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EMG vs. Seymour Duncan Electric Guitar Pickups

August 31, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

EMG vs. Seymour Duncan Electric Guitar PickupsElectric guitar pickups are a touchy and subjective topic. Most long-time players have gone through a number of different types before they work out what is the best sound for them. Sometimes they will even prefer different styles or brands of pickups for different applications. Today, we are doing a flyover comparison of two of the most popular makes of pickups on the market, EMG and Seymour Duncan, which is really a comparison of active, or powered pickups, and passive, traditional units. These are the two basic flavors that pickups come in and provide vastly different sounds when deployed.

Most Seymour Duncan pickups are old-style passive pickups, meaning they are mostly magnets wrapped in wire. They work as pickups have worked since the dawn of time and give many variations on the guitar sounds we are all used to. Users will find normal and hum-cancelling single coils and different models of humbuckers with varying output levels and tonalities, but they will all be more similar to traditional pickups than they are different. Duncan does make actives, the Blackout series, which are gaining in popularity, but the Duncan company was built on passives and that is what the firm is still best known for. They are a good choice for players seeking enhanced versions of conventional pickup designs. Read more

EMG X Series Guitar Pickups

February 11, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

EMG Inc have released their new line of high-output guitar and bass pickups for all styles of playing – The X Series.

These pickups have an exceptional organic nature to their overall sound due to a newly designed internal pre-amp, which allows for more gain to come from your amp and instrument, rather than from the pre-amp. The effect of this new design is to provide more headroom and overall body while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMGs are renowned for. Lows will be rock solid, high-mids will cut through like the sharpest knife and the treble will be sweet and never grating on the ears. So if you are going for chunky low-string riffing or want screaming string bends in the high register, the X series covers all techniques while retaining superior dynamics. The EMG X Series is only available at authorized EMG dealers. The street prices will range from $95 (SA-X) to $185 (PJ-X and J-X).

Humbucker – 81-X / 60-X / 85-X
Humbucker EMG 81-X / 60-X / 85-X
The EMG 81-X provides increased headroom giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMG’s are renowned for. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils and powered by a newly designed preamp, the 81-X shines 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 like a hot knife. When used in both positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the 85-X and the versatile 81-X/60-X combo.

Strat Single Coil – SA-X
Strat Single Coil EMG SA-X
The EMG SA-X provides increased headroom giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMG’s are renowned for. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets and powered by a newly designed preamp, the EMG SA-X provides a vintage Strat single coil sound: bright, airy, with a rich bottom end, all with virtually noiseless operation. The Alnico V bar magnet allows for the output to remain balanced during string bends, and makes for a playability and reliability that is unrivaled. The creamy mid-range warmth and sublime blues tones are clear, strong and expressive, and allow you to reach from classic and clean, to rowdy and raunchy.

Bass Guitar – PJ-X
Bass Guitar EMG PJ-X
Combining the EMG P-X and a versatile EMG LJ-X, the EMG PJ-X set provides increased headroom giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMG’s are renowned for. The EMG P-X adds warmth, and incredible low end punch, while the EMG LJ-X gives tight mid-range punch and dynamic high end response for a well defined attack. Used separately, or in combination, they offer unsurpassed flexibility in bass tones, accommodating both new and traditional bass playing styles, and making your bass sound the way a bass should. The result is pure capability; the capacity to produce everything from tight slap funk to smooth Motown groove, all with a sound that will set you apart.

4 String Bass – 35DC-X
4 String Bass EMG 35DC-X
The EMG 35DC-X, with its modern appearance is actually a product of 30+ years of design experience. Reproducing an extended range cleanly – both higher AND lower – taxes the abilities of conventional pickups. In the EMG 35DC-X, we utilize a newly designed ultra low noise, low-impedance internal preamp, the “X” factor, which provides increased headroom giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMG’s are renowned for.

Paired with ceramic loaded dual parallel coils, the result in an extremely versatile unit that can be used for just about anything from the cleanest highs right down to the dirtiest growling lows. This model uses an extended housing that is 3.5 inches (89mm), perfect for four string spacing’s. For more information, visit EMG’s official website at www.emgpickups.com

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