sanjinator17
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Join date: Apr 2011
410 IQ
#1
So, I've recently installed the EMG808x in my new 8-String since I enjoyed the normal 707s in a different guitar. After installing and playing I am confused. My amp settings(made with 707s) sound like anus on the 808xs. They seems really dull compared to the 707s, and I mean really dull. The cleans sound perfectly fine though, just the distorted rhythm tones. Maybe I installed something wrong. I'll make a short comparison mp3.

Just looking to see if anyone else experienced the same thing with any x series EMGs.
MrFlibble
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Join date: Apr 2008
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#2
Well there's two things to consider here:
1) the 808 and 707 are not made to sound the same to begin with, since the 808 obviously has to cope with the even lower string.
2) the X series uses a preamp with more headroom, which effectively means you get a calmer and less aggressive/'compressed' attack (not that active pickups' tone is ever truly 'compressed', but it's a similar result). Not onyl does this change how the pickup responds to your picking dynamics but it also means it hits your amp in a different way. This can make a huge difference to the tone of either your clean channel(s) or your distorted channel(s), depending on how you set your rig up.

So it stands to reason that what sounds good with 707s won't necessarily sound good with 808s, nor will Xs sound the same with a particular setting as a regular-series EMG.

Contrary to popular belief, not everything with the letters 'E', 'M' and 'G' printed on sounds the same. In fact there is far more variation within EMG's products than you'll find in the product lines of any other manufacturer.

tl;dr: you need to set the EQ differently when using that guitar.
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sanjinator17
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Join date: Apr 2011
410 IQ
#3
Quote by MrFlibble
Well there's two things to consider here:
1) the 808 and 707 are not made to sound the same to begin with, since the 808 obviously has to cope with the even lower string.
2) the X series uses a preamp with more headroom, which effectively means you get a calmer and less aggressive/'compressed' attack (not that active pickups' tone is ever truly 'compressed', but it's a similar result). Not onyl does this change how the pickup responds to your picking dynamics but it also means it hits your amp in a different way. This can make a huge difference to the tone of either your clean channel(s) or your distorted channel(s), depending on how you set your rig up.

So it stands to reason that what sounds good with 707s won't necessarily sound good with 808s, nor will Xs sound the same with a particular setting as a regular-series EMG.

Contrary to popular belief, not everything with the letters 'E', 'M' and 'G' printed on sounds the same. In fact there is far more variation within EMG's products than you'll find in the product lines of any other manufacturer.

tl;dr: you need to set the EQ differently when using that guitar.


I guess that makes a lot of sense. Thanks a lot!
W4RP1G
Please, call me Pig.
Join date: May 2010
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#4
Definitely work on your EQ settings. What kind of amp are you using and what kind of EQ pedal?
W4RP1G
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Join date: May 2010
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#6
Quote by sanjinator17
Using a PODX3 Live so its got everything. Running through studio monitors right now.

Yeah definitely keep working on the EQ. If you're recording, use a parametric EQ VST to really sculpt your sound.