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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

Hi, I have recently gotten EMG808xs installed in my RGA8 but am not content with the sound. I have EMG707s in a different guitar and I read that the X-Series was sort of lower output. Well, when I got home and plugged the guitar in, it seems like too low output. The distorted tones I had for the guitar with 707s sound like anus on the 808xs. It just seems like its dull. For example, just palm muting the an open E power chord on the 707 guitar sounds... well nice. Then on the RGA8, the palm muting drastically dulls the sound (Kind of hard to explain).

The pickups were wired by a professional at a local store so I thought that wasnt the problem, and the guitar has already been restrung. The RGA8 is Mahogany while the guitar with 707s is alder. I know that makes a difference, but I didn't think it would be that big of one.

Has anyone had any similar results with X series EMGs? I am baffled and frustrated.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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Re: EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

Have you tried raising the height of the pickup? That may very well help.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

Tried that, maybe I'l do it a little more again. Didn't help much. Thanks though.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Re: EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

That's the impression I got from the X series myself, 6 string versions though. The solderless system is a part of it, but all in all they're quite a disappointment really. Not really active (tone-wise) and not really passive either.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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Re: EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

I love the six string and bass versions of the EMG X's. The 7-8 string version are very flubby on the lows and empty sounding highs.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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Re: EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

Why don't you try the 18V mod?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Re: EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

I would check all of the connections. I found when fitting pickups that a short can sometimes suck a portion of the tone. So you could plug it in and say "oh ok its working" but you realise something isnt quite right. I would perhaps have the wiring checked! EMG's should certainly sound ANYTHING other than dull! x
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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Re: EMG808x, sounding pretty dull.

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Why don't you try the 18V mod?
EMG X's are like the SD Blackouts as they don't need run more than 9v.
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