The EMG 85 is one of EMG’s first pickups and is the slightly more sophisticated and well rounded half of its famous twin, the 81. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets, the 85 is a powerful pickup with exceptional organic tone and versatility. Most often used in the rhythm position, the alnico magnets of this model provide a muscular growl and smooth lead tones to enable you to play the muddiest of blues to the most extreme metal. Try it in the bridge position for exceptional smoothness and soul. This pickup pairs well with just about every other humbucker in their line.
During EMG’s search for sourcing the best available “chrome” finish cover cap, EMG found that the available products could not be ordered with any consistency. Most importantly, since the manufacturing process would not be controlled by EMG, there was no way of knowing how the sound and tonal performance characteristics of their pickups would be affected. This characteristic was something that also could vary from batch to batch. Finally, EMG could not find any US manufacturers. They knew at that point, that the “buy” solution would not work for them.
Since putting a nickel or chrome plating on a common base metal is just a low cost way to simulate polished stainless steel, EMG decided to look at the feasibility of doing the real thing. This was the “build” solution. EMG engineers worked out a way to produce a one piece, high quality, mirror polished, stainless steel cover cap while maintaining comparable pricing to the plated versions. In addition, the sound and tonal properties were virtually identical to their molded cover caps, and controlling the process guarantees the consistency and high quality level of the products. EMG was pleased to now offer humbuckers in the real deal, mirror polished stainless steel, known as “Chrome EMG’s”.
The “gold” version is the same polished stainless steel cover cap with a gold colored finish that is commonly used to harden machine tools. It is a finish that both hardens the cover cap surface and penetrates the stainless steel substrate, rather than surface coating it as a plating would. This assures a durable, longer lasting surface finish that will stand up to your pounding riffs and all the abuse the road can dish out.
- Resonant Frequency: 2.45 - Magnet Type: Alnico - Output Voltage (String): 2.1 - Output Voltage (Strum): 4.5 - Output Noise @ 60Hz: -89 dBV - Output Impedance: 10 kOhms - Current @ 9V: 80 microamps - Battery Life: 3,000 hours - Maximum Supply: 27V DC
Includes: - EMG’s exclusive Quik-Connect™ cable - Prewired split shaft volume/tone control set - Output jack - Battery clip set - Screws & springs