#1
Well I just got EMG 81/85 pickups installed on my guitar and I left all the settings on my amp and my distortion pedal the same as when I dropped off the guitar to have the pickups installed and when I get home I try pinch harmonics and I can do them but they come out a lot quieter. Any explanations? Maybe the change to pro pickups makes me need new cables? Get a better distortion pedal because mine can't handle the pickups? (I have a Boss Ds-1 Distortion)
#2
forget about the pedal, a new amp will have you enjoying those pickups.

also:

re-EQ your amp.
how close to the strings are the pickups ?
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#3
Technique.
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#4
yeah, both amps you have are pretty bad.
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#6
If you really think it's a problem you can raise the pickups so they're higher up (closer to strings). That way they will be more responsive and harmonics will be louder.
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#7
While we're on the same-ish subject, I know I can do pinched harmonics, but on one of my guitars, it's slightly impossible. Maybe I'm used to playing ten gauge strings because that guitar has nines. Is it usually more difficult to do pinched harmonics on nine gauge strings?
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#8
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forget about the pedal, a new amp will have you enjoying those pickups.

also:

re-EQ your amp.
how close to the strings are the pickups ?

They're basically directly under the strings. I'm using a Marshall MG30FX and it sounded fine with pinch harmonics on my kkv before but now I can barely hear them. I could pull them off so easy and I can pull them off easy on my other guitar still
#9
are you using an old battery ?
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#10
If you're having that many issues with pinch harmonics it's almost definitely your technique, just practice them.
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#11
did you try turning the volume knob on your guitar up?
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#12
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are you using an old battery ?

No. I just got the battery put in. I'm going to try a few things out first like a new battery. OD2 Channel and other stuff and hopefully it will work out.
#13
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While we're on the same-ish subject, I know I can do pinched harmonics, but on one of my guitars, it's slightly impossible. Maybe I'm used to playing ten gauge strings because that guitar has nines. Is it usually more difficult to do pinched harmonics on nine gauge strings?

it is slightly easier to perform pinch harmonics on thicker strings, but if you have a good technique, you should be able to hear them pretty decently on any string gauge plugged in or unplugged. my strat has 9's and my schecter has 11's. pinch harmonics come easy on the schecter and they sound great. on the strat, they're just a little weaker, but it's not too noticeable. i'm also referring to them when they're unplugged. when playing through the amp, its so much easier to hear them. it still comes down to good technique. there are some eq settings that will kill out harmonics or make them weaker, but you just have to mess with the eq til you get it to the tone you love and makes everything sound great (in your opinion). the height of the pickups also affect your harmonics as well. so will neck scale length, intonation and (very minorly) the body woods and neck woods.

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#14
Also I noticed while i was playing the crazy train solo that the tapping part at the beginning wasn't coming out anymore. It was extremely quiet just like the pinch harmonics. What's up with taht?
#15
you might actually have the pickups too high. they are magnets that pull on the strings. if they're up to high, they will kill a lot of sustain.
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#16
EMGs have really weak magnetic pull. the closer the better, as long as they aren't making contact with the strings when you fret.
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#17
Bring the strings reallly close, Re-EQ your amp and if you aren't lazy, you could buy 1meg pots. They would sound awesome with the EMGs.
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you could buy 1meg pots. They would sound awesome with the EMGs.

that would make them ridiculously noisy, wouldn't it ?
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Bring the strings reallly close, Re-EQ your amp and if you aren't lazy, you could buy 1meg pots. They would sound awesome with the EMGs.

Actives don't work like passives. anything higher than 100k will simply act like a switch. Either full volume (and HUGE gain loss) or no volume.
#20
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Actives don't work like passives.
True. Actives don't have the series inductance, so the tone doesn't brighten by increasing the resistance.

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anything higher than 100k will simply act like a switch. Either full volume (and HUGE gain loss) or no volume.
True for 2-volume wiring.
For 1-volume, 1-tone, Actives will behave just fine with high resistance pots.

But it gains you nothing in tone AND it gives back some of the improvement you got, in terms of lower hum and noise. There's no benefit to using high resistance pots unless you're using both Active and Passive pickups in the same guitar.
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