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EMG EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup  

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Although the EMG-85 Humbucker 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 mainta... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Although the EMG-85 Humbucker 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 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 guitar 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.

Features
  • Package includes:
  • EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable
  • Prewired split shaft volume/tone control set
  • Output jack
  • Battery clip set
Specifications
  • Resonant Frequency: 2.45
    Magnet Type: Alnico
    Output Voltage (String): 2.1
    Output Voltage (Strum): 4.5
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -89dBV
    Output Impedance: 10kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 80 microamps
    Battery Life: 3,000 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC
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EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 25 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buying another one.

By Morbidangel47

from Barnesville, MN

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I got one of these for my birthday and i love it. brutal crunch when distorted, and good harmonics,perfect for death metal. im getting another one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect mistake

By Rob Hall

from n. tonawanda NY

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I've played emgs since 87. in 95 had them put in my Ibanez Iceman ps-10/2. this one always sounded better when I opened it up I found the 85 was in the bridge by mistake! Its fuller and wider than the 81. A modern Brown sound. I don't know why more people don't use it in the bridge, and I like the 81 in the neck.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!!

By Jarrod

from milwaukee, WI

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

So, when i got the 85 home from getting it installed i was not impressed, but being as stupid as i am i didnt mess with the tone controll on my guitar, when i did, its freakin amazing, pinch harmonics were piercing just like i wanted them to be, its really deep and sounds just like my favorite band that uses them. i am completley satisfyed with this pickup, i had it installed in the bridge, and the emg SA installed in the neck, they are a good combo, these pickups are 1000% WORTH YOUR MONEY!!!!!

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very clean tone and heavy at the same time

By allen

from westland, mi

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

so far this ickup rocks and it got in days :) if you like to rock like me get this pickup

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than the 81 for rhythm

By R8:2 in Fresno

from Fresno, Ca

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I gave almost the same review for the 81.I have a Les Paul Studio with an 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. The 85 is everything I could possibly want in a pickup; low, crunchy, dark and HUGE!!! The 81 on the other hand is a pickup for the lead guitarist. It's trebly and thin sounding compared to the 85. I plan to switch positions on the two considering I'm a rhythm player and see how that works out.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EMG 85

By MXL990

from Plano, TX

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I recently put a pair of EMG 85's in a guitar; the results could not have been better. In the neck it sounds great as most people know, but it sounds very good in the bridge as well. It provides a very accurate sound with very little muddiness to it and gives a guitarist a tone distinguishable from the EMG 81 in everyone else's guitars. I strongly recommend this pickup for both bridge and neck purposes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome neck pickup

By Battery23

from Undisclosed

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

This pickup is so perfect. I stuck it in the neck of my Epi Les Paul standard, and I'm here to tell you that I don't need another guitar now. It sounds so great. It makes even notes on the high strings sound fat, and full. I feel like the sound surrounds me whenever I solo. And you can get awesome cleans with it! I was a little skeptical at first, but it is my favorite pickup, along with the 81. Get it, you won't be sorry.

(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Much better lead pickup than the 81

By Djskfhiueh

from Miami, Florida

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

The 85 is very loud and very tonefull. I was using a 81/85 combo before and the 85 was just too bassy and too powerfull for the neck, it screamed "Put me in the bridge!!!". So i did put it in the bridge and it changed everything. It has a brutal sound with high distortion, palm muting is amazing, and it sounds great with drop tunings. If your a fan of drop tunings like D, C, D standard, B, A etc, this will do you justice. I can also get a very Alexi Laihoish tone from this pickup. Another thing is that pinch harmonics SCREAM with this pickup. With the 81 I had a hard time getting pinch harmonics scream(I would have to hook up my Ibanez TS-808 tube screamer reissue to add harmonics), but this solved everyhing. The best set you can have is either a 85/85 set or a 85/60 set.(The 60 is a great pickup for arpeggiating sweeps and solos). As hard as it is to believe, this pickup was just as tonefull as a duncan blackout and much more natural. Put the 18V mod and you will make it sizzle more than a dimarzio super distortion, D sonic, D activator, X2n and duncan JB and all those passive monsters. EMG's have potential, much potential. Don't listen to people's complaints about sterileness, because there is nothing sterile about EMGs.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EMG makes the best pickups

By Happy Customer

from Los Angeles,CA

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

Tried this pickup out along with the 81 on a ZW Les Paul. This pickup is great for clean rhythms, but metal rhythm players should look at the 60.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent.

By Fluff

from Tacoma, WA

Comments about EMG-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

I have the ZW pickup set and put the 85 in the neck (as most players do) and the 81 in the bridge position. Man was I disappointed. Thin and weak, and the 85 was WAY louder than the 81, so I switched the positions and WOW it is like night and day. Adam D from Killswitch uses the 85 in the bridge as well, as for good reason. Its like getting drop kicked by a bull. Try it. You will see.

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