NGD(in about 10 hours) + Pickup question

BlindingLight7

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I have been blessed with job that's given me the ability to purchase one of my most sought after item's, An 8 string.:yesway:

I ended up deciding on an 8 string, drove out to sweetwater sound to play one and it was phenomenal besides the pickups of course. but due to some complications I had to order it from American Musical Supply. :yesway:



Now, the obvious question. What pickups? I'm looking for good meshuggah-like tone but also something responsive and tight. do lundgren's fit into the emg routes?
 

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Like he^ said, it'd help if we knew what the guitar was.


Though either way, the DiMarzio D-Activator is a good start if its routed for passives, or the EMG 808/X if it's active routed.

We say it helps to know what you're getting and what you like and everything, but there really isn't much choice with 8-string pups unless you go BKP :lol:
 

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It is in my town now, just a few more minutes!


I'm still debating. I will most likely do a bunch of meshuggah and finger tapping things , so I guess a lundgren?

Whats cheapest?
 

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If the OP has ordered from American Musical, then it's routed for actives - all major-manufacturer 8s come with active-sized pickups. So the choices are:

-replace with actives (swap EMGs for Blackouts or vice versa)
-replace with an active-sized passive (the new Lace pickups)
-replace with a "traditional" passive pickup (BKP, D-Activator) and modify as needed (fretsonthenet rings, etc.)

OP, knowing what you're planning to play on this guitar would help us in making suggestions.

(And: 500th post!)
 

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Damn it how could I be so vague, RGA8, just got it and it's a piece of shit currently.

anyway, playing meshuggah, aal, stuff like that. I really want whatever is the most rounded for metal.
 

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I'd go 808X for a simple replacement. It's a great pickup whichever way you wanna look at it.
 

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For actives, I'd say go with some sexy white EMG 808X's. If not, the DActivators are probably the best option if you decide to go with passives.
 

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808x it is, now how do I fix the horrendous fret buzz?

Your guitar is buzzing because the string gauge is waaaay too light. Replace the strings and get atleast a 0.74 for the F#, though I recommend going to 0.80 if you like tighter feeling strings.
 

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I have EMG's in my RGA8 and they are pretty good. To be honest for some reason teh bridge pickup sounds better for everything though.

?
 

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Fixed it, the neck had almost no relief. adjusted the action too. It is playable now, but the pickups still a changin' aswell as string gauge.
 

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the cheapest would be passive agile pickups from rondomusic. i think theyre like 80 bucks for a set but i have no idea about how they sound. But I wouldnt recommend just getting what ever is cheap because what you get might be worse than what you started out with. i say either 808s or Blackouts. Theres also Bare Knuckle but theyre passive and rather expensive.
 

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I just got my RGA8 this week and I already ordered 808X's for it...ill be putting heavier strings on too...love how it plays and feels though ....with a pickup swap this guitar will own
 


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