So even the SA is also similar to the 81 and 85?
I really dislike a lot of PAF-type pickups in the neck position, so I was always curious as to if the 60 would work more for my liking, because I prefer a humbucker that's closer to sounding like a Strat single coil.
How would you say that the 60 and SA differ from one another?
The P60 is like an SA on steriods. Think P60:SA:90:Strat single coil. It doesn't sound or respond like a strat pickup (or even the SA), but it's certainly much more single-coily than the 81 or 85.
I'm sorry for being ambiguous or unclear in my previous post. Let me try to explain it better:
If I've understood what I've read correctly, each of the EMG active pickups has a specifically-voiced preamp built in to the pickup. What I mean by "character" has more to do with the response and feel, not the EQ voicing of the output. I would not be surprised at all to find out that the P60 has a slightly different preamp circuit (and, again, I'm not talking about the voicing).
I wish I could speak your language better! Maybe it's like the difference between a JFET and an opamp boost. They do the same thing, but there's just something a little different about how they feel and respond. That's how the P60 seems to differ from the others.
The output is pretty different between the P60 and PSA. Not sure about pairing with a standard humbucker, but height adjustment works really well and I'm fairly sure you could get them into the sweet spot.
A quick look at their webpage - the EMG strat pickup sound can probably be gotten with the HA, HAX and HX. I'm also interested in comparing the 60A, 60X and 60AX.
Also, remember that 24V makes a big difference.
I'm thinking about changing over another guitar to EMG. And maybe one of my acoustics. If I do that, I'll have to make an input box for my pedalboard to send the voltage up a TRS cable. Bonus - that means no batteries!