Questions about the Alpha/Omega set

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  1. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    So, yeah couple of questions:

    Hows it compare to the Nazgul or Distortion in the bridge, and the the Jazz, Sentient, or '59 in the neck?

    Would I dig the set if I'm an EMG 81/60 fanboy? Something similar to the extreme surgical tightness and midrange punch of the 81, and the glassy, scooped, piano-like cleans of the 60?

    Will I eventually go back to the 81/60 set? :lol:

    I'm possibly getting this set for a passive-loaded 7-string, and I don't wanna go through the effort of slightly routing the guitar for actives. Nor re-wire the guitar. I'm lazy as shit
     
  2. KnightBrolaire

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    none of those pickups are anything like emgs.
    omega is snarlier in the midrange than the nazgul, which is croakier/nasally/has more upper mids. the nazgul feels a little bit tighter in the low end.
    distortion is tight too, but has more grease/hair to the high end iirc.
     
  3. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    I don't mean to ask if it's a 1:1 comparison to the EMG. I'm just wondering if it's kinda in that vein of being super tight in the lows and very cutting in the mids.
     
  4. KnightBrolaire

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    depends where in the mids you want the emphasis. either the nazgul or omega will do what you want, but the nazgul is a bit better if all you care about is brootz and chugs.
     
  5. AirForbes1

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    I'm not sure you will like them if you are an 81/60 fanboy. They are definitely not scooped. I think they are excellent for down tuned guitars as the bottom end doesn't get flubby and they have really good note separation and stay very clear.

    The have a consistent growl to them, all the time, which is nice. To compare, I'd say that the Black Winters sound more pissed off all the time. It's been a while since I played an 81/60 set, but for me those pickups just scream thrash. Other people may not share my opinion, but the Alpha/Omega set (I should just say Omega since I use the bridge mostly) don't thrash at all for me, they are missing that little bit of bite.
     
  6. Flappydoodle

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    I don't think you'll like them, if you like EMGs

    At the end of the day, they're a djent pickup. Think about what Holcomb plays. They have a nice clean, but they are really designed for downtuned, tight, stop-start stuff, and loads of clarity for weird chords he plays.
     
  7. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    I'm still tempted to give it a shot. :lol: I tuned this thing to B, so I do downtune... kinda. The guitar currently has a Distortion in the bridge, which is what I'm kinda curious about how the two compare. I dig the distortion ATM, but it needs a little more tightness in the low end and more attack. That's why I was gonna check out the Alpha/Omega, because I've seen the Omega described as super tight with lots of attack. I was gonna check out the Omega because of the scooped EQ and the emphasis on the high end, which looks a lot like the 60. Plus I love scooped neck pickups.
     
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    Based on what you are looking for, it might be worth looking into other companies too.
     
  9. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    Kinda curious aboout what you had in mind
     
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    They aren't that scooped. The EQ graph shows a lot of treble, but they really aren't overly bright like the Nagul (for example). If you take that EQ curve and combine it with a down tuned guitar, you'll get quite a balanced tone. The bottom end isn't flubby, in fact, it's super clear. Like an above poster mentioned, they are great for weird chords with a ton of gain. There's no flub to muddy up the complexities of the chords. But, I wouldn't call it "attack" in the same sense as what you get from an 81. You may want to try the Black Winters instead, IMO.

    Of course, I understand that you may just have an itch, and you have to try them out for yourself anyway. I get it. If so, try to buy them used because I don't think you're going to dig them.
     
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    well I absolutely despised the Nazgul. Probably the worst pickup ive ever tried.

    and given we seem to have similar EMG tastes, if it were me, i would just go 81/60 hahaha
     
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    When i say i want a scooped pickup, i just mean the neck. I like having a growly mid heavy bridge pickup. I like the neck pickup to be scooped because it reminds me of a fatter single coil. Kinda piano like.

    And i may just bite the bullet and get the 81/60. I'm just on the hunt for something that has those qualities without dumping all the money and effort in a beater.
     
  13. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    Fuck it, i found a brand new 81-7h/60-7h for a good as fuck price. Probably the cheapest ill ever find them.
     
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    Well
    When you say surgical tightness I immediately think of Lundgren M series.
     
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    I was considering it.
    But alas.
    :lol:
     
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    You wont get the same level of 'punch' with the Omega as you would with the EMG81 but you're getting a very tight bass response with great clarity, and with enough gain you can still get a good amount of punch from an Omega.

    If it's not too late, I would buy an Alpha/Omega set just to try them out. It sounds to me like you want something a little different and want to experiment with a new set of pickups. I say go for it.
     
  17. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    Unfortunately it's too late. :lol: Maybe one day down the road I'll test one of my 81-loaded sixers with them. Just to compare them.
     
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    Man, there's barely any decent comparison videos comparing the Omega to the SH-6 or Nazgul. Only Merrow's, and I d like the Omega a bit, more. Definitely sounds tighter.
     
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    But, that video is so good.
     
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    What didn't you like about the NAzgul? It's my favorite passive pickup I've ever played. Had one in my caparison (6) and my universe.
     

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