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81

One of the most popular EMG’s the 81 is the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed... >

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One of the most popular EMG’s the 81 is the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain. Traditionally used in the bridge position, this pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix. When used in both neck and bridge positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo.
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EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System; split shaft volume/tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws & springs.

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Good in bridge or neck position!

Shred Head /Reviewed 4/14/2014

We all know that the EMG 81 is a great bridge pickup but It's also a awesome neck pickup! I actually think the 81 is a better neck pickup than the 85 and will hold it's own in competition with the EMG 60. The 81 in the neck is similar to the 60 in tone but isn't as bright as the 60 but has more output. The cleans are great from the 81 and it has a smooth distinct tone for leads. I would recommend this pickup to anyone that plays hard rock or metal!

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The Mothership of EMG's

Wickedout /Reviewed 2/9/2014

This is my first time writing my review about these PUP's! I just got a new axe that came with a the 81TW /89 set up and I'll you this much. It's unreal . You can riff cleans or go dirty with great tone and clarity. My tone and playing just went up a notch thanks to my new EMG's! RnR!

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the legend

jaymz /Reviewed 1/22/2014

i use it for brigde, the best pickup for lead guitarists !

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Perfect

Semphis /Reviewed 1/15/2014

Awesome pickups I wouldn't have them any other way.

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The One Pickup

LVB /Reviewed 12/13/2013

Great pickup for every position, even been know in the metal scene it's great also in every style, it just depends on the way you control it. Has everything from EMG, quality is the prime objective.

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Better in the neck

Big Bad Pete /Reviewed 12/3/2013

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.
I don't like the 81 in the bridge, but I love it in the neck ! Clean sounds are beautiful and crunch or distorted sounds very precise.

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Old Faithful

theGodsRemember /Reviewed 11/26/2013

My 81s have been burning for a long time and sound just as good and heavy as when they were new.

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