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Known the world over as one of the greatest guitar players ever, Zakk Wylde relies on his 81/85 signature set for his aggressive tone and sustain. >

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Known the world over as one of the greatest guitar players ever, Zakk Wylde relies on his EMG 81/85 signature humbucker set for his aggressive tone and sustain. This classic setup comes complete with long shaft volume and tone controls for installation in Zakk’s beloved Les Paul or similar styled guitars.

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Package Includes EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System:

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

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MY FAVORITE PICKUPS!

RAY ST JOHN /Reviewed 8/2/2016

I've been using these pickups for a long time. As I have a collection of about 20 guitars, for a while, I attempted to try passive pickups.
I tried Dimarzio's, Gibson's and Seymour Duncan's and I came back in full circle to the EMG 81/85 Combination ZW Set in combination with the SPC Tone Control.

Back in the day, you had to solder these. Today, 30 years later, they are so easy to install thanks to a hub and the soldering is very minimum.
I'm very glad that despite that the guitar industry has gone down the drain as far as quality, EMG to this point is still selling the same quality they had back in the day.

No matter what guitar you have, these pickups will give you a soaring
tone! The EMG 81 has a killer bottom and is perfect for Heavy Metal.
The 85 is great for solos and it has an awesome creamy tone.

Quite simply, is the best investment any one can make on their guitars if they are serious about sound and tone.

Ray St John
08/02/2016

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More than satisfied

Roy /Reviewed 8/13/2015

Just installed a ZW set to replace the stock HZ's in my Epiphone ZW Camo custom, and it was well worth the investment. The difference is night and day, and my guitar is a monster now. Thank you!

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Cap'n CRUNCH

George /Reviewed 5/31/2015

This set came factory in my Dean DIME Razorback V255 Explosion. I was so impressed with them, I ordered a set to put in my Jackson Kelly XL Professional. Well made, worth every penny... these will give you the old school Thrash / Hard Rock tone you're looking for.

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EMG

Emanuele Amato /Reviewed 4/14/2015

WOW

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great but one tiny problem

David /Reviewed 3/12/2015

I ordered the pickups and installed them into my king v but the only problem was that the input jack wire was too short but after soldering another wire to it, it wasen't a problem. I love the tones i get from it and its transformed my v into a growling beast. I will be installing these into my lori les paul when i get the money

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Utterly fantastic

Phil /Reviewed 2/16/2015

I installed these in a Vintage Paradise Les Paul. They have lifted the tone from ok to outstanding. Not only do they sound great at high gain settings and/or overdrive/distortion pedals, but they also sound amazing with lower gain as well.

Harmonics, articulation and sustain are as good as any pickup I've ever heard. String separation in chords is also very good.

The only thing I have to criticise is that the neck pickup can be a bit muddy in the bass strings. Backing it off from the strings cured this and still kept a good balance between pickups. The bridge pickup is very clear and bright across the whole range.

All in all, top class pickups. Excellent price, very, very easy to install - no harder than swapping pedals around - and they really bring your guitar to life. Mine are in a £300 guitar and it now sounds like a £1000+ guitar. Phenomenal is the word that springs to mind.

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Absolutely Amazing

Jozef /Reviewed 2/7/2015

I installed them into one of my friend's guitars with 2 volume/1 tone configuration - absolutely amazing as I've expected, just with one flaw and that is the necessity of soldering to original switch - I love working with EMG because of the solderless system and being it complete set with switch, it would be perfect - anyway, great sound for a great price!

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fantastic

Tony /Reviewed 1/21/2015

I upgraded to these pickups from the stock Seymour Duncans that came with my Jackson. These pickups add POWER. Woo baby! If you test your sound before and after install (as I did) you will clearly great the difference. I love these pickups; they give a great sound through mesa tubes. Good cleans and excellent gain. If you like zakk's sound these are definitely the pickups to go with without a question. I think the price is fair and the install, given the included instructions, is super easy. Plus, I called EMG before I bought these and I spoke with a very nice woman in customer service who answered all of my questions without issue; very kind and polite. A good experience from start to finish.

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I guess it works for zakk

Alex /Reviewed 10/6/2014

I don't know what Zakk Wylde dose to make this set sound good as 81B 85N, but i flipped them to 85 bridge and 81 neck and it blows the standard configuration out of the water. but hey, that's just my opinion. all and all, i would recommend it to anyone playing rock and metal in all their variations.

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AMAZING!

Niko EMG /Reviewed 4/1/2014

I LOVE THEM!

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