Mod: EMG Covers for Passive Pickups

Discussion in 'The Sevenstring.org Workbench' started by loktide, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. loktide

    loktide dotlike Contributor

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    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) :yesway:

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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

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    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:


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    here's the result:

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    cheers :)
     
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    you bastard !

    Looks damn nice sir
     
  3. lobee

    lobee vicioustabbing

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    Yep, that's pretty cool. Congrats on being a winner.:yesway:
     
  4. vampiregenocide

    vampiregenocide A Chap Called Ross

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    Oooh I might have to steal this idea.
     
  5. Customisbetter

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    looks cool but how does it sound?
     
  6. Galius

    Galius Mentally Guitarded

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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.
     
  7. BigBaldIan

    BigBaldIan Bald and gribbly.

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    Only one way to find out, try with and without I guess. Aesthetically though, top marks.
     
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    powergroover monster death chunk

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

    Decipher Ibanez Enthusiast

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    Very cool! That will solve alot of people's issues with 8 string guitars and passive pups.
     
  10. loktide

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    just like without the covers. (regular) plastic doesn't interact with magnetic fields like nickel or other metals used for regular pickup covers do :)



    :lol:

    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
     
  11. BigBaldIan

    BigBaldIan Bald and gribbly.

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    Daft question, did you swap out all the pots as well?
     
  12. tofumannen

    tofumannen SS.org Regular

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    Very nice man. I actually thought about that aswell, but I dont have an RG2228 :D
    Would be very nice to hear some clips :p
     
  13. djpharoah

    djpharoah Awwww Yeaaaah Super Moderator

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    Glad they worked my friend :yesway:
     
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    splinter8451 SS.org Regular

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    That looks pretty hot. Could you get different colored covers?
     
  15. I_infect

    I_infect SS.org Regular

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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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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Nice, glad to see those work with the 8 string BKPS :D
     
  17. damigu

    damigu stay tuned

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    looks good--it's always nice when you can do a pickup swap without making things look all weird.
     
  18. MaKo´s Tethan

    MaKo´s Tethan SS.org Regular

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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.
     
  19. Cheesebuiscut

    Cheesebuiscut Loves his Q-tuners

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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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    that was awesome, clever work :yesway:
     

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