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    Literally anything is better than HZ’s. Well except the Dimebucker.

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    I have the Emg Hetfield set in my DKMGT and it sounds incredible.
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    Hello, i have Ltd sc338 with EMG-81-8 and ESP pickups. Tell me please, can i change the ESP to EMG 60-8x if EMG 81 is passive? With one from EMG can be best choice for metal-core?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acid View Post
    Hello, i have Ltd sc338 with EMG-81-8 and ESP pickups. Tell me please, can i change the ESP to EMG 60-8x if EMG 81 is passive? With one from EMG can be best choice for metal-core?
    You can use 81 with 60-8x however you may need to email EMG about wiring as the X series use an active tone pot.

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    Thanks for all the great recommendations! I listened to a bunch of comparisons and I think they all sounded great, but slightly different...as Joe said, "anything is better than HZ"

    EDIT: I thought I had found an 81/85 pair w/ wiring/pots for $75, turns out it doesn't actually come with pots/wiring, so I cancelled that order, and I'm back on the market.

    I'm going to have to go play some guitars at GC with the various pickups before I can decide...I should have done this to begin with!
    Last edited by drguitar; 04-11-2019 at 04:10 PM. Reason: Things change...

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    I just listened to the "6-string shootout metal bridge comparison" video by SD, great comparison video.

    I liked the pegasus and the SH-5 custom (wife liked the custom over the pegasus), which made me think about the differences between the two.

    The sh-5 custom being ceramic, should have a more focused attack compared to the alnico 5 in the pegasus...I'm wondering if I should go for the more compressed/focused pickup since I have a floyd rose tremolo, which kinda loosens the attack a bit. I'm also in the market for a performer series strat hss, so having the more open alnico 4 in the bridge position "double tap humbucker", perhaps I should switch it up for my metal axe and have more focused attack/compression. Other option is to get rid of the jackson entirely and get a hard-tail metal axe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    If hzs are passive are you not better looking at passive pickups instead of emgs or you'll need to swap pots as well?

    For passive go tried and true:

    Duncan bridge jb, distortion custom of invader. Neck 59 or jazz
    rats, rats, rats! (deftones reference anyone?)...guitar center near me doesn't have anything in stock I really want to try pickup wise...so F>@k it, just gonna have to take a chance...

    I'm leaning toward the SH-5 (bridge)/59 (neck) combo right now...

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