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The dynamic duo of humbuckers.
This EMG electric guitar pickup set gives you active EMG-85 and EMG-81 humbucker pickups. Both pickups include EMG's Quik-Connect™ cable, prewired split shaft volume/tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws, and springs.
When a world class player asks for a custom 81/85 set of humbucker pickups in camouflage it's a matter of when, not how. The biggest challenge for EMG in designing these was in ensuring that the cap could withstand the typical punishment of picks and strings. EMG abandoned the standard paint and airbrush options and went with a more roadworthy and durable dipping method. The result was the EMG-CAMO SET, a quality bundle of EMG's classic 81 and 85 humbuckers in a camouflage design. As a special "thank you" to all of its fans, EMG has decided to make these collectable pickups available to the public. A limited run of 300 sets were made (with some going directly to artists now on tour), and there is no information on the EMG website as these will not be stock products. It is strictly a limited one-time production.
The EMG-81 is a high output pickup designed especially for lead guitarists. The 81 pickup is at its best for high-volume overdrive and amps with a master volume control. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing.
Although the EMG-85 electric guitar pickup 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 the EMG-85 has a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. The EMG-85 is a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an EMG-81 in the bridge—the same pickup combination used by Zakk Wylde.
81/85 Active Humbucker Pickup Set
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This set is the same as The Zakk Wylde 81/85 set. So I knew the incredible sound would be there (and it was). I bought these to put in my new Jackson DKMGT which is in Black Forest with black hardware and the standard black EMG 81/85 set. With the black hardware, black pickups and a dark green body, nothing about the guitar said "look at me". So I replaced the stock black EMG 81/85 pickups with these and it really made the guitar stand out, and as stated before these pickups sound incredible. With the wiring harness and the simple plug underneath the pickup, switching them out was a breeze. Highly recommended to make your guitar look and sound better!