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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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Best of EMG

Kristian /Reviewed 8/11/2015

This was my first EMG, as I have always been a passive pickup guy. But finally got sick of soldering & decided to try out the 81 in my trusty superstrat. I can honestly say the EMG 81 gave me instant tone, straight out of the box, I could not believe it. Best of all, it took less than 15 minutes to install the puppy into place. Highly recommend this pup.

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Best pickup for metal ever!

Nick /Reviewed 5/27/2015

I bot this pickup with an EMG 60, this pickup sounds excellent bridge or neck, great heavy sound, and serious distortion so you can shred up a storm. the only problem I had is that because I play a v the cable that went to the jack was way too small, but you can use your existing jack if you already have active pickups. In the end this pickup is trusted by many musicians and by me myself, I recommend this pickup to any; heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, or black metal players out there. Thank you EMG!

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Classic for a reason.

Benzo /Reviewed 5/13/2015

The best, most consistent sounding pickup I've ever used. I have may sets of 81's. Some from the 80's some new sets.They all sound excellent and have the distinctive EMG 81 sound and feel. Just hot enough to provide the right amount of overdrive and compression in the front end of a amp. Backed off they have an even bark that has a sweet fusion of clarity and compression. A very expressive sound that provides fluid legato and focused crunch that sits in the sweet spot in a mix. Been playing for over 20 years struggling with passives that are so inconsistent sounding from set tot set. Fads come and go in the pickup industry but the EMG 81 has proven it's here to stay.

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very good!

Matteo Francesco /Reviewed 11/7/2014

good active pick up, but the 85 and 98 for me is more good!

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11/6/2014

weizmann /Reviewed 11/5/2014

this pickups is great... EMG forever...

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Monster!

Steven /Reviewed 11/5/2014

A breeze to install!
This is the original monster pick-up!
Got one in every guitar I own, mostly coupled with a 85.
Perfect silences aswell!

Love it!

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Awesome Bridge Pickup

Magnavus /Reviewed 10/31/2014

I bought this along with another Pickup for my BC Rich, the 81 is at the bridge and it sounds amazing.

I use it for both Lead and Rhythm and I wouldn't have any other Pickup at the Bridge of my BC Rich now.

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AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LikeAdam2Flames /Reviewed 10/28/2014

My EMG 81 is amazing! I've been using EMG's since 2011, and I haven't looked back since. Every future guitar I own MUST have an 81 in the bridge! EMG FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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