EMG 81 Active Ceramic Humbucker Guitar Pickup Black

High-output Humbucking Pickup - Bridge Position
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EMG Pickups - Sensitivity, Tone, and Power!

The EMG 81 is built for rockin'! This high output humbucker is certain to drive your amp into the sweetest overdrive and distortion, and is at its best when it at high volumes. Perfect for lead passages but equally well suited for rhythm work, the EMG 81 's sound can be characterized as full of attack but nice and fat at the same time. This humbucker has become a first-call choice for some of the most respected metal guitarists of all time and you'll love what the EMG 81 does for your tone.

EMG 81 Features:
  • Humbucker
  • Bridge or neck position
  • Active
  • Logo Color: Silver
  • Resonant Frequency (kHz): 2.25
  • RMS Output Voltage: 1.25
  • Peak Output Voltage: 1.75
  • Output Noise (dBV): -91
  • Output Impedance (Kohm): 10
  • Current@9V (Microamps): 80
  • Battery Life (Hours): 3000
Drop an EMG 81 in your guitar - your tone will thank you for it!

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Active
Magnet Material Ceramic
Position Bridge
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 31.00

Customer Reviews

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Just a classic go to tone!

What else can you say then metal AF! If you want that go to metal tone this is your baby!

Best Pickup For Hard Rock and Metal Hands Down!

I find myself coming back to this pickup every time I purchase a new guitar. I've tried Seymour Duncan JBs, Distortion, Custom and Dimebuckers as well as Dimarzio Tone Zone and Evolution and still nothing comes close to this pickup. I absolutely love the bite, articulation, and it's EQ'd just right for metal. You'll have people tell you how they don't like how they sound compressed but I find you can get some great tone out of these. Today bands like Metallica, Black Label Society as well as other metal bands have recorded albums using these pickups and have proven the test of time.
Music background: Hard Rock/Metal Guitarist

Simply Amazing!

I have two 81s in my ESP KH2 and one in the bridge of my BC Rich Mick Thompson Warlock (replacement of the EMG HZs it came with). No matter what kind of music you play, you can't go wrong with the EMG 81 (bridge)/60 (neck) combination.
Music background: Hobbyist, Part Time Performing Musician, Guitar Fanatic
See also: Guitar Pickups, EMG, EMG Electric Guitar Pickups