#1
I've just bought an EMG 707 for my Ibanez Apex 2, with the intent of replacing it as my bridge pickup. Not knowing anything about fitting a new pickup, I gave it to my guitar teacher to have a look at, and he says that if he fits the EMG, the old pickup won't work.

He says I need to buy a preamp for my EMG, so it can function separately to the old pickup, and I was wondering if this was the only route to go down.
He did also suggest buying an identical EMG for my neck, and I've been looking at the 81-7 as a neck pickup, but he says that might not work.

Any ideas, UG, on where I can find said preamp, or whether there's a simpler way around this?

Cheers.

P.S. The Ibanez only has a single volume control, no tone control, and a 3-pickup selector switch.
#2
the emg is active, the old pup is passive, it can be used, but yes, a preamp is needed.
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#3
EMG actives have the pre-amp built in to the casing. Your problem is that it requires a 25k pot instead of the usual 500k of passive pups. So, on your guitar you can't mix active and passive. The 707 is designed as a neck pickup to work with the 81-7 but could be used at the bridge with a 607 in the neck to keep a nice balance if you want a mellow sound.
Yours should have come with a wiring diagram to show how to wire in the battery holder and special jack socket.
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#4
you can use the pickups in the same guitar, you just can't have both going at the same time therefor you can only have a 2 way switch, not a 3 way. You'll then have to have a 25k pot and a 500k pot for each pickups volume which means you'll have to drill a hole in your guitar for another pot. Or you could get the preamp for the other passive pickup so that they both work together
#5
The pre amp is inbuilt you dont need one to make EMGs work.

Basically the EMG 7 strings are bigger than any passive 7 string pup and so you will have to route out the guitar to fit it.

If you are going to fit one, I would fit two, I cant imagine you love the neck pup that much to want to mix active and passive? Its a bit of a hassle really.

I would get a 707 or 60-7 for the neck, the 81-7 is primarily a bridge pup.

What I would suggest is a 707 in the bridge then buy a 707 TW for the neck and replace the 5 way switch with a 3 way switch, and replace the 500k volume pot with a 25k push pull pot and that way you will have a single coil in the neck with the 707TW

That is of course if you are ok routing your guitar for the bigger EMGs.


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