First post so please be gentle. Have not been playing serious metal guitar for probably almost 10 years now and a good mate of mine i used to play in a band with has moved home and are now looking at putting down some tracks on some stuff we worked on when we were kids. Now the problem is i have an old les paul which is about had it (pretty beaten up typical teenage guitar playing) and am looking at getting something to start all over again. Now that ive got a house, car, and a better half i cant splash money around on music gear like i once used to. This leads me to my question about EMGs.
- Is it worthwile buying a cheaper guitar and upgrading the pickups???
- How hard is it to do???
- Is it worth while or just use the passive ones instead???
Guitars im looking at are entry level Ibanez RGs, Charvel Dest. , LTD's and Schecters. Anyone had this same problem???
Anyway thanks for the help in advance.
Cheap guitars with good pickups are my favorite thing. The emgs will be nice as long as you like emgs. They're good pickups, but some people don't like them. For me they have perfect frequency response, but they're not as dynamic and plucky as i would like. I use 18v with them and it helps them a lot. I will say that emgs sound better than the vast majority of passives on the market, but there are passives i like better like the lundgren m for low tuning and seymour duncan jb in the neck and dimarzio dsonic in the bridge for tunings higher than drop a.
They are really easy to install with the new solderless stuff that comes with them, but the switch will have to be soldered unless there's an emg solderless one is available.