Go Back   UG Community @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com > Instruments > Gear Building & Customizing
User Name  
Password
Search:

Reply
Old 07-06-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
gisobon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
is this correct?

hey guys, so if i got myself the emg 81/85 pickups, can i just install it myself? or do i need someone's help. i'm intending to put the emgs into my epiphone LP custom.
__________________
Steve Vai rocks. His pinky is almost of the same length of an average 16 year old's middle finger.




I love Schecter
gisobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 07:37 AM   #2
Ace Carson
Registered rock'n'rolla
 
Ace Carson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Moscow, Russia
Well that highly depends on your experience. In terms of tools, you'll need a sloder iron, some solder, some decent tools like a couple of screwdrivers, some knife or other means of dealing with wires and such.
If you have these things, you mechanically *can* do it yourself, but if you have no experience in soldering and assembling guitars, I strongly suggest that you go a guitar tech.

Cheers. Ace.
__________________
The Den Studios: Mixing and mastering for a resume. Free of charge.
Ace Carson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 07:56 AM   #3
gisobon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
but would it involve drilling out the guitar? cos my friend told me that the emgs may not fit into an epiphone LP. that true?
__________________
Steve Vai rocks. His pinky is almost of the same length of an average 16 year old's middle finger.




I love Schecter
gisobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 08:38 AM   #4
Zamorak
delay extraordinaire
 
Zamorak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
The problem with adding EMG's is you gotta add a 9V battery somewhere. If the battery doesn't fit in the comparments already drilled, you have to route a battery compartment.
__________________
"Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you." - Aldous Huxley
Zamorak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 09:55 AM   #5
MonkeyLink07
UG's Fire Gym Leader
 
MonkeyLink07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vermont, USA
Yeah, if the battery fits, then you're golden. The new EMGs all have a quik connect system, so the only thing you will have to solder is the switch. If you don't think you can do that, go to a tech, but it really is not the hardest thing and is pretty hard to screw up.
MonkeyLink07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 10:34 AM   #6
gisobon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
oh yeah i forgot about the battery. so actually inserting a battery would require drilling yeah? anyone of you guys got an epiphone LP custom and turned that into emgs 81/85? is there a need for drilling?
__________________
Steve Vai rocks. His pinky is almost of the same length of an average 16 year old's middle finger.




I love Schecter
gisobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 03:22 PM   #8
Ace Carson
Registered rock'n'rolla
 
Ace Carson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Moscow, Russia
I had an Epi LP Standart and I had to glue some foam to the tone cavity cover because there is just plenty of space for a battery. But I didn't solder anything.
The best way is to get a battery holder. In that case you`ll have to cut a rectangular hole and some little holes for screws only in your cover (that flat piece of plastic screwed on on the back side where the knobs reside)

Cheers. Ace.
__________________
The Den Studios: Mixing and mastering for a resume. Free of charge.
Ace Carson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 10:43 AM   #9
gisobon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
wait so if i bring it to the techs to do it, which part of the guitar will they drill?
__________________
Steve Vai rocks. His pinky is almost of the same length of an average 16 year old's middle finger.




I love Schecter
gisobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 02:53 PM   #10
Ace Carson
Registered rock'n'rolla
 
Ace Carson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Moscow, Russia
The plastic cover.
__________________
The Den Studios: Mixing and mastering for a resume. Free of charge.
Ace Carson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2010, 04:56 AM   #11
gisobon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
That would be the back panel? For what? Can't they unscrew the backpanel and just be done with it? The batteries would be inside the guitar yes?
__________________
Steve Vai rocks. His pinky is almost of the same length of an average 16 year old's middle finger.




I love Schecter
gisobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2010, 10:55 AM   #12
MonkeyLink07
UG's Fire Gym Leader
 
MonkeyLink07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vermont, USA
It is fairly easy to install the pickups yourself, but if you do not feel comfortable doing it, then you can bring it to a tech. They will take out your old pickups, put in the new ones, and give it back. At least that is what they should do.

What Ace was suggesting was a battery box, but for the amount of time that the battery will actually be changed with EMG's I'm not sure how useful it will be to take the time to install.

Battery Box:
MonkeyLink07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2010, 12:54 PM   #13
gisobon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
oh cool so i definitely i have install a battery box yeah? cos emgs need batteries right? oh and one more thing, will they remove the strings to get to the pickups or will they remove the back panel and remove the pickups from behind?

thanks.
ps sorry guys i'm just asking so i won't get duped by anyone. i just wanna know what to expect.
__________________
Steve Vai rocks. His pinky is almost of the same length of an average 16 year old's middle finger.




I love Schecter
gisobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2010, 01:13 PM   #14
spacec0wboy
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
They need to remove the strings to access the pickups.
__________________
Gear:
Jackson DXMG
Schecter 006 Deluxe
BC Rich Revenge Warlock
Jasmine Acoustic
Peavey Vypyr 30
spacec0wboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2010, 04:34 PM   #15
timbit2006
DEATH THRASH!
 
timbit2006's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canada
You do not need a battery box.
EMGs batteries should last 1 year providing you unplug the guitar after every use.

As far as I know, a 9V battery will fit in the Epiphone LPs control cavity.
__________________
--Tyrone the White from Canada.
timbit2006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2010, 02:36 AM   #16
gisobon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
oh cool but i've asked the tech about drilling and they said they definitely have to do it. so where can i get a battery box? i don't think it comes together with the emg box with the pickups right?
__________________
Steve Vai rocks. His pinky is almost of the same length of an average 16 year old's middle finger.




I love Schecter
gisobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:47 PM.

Forum Archives / About / Terms of Use / Advertise / Contact / Ultimate-Guitar.Com © 2014
Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.