Here are some testimonials from the artist roster:
"The new 81X is just what I am looking for in a pickup. The crunch and raw power of the original 81, yet the cutting mid-range I have been seeking."
“I tried these new X pickups and I really like them and have been using them on this tour on the guitar I am using as my main guitar. I am just plugging straight into a Marshall and a few stomp boxes on this run so the sound is very pure. Been getting many compliments on the sound from our FOH engineer and fans alike.”
“I put the X Series in my '61 reissue SG for our European Tour we did recently, and I loved the pickups. I had a chance to try them with a few different amps that wouldn't normally use too and they were great. Aside from my Marshall and Boogie, I used an Engle and a Randall. I've always been a big fan of the 81 but the 81X is really well suited to what I'm going for. I like to use the X series very much.”
“I started playing with the new EMG X and never went back. I am always skeptical about trying new things because of how many times I have been let down by a new product. But I am still rocking the EMG X series pickups and can't see myself ever going back.”
"My favorite Metal rhythm guitar sound! The X series gives you all the balls of the EMG 81 and 85 but with a little more head room that allows for more dynamics. Even though dynamics are for wimps in fusion bands."
“I’ve been getting many compliments from everyone on the road from fans to bands we play with to the sound guys on my guitar tone since I started using the X Series. I love them and they work great for our style”
"I've been using EMG pickups since day one of my musical career. They have provided me with the exact sound I need for playing heavy, fast metal and hardcore. Over the years I tried a few different models, finally settling with the classic 81/85 combo. When I discovered the revamping of these models I was both excited and nervous. When the 81 X and 85 X were born I thought 'could these pickups seriously get any better?' and yet somehow EMG have managed to improve on something which I'd thought had already achieved perfection! The 81X/85X have all the gain and balls of their previous counterparts, yet have extended tonal capabilities you can't even comprehend!"
“My whole life I was hunting down the perfect pickups for my hands. Something which has the classic sound of EMG but more velocity sensitive for clean tones. I found it! The EMG X! A perfect blend of everything you love with EMG but even bigger sounding in every way! From riffing to shredding to atmospheric. I swear by them!”
“Those X pickups were a godsend, I think - they filled an important role in my live Dethklok tone, and helped make my sound on the most recent tour very pleasingly devastating - they are with me to stay, on all future Dethklok gigs.”
“EMG’s new X Series pickups made me switch from passive to active pickups because it gives me the passive tone I want but the active perks.”
“The new X series is amazing! We've played EMG’s for years and and had no clue how something could out do the normal 81/60 combo, but these things are just perfect for our band! They have the same EMG sound everyone knows and loves, but somehow sound smoother and have more warmth. Point being, if you don't have a set of these pickups you are missing out.”
"I've been a long time passive pickup believer but EMG X-Series made me change my view on active pickup. All the advantages of the actives with passive behavior. Amazing!!!"
"I have been playing EMG pickups for over 20 years and the X series just blew my mind! The X series pickups made my 7 and 8 string guitars sound even more monstrous! Even you want BIG tone BIG crunch and BIG gigs this is your pickup!"
“EMG X series pickups are the newest and best innovation in pickup technology...I'm rapidly installing them in every guitar I use. If it doesn't have EMG's - it stays in the case...!”
"The SAX is amazing. Period. Lot's more headroom before compression.”
“The 81X and 85X allow me to become free as a musician and sound as good as I have dreamed.”
“They are awesome in everyway!!! I love that they still somehow feel like EMG's but bigger, fatter and more organic. Love mine in a big way!!”
“Best sounding pickups ever man!”