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85

The 85 is one of EMGs first pickups and is the slightly more sophisticated and well rounded half of its famous brother, the 81. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico... >

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The 85 is one of EMGs first pickups and is the slightly more sophisticated and well rounded half of its famous brother, the 81. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets, the 85 is a powerful guitar pickup with exceptional tone and versatility. The Alnico magnets of this model provide a muscular growl and smooth lead tones enabling you to play everything from the blues to the most extreme metal. Although often used in the neck position, make no mistake, the EMG 85 sounds great as a bridge humbucker thanks to its exceptional smoothness and soul. This pickup pairs well with just about every other humbucker in our line and using our solderless system, it makes changing your tone easier than ever.
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Package Includes EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System:

1 25k volume pot
1 25k tone pot
1 battery bus
1 stereo output jack
1 two pickup in/out bus
1 pair mounting screws and springs
1 pickup cable
2 connect cables
1 output cable
1 battery cable

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The Deus EX

LVB /Reviewed 12/14/2013

If you use this pickups and ends up sounding bad, just throw your guitar away or yourself from the highest place possible.The 85 is pure tone for everything, a pickup made for musicians, not just for a specific style.

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85 is great as a neck PU or a bridge PU

Big Bad Pete /Reviewed 12/3/2013

I try it in both positions and it is always great.
With the classic 81/85, I prefer to put the 81 in the neck to get some precision and the 85 in bridge for warmth.
Too many people still think that EMG are "cold" or "unnatural"... They just are different !
Distortion is magic, harmonics jump out of the pick so easily.
Clean tones are beautiful too.

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