EMG 57 vs EMG 81 high gain comparison


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Made a comparison of these active pickups.
- In the mix clip
- mono riff over 3 different rigs
- another in the mix, also containing solo guitars, but double tracked (stereo)

I didn't record any cleans, they weren't 'clean' anyway, always a little bit distorted and let's be honest, EMG's are mainly high gain metal pickups.



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81 seems to be low mids emphasized compared to the 57. 57 seemed more raw but at the same time less heavy/compressed than the 81.

I think I prefer 57/60 over 81/85 but it also depends on the wood of the guitar. In an LP it’s hard to beat 81/85.