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    Default emg 85 vs 60 for bridge

    which one would u use for bridge? i have these 2 pickups and i feel like the 60 mix better than the 85 which sounds fatter, let me know your opinion, here's a demo clip of a metal song im recording

    first half is the 85 and the second half the 60

    https://soundcloud.com/pure-metal/85-60a/s-vl1gD


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    85b 60n is how I would put them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xenophobe View Post
    85b 60n is how I would put them.
    Same here. I had the 85/60 combo in my old Dinky for many years and loved the sound.
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    If I was listening to that sound byte correctly (should have a pause between the two pickups), I thought the 85 played first sounded better. The 60 played second seemed to get lost in the lix a little.

    Most people put the higher output 85 in the bridge and the lower output 60 in the neck.

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    If you put that 60 in the bridge, you better drop that 85 so far in the cavity, it'll meet James Cameron diving for the Titanic
    The 85 will overpower the 60 by a country mile (it will overpower the 81 as well)

    If you ask me, the only thing working in the bridge with an 85 in the neck, is another 85

    You might get away with a 60 Bridge / 81 neck-combo, but your current idea is not one I'd recommend

    I have a 81b/60n Ibanez, and a 85b/81n BC rich
    That BCR came with 81b/85n setup and I really had to swap the p'ups because it was close to impossible to balance the outputs of them in those positions


    PS: If you kept the amp settings the same for that clip, it'd be no surprise it would favor one of the pickups and working detrimental to the sound of the other
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    I run 81 Bridge/60 Neck i feel the 60 is warmer than the 85

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    Quote Originally Posted by Startingline View Post
    I run 81 Bridge/60 Neck i feel the 60 is warmer than the 85
    It is warm but not as much output at the 85, which is why the 85b/60n is usually the preferred neck pickup, or an 81 or 89 in the neck position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xenophobe View Post
    It is warm but not as much output at the 85, which is why the 85b/60n is usually the preferred neck pickup, or an 81 or 89 in the neck position.
    Yeah, if people insist in using some other EMG than the 85 in the bridge, putting an 85 in the neck is not an option
    (Or willing to live with with the discrepancy in output)
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    I never had any problem balancing output with EMGs, even when I got my first guitar with them that had the 81 in the bridge and 85 in the neck. I just prefer the sound of the 85 in the bridge and got it to work fine with the 81 or 60 in the neck.
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    I love both the 81 and 85 in the bridge depending on the signal chain and such. I have a new 85 in the box waiting to go in something. Maybe my Charvel Star.

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