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EMG 81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup

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EMG 81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup


One of the most popular EMG’s the 81 is the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain. Traditionally used in the bridge position, this pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix. When used in both neck and bridge positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo.

The EMG 81 is a popular active humbucker guitar pickup manufactured by EMG, Inc.. It is usually considered a lead pickup for use in bridge position, paired with EMG 85 as a rhythm pickup in neck position (Zakk Wylde is famous for this configuration). It's not uncommon, however, to see a guitar with two EMG 81s in both bridge and neck positions (for instance, Kirk Hammett's EMG-KH21 pickup sets, which include 2 EMG 81 pickups for both neck and bridge positions). The EMG 81 pickup is preferred as a lead pickup because of its high output and smooth control from having a rail magnet. Rail magnets tend to sound smoother through string bends because they have a constant "rail" that runs through the pickup, while typical guitar pickups have polepieces under each string that lose signal strength as the string bends away from the polepiece. The EMG 81 can be recognized by its dark grey humbucker form-factor and a silver embossed EMG logo.


Guitars that are sold with the EMG 81 as stock


  • Razorback 255
  • Razorback V 255
  • Dean MAB 1 Armorflame
  • Dean ML Knight
  • Dean Custom 550 Floyd (EMG 85 in neck)
  • Mockingbird Pro X (EMG 60 in neck)
  • Mockingbird Pro X Jake Pitts signature model (EMG 81 in neck, too)
  • Kerry King Signature Wartribe (EMG 85 in neck)
  • NJ Deluxe Warbeast (EMG 85 in neck)
  • NJ Deluxe Warlock (EMG 85 in neck)
  • 1984 Explorer EX (EMG 85 in neck)
  • les paul Zakk Wylde custom (EMG 85 in neck)
  • Les Paul Custom Midnight
  • Les Paul Prophecy EX
  • SG Prophecy EX
  • Futura Prophecy Custom EX & FX (EMG 85 in neck)
  • Limited Edition G-400
  • M-II's
  • Eclipse II
  • Eclipse II Standard Series
  • Eclipse Limited
  • EX
  • FX (EMG-60 in neck)
  • Jeff Hanneman Signature (EMG-85 in neck)
  • JH-1 (EMG-60 in neck)
  • JH-2 (EMG-60 in neck)
  • JH-3
  • KH-1
  • KH-2
  • KH-2 Relic
  • KH-3
  • KH-4
  • Truckster (EMG-60 in neck)
  • LTD AX-400FM
  • LTD Deluxe M-1000
  • LTD Deluxe EC-1000
  • LTD Deluxe MH-1000
  • LTD Deluxe H-1001
  • LTD EC-2005/EC-500
  • LTD EC-400 (EMG-60 in neck)
  • LTD EC-500 (EMG-60 in neck)
  • LTD EX-400 (EMG-60 in neck)
  • LTD EX-400BD (EMG-60 in neck)
  • LTD F-2005/F-500
  • LTD F-400MF
  • LTD F-350
  • LTD FX-400 (EMG-60 in neck)
  • LTD "The Grynch" (EMG-60 in neck)
  • LTD KH-602 (since 2009 with EMG-60 in the neck)
  • LTD KH-603
  • LTD M-400
  • LTD MH-350FR (EMG-85 in neck)
  • LTD MH-400 and MH-401 (EMG-85 in neck)
  • LTD M-1000
  • LTD M-300FM
  • LTD MP-600
  • LTD Viper 2005 Limited (EMG-85 in neck)
  • LTD Viper Deluxe 1000
  • LTD V 401DX
  • LTD V 300
  • LTD Viper-400
  • LTD VP-2005/VP-500
  • M-II Custom (EMG-60 in neck)
  • MX Custom Shop
  • RZK-1
  • SV
  • Viper Standard Series
  • Jim Root Telecaster (EMG-60 in neck)
  • Jim Root Stratocaster (EMG-60 in neck)
  • Revolver Pro-81
  • Les Paul Studio II EMG
  • Les Paul Zakk Wylde
  • SG Special II EMG
  • Godin Freeway EMG
  • Godin LG EMG
  • Godin Redline 1
  • Godin Redline 2 (EMG-85 in neck)
  • Godin Redline 3 (EMG-85 in neck)
  • ART500E (EMG60 in neck)
  • MBM1 (EMG85 in neck)
  • RGA72TQMZE (EMG 81/85)
  • RGT6EX (EMG85 in neck)
  • RG3520ze (EMG 81/85)
  • RG8420ZE (EMG 81/85)
  • RGIR20E Iron Label (EMG 81/60) [6]
  • RGIR20FE Iron Label (EMG 81/60) [7]
  • RGIX20FEQM Iron Label (EMG 81/60) [8]
  • RGIB6 Iron Label (EMG 81/60) [9]
  • Stealth
  • DKMG Dinky (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • DKMGT Dinky (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • RR24 Rhoads
  • RRTMG Rhoads (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • RRXMG Rhoads (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • RRMG Rhoads (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • JCS Kelly KE2 (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • KVMG King V (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • KVMGQ King V (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • KVXMG King V (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • Demmelition King V (EMG-60 in Neck)
  • SLSMG Soloist (EMG-85 in Neck) (After July 2006)
  • SLATXMG3-6 Soloist (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • SLATXMGQ3-6 Soloist (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • SLATTXMG3-6 Soloist (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • SLATTXMGQ3-6 Soloist (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • WRXMG Warrior (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • WRXTMG Warrior (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • WRMG Warrior (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • DK1 Dinky (EMG-85 in Neck)
  • Guitar Research Hellraiser guitars
  • Guitar Research Damien Elite (EMG 81/85)
  • Guitar Research Damien Eilte Avenger (EMG 81/85)
  • Guitar Research Devil Spine
  • Guitar Research Devil Custom
  • Guitar Research Stiletto Classic
  • Guitars Synapse Demon TranScale (EMG 81/85)
  • X50Pro FE
  • UVA Instruments - Baphomet
  • Cort X-TH (85 in neck)
  • Cort X6-SA (85 in neck)
  • Paul Reed Smith SE Torero (81 bridge, 85 neck)

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1. This guitar is available in both right handed and left handed version. Even it is not showing in lefty version, we still able to customize this guitar in left handed for you. You just have to tell us when you place the order.

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