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EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set Black

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With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. From Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, and now Black Label Society, Zakk... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. From Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, and now Black Label Society, Zakk has always used EMG active pickups. The Zakk Wylde model features the EMG-85 and EMG-81, as used on his signature bull's-eye Les Paul guitar. Installation is literally a snap-it's solderless, just use the included Quck-connect cables.

EMG-85
Although the EMG-85 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 works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, the humbucker responds accurately to your technique.

EMG-81
The EMG-81 pickup is a 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 humbucker is it's quiet. If you're playing at really high gain the last thing you need is noise.

FEATURES

  • Package includes:
  • 2 Pickup Quik-connect cables
  • 1 Output Jack Quik-connect cable
  • 1 Output Jack
  • 4 interconnect Quik-connect cables
  • 1 Battery Quik-connect cable
  • 1 B152 Input/Output Buss
  • 2 ea. Long Shaft Volume & Tone controls
  • 1 ea. Shrink tubing (1 red / 1 black)
  • 2 sets of screws and springs
  • 1 collectable Zakk Wylde pick
SPECIFICATIONS
EMG-85
  • 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
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
System
  • Current @ 9V: 160 microamps
  • Battery Life: 1,500 hours
  • Maximum Supply: 27V DC
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EMGZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

What you NEED to know when you buy this set...

Hi. My name is J and I am addicted to EMG active pickups. I put EMG's in every guitar I own. My regular setup is the 81/60 but for a new Flying...Read complete review

Hi. My name is J and I am addicted to EMG active pickups. I put EMG's in every guitar I own. My regular setup is the 81/60 but for a new Flying V I decided to switch it up a bit. All EMG boxes come with the promise that all you need it what is in the box and you will be rocking in minutes. While EMG's are the easiest pickups to install, this statement is just not true. What is NOT included is a pickup selector switch. You get the EMG 81, 85, connecting wires, stereo cable jack, two volume and two tone pots, a circuit-board and battery connection. So, you need a pickup selector switch and you need to be able to solder your connections to it. I recommend a nice Gibson 3-way toggle switch. They are inexpensive and they last forever. OK, so you have your selector switch. One other thing about this set that they do not tell you which you need to know is about the volume and tone pots. They are extra long. They are easily adjusted via two sets of hex-bolts. This is a good thing if you are installing this into a Les Paul on account of the arched top. You will be needing the extra length. HOWEVER, on a guitar like a Flying V this is a bad thing. You have a choice of sinking the pots into the body and end up with them not fitting OR you can have them sticking out so far that they will poke out the eyes of your most adoring fans in the front row. The solution was easy for me. Since I use EMG pickups in everything I happened to have extras of the standard sized pots around. If you do not you will need to pick up some new ones from a parts supplier. They are cheap, but it can be frustrating if you do not know these things. All things considered, this is a monster set. You just need to know the whole truth going into it.

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Pros and Cons

I was fooled into thinking EMG thought of everything as far as installing these in any kind of guitar. But I guess that only means they gave more then one wire diagram. My poor...Read complete review

I was fooled into thinking EMG thought of everything as far as installing these in any kind of guitar. But I guess that only means they gave more then one wire diagram. My poor Dean Dime Shadow ML paid the price for lack of length in wire. But if you have a les paul or guitar similar you will be in luck. If all your knobs and switches are close to each other then you will be fine but like in the dean you maybe SOL like I was (assuming you are not a master at splicing wires). I did end up installing them in a Kerry King warlock and they sound great, the best I have ever heard by naked ear. I am almost on the verge of buying another set. But beware of where you want to install these.

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(39 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome Pickups

By SurfMetalhead69

from California

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

These uprgrade pickups just rock. i have been playing now for years and have always just used the standard humbuckers that come factory equiped in guitars. after changing to this EMG-81/85 set my guitar just puts the balls to the walls in pure sound. Wheather im throwing out a clean Riff or going max out on distortion these just sound great. dont worry about the price they are well worth it especialy if your looking at EMG already. Dont worry that they have Zakk's Picture on the front just plain out awsome sound and clairity

(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What you NEED to know when you buy this set...

By J-DUB

from Chicago, IL

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

Hi. My name is J and I am addicted to EMG active pickups. I put EMG's in every guitar I own. My regular setup is the 81/60 but for a new Flying V I decided to switch it up a bit. All EMG boxes come with the promise that all you need it what is in the box and you will be rocking in minutes. While EMG's are the easiest pickups to install, this statement is just not true. What is NOT included is a pickup selector switch. You get the EMG 81, 85, connecting wires, stereo cable jack, two volume and two tone pots, a circuit-board and battery connection. So, you need a pickup selector switch and you need to be able to solder your connections to it. I recommend a nice Gibson 3-way toggle switch. They are inexpensive and they last forever. OK, so you have your selector switch. One other thing about this set that they do not tell you which you need to know is about the volume and tone pots. They are extra long. They are easily adjusted via two sets of hex-bolts. This is a good thing if you are installing this into a Les Paul on account of the arched top. You will be needing the extra length. HOWEVER, on a guitar like a Flying V this is a bad thing. You have a choice of sinking the pots into the body and end up with them not fitting OR you can have them sticking out so far that they will poke out the eyes of your most adoring fans in the front row. The solution was easy for me. Since I use EMG pickups in everything I happened to have extras of the standard sized pots around. If you do not you will need to pick up some new ones from a parts supplier. They are cheap, but it can be frustrating if you do not know these things. All things considered, this is a monster set. You just need to know the whole truth going into it.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Freakin' Great Pickups !!

By Chris

from Jackson,Tennessee

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

Bought this set of pickups not knowing which guitar I would put them in. Held them for a few months and decided to install them in my Warlock when changing strings. Wow !! I should've done this sooner. The output is wonderful.Pinch harmonics are easy with these!! This is a great set of pickups and an easy upgrade. Takes a little thinking if you don't have a Les Paul setup with the volume and tone controls. But there are diagrams on their website to help you with whatever configuration your guitar is. If you want to improve your sound and clarity of your guitar,you can't go wrong with these.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Guitar should be with out these pick ups

By Jay

from Vancouver,Wa

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

EMG-ZW's are a little hard to install if you don't have a Les Paul but with some patiences and the use of one of the 9 wiring diagrams on the EMG web site the installation went well. The sound quality from the EMG's is really incredible. Clear & clean distortion, anybody could dial these pickups into almost any style of music. I installed the EMG's in my BC Rich Mockingbird. I have many guitars including a Joe Perry Les Paul, but now none of them sound as good as the Mockingbird with the EMG's.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing when figured out

By Kenny

from King George, Virginia

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

So it took me about a day to figure out the wiring and I finally hooked everything up to my ZW les paul custom and only got good sound out of one of the pickups. Took it to local guitar center in Fredericksburg and one of the tech guys (Markus) popped it open and fixed it for me in a matter of seconds. No ground wire to toggle switch! and now it sounds amazing. Very high output and does pickup alot of nuances but you can use the zakk wah like I do to bass up the tone of the 81 and rid of some noise. They are expensive but well worth the money. Good for any Zakk or tone buff

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The single best pair of pickups!!!

By Jerin

from Colorado Springs, CO

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

These pickups are amazing. The cleans are insane. No matter what volume you are playing at you will have no crunch whatsoever. The sustaine is beautiful. These pickups can sustain pinch harmonics longer than any other(hence the Zakk Custom name). Finally buzz equals gone! the only time i get buzz is if my computer monitor or tv is on in my room.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not just metal pickups

By Gary

from niles, il

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

so from what iv read these pick ups are awesome for metal but what noone tells you is that they give an awesome clean tone these picups are awesome for everythign iv put them thru you cant go wrong with them you wont be disapointed

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These are the best of the best

By Matthew

from Hamburg, PA

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

I recently installed these pickups in one of my Dean 79 series Flying V's. They've got a powerful sound to them and I plan on using them in several of my other guitars. These pickups are the best of the best and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good set of humbuckers.

(5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Defective

By DJ Strike

from Little Rock, AR

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

I purchased this set of pickups from the local Guitar Center recently. I installed everything as directed into my Les Paul and I was only able to get sound out of one of the pickups. I checked all the wiring and discovered that the neck port on the buss did not work. I contacted Guitar Center and spoke with the salesman that sold me the set and asked if I could bring in the buss or swap the whole kit out and he told me I would need to bring in the guitar so they could speak with EMG and see what they wanted to do with the kit but �ۡ��̏not to worry it was all covered under warranty.�ۡ�ݕ�_ I have only had the kit for a couple of days and I am not happy with my purchase. I am sure this is a random occurrence but to be told EMG will have to warranty a part out to me for something a few days old does not sit well with me.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Pros and Cons

By SlayerVaifan

from Detroit

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

I was fooled into thinking EMG thought of everything as far as installing these in any kind of guitar. But I guess that only means they gave more then one wire diagram. My poor Dean Dime Shadow ML paid the price for lack of length in wire. But if you have a les paul or guitar similar you will be in luck. If all your knobs and switches are close to each other then you will be fine but like in the dean you maybe SOL like I was (assuming you are not a master at splicing wires). I did end up installing them in a Kerry King warlock and they sound great, the best I have ever heard by naked ear. I am almost on the verge of buying another set. But beware of where you want to install these.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE MOST HEAVY METAL PICKUPS OF ALL TIME!!!

By The Rocker

from Caracas, Venezuela

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

The sound it just screams like heavy metal!!! and you can play rock so nice!!!! the blues is great too in this humbuckers, is really sweet!!! and when you play in clean it sounds really deep :). i would recommend this pickups to any guitar player who wants to ROCK!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

There Is No Bad Thing About These, If you got the money, Just buy them do yourself a favor

By guitarplayer91

from Monroe Mi

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

really? your still thinking of buying these pickups? why i promise you they will fill your needs no matter what you play, blues or jazz, shredding and riffs. they are easy to install its solderless the only issue is you need a selector switch if you don't already have one, and if you don't have much room in your body cavity you might have to mod you guitar, but don't fret haha, im sure you guitar has room it will just be a tight fit. these mfer's will handle anything you throw at them and spit it back out and punch you in the face. think of it this way if Chuck Noris played guitar. these are the only pickups that are good enough for him EMG all the way.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solo Metal Guitarist

By RAYMOD ALLEN

from Cottageville, SC

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

These pickups are the best I have ever used. And They can be used for anything really especially Heavy Metal because they are active.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Set Of Pickups

By Michael

from Austin, TX

Site Member

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

These pickups sound excellent--well worth picking up. Perfect for Hard Rock and Metal. Only wish I would have tried them sooner. The articulation and harmonics you can get are outstanding. Had to adjust (lower) the neck pickup (85) down a little bit to curtail some of the bottom end but overall I am definitely satisfied.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Powerful and clear!!!

By The Madman

from Indianapolis, Indiana

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

These pickups are exactly what they say they are, professional upgrades!! They are awesome...I just recently had them installed in my Ibanez ic300 Iceman without any mods to the axe itself, and wow what a difference over the stock pups. The output is exceptional and the clarity of harmonics rings out loud and clear. These pickups are super sensitive though and pull out every sound on the fretboard so if you are not an accomplished player I would hesitate buying these as they will exagerate any and all string noise. The tone is quite different than you might expect or are used to but is easily remedied through your amp settings. They rock but they wont make you play like Zakk...unless of course you play as well as him.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By DAW74

from cochrane, wi

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

These pickups are definitely well worth it. They are easy to install with the included solderless connections. I replaced my duncan designed HB103 in my Jackson DR6. I did loose some bottom end when using 81 bridge with distortion. But that was just a simple adjustment in my amp and pedal settings. The 85 neck pickup has plenty of output in clean and sounds full. I had to use my old springs for the pickup height adjustment on the bridge 81 pickup. The included springs were too long and bottomed out early. The neck springs were fine but due to Gibson style hard tail bridge the strings sit quite a bit higher. Not a big deal just used my original spring for the duncan and it was shorter allowing the extra adjustment. Man, I love these pickups. EMG now has the X series of these pickups. They provide more headroom for those that are looking for the EMG clarity but a vintage passive feel in an active pickup then the X would fit you. If you are looking for a high reliable output like for metal get the standard 81 85's. EMG all the way!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awsome pickups

By eric czimskey

from FT Leonardwood,MO

Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

I bought these pickups and had them installed at guitar center in springfield,mo. ive never heard a better set of emg's, but i highly recommend putting the 85 in the bridge position. Alex at the springfield store spent 3 hours on the wiring for my guitar alone. not to mention all the other work he did to it. if your in the area and you need work on your guitar i highly recommend alex. by the way i play a washburn x30.

 
5.0

Must have for metal

By xKillEmAll95x

from Cleveland, OH

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

    These emgs are epic. Don't worry about Zakk Wyldes name on it. Means nothing. These things make an enormous difference in sound quality. Had them installed in a Jackson Dinky. Had to do some drilling to make the wiring channels larger but other than that went smooth. And for all the people saying you need a new pickup selector. The emgs connected to my original 3 way without issues.

     
    5.0

    Not just for metal!

    By Chris

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

        I replaced my Seymour Duncan hot rodded set with this pick ups in my Les Paul studio and Iove them. There is so much punch and clarity that I was missing from my passive set. I will tell you that you will have to play with your EQ to dial in your tone but once you do it is night and day. I am playing classic rock and metal on these with no problem. I would definitely recommend these pick ups to anyone who is thinking about changing over to active pick ups.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Easy Install, almost no solder

        By nineways09

        from Totowa, NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Doesn't have the short pots

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about EMG ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set:

        I'm more of an experienced musician, but I must say this is a bit harder on a smaller compartment if you're not soldering, but either way you could attempt to do it the original way.

        It drives all of the sound from my guitar and will make it sound amazing. I always choose EMG's for active, and will always choose them.

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