-The EMGs sounded fake
-81s had a tinny bottom end. Really thin sounding. I doubt they would ever work in a mix for my kind of music.
-Passives just had more warmth and sounded more real. It was like the EMGs were 2d and the passives were 3d.
-85s were way too flubby in the bridge. Sounded like mud. Ick.
-In the neck the 85s were just horrible sounding. So compressed that they sounded like a Midi track in guitar pro.
I checked my wiring numerous times and replaced batteries but they still sounded like shit. I had a tonal revelation that my sound was way better back when I was using BKPs. It was like seeing something in person as opposed to watching a youtube video. Just more 3d sounding. SDs and Dimarzios are fine, but I just want something more..........Organic. (I guess thats the best way to describe it?) I'm willing to spend up to $400 for a set and I'm open to brands like BKP, Motorcity,Lundgren, Wolfetone, and maybe Nordstrom. I want some boutique stuff, not what everyone and his brother is using. My guitars are great sounding axes and I want the pickup to allow that to shine through. I feel like EMG/SD/Dimarzio are like a 56k modem compared to fiber optic internet, they are a bottleneck that don't allow as much tonal information through. I really need that boutique CLARITY.
Anyways, thats enough about my dissapointment. Heres some tonal samples (spoilered cause its kind of long) of what I'm going for. Any advice is appreciated.