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6 years ago
OK, this thread went a bit to the left with the talk about EMG. They are a good pickup, so are the 490's, the BB's, even the Epi alnicos, it is simply a matter of taste. I have an Epi LP, and Gibson LP Studios both with the 490's and with the burstbucker pros, also have guitars with EMG 81/85 combo.I could tell you my favorites but that is irrelevant. If there is one thing I've learned in 30+ years of playing guitar, it is that everyone's tastes are different, sound cannot be adequately described in words, and consequently, you just have to hear it yourself. I actually like the sound of the Epi LP stock pickups, but it is a different guitar than the Gibsons. If you want a Gibson, get one, if you can't afford it, wait till you can, because it is inevitable that you won't be happy with a 'copy' of a Gibson if you are like me. If you go the EMG route, that is another thing, and it won't be like an Epi or a Gibson, except of course in feel. For myself I would prefer the Gibson with Gibson pickups, and would want my metal pickups (EMGs) in a metal type guitar like where you usually find them (ESP, etc.).
4 years ago
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