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EMG EMG-KFK Kerry King 81/85 Humbucker Set
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For tone that slays!

The EMG-KFK Kerry King (Slayer) signature model includes the EMG-81 and EMG-85 along with the PA2 (20dB gain booster) to deliver maximum distortion for Kerry and Slayer's bone crushing tones. This is his exact configuration used for live and studio action.


High-output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. If you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one.

Distortion during lead passages is consistent, sustain is long and the breakup fades smoothly. The ceramic magnet in combination with wide aperture steel poles lend a quick attack but the tone stays nice and fat at the same time. Perfect if you're the only guitarist in the band, and need to switch from rhythm to lead and still keep the band moving. Another great thing about the EMG-81 is it's quiet. If you're playing at really high gain the last thing you need is noise.


Although this humbucker pickup has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two Alnico magnet-loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy low end and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. It's a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an 81 in the bridge.

The midrange has great definition and doesn't get foggy or muddy in the rhythm position. The EMG-85 pickup works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, it responds accurately to your technique.


Straight booster preamplifier mounted on a mini toggle switch. Perfect if you want to just plain overdrive the input of your amp for distortion. It has a trim pot so you can preset the amount of boost up to an additional 20 dB. The PA2 will also work with passive pickups.s

EMG EMG-KFK Kerry King 81/85 Humbucker Set Features:

  • Package includes:
    2 EMG-exclusive Quik-Connect cables
    2 25k split shaft volume/tone (standard) controls
    Screws and springs
    Removable Kerry King card on the box
    1 EMG/Kerry King signature collectable guitar pick
    Output jack and battery clip set for EMG-PA2

EMG EMG-KFK Kerry King 81/85 Humbucker Set Specifications:

  • EMG-81
    Resonant Frequency (kHz): 2.00
    Magnet Type: Ceramic/steel
    Output Voltage (String): 2.0
    Output Voltage (Strum): 4.5
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -91 dBV
    Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 80 microamps
    Battery Life: 3,000 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC

    Resonant Frequency: 2.45
    Magnet Type: Alnico
    Output Voltage (String): 2.1
    Output Voltage (Strum): 4.5
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -89 dBV
    Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 80 microamps
    Battery Life: 3,000 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC

    Input Impedance: 500 kOhms
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -91 dBV
    Output Noise (Spectral): -130 dBV (-110 dBV @ full boost)
    Output Impedance: 2 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 290 microamps
    Battery Life: 1,725 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC

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  • Awesome

    As reviewed by Kenneth Duncan on 12/30/2011

    I bought these a couple months after i bought my first guitar since i was really dedicated i was learning fast on cheap BC Rich Warlock i put these in it with the overdrive switch and it ripped such a wicked tone. i now own a Dean ML that's neck through and has a Floyd rose and my warlock sounds better tone wise...the overdrive switch requires a little messing with and adjusting the screw in the back and it does add a lot of feedback and gain noise but man that 20db packs a wicked punch. i am going to buy another set of these for my Dean soon i totally recommend them just don't let the switch get damaged it will short out the electrical but it can be bypassed it won't break the pick ups either

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  • EMG Kerry King Set

    As reviewed by JEWlio on 11/19/2007

    Awesome response, these have to be the best pickups i have ever used. Tone is amazing, it's clear, and crisp, yet it has major punch to it. GREAT BUY!!!

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  • ehhh

    As reviewed by tony on 5/16/2011

    when I got this guitar i bought it used and it had emg 81 and 85 and the gain switch installed already and it sounded good at first. the switch didn't do anything expect make the feedback and screeching even worse. but the worst part of it is as soon as i touched the switch it all fell apart and when that happened the pickups stopped working and everything else on the guitar fell apart. I brought it to my local music store and they said the pickups were bad and the switch is was messed them up. i don't recommend these for anyone..... ever

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