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EMG 808X 8-String Active Guitar Pickup Black

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The EMG 707X pickup has been leading the pack of EMG's 7-string guitar pickups since its debut in 2001, and is now available in an 8-string version! ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An 8-string guitar pickup that greatly enhances the tone of your low B string.

The EMG 707X pickup has been leading the pack of EMG's 7-string guitar pickups since its debut in 2001, and is now available in an 8-string version! Before this EMG pickup model was introduced, existing 8-string guitar pickups sounded muddy and dull on the low B string, especially when trying to hit artificial and natural harmonics, but the EMG 808X pickup eliminates those problems. Featuring Alnico V, loaded, wide-aperture coils, EMG was able to beef up that low B tone and at the same time provide a more responsive and super-tight overall sound. Whether you are ringing out Opeth-style jazzy chords or playing palm-muted death chugs, even with the amp set to "kill" these guitar pickups will articulate every note harmonically and squeal whatever you ask of them. Used equally in bridge and neck positions, the EMG 808X guitar pickups will forever change how you hear and play your 8-string guitar.

The EMG 808X and other guitar pickups from the X-Series provide increased headroom, giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMGs are renowned for. The EMG 808X pickups are best described as bridging the gap between passive and active tone.

The EMG 808X 8-string guitar pickup package includes: EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System, a split shaft volume/tone control set, an output jack, a battery clip set, plus screws and springs.

  • Active 8-string humbucker
  • Alnico V magnets
  • Wide aperture coils

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EMG808X 8-String Active Guitar Pickup

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By MetalMaster2012

from Hollywood, CA

Comments about EMG 808X 8-String Active Guitar Pickup:

I got these yesterday and installed them in my Ibanez RGA 8 8 string, and i am BLOWN AWAY by the tone. I have to say though i really wish these pickups came in white, instead of just straight black, but its really nothing to complain about.I HIGHLY recommend these pickups to anyone that wants to get the absolute most out of their 8 string guitar.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Pickup

By RC-GH59.

from Phoenix

Comments about EMG 808X 8-String Active Guitar Pickup:

The install is fairly simple if you know what your doing, it takes a small amount of soldering depending on your guitar, I put these in an Ibanez Rga8. I love the tone, right now I only have one 9 volt and it sounds full and has tons of sustain. These pickups do not sound exactly like the emg 81, these sound less prossesed and more natural. They have the power and sustain of an active pickup with the tone of a great passive pickup, so its really the best of both worlds. I would recommend using (2) 9 volt batteries in serial when installing them, the only thing is EMG does not give you any instructions on how to wire 2 (9) volts in serial, nor do they provide you with 2 wires for (2) 9 volt batteries. I would defiantly recommend these pickups as a replacement for the Ibanez RGA8 stock pickups. The stock pickups had way too much bass and did not pronounce any of the lower strings the way you would want to hear them for an electric guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Good active pickups

By EchoEight

from KS

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      Comments about EMG 808X 8-String Active Guitar Pickup:

      I bought the 808 X's to upgrade my Ibanez RG2228. Made a huge difference on the low end, much more pronounced. Super easy to upgrade from the 808's. I don't play this guitar much but the X's do sound better, both clean and distorted, than the 808's. Like a lot of guitarists I'm not a big fan of active pickups, but I do like these. They didn't blow my mind or anything, but they are good pickups.

      (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


      I would rather have my emg 808

      By Stitch B. Karupt

      from Texas

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      Comments about EMG 808X 8-String Active Guitar Pickup:

      I 1st tried my regular 808 and heard that the 808 x had a passive pickup sound to it. Passive pickups are what I have on all my other guitars and I like thier sound more than actives. The 808 x's sound, didn't impress me as much as the 808, but they do sound similer, the 808 just stands out more in my opinion. I use a metalcore pedal for my crunch, and runs to a Bugera 333. I used to use a tube screamer with my amp lead channel, but the metalcore just sounds better and less cables. That could be the reason why the 808 sounds better so I'm sure it depends on what your running to and what your guitars body is made of. My guitar has a mahogony body and it mixed with my pedals and amp make the 808 sound better than my 808 x.

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