Has anyone tried the 81-8s?

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  1. Vince Caruana

    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    Im looking to possibly get a set of the hum cap sized ones for my hybrid. I love the 57/66 but I really miss having that extra output and power that some of the other EMGS have. How do they compare to the 808 or the 6 string version of the 81? I liked the 808 but thought it was a little muddy and I found the 6 string pretty thin sounding.
     
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    I asked the same question (85-8 actually) in the pickups/emg thread and it doesn't appear as though many ppl (here at least) use them.
     
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    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    Yeah man I was actually thinking on putting the 85 in the bridge but I wasn't sure how it would sound. The 707 is supposed to be like an 85 and the 808 is modeled after the 707 but I think the 808 is more aggressive than the 707s, regardless of the 8th string.
     
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    I absolutely love the 85 in my 6 string ltd explorer, but I'm skeptical of the 85-8 because I had 808s in my rga8 and I replaced them immediately with a single Deactivator in the bridge and empty pickup cover in the neck because I never use it. Without there being more information available, I'm hesitant to spend the money on the 85-8.
     
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    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    I really love the 57/66 in my hybrid they're just not extremely aggressive pickups but are still probably my favorite emgs
     
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    Well, they're EMG's what did you expect? XD
    But in all seriousness, i tried the 81-8 in the guitar of a friend and had the same problems that i had with all EMG's, when i stopped playing the pickups would output a horrible squeeling noise no matter how i set the noise gates due to the compression effect of EMG's. (Except for if i turn everything to 10 on the Noisegate but then there's no sound coming through anyway)
    That said, i stood near a pretty loud amp/cab so if you're home-recording that might not be an issue.
    But the 81-8 sounds a lot better than the 808's i had in my rga8.
    In the end i just bought a set of SD Nazgul/Sentient with active housing and now i'm happy...
     
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    That's really strange to me. IME I can go without a noise gate because they're so quiet. Like, I forgot to bring my gate a couple jams ago, and had 99% no issues (5150 > marshall 412). If I got right up to the amp it sometimes started to feedback a bit, but otherwise it was super quiet. (Emg 85). weird.
     
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    A couple years ago I A/Bd every bridge pickup EMG makes for 8 strings. The 57-8 was my favorite of the bunch, the 81-8 my least favorite.
     
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    Djentlover666 Good case of the djents

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    Why the 57? What did you like about it?
     
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    Spicypickles 8 string Warrior

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    85-X'S are the bees knees, my fav EMG pickup of the bunch.
     
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    Yeah that is strange, my EMG equipped guitars are typically more quiet than my high output passives.
     

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