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EMG MetalWorks EMG-81 Humbucking Active Pickup

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The 81 is the most famous model; the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone is endowed ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The popular pickup gets a shiny cover.

The 81 is the most famous model; the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone is endowed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain. Traditionally used in the bridge position, this pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix like a hot knife. When used in both positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo.

During their search for sourcing the best available "chrome" finish cover cap, EMG found that the available products could not be ordered with any consistency. Most importantly, since the manufacturing process would not be controlled by EMG, there was no way of knowing how the sound and tonal performance characteristics of their pickups would be affected. This characteristic was something that also could vary from batch to batch. Finally, EMG could not find any US manufacturers. They knew at that point, that the "buy" solution would not work for them.

Since putting a nickel or chrome plating on a common base metal is just a low cost way to simulate polished stainless steel, they decided to look at the feasibility of doing the real thing. This was the "build" solution. EMG engineers worked out a way to produce a one piece, high quality, mirror polished, stainless steel cover cap while maintaining comparable pricing to the plated versions. In addition, the sound and tonal properties were virtually identical to their molded cover caps, and controlling the process guarantees the consistency and high quality level of the products. They are pleased to now offer humbuckers in the real deal, mirror polished stainless steel, known as "Chrome EMG's".

The "gold" version is the same polished stainless steel cover cap with a gold colored finish that is commonly used to harden machine tools. It is a finish that both hardens the cover cap surface and penetrates the stainless steel substrate, rather than surface coating it as a plating would. This assures a durable, longer lasting surface finish that will stand up to your pounding riffs and all the abuse the road can dish out.

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FEATURES
  • Designed and produced in the USA
  • Choose from Brushed Black Chrome, Brushed Gold, Brushed Chrome, or Black Chrome finishes

Upgrade your guitar with your choice of metal finish. Order today.

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MetalWorks EMG-81 Humbucking Active Pickup
 
5.0

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5.0

EXTREMELY Impressed

By Peter

from Pittsburgh

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  • Improves Sound

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      Comments about MetalWorks EMG-81 Humbucking Active Pickup:

      Let me start out by saying this is the first active pickup I ever purchased. I am a long-time musician and I have owned many guitars, all with passive pickups however. I purchased this pickup for a guitar I was revamping.

      Before I even heard this pickup, I was already impressed. I got the black chrome design and it looks amazing. Also something that I wasn't aware of is that the pickup includes two potentiometers (one tone, one volume) and all of the wiring. All of the wiring consists of plug connectors. NO SOLDERING REQUIRED. Probably everyone else already knew this but I had no idea this was the case until I opened up the packaging. It was a pleasant surprise and the quality of the components blew me away. Also the wiring is done cleverly in such a way that the battery is connected only when a 1/4" jack is plugged into the output jack of the guitar.

      Now for the sound... I bought this pickup to put in the bridge position because it is the "quintessential" metal pickup. When you use this pickup with a quality high-gain amp, it results in a very warm, balanced, crushing sound. Power chords hit so hard, and solo's and/or more technical riffs sound crystal clear. Compared to passive pickups, this active pickup almost sounds like there is built-in compression because all of the strings sound like they are the same volume. As far as sound for cleans... personally I prefer passive pickups for cleans but hey, this pickup wasn't really made for that so I'm not going to hold that against it.

      Bottom line: This pickup is a one-trick-pony... but if you are looking for a pickup to play metal, it doesn't get much better than this.

       
      5.0

      Looks as good as it sounds

      By Sarpedion

      from Southbridge,Massachusetts

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      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
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        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about MetalWorks EMG-81 Humbucking Active Pickup:

        I'm a longtime EMG user,got the Gold chrome 81 as a gift.The look is flawless,and doesn't change the sound at all.I was worried that if it's an extra layer on top of the pickup,it may affect tone.Nope-not at all.The 81 is the ultimate bridge position pick up-nothing else comes close.Now you can have a new look to compliment your guitar's finish.The only con I can think of is that it might scratch easily,but in the bridge position,I'm not too worried about hitting it with my pic.

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