Santa Rosa, CA (March 21, 2008) EMG is now shipping the EMG-81TW, the company’s single/dual coil switchable version of the EMG-81.   The EMG-81 has been a constant in the

Santa Rosa, CA (March 21, 2008) EMG is now shipping the EMG-81TW, the company’s single/dual coil switchable version of the EMG-81.

 

The EMG-81 has been a constant in the heavy metal community for more than three decades. The new version is a 9-volt active guitar pickup with dual active preamps that allow for higher gain and more output in either mode. You don’t have to sacrifice tonal response or dynamic feel – the EMG-81TW operates in a virtually noiseless environment.

While single coil mode kicks in a ceramic loaded bar, dual coil mode consists of two ceramic loaded coils opposite each other to create a pickup similar to the EMG-81. Other new features are push/pull volume/tone controls enabling players to switch from the clarity of a single coil to the fullness of a humbucker.

In addition, the new EMG-81TW can be hooked up to several of the company’s accessories, such as the SPC Presence Control, EXG Expander or PA2 Preamp Booster. The setup includes EMG’s exclusive Quik-Connect cable, prewired push/pull volume/tone set, output jack, battery clip set, screws and springs.

For more information:

emgpickups.com

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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