Has anyone tried the 81-8s?

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  1. Vince Caruana

    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    Im looking to possibly get a set of the hum cap sized ones for my hybrid. I love the 57/66 but I really miss having that extra output and power that some of the other EMGS have. How do they compare to the 808 or the 6 string version of the 81? I liked the 808 but thought it was a little muddy and I found the 6 string pretty thin sounding.
     
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    I asked the same question (85-8 actually) in the pickups/emg thread and it doesn't appear as though many ppl (here at least) use them.
     
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    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    Yeah man I was actually thinking on putting the 85 in the bridge but I wasn't sure how it would sound. The 707 is supposed to be like an 85 and the 808 is modeled after the 707 but I think the 808 is more aggressive than the 707s, regardless of the 8th string.
     
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    I absolutely love the 85 in my 6 string ltd explorer, but I'm skeptical of the 85-8 because I had 808s in my rga8 and I replaced them immediately with a single Deactivator in the bridge and empty pickup cover in the neck because I never use it. Without there being more information available, I'm hesitant to spend the money on the 85-8.
     
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    Vince Caruana Vinsanity

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    I really love the 57/66 in my hybrid they're just not extremely aggressive pickups but are still probably my favorite emgs
     
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    Well, they're EMG's what did you expect? XD
    But in all seriousness, i tried the 81-8 in the guitar of a friend and had the same problems that i had with all EMG's, when i stopped playing the pickups would output a horrible squeeling noise no matter how i set the noise gates due to the compression effect of EMG's. (Except for if i turn everything to 10 on the Noisegate but then there's no sound coming through anyway)
    That said, i stood near a pretty loud amp/cab so if you're home-recording that might not be an issue.
    But the 81-8 sounds a lot better than the 808's i had in my rga8.
    In the end i just bought a set of SD Nazgul/Sentient with active housing and now i'm happy...
     
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    That's really strange to me. IME I can go without a noise gate because they're so quiet. Like, I forgot to bring my gate a couple jams ago, and had 99% no issues (5150 > marshall 412). If I got right up to the amp it sometimes started to feedback a bit, but otherwise it was super quiet. (Emg 85). weird.
     
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    A couple years ago I A/Bd every bridge pickup EMG makes for 8 strings. The 57-8 was my favorite of the bunch, the 81-8 my least favorite.
     
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    Why the 57? What did you like about it?
     
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    85-X'S are the bees knees, my fav EMG pickup of the bunch.
     
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    Yeah that is strange, my EMG equipped guitars are typically more quiet than my high output passives.
     
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    A bit late on this one but I have an 81-8 on my Schecter Hellraiser 8 string (bought from a friend who switched the bridge PU for an 81 and sounds pretty tight, I have 81-7s in my other 7 strings (came with them, except my Hellraiser 7 I switched out the 707 for one). Found the 808 and 707 put out too much bass.

    I always found 81s i can push more and more bass into it to get a tight thick tone. Oddly enough I prefer an 85 for 6 strings, never tried the 85 version of the 8 string or 7 string always assumed it the 707 and 808s were the same as the 85.

    Never could understand why I could get a sick tone from my 6 string (even tuned down) but the 707s and 808s get farty as heck, but I digress!

    You can PM me if you want me to give you some examples of my tone, I use plugins (TSE and Nameless) cant record my 6505 in my apartment.

    Hope this helps a bit!
     
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    I’ve owned every EMG 8 string pickup they make, and used em all a fair bit.

    The 81-8 is very cool, and I’m not a big fan of the OG 81. Compared to the 6, it’s still hot with a lot of mids, it doesn’t clip as much as the 6 string version though.

    In my experience the 808 is pretty much the only bad 8 string pickup EMG make, however if you want something punchy and loud but maintaining good dynamics, the 85-8X is the way to go, which the 60-8X pairs nicely with.

    It’s has a little less of that EMG ‘sizzle’ than the 81’s, which keeps more fundamental of your 8th string but without making it a big bassy flubby mess.
     
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    Really makes me scratch my head as to why a lot of Brands that load up with EMGs always have the 707 or 808 as neck AND bridge. As a neck pickup they are pretty great, no complaints, but bridge pickups not super fun ime
     
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    Very interesting! I have my ltd explorer setup this way. 85 bridge and 60 neck.
     
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    81-8x + the EMG RPC knob = 8 string epicness.

    It cuts lows and boosts highs the more you turn the knob up (making it an instant "Tighten mode" style knob and therefore better than just a plain Tone knob)

    Perfect for anything Drop G and lower

    EDIT: Here is how much better the 707s sound with the RPC knob -

     
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