Ypu can add more mids or bass to your eq? You can try new pick ups too... thicker strings?
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I think it's probably a combination of things.

1.) A bright Fender amp

2.) The EMG-81

Swap the pickup and you'll be good, I think.

Also, what tubes do you use?
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Emg 81's are really pretty bright. use the neck pickup instead. Also, fenders are pretty brightly voiced.
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Yeah, it's the bright pickup through the bright amp. The only reason I don't like fender amps. Lose the pickup or the amp and replace it with a SD or a tube amp.

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I think it's largely due to the RP250, to be honest. Although I don't have any experience with the exact pedal, multi- effects pedals are generally thin and harsh- sounding. I have the same problem with the tone my band's other guitarist gets running an SG Standard through a Boss ME-50 and a Valveking. No amount of EQ-ing can fix it.

Obviously though, the EMG's aren't helping. Swapping them out for Blackouts wouldn't be much of a help, but putting passives in a guitar that's already routed for actives would be a bit of a waste.
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well i use the tubes that came with the amp, which are grooves i believe. im going to get blackouts sometime tho to rpelace the emgs, good idea?

Ewww.. No to the Blackouts. That would make a terrible combination with the Fender amp. Just get a low-mid output passive pickup, like a PAF, or maybe a Duncan JB.

Try swapping the tubes with something of higher quality, like JJ for the power amp and Tung Sol for the preamp.
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It IS your gear, to be specific the amp. Fenders are bright and piercing, that's what they do best.

I'd just get a different amp to be honest, doesn't sound like the Hot rod is right for you at all.
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