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    EMG 85 in the bridge?

    I think I'm going to try this after tonight's gig. After playing at home volumes I think the 81 might be a little too tight/thin for my RG550 (which is only tuned half a step down) but the true test will be tonight when I have my rig roaring behind me so I can truly 'feel' it. I love the EMG 81, but I've only ever really used it for C# and below in the past, not really for anything close to standard.

    After doing some preliminary reading, it seems the 85 is a little smoother, less scooped, less sterile, and a touch fatter (also hotter?). Does anybody have any experience behind this?
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    I like the 81 in the bridge better. I have an 85 in the bridge of an RG570, and it's not bad, but the 81 is better. I've tried just about all combos of EMGs in the bridge and neck and my favorite pair is the 81/60 combo. The 85 doesn't have the 81 bite.

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    I'm an EMG 85 in the bridge guy all day long. Way better for me. I never liked the thin, shrill, bite that the 81 had and to be honest I'd probably say that the EMG 85 is my all-time favourite ever bridge pickup. Got one in my Setius 6 and it's great. And if it's good enough for Steve Lukather, Reb Beach...it's good enough for me.

    You could always go for an 89 too of course, that way you get that 85 flavour but with the SA single coil too.

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    The 85 is definitely the opposite of the 81. While the 81 is tight, cutting, and razer-sharp, the 85 is fat, smooth, and chunky. For sure not as tight as the 81, which is why I plan on swapping it out with an 81X eventually.

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    interested to find out how you like it Mattayus, i'm thinking of putting an 85 in the bridge of one of my RGs. But this particular guitar is going to be used in B standard, so the 85 might be a bit too flubby for that.

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    EMGs have no tone.

    And they're sterile.

    And have no dynamics.

    Has the internet taught you nothing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDV View Post
    EMGs have no tone.

    And they're sterile.

    And have no dynamics.

    Has the internet taught you nothing?

    My JH set begs to differ.

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