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Gotta hand it to EMG

EMG has made a really solid pickup here. The EMG 81 can't go wrong for metal. Sure, it does sound boring for someone who has used them for years and has worked with others who also use them. But for someone who wants a really good tone out of an ordinary guitar - these are KING. The distortion is really tight and clear. I agree on the fact that they sound very similar, even in different guitars, but that doesn't bother me at all. They're easy to work with (mixing and so on), and they produce a reliable tone time after time. I had no problems during my use of this pickup in my old guitar, and I used it for almost 2 years.