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Unread 06-14-2011, 05:44 AM   #176
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Unread 06-14-2011, 08:06 AM   #177
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Unread 06-14-2011, 09:14 AM   #178
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welcome dudes! Has anyone tried those EB eight string sets yet?

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Unread 06-14-2011, 09:19 AM   #179
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no, im to broke to afford new strings at the moment. been using the ones shipped on the guitar 2 months ago. they smell
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Unread 06-14-2011, 09:38 AM   #180
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Unread 06-14-2011, 09:49 AM   #181
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Didn't notice this thread before, had mine for a while now. My biggest complaint is not being able to find suitable strings for me! haha.

The problem is EB fall apart on me in a week, lose sound in one day, D'addario lose their sound in a week... My fingers seem to be acidic, elixir are the only coated strings I've tried but they have been amazing for me, but I don't think there is a suitably sized non-bass string in their range.
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I'm jealous of (and therefore hate) you all.

I'm not interested in 8 strings, djent, anything 'br00talz' and stuff like that; I'm not exactly a traditionalist, lol, but I don't just wanna get Guitar Pro, put a random time signture up at 172 bpm, fill it with sixteenth notes then just delete a random selection of them and try and learn it.

Still every RG2228 I've played has had some weird appeal to me and I can't put them down. I came within inches of buying one in 2008 for £720 (it was on sale because the shop couldn't shift it) and the day I was gunna pull the trigger got asked to join a (gigging) band playing bass, so put my money into that, not realising it was the last one I was gunna see for 2 years!

Shoulda coulda woulda...

This is so next on my list, I love everything about these guitars. Annoyingly, there aren't any decent videos of these on youtube, just a bunch of guys playing wanky metal or morse code music...

I'm a Meshuggah & Tesseract fan btw, but there's a real difference to me between what Meshuggah do and what all these 'math metal' guys do...

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Unread 06-15-2011, 05:25 AM   #183
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Never mind, just got one on eBay! Can't wait to get it

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Unread 06-15-2011, 08:29 AM   #184
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Unread 06-15-2011, 08:32 AM   #185
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im gonna be using 10 elixirs with an elixir 56 for the low b and prolly a high 60s low 70s elixir bass stirng for the 8th.
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I recently picked up an RG2228 myself, and I'm in love with it. It's actually made me better as a guitarist, and now my RG7321 feels tiny. I felt like all I'd be able to play would be simple Meshuggah sort of grooves once I got it (which is fine, because I love Meshuggah) but I've actually found it's really opened up my playing alot. I've recently been writing with it and I've made all sorts of riffs from death metal, to sorta techy Danza style stuff and even jazz and funk cleans.

The EMGs are okay, but a little loose and don't sound great on cleans through my amp. I'm having it refinished lime green soon so I'm getting it setup and having the 18v mod done to see if that cleans the EMGs up enough. If not, I'll swap them out for lundgren M8s down the line.

I have a set of D'Addarios I'm having put on which aren't my go to string brand (Prefer Elixirs) but I'd rather them than EB. I have .009 to .042 prosteels and a .056 and .075 chrome which feel a little too smooth in comparison with the prosteels. I'll see when they're on the guitar. I'd like to try La Bella strings, but I can't find any UK suppliers ith the right gauges. They do so many different kinds of strings it's a nightmare to find the gauges I want.
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Unread 06-15-2011, 12:36 PM   #187
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I was thinking about going the Barekuckle route with mine, maybe Aftermaths. I hate the way the EMG's sound in it. I don't know how I feel about pickup rings, but I guess I might have to settle with them to achieve a better tone.



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I've never found pickup rings to have any tone benefit over covers.
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I'm gunna 18v my 808's, if that fails trade them for the 808x's, if that fails, I'm gunna get DA8's with EMG covers and drill holes in the coves and screw the pole pieces of the DA8's through them so they're visible

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I've never found pickup rings to have any tone benefit over covers.
I was basically saying, I have to put up with the sight of pickup rings but I'll have awesome tone (passives), as opposed to shitty tone with emg's which look fine.

So you're saying that if I put passives on, I can use covers instead of pickup wrings to fill in the gap?



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I was basically saying, I have to put up with the sight of pickup rings but I'll have awesome tone (passives), as opposed to shitty tone with emg's which look fine.

So you're saying that if I put passives on, I can use covers instead of pickup wrings to fill in the gap?
You can buy basically empty EMG covers, so you just put the passive pickup inside.
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I was basically saying, I have to put up with the sight of pickup rings but I'll have awesome tone (passives), as opposed to shitty tone with emg's which look fine.

So you're saying that if I put passives on, I can use covers instead of pickup wrings to fill in the gap?
Yes, you can get black plastic EMG-esque covers that'll fill the slot just like your EMG's do now.

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Or you could get a custom-made pickguard. Zimbloth did that with a 2228 he owned some time back, and it looked awesome. I'm thinking of doing the same when I refinish my 2228 and put in some passives.

I'm not huge on black/metal-looking guitars, so I'm thinking of re-finishing mine in either olympic white or surf/seafoam green and putting a tort pickguard on it for a sweet vintage/traditional look. I'll probably end up putting a set of BKP's in it. I'd like to try the Black Dog set for the cleans and versatile sound, but if they end up not being quite tight enough for some of the more technical/metal stuff I play, I'll probably go with my go-to high-output pickup: the Nailbomb

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Another proud RG2228 owner here


Bought it in late 2010 and received it just before christmas. It was mostly for shitz'n'gigglez, because I've been getting seriously into music which features 8 string guitars over the last year and a half. Before I got it I was mainly playing 7 strings, therefore I quickly adapted to having 8 strings. The neck surprised me a lot and fits my semi-small hands perfectly!

It has since become my main axe! ^^

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How much relief are people leaving in their necks? My setup has come down to leaving the f# quite rattly (acoustically, it doesn't come through the amp) but the rest of the guitar feels way better for it. The bridge is also a lot lower than it started, but still no buzzes.

Now I just keep moving the bridge pickup up and down, I can't settle with it lol.

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