I was curious why the EMG 81/85 combo receives scant mention here, and thought I would do a search--- and believe it or not, there were zero search results for EMG. None. It is as if the word were banned by the forum. Of course at Ultimate Guitar there are hundreds of search results.... I wouldn't put them in some classic vintage guitar, but certainly there are those with a wall of guitars that have something containing EMG actives. I picked up a "cheap" extra guitar for playing more "modern" tones, and have been quite surprised at how versatile these things are. I get it why a cork sniffer wouldn't recommend them, but who else here can admit to owning at least one guitar containing actives?