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EMG 85-X Active Humbucker Pickup CHROME 

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  • EMG's exclusive Solderless Quik-Connect system Includes:
  • Split shaft volume/active tone control set
  • Output jack
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      Offers increased headroom with an organic and open tone while maintaining the clarity and response that EMG's are renowned for.

      The EMG 85-X Active Humbucker Pickup features close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets and powered by a newly designed preamp, the 85-X is a powerful pickup with exceptional tone and versatility across the spectrum. The Alnico magnets give a warm growl and velvet lead tones that enable you to play the deepest of blues to the most extreme metal.

      Try this guitar pickup in the bridge position for exceptional smoothness and soul. It pairs well with just about every other humbucker in the EMG line. Give it a try and experience why the "X" factor is exciting players all around the world.

      The complete replacement pickup package Includes: EMG's exclusive solderless Quik-Connect system; split shaft volume/active tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws & springs.

      Features
      • EMG's exclusive Solderless Quik-Connect system Includes:
      • Split shaft volume/active tone control set
      • Output jack
      • Battery clip set
      • Screws & springs

      Take your guitar tone over the top! Order today.

       

      85-X Active Humbucker Pickup Specifications:

      • Logo Color: Gold
      • Magnet Type Alnico
      • Resonant Frequency (kHz): 1.91
      • Output Voltage (String): 4.00
      • Output Voltage (Strum): 8.50
      • Output Noise (60Hz): -108
      • Output Impedance (Kohm): 2.00
      • Current @9V (Microamps): 80
      • Battery Life (Hours): 3000
      • Maximum Supply (Volts DC): 27
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      EMG85-X Active Humbucker Pickup
       
      4.0

      (based on 4 reviews)

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      5.0

      EMG's for me!

      By MeTaLMaTt-grnP5

      from CT

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            Comments about EMG 85-X Active Humbucker Pickup:

            Let me first start off by saying I own the EMG 81, 85, 60, 58 and HA and many different Seymour Duncan's ( jb, jazz, 59, sh6 and the blackouts ) and even a bill Lawrence. And I can't recommend this pickup enough. Think 85 with passive qualitys (tone) and you have the 85x. Don't sell your original set because they just have that wall of metal tone. But these are good if you want to venture out from metal but still have a very metal tone. Rest assured you will be happy with them

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            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Great pick-up

            By keith hilsinger

            from new york

            Comments about EMG 85-X Active Humbucker Pickup:

            Purchased to replace Dimarzio in Musicman Sillhouette bridge position. I own a MM Luke model and it has the 85 and 2- SLV in the mid and neck positions. The stock pu's just didn't have the attack and tone I loved in my Luke so thats why I made the switch. Now I virtually have 2 - Lukes at my disposal . Love them both. Be sure if your doing an EMG pu swap you get all the pots and switching needed. They are unique animals and need to be installed by a qualified or at least electronically knowledgable installer.
            Purchased to replace Dimarzio in Musicman Sillhouette bridge position. I own a MM Luke model and it has the 85 and 2- SLV in the mid and neck positions. The stock pu's just didn't have the attack and tone I loved in my Luke so thats why I made the switch. Now I virtually have 2 - Lukes at my disposal . Love them both. Be sure if your doing an EMG pu swap you get all the pots and switching needed. They are unique animals and need to be installed by a qualified or at least electronically knowledgable installer.
            Had to open up the bridge pu hole very slightly from the stock Dimarzio size to accomodate the slightly larger 85-x. It was only the corners, the EMG is more of a square contour in the corner where the Dimarzio was a rounded corner shape. very slight adjustment.

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By Eric Shumate

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about EMG 85-X Active Humbucker Pickup:

            This thing Rocks! I recently installed one in the bridge position on my Schecter PT Diamond Series, and it changed it from a neat looking Tele to a Raging Beast! Not sure why they recommend putting them in the Neck position, the alnico V magnets are perfect for the bridge IMO. With the solderless wiring design Installation was easy, as always. Took like 20 min. Highly recommend this to anyone who plays metal!

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Tonality and Responsive Attack!

            By Holly Meyer

            from Portland, OR

            Comments about EMG 85-X Active Humbucker Pickup:

            The 85x is definitely my favorite pickup. The 81x felt a bit grainy and thin for my taste seated in the bridge position, but when I swapped them around, and I mean this, it felt like I had finally found my dream tone. You will not find a better sounding, more versatile pickup than the 85x.

            On a clean amp, they sing and sparkle with shiny character, but with a small twist of the Tone knob and a couple notches of distortion, you can get low down and syrupy tone while still capturing every nuance, inflection and harmonic flair. These are by far the best pickups I have ever had the privilege of playing and they are worth every penny. Go get a set and tear it up! You deserve it!
            The solderless system is flat out awesome. It's very intuitive and setup is a breeze. Just cut the old wires out, remove the old tone pots/volume pots & pickups and begin installing the EMGs. I installed these (81x/85x) on my Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with 2 individual Volumes, 2 individual Tones and the 3 way Pickup Selector Switch in less than an hour.
            I purchased the 85x and 81x with the Chrome covers because they match the color scheme of my Les Paul perfectly.

            The sound quality is flat out amazing. I put the 85x in the Bridge position and the 81x in the Neck position and I am stunned at the tone, clarity and response of this setup. Really cuts through the mix nicely!

            I felt confident that I had purchased a well made, well designed pickup that will last me for years to come.
            Great price for such a great improvement in tone. My Gibson LP came with the Burstbucker 3 and 57 Classic, but even though those 2 pickups are righteous in their own respect, I couldn't achieve the clarity and definition that I need for the very aggressive, percussive, syncopated riffing that I do.

            I looked at everything including offerings from Bare Knuckle Pickups, Duncan, DiMarzio and Bill Lawrence pickups, but you just can't beat EMG when it comes to bringing out the best in firebreathing Hardcore Metal guitar.

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