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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Talking RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

Just ventured into 8 string territory & immediately junked the EMG's in favour of BKP Painkillers.

Much better!!

I wondered if the neck may feel a little crowded but I find it not crowded at all..... Actually it's quite easy to play.

The neck is very flat & after a little practice I actually find it easier to play than a 7 string.
I find that having 8 strings rather than 7 makes it easier to anchor your positioning on the fretboard. The whole neck plays really nicely all the way to the 24th fret!
I also find the 27" scale feels good.

I had to trim quite a lot of metal off the screw tags on the pickup sides as they would not fit into the existing rout & also use the stock bolts from the EMG's and fit some springs to get the height right.
Also the Pot holes had to be drilled out slightly to around 10 mm to fit the CTS Pots.
Apart from that no problems.
Also the stock TRS jack works fine.

STOCK EMG'S



STOCK WIRING CAVITY



NEW WIRING CAVITY



FINISHED RESULT!



The flash makes the space at either end of the pickups look worse than it actually does....looks fine to me.
Also a dab of black paint on ths screw tags renders them hardly visible.
Custom rings may be an option but I don't really feel the need.
Anyone wanting a set of EMG 808's with associates pots & wiring get in touch!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

Got to love these 8-stringers.. Maybe my next custom-guitar will be 8 string superstrat. Damn, i'll have to finish my baritone and telecaster quickly.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

hope to have one in a close future !
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

Great guitar! Great mod! Congrats!!!!
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

NICE!!!
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

Nice!!! I have a Warpig bridge and Cold Sweat neck in my 8-string!

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 12:51 AM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

I'm sure it sounds great, but it looks horrible. There are pickup rings available that will cover those unsightly pickup routes.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-30-2010, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

OK...now I got the Custom rings I ordered from Dave at Frets on the net,
Great guy & awesome workmanship....He also made me some Brass rings for my Carvin after my BKP P90 mod....a tad off topic but have posted a pic anyway!

Fitted them....the mounting screws fit inside the existing EMG route so no need to drill the body, I left the Pickups mounted straight onto the body as previously with a spring underneath the tabs so the holes in the rings just serve for access to the height adjustment screws underneath.

I think it looks better than without the rings.



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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-30-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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Thanks to have resurrected that thread ! my pleasure

A RG2228 is my objective for one year - keeping looking for ! ()
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks to have resurrected that thread ! my pleasure

A RG2228 is my objective for one year - keeping looking for ! ()
OK....I am always buying guitars as an experiment & then selling them later so if I decide to sell this one I will let you know!!
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 07:08 PM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

Although EMGs aren't to everyone's tastes, I kinda find something sacrilege about ripping them out on 7's or 8's and shoehorning others in their place. Each to their own though.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

SorryPal but hardly shoe horning! LOL!!
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 12:43 AM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

Nice.I'm pretty sure you can get Emg-sized pup covers that would work also.
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 01:05 AM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

and THATS why i hate EMG's. if you ever put any other pickup in there thats not in a box it looks horrible. they should really think of that
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 12:12 PM
 
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Re: RG2228 with BKP Painkillers

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SorryPal but hardly shoe horning! LOL!!
"I had to trim quite a lot of metal off the screw tags on the pickup sides as they would not fit into the existing rout & also use the stock bolts from the EMG's and fit some springs to get the height right.
Also the Pot holes had to be drilled out slightly to around 10 mm to fit the CTS Pots."

Well, you had to do some work to fit passives in so I'd call that shoehorning!

But what the hey, if you got the desired result, good for you.
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