The 8 string I have now has the EMG 808's(not the 808x) and the guitar I'm most likely buying comes with blackouts. I love the low end and heavy tone of the EMG 808s but the can get a bit harsh sounding at times, muddy chords with heavy distortion etc. I hear the EMG 808x cleaned up this problem and gave them a cleaner tone. The blackouts are supposed to have a cleaner tone which I like, but my problem with the blackouts is that they seem VERY midranged, although I will say they sound nice. I'm looking for the same low beefy tone of the EMG 808s I'm using now just with a little more clarity. Anybody know if there is any noticable differences between the two?