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Are 20 yr old EMG's still good or do they age?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by RiF, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. RiF

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    I have a set of EMG's (81 and 89) in my Charvel and I've bought those pickups somewhere back in the mid 1990's, IIRC. Do they age (in a bad way)? Do newer one's sound different (better)?
     
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    if they're in good conditions, they're still good. it takes much more time for a pickup to lose a bit of its magnetic power.
     
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    They're sealed in epoxy and low winding pickups. Should be fine.
     
  4. RiF

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    They look and sound fine, but they are active pickups of the first generation. That's the reason I am (or should not be?) concerned.
     
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    Some sources mentions that coils are almost normal, like some kind of PAFs.
    For example: http://www.electrosmash.com/emg81
     
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    FWIW, I have a friend with an 81 from 1994 that sounds just like his 81 from 2005. I'd say use it until you can't.
     
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    I have absolutely no experience with emgs this old but I'd say EMGs would probably be the least likely pups to age due to the way they are sealed.
     
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    Metalbone Sound is good

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    +1 They should be just fine.
    I've sometimes read how pickup gurus work hard to mimic very old vintage pickups they say have experienced a "tonal aging".
    What magnets are most prone to sound change over time?
     

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