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Which EMG single coil do you recommend for the middle position?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Rex Rocker, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Rex Rocker

    Rex Rocker Call me Hugo!

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    Guitar is an Ibanez S (ZR trem, mahog body, bolt-on maple neck).

    It's go an 81 in the bridge (for now) and a 60 in the neck. I want the guitar to have a great clean tone in position 4 in combination with the 60.

    So... S? SA? SLV? Could you describe them if you have any experience with them?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Erik Monsonis

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    The SA is my favourite EMG single coil. I have it on all my guitars, including and old Ibanez SA Series.

    Can't say anything about the others, never even heard of the SLV for example.
     
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    S is more bell-like and chimey, SA is a bit more scooped and round (in a good way), and the SLV is like an SA with more output and a tighter bottom.

    Since it's the middle position, you don't need ultra tight low end - I'd go with SLV to match the output of the humbuckers better, but an SA would also do just fine.
     
  4. Rex Rocker

    Rex Rocker Call me Hugo!

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    Thanks for the replies! I like the idea of the higher output of the SLV, but "more bell-like and chimey" of the S sounds like something I'd dig too. I liked the single coil mode on the EMG 81TW quite a bit, so I'd imagine the S would be the close to that?

    Do the SA and SLV have less bottom end than the 81 and 60? I assume they would, right?
     

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