#1
Hello
My main guitar is my esp ex-400 with an emg 81/60 combination and I'm thinking of doing the 18v mod but I have a few questions:
1)How does it sound different to the standard 9v EMGs?
2)Can it do any damage to the EMGs?
3)Roughly how much would it cost to do?
4)How easy is it to install by yourself?

Thanks in advance
Gear
Epiphone Les Paul Special 2
ESP EX-400
Roland Cube-15
Bugera 6260 head
Home made 2x12 loaded with celestion G12t-100s


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#2
Quote by rockdan101
Hello
My main guitar is my esp ex-400 with an emg 81/60 combination and I'm thinking of doing the 18v mod but I have a few questions:
1)How does it sound different to the standard 9v EMGs?
2)Can it do any damage to the EMGs?
3)Roughly how much would it cost to do?
4)How easy is it to install by yourself?

Thanks in advance


1. More headroom, and a bit less compressed.

2. No, they're rated up to 27V.

3. A few pence for the battery clip, then a pound or two for the 9V battery.

4. Easy as pie - just put another battery in series with your current battery.
#3
What do you meen by more headroom?
Gear
Epiphone Les Paul Special 2
ESP EX-400
Roland Cube-15
Bugera 6260 head
Home made 2x12 loaded with celestion G12t-100s


OPETH FTW
#4
The cleans will not distort as easily, and the distortion will not sound as cramped up...esentially it gives the sound more room to move around would be the far from technical way of explaining it.... they can stretch their legs....
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#5
so its definatly worth doing then?
Gear
Epiphone Les Paul Special 2
ESP EX-400
Roland Cube-15
Bugera 6260 head
Home made 2x12 loaded with celestion G12t-100s


OPETH FTW
#6
I'd say it is, if you're capable of operating a soldering iron.
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#7
It is totally worth it. The difference is huge on tube amps...
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#8
Guess I'll do it then, thanks for the helps guys
Gear
Epiphone Les Paul Special 2
ESP EX-400
Roland Cube-15
Bugera 6260 head
Home made 2x12 loaded with celestion G12t-100s


OPETH FTW
#9
Quote by rockdan101
4)How easy is it to install by yourself?
could be easy, could be a bitch. depends on whether you have space to mount the second battery.
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#10
Absolutely worth doing

So much more of the guitar's natural tone comes through.
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#11
You're going to kick yourself in the arse when you realize just how easy it is to do. It's also easily reversible if you happen to not like it.

I also feel like mentioning that EMG's are not the only pickups you can do this with. I have a set of livewires that are 18 volts and SD actually makes one that comes stock as 18 volts. just a little FYI.

Have fun with it.
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#12
Quote by -MintSauce-
1. More headroom, and a bit less compressed.

2. No, they're rated up to 27V.

3. A few pence for the battery clip, then a pound or two for the 9V battery.

4. Easy as pie - just put another battery in series with your current battery.

Hehe....

holy...


hell...

Has anybody ever tried that, by any chance?
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#13
Quote by Shinozoku
Hehe....

holy...


hell...

Has anybody ever tried that, by any chance?


I was just about to ask.
has anyone ever done a 27V mod?
Could be epic,

the 18V mod sounds excellent btw, its definitely worth doing.
#14
I hear the bump to 27V is barely detectable in guitars.

Its mainly done on basses IIRC to add clarity to active EQ as well.
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#15
Quote by jm1681
I hear the bump to 27V is barely detectable in guitars.

Its mainly done on basses IIRC to add clarity to active EQ as well.


Ahh, once i've actually got my EMGs i might have a go at doing it, can always reduce it again if its pointless, no point having an extra battery in there without doing anything worthwhile
#16
Quote by jm1681
I hear the bump to 27V is barely detectable in guitars.

Its mainly done on basses IIRC to add clarity to active EQ as well.


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#17
Quote by EMG
Although most of our products are rated for 27 volts, we recommend a maximum of 18 volts. The additional benefits of 27 vs. 18 volts are negligible.

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