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  1. Pickups & wiring
    Hi, I finished the wiring of the 81/85 set. Looks good but sounds bad. When I plug the mono instrument cable in there is a very bad noise/sizzling coming but it disappears after a minute or so. Very interesting. Everything is grounded except the strings (because EMG manual says so). The...
  2. Pickups & wiring
    Hi everyone. Hope you guys are well and safe. So I am extremely frustrated for lack of information on this setup! This is my first pickup upgrade done by myself lol. I have RG550 and bought EMG 81 (Neck) SA, 89XR (neck) to setup, plus I bought the EMG 5 way switch. But none of the diagrams...
  3. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    Selling my Jackson SLATXMGQ3-6. Upgraded with Schaller strap locks and EMG 57/66 in black chrome (will provide pictures on request) Will ship in hardshell case. Would trade for a baritone Ibanez/other brand baritone only. Guitar's condition is 9/10 never gigged purely for at home/studio play...
  4. Pickups & wiring
    Hey everyone! Im trying to put EMGs in my RG 1570 (which has been a ginormous pain in the ass lol, had to sand the pickup cavities just to get them to fit), I bought it used and the old jack was pretty busted so I got a new one. This is what the jack looks like, I found this which looks...
  5. Pickups & wiring
    Hi, few days ago I was given pair of ''used'' EMG 81 and 85. I tried to wire them to EMG wiring but, they didn't work. So I was searching for answers, I found out that they are fake. Luckily I didn't paid yet, so I will return them. So If you buying used pickups or guitars with EMGs, check...
  6. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    Hey everyone, I bought my first Ibanez guitar a few weeks back now. Its a Prestige RG 652k and its stock pups are Tone Zone in the bridge and Air Norton in the neck. First I guess I should probably mention I'm more of a metal head then anything, Also I tend to be an active pickup guy. This Tone...
  7. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    Guitar comes with Gator Hard/Soft case, original stock pups and Gilmore set. Will discount if you want just the standard pups only. Recent pro set up with Hybrid slinky's, 9-46, plays beautifully. $999.00 PPG or you cover fees. Thanks!!! Trades of equal value only, please. cool tops and finishes...
  8. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    I have a couple EMG 707 soapbar pickups that I took out of an ESP 7 for sale. They probably saw about a week or two in the guitar, so they are in mint condition. If you'd like the electronics, etc. from the pickups that I put in the guitars I can include, just let me know. $50/pickup...
  9. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    Was used as my backup guitar, only trace of use is light buckle rash. Case included. Will ship internationally if necessary. Guitar is located in Belgium. I'll upload some real pics later, just seeing if people are interested :) can't add links or images yet to this post (not enough posts) so...
  10. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    Looking for a single coil EMG. Preferably an SA. Used is fine. Thanks Email at [email protected]
  11. Pickups & wiring
    Hi all! I wired up some new active EMG pickups, and for some reason or another, i dont actually get a sound from the pickups (that i can tell, i dont have strings on yet) but when i touch the ring around the pickup selector switch, I get a REALLY bad buzz. I do not know what is causing this...
  12. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    2011 ESP M-II in black, pair of EMG 81's, original Floyd Rose trem, rosewood fingerboard, x-jumbo frets, you know the deal. This guitar is truly in brand new condition. Not a single scratch, ding, or even a pick mark on it. Zero fret wear. It plays awesome and sounds out of this world. I...
  13. Pickups & wiring
    Ive got a Zakk set (81/85), and im trying to add a PA2 (booster). It would be the 81, 85, two volumes, and the PA2 switch. The diagrams that came with the booster, has a similar diagram but requires a "master tone", which is different from the tone's that come with the ZW set. I dont want to...
  14. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi guys. I'm new here and glad there is a site like this dedicated to Ibanez fans :) I am the lucky owner of a Japanese 1996 Ibanez S540 LTD in Jewel Blue I purchased off EBay. My previous favorite (and still in my collection) is a 1991 Japanese 430SII custom setup in a H-S-S configuration with...
  15. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hey guys, new to the forum looking for a little help with my RG. I have an RG 350 DX, and I want to put EMG 81/85's in it. However, It still has space for a middle "single coil." I think I want to put another active EMG in there, but I cannot find a wiring diagram for this configuration...
  16. Pickups & wiring
    Sooo, I know this has been debated many times on many forums but I have understood that Blackouts have a bit more bottom-end. Considering Basswood does not produce much bottom-end, anyone have experienced success with one or the other? I play an ibanez RG Thanks!
  17. Pickups & wiring
    Something is very wrong with my ESP recently. My ESP is Japanese ESP M-II CTM with EMG 81-EMG 85 combo. 3 way switch, 1 Vol, and 1 tone. All factory standard, never modified. So it started one day, when playing with drive channel of my amp, I hear the noise. The noise describe as the common...
  18. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    Thats it, just like title says!! Currently have 81/85's in my 2006 DKMG that I want to trade for D activator X's. I'm honestly not sure but would guess that the pots need to be exchanged too, as active to passive??? Ill have to do more research but just throwin a feeler out there. i'm in South...
  19. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    So I have this amazing little guitar known as a strat by Squier (pretty amazing eh?) thats become my pin cushion for little experiments that I don't want to be doing on half decent guitars. My next project is to be a Sustainer or some active pickups. What do you think? What would you do? The...
  20. Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear
    Looking for an EMG 81 with the older style logo (block font). Could also use the quick connect wire assembly. Thanks!
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