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Lord Super Awesome
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Caught this over at ss.org....interesting.

So i was on my facebook and i saw that EMG was logged in. So i sent them an IM asking to make passive sized pickups but still active, and check out the response!

(please ignore everything else going on in the picture)



incase you cant see that...
NEXT YEAR... THEY WILL COME!!

So uhm.. Is it time to rejoice? Hopefully they put them in all the guitar from the factory too!
Please, lets discuss this.
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Hasta la vista, Baby
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Cool news, but I just don't care for actives anymore :shrug:

I think it's a bit of a late move, considering the great reviews that the Blackouts are getting. I suppose that hurts their ass.
 

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Dream Crusher
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Man, I would hate to be that artist relations guy. That wall of text he got sent made me cringe.
 

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CA Manager / RHLC
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I can't see this really helping, I mean they're probably still going to produce the soap bar pickups and companies will probably continue using them because they won't want to pay to retool for normal sized pickups. If EMG stopped making the soapbar sized pickups it could be different but I doubt that will happen.

Man, I would hate to be that artist relations guy. That wall of text he got sent made me cringe.
:lol: I would honestly just ignore shit like that
 

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Would You Kindly?
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Its about time. If they do this, then the Blackouts don't have much on the EMGs other than a debated slight sound difference. The playing field will be more equal.
 

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Its about time. If they do this, then the Blackouts don't have much on the EMGs other than a debated slight sound difference. The playing field will be more equal.
True. I have a guitar with EMGs and a guitar with Blackouts. To be honest, I like them both for different things. After having owned them for about 3 years now, I really don't understand the "Blackouts DESTROY EMGS!" arguments people were making when Blackouts first came out. I mean, Blackouts sound great. One of my main guitars has Blackouts in them, but EMGs sound excellent as well. :shrug: I prefer the Blackouts for lead guitar, I guess. And I prefer the EMGs for cleans and for more punchy rhythm guitar (EMGs have a more bassier and violent kick to them, while Blackouts seem to have more mids).

People who don't like actives are in denial. :mk:
 

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Retarded P.A Overlord.
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I'm all in favour of this idea, it's just more options for everybody, however much I prefer the look of EMG's as they are now, passive sized ones just make more sense. Also, all these people butchering really nice guitars by routing them for EMG's can stop with all this maniacal nonsense now. I mean, I think a UV looks extremely retarded with soapbar routes.
 

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is my HERO.
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True. I have a guitar with EMGs and a guitar with Blackouts. To be honest, I like them both for different things. After having owned them for about 3 years now, I really don't understand the "Blackouts DESTROY EMGS!" arguments people were making when Blackouts first came out. I mean, Blackouts sound great. One of my main guitars has Blackouts in them, but EMGs sound excellent as well. :shrug: I prefer the Blackouts for lead guitar, I guess. And I prefer the EMGs for cleans and for more punchy rhythm guitar (EMGs have a more bassier and violent kick to them, while Blackouts seem to have more mids).

People who don't like actives are in denial. :mk:
:bowdown: :tmm:

Well said, m'lord.
 

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MG.ORG Tubular
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I'm calling this ineffective, and as other have said it's too little too late. It won't make all the big companies change their routing templates int he next few years, OR the amount of old stock those same companies will still have of the older style doorstop sized EMGs.
 

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Mr. Negative Pants, ,
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I have to say, i do like the look of soapbar EMGs. They look more modern to me. Traditional humbuckers with the tabs were designed to fit under trim rings, and i think direct-mounting generally looks better, except on guitars like PRSes and LPs where cream rings make for a nice contrast element.

However, they DO make things a pain in the ass for replacement. I'd rather see other pickup manufacturers do something more contemporary, like Lace does with their Alumitones.
 

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Way to be an innovator, EMG! :lol:

The EMG-81 and Blackout Bridge each have their strong points, but the Blackout Neck version slays all.
 

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I am Groot
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That's nice to hear, but I doubt it will change anything. EMG has a vested interest in providing the oddball pickup size to OEMs, since it then makes moving away from the pickups problematic. If you make it harder on the end user to change pickups, then most will not bother, hopefully with the outcome becoming a player who moves to EMG. It's basic marketing.
 

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That's nice to hear, but I doubt it will change anything. EMG has a vested interest in providing the oddball pickup size to OEMs, since it then makes moving away from the pickups problematic. If you make it harder on the end user to change pickups, then most will not bother, hopefully with the outcome becoming a player who moves to EMG. It's basic marketing.
Why do they care if you move away from them... you have already bought them, and they've already spent your money.
 

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That's nice to hear, but I doubt it will change anything. EMG has a vested interest in providing the oddball pickup size to OEMs, since it then makes moving away from the pickups problematic. If you make it harder on the end user to change pickups, then most will not bother, hopefully with the outcome becoming a player who moves to EMG. It's basic marketing.
But by the same reasoning it could stop people from trying EMGs :shrug:
 

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I am Groot
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But by the same reasoning it could stop people from trying EMGs :shrug:
Which is why it makes sense to introduce this now, to try and get people to switch over on their non-EMG guitars.
 

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Reverend Secret Flower
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That dont make much sense to me. The only good move EMG has made in a long time was to get their foot in the door at most companies that make 7's so they are the standard for OEM
 
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