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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 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.

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.

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.

  • 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

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ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set Specifications:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Current @ 9V: 160 microamps
  • Battery Life: 1,500 hours
  • Maximum Supply: 27V DC
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EMGZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set

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Why use passive


from Ontairo

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

These pickups prove once and for all that there is a clear difference between active and passive pickups. The differences between brands of passive pickups like dimarzio or duncan are irrelevant, because they are all based on the same technology. EMGs do not lose tone during bends (like pole magnet pickups), and they pump out at least 6 more decibels (BTW, you can plug headphones strait into the guitar and hear them for yourself). If you are going to make one upgrade to your sound, this is it.

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from Va Beach

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

Turns any guitar into a monster! I use these and my friends use these. This set up is used in many high end guitars and it's very tough to beat. An upgrade you more than likely can't top if you play metal or hard rock. Not really good for anything though but who cares!!

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Pure agression


from Boston

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

I stuck these bad boys in a cheap prs. and they sound balls to the wall. The 81 has so much bite crunch and gain, and the 85 is so warm and smooth. Achieve a tone similar to John Petrucci or well.... Zakk Wylde great pickups!

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