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EMG EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set Black 

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Overview

  • Package includes:
  • 2 Pickup Quik-connect cables
  • 1 Output Jack Quik-connect cable
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  • MSRP:
    $259.99
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    - $60.99
  • Your Price:
    $19900

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      With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. From Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, and now Black Label Society, Zakk has always used EMG active pickups. The Zakk Wylde model features the EMG-85 and EMG-81, as used on his signature bull's-eye Les Paul guitar. Installation is literally a snap—it's solderless, just use the included Quck-connect cables.

      EMG-85

      Although the EMG-85 pickup has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two 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 works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, the humbucker responds accurately to your technique.

      EMG-81

      The EMG-81 pickup is a high-output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. If you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one.

      Distortion during lead passages is consistent, sustain is long and the breakup fades smoothly. The ceramic magnet in combination with wide aperture steel poles lend a quick attack but the tone stays nice and fat at the same time. Perfect if you're the only guitarist in the band, and need to switch from rhythm to lead and still keep the band moving. Another great thing about the EMG-81 humbucker is it's quiet. If you're playing at really high gain the last thing you need is noise.

      Features

      • Package includes:
      • 2 Pickup Quik-connect cables
      • 1 Output Jack Quik-connect cable
      • 1 Output Jack
      • 4 interconnect Quik-connect cables
      • 1 Battery Quik-connect cable
      • 1 B152 Input/Output Buss
      • 2 ea. Long Shaft Volume & Tone controls
      • 1 ea. Shrink tubing (1 red / 1 black)
      • 2 sets of screws and springs

      Give your sound a Wylde boost. Order today!

       

      EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set Specifications:

      • EMG-85
      • Resonant Frequency: 2.45
      • Magnet Type: Alnico
      • Output Voltage (String): 2.1
      • Output Voltage (Strum): 4.5
      • Output Noise @ 60Hz: -89 dBV
      • Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
      • EMG-81
      • Resonant Frequency (kHz): 2.00
      • Magnet Type: Ceramic/steel
      • Output Voltage (String): 2.0
      • Output Voltage (Strum): 4.5
      • Output Noise @ 60Hz: -91 dBV
      • Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
      • System
      • Current @ 9V: 160 microamps
      • Battery Life: 1,500 hours
      • Maximum Supply: 27V DC
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      EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set
       
      4.8

      (based on 66 reviews)

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        (56)

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        (10)

      • 3 Stars

         

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (5)
      • Improves sound (5)
      • Easy to use (4)
      • Functional (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts (4)
        • Practicing (4)
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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Powerful Baby!

        By 1313 Arterial Ave.

        from Waco, Tx

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

          Finally - after all the talk about how good actives are - I made the switch...couple years late to the party, but I'm here to have a good time with the 81/85 set - picked these pups up brand-spanking new at GC (Is that namedrop allowed here?!) for little to nothing on clearance....was a decision between these or the Hetfield set - I went with these simply because the Hetfield set was chrome - so - I get home, decide to replace the passive EMG-HZ set (which is a great alternative to these, btw...) in my coveted LP Nightfall, my love, my baby. I am not good with installation of wiring, but the solderless quick connects truly sold me on this - and believe me, the set up is COMPLETELY solderless....the only soldering involved is desoldering existing wires (optional - a little wire snipper will do the trick) - I decided to take my time and really study the installation, which was very informative and gave you a few different options on a setup - after about 2 hours (yea, I'm slow) - the guitar that was stripped of any wires finally had some *ammo* in it - hurried to my amp, plugged her up - and it was POWERFUL, BABY! The tones rang out like a bell, I grabbed my 9 all I heard was....bliss - very noticeable different between passive and active - the sustain was more - more mids and less whiney highs - the low end had some chugga-chugga - and the pickups just compliment ANY guitar so well - they carry a mysterious look to them - are they gonna be nice and clean or naughty and dirty? That's completely up to you and your application! Although I am probably the last cat (meow) to switch to EMG, I will highly recommend this set, and would gladly pay MSRP for them again, as it was so easy to set up and I am 110% satisfied with the end result!

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          THE BEST PICKUPS EVER!!!

          By Ray St John

          from Miami, Fl

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          Pros

          • Amazing Guitar Tone
          • Best Pickups Replacement
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Great Bottom
          • Improves Sound
          • Plug In Pickups

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Heavy Metal
            • Rock Music

            Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

            I'm not a ZAKK WYLDE fan of any sorts but I'm glad that EMG put these iconic pickups in one package.

            As an example, if you buy an Ibanez guitar, you have no choice but to change pickups. Unless you buy an ESP or a CHARVEL that I just got that comes with these pickups.

            These pickups developed in the 80s are still hard to beat after 30 years. They have stood the test of time for being the very best Active Guitar Pickups on the market and possibly be for many years.

            The have a nice crunchy tone that I haven't come across any passive pickups and I tried the Seymour Duncan JB and it was the worst decision I made as a teenager at the time.

            If you like 80s Rock and Heavy Metal and you are gearing to get that type of tone, this is IT. Don't look any further!!

            If your guitar has a control knob, replace it with the knob circuit EMG SPC - STRAT PRESCENCE CONTROL that will boost the distortion an additional 2dbs.
            But the pickups alone will do is justice unless you wish to push the envelope.

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            5.0

            Gotta love EMG's

            By PROVO2

            from AK

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Great Value
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Some Soldering Required

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

            Love EMG's. the combo of the 81/85 is always good. The quick connect-ability of the EMG's makes them even better, but if they eliminated the soldering all together I'd never have anything negitive to say about EMG.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            KILLER PICKUP FROM CLEAN TO CRUNCH

            By THE UNDERDOG

            from CASSELBERRY FL

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

              Powerful pickup without sounding like a fuzzed out distortion pedal they clean up nicely either turning the guitar volume down or clean channel mode.the highs and lows are more even sounding compared to stock pickups that i can tone knob all the way up and the distortion stills sounds fat and rich with clarity on top amazing if you ask me.Also the pickups pack quite a lot of resonance that i don't push the gain no where past 12 o clock position it sounds more tight and punchy that way with a little help of both amp and pedal eq and using less gain sounds like full and dynamic as well.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Emg Zack Wylde Pickups

              By Maveric Matt

              from New York

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              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

                I had reciently purchased the Hetfield Pickups for my Prs Paul Allender guitar and loved them but decided i wanna try and 81/85 set and Zacks Pickups were the right choice for me the sound blew me away when you play on clean the clarity is awesome and then when you switch to overdrive man its aggresive and sounds incredible

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Well worth the hype

                By Metalholic86

                from Spanish Springs, NV

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                      Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

                      I had these bad boys installed into my jackson js32t rhoads and they blew me away with the tone and note articulation. I was a little weary on all the hype with active pickups. I really disliked the cheap sub-par flat sound with the stock pickups that came with my jackson. Now my jackson js32t rhoades is my favorite guitar to play. Now i'm going to install regular 81/85 EMGs into my Epiphone Les Paul Standard model.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Zakk's Wyldest tone

                      By JOHN SOBER

                      from Alabama

                      Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

                      I needed new pots for my cheap Epiphone and this was a good way to get active pickups for replacement and ease of installation.
                      Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker set.
                      Great tone! Not as much sustain as I had hoped.
                      pretty much the same prices as usual

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                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Heavy

                      By guitarslim

                      from Durango Colorado

                      Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

                      Overall these pickups are for melting faces with heavy metal. 8 on features due to the set not coming with a new switch. It comes with four pods and an input jack, but no switch. 10 on quality because if you use them for what they're meant for, they are INSANE!!!!!!!!! 9 on value because if you want to play blues or classic rock or just clean, it can be very dificult or impossible to get the sound you want. But if it's metal you're after..... these get the job done.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Kick butt

                      By guitarslim

                      from Durango Colorado

                      Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

                      Sound AMAZING. Installation AMAZING. Features ALMOST AMAZING just would like a switch. These are awesome. If anyone doesn't know what it is like to have this solderless system you should check it out. Plugged these bad boys into my peavy sig ed and ran it through my buddies marshall stack. On three, it about knocked my out of my chair...
                      Plug and play. Wires everywhere! Prepare to have twice as many wires flying around, but also prepare to have easy maintanance. Since nothing is soldered, it is all easily removable and adjustable. Only two things that dampered my experience. One, my input jack cover for some reason was to small to accomodate the new jack that came with the set. Easy fix, only had to file it down a little at work. Two, why did this not come with a new switch? For the price im just saying.....
                      Great. Everything was brand new and in great shape. The pickups are HOT. (Not literally, you can touch them) The neck tone is so full, heavy and powerful. The bridge is hot and satisfying.
                      Again I am giving this a 9 only becasue, there is no switch included. Which is ok because wow, installing the wiring was insane! But once you get it down its so easy and remarkable. If I bought new pickups today that were plug and play, five minutes tops till I could have them in. Its soooo easy.

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                      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      NOT easy install

                      By matthew shiner

                      from wisconsin

                      Comments about EMG-ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

                      For all of you who left reviews and said these install easy, either I got the one set that didn't go right in, of you have lots of experience in wiring and electronic work. I spent 2 hours putting these into a Les Paul standard and finally gave up and brought them to a professional. All the electronics inside are new except the mode switch, which the wires were too short for to do anything with that aside, once they were in they sounded great. They do sound a little compressed at low volume, but once I opened up the amp to the volume I use while playing live shows they sounded excellent. Anyone who has the problem with compressed sound either has too much amplifier or is not playing loud enough. Other than the installation, the only problem I had with these is that the tone is not all that different between the two. The bridge and neck pickups have almost the same tone. But all things considered, I would definitely buy them again, just plan on spending another $50 or so to have them professionally installed

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