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    Calling all EMG fanboys

    Well as you know i built the swirled strat recently and i just cant be bothered in doing the grand pickup hunt and all that crap or waiting for custom pickups.

    So i've thought about just grabbing some EMGS most like 81/60. However this is the first Alder bodied guitar with a full on maple neck ive ever owned/played and i only have experience with basswood and mahogany and a brief bit with swamp ash.

    Whats the verdict? Will it sound like the hammer of a thunder god? Should I buy nine? or shall i just not bother?

    Any other recommendations are welcome as this alder/maple business is a completely alien thing to me.

    And tonally i just pretty much want some kickass 80s high gain tones.

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    Bah this should have been in the pickups section, Can somebody move it for me please?

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    85>81. Haven't tried it in alder but I do prefer the 85. I remember Adam D from Killswitch saying something in Guitar World to the effect of liking the 85 because it has big round bottom which is how he likes his women.

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    Kickass 80's high gain tones? Probably not. I like EMG, but for a very specific thing. I think some of their appeal is that they don't offer many choices or describe much difference between models, but I think they're only good for one purpose: compressed, extremely high gain, low tuned, hifi sounding, lesser attack tones.

    If you're in standard tuning or other highish tunings you can just get something inexpensive and simple and it will work. The tonezone is supremely awesometime for standard and inexpensive too. It's hot and nasty and smooth and clear in standard.

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    Go with the 81/85 combo and experoement with switching between bridge and neck.
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    For kickass 80s high gain tones, it's hard to beat the Suhr Aldrich or, since you're in the UK, the BKP Rebel Yell and VHII (finally got to play these in an EVH-style strat and they were pretty cool.)
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    I was endorsed with EMG for several years and i can say that they sound the same in just about any guitar, regardless of the tone wood. The preamp does all the work.

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