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EMG 81/85 or Alnico Classic Humbuckers

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Im deciding between an Epiphone Explorer ($499) or an ESP LTD Viper-401FM($479)

And the pickups on the Explorer are Alnico Classic Humbuckers, and I love abosulutely love the Explorer look!

And the viper(has the EMG's) has a cool look but not as good as the Explorer, for me to decide which im gonna get is the pickups and I can't tell which is better or know any difference could anyone please tell me?

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Thanks! Now is that just for a certain style or everything? I love rock n roll and classic as well as metal(Iron maiden, Running Wild, Judas Priest, Slough Feg, Black Sabbath, Tarot etc.) so it will suit well right? The EMG's also are in A LOT of ESP's guitars, especially the 81/85 i was surprised at how many they have even the more expensive models. Is it true having the metal part on the pickup holding back the pup's tone? Some guy said that it does.(the metal cover looking thing on the Alnico Classic humbucker)

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