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Unread 03-11-2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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Mod: EMG Covers for Passive Pickups

first off, major props to Mesh (djpharaoah) for finding a place where you can order EMG-style bass pickup plastic covers to retrofit an EMG808 (www.guitarjonesusa.com)

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so, here's how the covers look like. pretty much exact the same dimensions as the EMG808s (EMG40 housing), but hollow (duh?). the pickups that are going into these are a set of BKP Coldsweats





since the pickup's baseplate is too thick to fit directly into the covers, i ended up sawing off the lower 5mm of the housing to get a tight fit:











here's the result:







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Unread 03-11-2010, 04:22 PM   #2
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Oooh I might have to steal this idea.
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looks cool but how does it sound?
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Neato. Might have to try this on my intrepid. I wonder if the pickup being covered by plactic affects the tone or output.

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Only one way to find out, try with and without I guess. Aesthetically though, top marks.
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now everyone will wonder why this particular guitar with emg's sounded different(better) than any other else
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Very cool! That will solve alot of people's issues with 8 string guitars and passive pups.
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Neato. Might have to try this on my intrepid. I wonder if the pickup being covered by plactic affects the tone or output.
just like without the covers. (regular) plastic doesn't interact with magnetic fields like nickel or other metals used for regular pickup covers do


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now everyone will wonder why this particular guitar with emg's sounded different(better) than any other else



on a sidenote: the hate for EMG808 is largely overblown, imo. my only issue with the EMG808s making me want to try out something different was the fact that they're quite muddy on the low F#.
i'm not super impressed by the cold sweats, but the low end is definitely clearer and tighter now
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i'm not super impressed by the cold sweats, but the low end is definitely clearer and tighter now
Daft question, did you swap out all the pots as well?
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Very nice man. I actually thought about that aswell, but I dont have an RG2228
Would be very nice to hear some clips :P
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That looks pretty hot. Could you get different colored covers?

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Curious, did you have any problems with the BKP mounting ears? Did you have to trim those down as well, and any alignment issues with the ear screw holes on either the pickup or the cover?

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looks good--it's always nice when you can do a pickup swap without making things look all weird.
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wow!!! I wish to buy plastic covers...love how they look, but love passives too. awesome mod, looks like from factory.

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Finally! Its about time someone finally did this!

Oh and pickups kinda have plastic covers on them to begin with... adding more plastic doesn't effect the magnetic field at all since plastic isn't magnetic.
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passives with 25kOhm pots? no thx


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i had to trim down the mounting ears on the coldsweats a little to fit in the routes. other than that, the holes on the coldsweats match the ones from the EMG808s and the replacement covers perfectly.
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That looks pretty hot. Could you get different colored covers?
hm, not listed at GuitarJones. but maybe someplace else? you could also spray-paint them
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Like I said daft question, but it's been known to happen.
If you don't keep the Cold Sweats what's next on the list to try?
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Like I said daft question, but it's been known to happen.
If you don't keep the Cold Sweats what's next on the list to try?
lundgren M8

i have a M7 in my 7680 (also 27" scale) and it's a COMPLETELY different pickup than the common BKP. the lundgren has a ....TON more output, gain and bite. BKPs are also cool, but are more dynamic and have a weird 'quacky' attack to them which i'm not used to. on the other hand, i love how the warpig sounds on my rg3120.

i'll record some clips first and'll see how the coldsweat's sit in a mix. that's my major concern actually
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