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EMG EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup  Black 

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Although the EMG-85 Humbucker has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses 2 Alnico...Click To Read More About This Product

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Although the EMG-85 Humbucker has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses 2 Alnico magnet-loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy low end and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. It's a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an 81 in the bridge.

The midrange has great definition and doesn't get foggy or muddy in the rhythm position. The EMG-85 guitar pickup works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, it responds accurately to your technique.

FEATURES
  • Package includes:
  • EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable
  • Prewired split shaft volume/tone control set
  • Output jack
  • Battery clip set
SPECIFICATIONS

EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup

  • Resonant Frequency: 2.45
    Magnet Type: Alnico
    Output Voltage (String): 2.1
    Output Voltage (Strum): 4.5
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -89dBV
    Output Impedance: 10kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 80 microamps
    Battery Life: 3,000 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC
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EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than the 81 for rhythm

By R8:2 in Fresno

from Fresno, Ca

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I gave almost the same review for the 81.I have a Les Paul Studio with an 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. The 85 is everything I could possibly want in a pickup; low, crunchy, dark and HUGE!!! The 81 on the other hand is a pickup for the lead guitarist. It's trebly and thin sounding compared to the 85. I plan to switch positions on the two considering I'm a rhythm player and see how that works out.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the standard for active pick ups

By XXXhardcore sg man

from phily

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

This pick up is the standard in metal but not reserved for metal alone. Great full tone, a ton of crunch and great harmonics. This pick up was championed but kerry king, james/kirk metallica, over-kill, exodus and countless others. This pick up is mainly for the neck/rhythym but works amazing in bridge too. Excellent tone and clarity but yet a bulldozer for crunch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EMG 85

By MXL990

from Conroe, TX

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I recently put a pair of EMG 85's in a guitar; the results could not have been better. In the neck it sounds great as most people know, but it sounds very good in the bridge as well. It provides a very accurate sound with very little muddiness to it and gives a guitarist a tone distinguishable from the EMG 81 in everyone else's guitars. I strongly recommend this pickup for both bridge and neck purposes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buying another one.

By Morbidangel47

from Barnesville, MN

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I got one of these for my birthday and i love it. brutal crunch when distorted, and good harmonics,perfect for death metal. im getting another one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome neck pickup

By Battery23

from Undisclosed

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

This pickup is so perfect. I stuck it in the neck of my Epi Les Paul standard, and I'm here to tell you that I don't need another guitar now. It sounds so great. It makes even notes on the high strings sound fat, and full. I feel like the sound surrounds me whenever I solo. And you can get awesome cleans with it! I was a little skeptical at first, but it is my favorite pickup, along with the 81. Get it, you won't be sorry.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding pickup!

By MusicMonster

from Elizabethtown

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I own 2 Les Paul USA Customs and installed a pair of EMG 85's in the neck and bridge position. They produce a very warm sound with rich harmonics. I play with my les pauls using a JCM 800 and sounds incredible. Overall, a very versatile pickup!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new go-to.

By Ukemeister40

from Massachusetts/

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I have an Ibanez RG421EXFM and and Ibanez RG2EX1. In the RG421, I'm running an EMG 81 in the Bridge and an 85 in the neck. I wanna say that the 85 is now my first choice for neck pickups! It's as clean as the 81 and the harmonics are a cinch! It's perfect for the guy who wants to play fast but clean.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

chunky and full of power!

By Nick-c4zOz

from Rochester, MN

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I really like this pickup in the bridge position. I was using an 81 at the bridge for awhile but it just didn't have the low end that I liked. So I decided to switch them around and now I'm really happy with my sound. Plus it's more natural sounding that the 81. I have a peavey 5150. That in combonation with the emg 85 and tube screamer is one powerful sound. So give this pickup a try. I'm glad I did:)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the Best There is!

By gosteel2

from Chandler, AZ

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

There is a reason that the best players choose EMG's, they sound amazing. I have had various models now for years. This is simply the best money you will ever spend on your guitar and guitar rig, because they are more than just pickups, they are a tonal change that will seriously wake up your guitar rig. I have given them the best rating, because they deserve it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT PICKUP

By Power Mullet

from CT

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Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

This pickup is great. I have a Dunlop Crybaby Wah, but it was more of a volume pedal than a wah. So I had to turn on some distortion right from the amp to cover up the low end, but once I turned the wah pedal off the amp distortion with another distortion pedal sounds bad. This pickup solved all my problems. The only trouble was that you cannot use one EMG and a stock pickup with the B.C. Rich Bronze Warlock guitar, because the pickup was not designed for the type of switch the guitar has. So this way it only uses the EMG, but it still sounds great without the stock pickup.

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