The dynamic duo of humbuckers.
This EMG electric guitar pickup set gives you active EMG-85 and EMG-81 humbucker pickups. Both pickups include EMG's Quik-Connect™ cable, prewired split shaft volume/tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws, and springs.
When a world class player asks for a custom 81/85 set of humbucker pickups in camouflage it's a matter of when, not how. The biggest challenge for EMG in designing these was in ensuring that the cap could withstand the typical punishment of picks and strings. EMG abandoned the standard paint and airbrush options and went with a more roadworthy and durable dipping method. The result was the EMG-CAMO SET, a quality bundle of EMG's classic 81 and 85 humbuckers in a camouflage design. As a special "thank you" to all of its fans, EMG has decided to make these collectable pickups available to the public. A limited run of 300 sets were made (with some going directly to artists now on tour), and there is no information on the EMG website as these will not be stock products. It is strictly a limited one-time production.
The EMG-81 is a high output pickup designed especially for lead guitarists. The 81 pickup is at its best for high-volume overdrive and amps with a master volume control. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing.
Although the EMG-85 electric guitar pickup has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses 2 Alnico magnet-loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy low end and a fatter top end. Because the EMG-85 has a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. The EMG-85 is a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an EMG-81 in the bridge—the same pickup combination used by Zakk Wylde.