#3
I was wondering the same thing myself.

Here's what I found a while back:EMG comparison

To me the EMG 81X sounds muddier and the EMG 85X sounds brighter when compared to the normal EMG 81 and 85.
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#4
EMG X's effectively defeat the purpose of having an active pickup. (imo.)

They are similar to SD Blackouts, and at that point it's just preference. I can't see myself getting either the EMG X's or the Blackouts.
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Quote by Offworld92
EMG X's effectively defeat the purpose of having an active pickup. (imo.)

They are similar to SD Blackouts, and at that point it's just preference. I can't see myself getting either the EMG X's or the Blackouts.


Well, technology marches on. A new preamp design after 25 years is a good thing. Plus, actives are way quiet compared to a passive.

I have a regular 707TW, and the single coil mode doesn't suffer a huge volume drop like tapping a passive humbucker coil.
#6
^yeah, I'm not saying it's bad, and obviously a lot of people like them, I was just stating my view on them.
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#7
I like em, a friend of mine put them in his C-1, they sound better through an SS amp too. I might put a pair of 81X's in my LTD.
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#8
if the EMGx sounds a bit more "organic" why not do the 18v mod on the standard EMG pickups? Doesn't that do the same thing?
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if the EMGx sounds a bit more "organic" why not do the 18v mod on the standard EMG pickups? Doesn't that do the same thing?


The X's sound more natural than the 18V mod, or so I read.

Also, it's not easy to fit 2 9v batteries in a guitar, especially one that wasn't even designed for one.
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Quote by Offworld92
The X's sound more natural than the 18V mod, or so I read.

Also, it's not easy to fit 2 9v batteries in a guitar, especially one that wasn't even designed for one.


i had a hard time fitting one 9v in my rg lol
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Quote by colgo889
i had a hard time fitting one 9v in my rg lol



Yeah man, I have a regular TW in the neck of my 7621. I routed out the cavity to fit 2-batteries, but that pull pot takes up a lot of space. If I get 2-707TWX's, I don't think I'll be able to swing the 18 volts, but I'll try. The new solderless pots prolly take up even more space.



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Quote by midnightlaundry
Yeah man, I have a regular TW in the neck of my 7621. I routed out the cavity to fit 2-batteries, but that pull pot takes up a lot of space. If I get 2-707TWX's, I don't think I'll be able to swing the 18 volts, but I'll try. The new solderless pots prolly take up even more space.


Solderless pots? I was not aware of these.
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Solderless pots? I was not aware of these.


Yeah... EMG's have solderless connections, or at least most of them do now. That's why you find them in so many more guitars these days, and they're pretty cheap.

That's basically the reason why the new Schecter Damien Elite series starts at $500, and the the Schecter Hellraiser Special's are $600.
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Yeah... EMG's have solderless connections, or at least most of them do now. That's why you find them in so many more guitars these days, and they're pretty cheap.

That's basically the reason why the new Schecter Damien Elite series starts at $500, and the the Schecter Hellraiser Special's are $600.


I think i like solder too much. Its just so much fun to melt down a whole thing of it on to cardboard and play with it.
#16
even with the "solderless" connections, id still connect them and dab some solder on them to ensure the absolute best connection

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#17
what if someone did the 18 v mod to the emg x's? what would that be like?
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what if someone did the 18 v mod to the emg x's? what would that be like?


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.... Well no. I doubt there would be much of a difference. If anything, it might sound worse.

I'm pretty sure the X series EMGs are supposed to be like what EMG's would sound like with an 18V mod.
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.... Well no. I doubt there would be much of a difference. If anything, it might sound worse.

I'm pretty sure the X series EMGs are supposed to be like what EMG's would sound like with an 18V mod.


Not exactly. From what I can find, the preamp has been tweeked for lower gain internally so you can get more range without cliping. Comparing specs to the old design, the X's single notes put out the same voltage. But when strumming chords, the output is nearly doubled compared to the old design. This should be good.

According to the tech notes, each time you double the power voltage, you double the dynamic range. So an 18v X-pickup might be totally insane.

http://emginc.com/content/wiringdiagrams/Power%20Tips%200230-0197A.pdf