wasted on mahogany.

The Gary Moore vid is good b-t-w but I think he's the type of player that could make anything sound good.


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Sold:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus with JB and Jazz; Epiphone Les Paul Studio Deluxe with 490R and 490T; Kramer Pacer Classic 2010

Amps:
Peavey Royal 8 Valve King; Peavey Backstage 50; Ashdown Tourbus 10W bass amp; Zoom H4 recorder/effects

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Digitech Bad Monkey (Overdrive); EH Pocket Metal Muff Nano (Distortion); Marshall Regenerator (Modulation); MXR Carbon Copy (Delay); Artec SE-GEQ (EQ/Tuner)

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Club: http://forum.gibson....ker-model-club/
Reviews: Wildkat; Pacer Classic
Useful restringing vid I found: http://www.youtube.c...B&v=Oclc4MHWbzw

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