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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-23-2007, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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EMG 707s

I always said Id never have a guitar with EMGs simply because of the need for a battery, but Im willing to try. I was wanting to put a set of EMG 707s in my RG1527 but Im curious how they would sound in a Basswood body. Would they sound better in a Mahogany body. Also would a EMG 81-7 be a better choice. Please help......any comments will be helpful. I know absolutley nothing about EMGs Ive never dealt with them.
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I always said Id never have a guitar with EMGs simply because of the need for a battery, but Im willing to try. I was wanting to put a set of EMG 707s in my RG1527 but Im curious how they would sound in a Basswood body. Would they sound better in a Mahogany body. Also would a EMG 81-7 be a better choice. Please help......any comments will be helpful. I know absolutley nothing about EMGs Ive never dealt with them.
Your best bet is an EMG 81-7, and although I haven't tried it yet, I would suggest a 60-7 in the neck, because the 6 string 60 and 60A absolutely rock.

EMG 707s aren't bad, but I like the 81-7 more.
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Whatever you pick, you'll probably want to try the EMGs running with 18v's.
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Whatever you pick, you'll probably want to try the EMGs running with 18v's.
That is definitely a plus as well.

I have two guitars here that are exactly the same, both with EMGs, one regular, and one with the 18V mod. I personally think there is a big difference in the two.

The 18V mod seems to get rid of the "focused" sound of the 81, opening it up while retaining a tight bottom end.

With a 7, I would definitely recommend it.
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The 18v mod gives it more headroom and thereby making the sound less compressed (that is that, focused, EMG trademark sound that some people like and other hate)

It really makes the bottom end a lot better and definitely works great on a 7 string. I usually do the 18v mod on basses and it's just awesome.
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The 18v mod gives it more headroom and thereby making the sound less compressed (that is that, focused, EMG trademark sound that some people like and other hate)

It really makes the bottom end a lot better and definitely works great on a 7 string. I usually do the 18v mod on basses and it's just awesome.
When I pick up one of my guitars without the mod, they sound somewhat "brittle" compared to the mod.

The 9Vs don't sound bad, but there is definitely an improvement with the 18 volts. And these guitars are all tuned lower than standard.
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Yep, my ibz is in B standard with the 18 volt mods. It adds a lot more bottom end and balls to it. Doesn't seem to really affect the high end other than making it a more ''full'' sound I guess you would say. I think it makes them not sound as flat...but that may be crossing the line a little.
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Yep, my ibz is in B standard with the 18 volt mods. It adds a lot more bottom end and balls to it. Doesn't seem to really affect the high end other than making it a more ''full'' sound I guess you would say. I think it makes them not sound as flat...but that may be crossing the line a little.
I wish there was more space in your Ran cavity so we could add another battery to it.
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Im really trying to experiment with my tone alot would they sound better in a mahogany, basswood, or alder body? Im looking for a bright but warm percussive sound if that helps. I play METAL only lots of speed picking and single note patterns and some sweep picking. Im running a Mesa Triple Rect Head and Mesa 4x12 cab. Or are the EMGs what I really need for this kinda tone?
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Im really trying to experiment with my tone alot would they sound better in a mahogany, basswood, or alder body? Im looking for a bright but warm percussive sound if that helps. I play METAL only lots of speed picking and single note patterns and some sweep picking. Im running a Mesa Triple Rect Head and Mesa 4x12 cab. Or are the EMGs what I really need for this kinda tone?
I don't have any experience with them in mahogany (yet), but they sound great in basswood and alder. Maybe a little better in alder.

You really can't go wrong with 81/85 with 18 V mod. IMO, that is a killer sounding combo.

60A is probably my favorite EMG neck pickup, and it's a toss up between an 81 or 85 in neck.

For a 7, I would recommend an 81-7 bridge and 60-7 neck with the mod.
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Can one of you guys post a reputable link on how to do this 18v mod? I have EMG 81-7s in my ESP SC607B and I love them, but if 18v is better, cool.
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Can one of you guys post a reputable link on how to do this 18v mod? I have EMG 81-7s in my ESP SC607B and I love them, but if 18v is better, cool.
As of lately, I haven't been very reputable, but it is very, very easy, and takes about 5 minutes.

First, desolder the black cable from the battery clip off of the input jack.

Next, get another 9V clip, and solder the red wire to that black wire.

Last, solder the new clip's black wire to the jack (you basically just hooked up two batteries in series).

That's all there is to it, just don't forget to hook a battery up to the new clip!

The only problem you'll have is finding room to stuff the new battery!

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IMO, EMGs in basswood is a no-no. It has the cold, sterile sound everyone complains about.

But EMGs in Mahogany, is friggin awesome.
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So Im pretty much set on a 81-7 in the bridge. Should I go with the 707 in the neck or a 60-7.
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I would suggest a 60-7 if it's anything like the 6 string version. Great neck pickup.
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