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Based on the original 707, the EMG 808 gives players all the tone, presence and dynamics they demand in an 8 string guitar pickup. The EMG 808 eliminates the problem of a muddy... >

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Based on the original 707, the EMG 808 gives players all the tone, presence and dynamics they demand in an 8 string guitar pickup. The EMG 808 eliminates the problem of a muddy low F# string that often lacks rich harmonic character and definition. Featuring Alnico V loaded, wide aperture coils, EMG was able to beef up the tone of the low strings while maintaining a balanced and articulate upper register. This provides the responsive and tight sound eight string players love. This pickup will articulate every note, chord, and harmonic you ask of it. Used equally in the bridge and neck positions, the EMG 808 pickup will forever change how you hear and play your 8-string guitar. Solderless wiring makes installing the 808 easy to do on your own.
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In the Box

Package Includes EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System:

1 25k volume pot
1 25k tone pot
1 battery bus
1 stereo output jack
1 two pickup in/out bus
1 pair mounting screws
1 pickup cable
2 connect cables
1 output cable
1 battery cable

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In my Schecter Hellraiser C-8 Special...

Douglas A. /Reviewed 4/23/2015

I've always wanted a set of these pickups. I was ecstatic when my Schecter C-8 came with them. I wasn't sure at first but after putting the strings I regularly use on my guitar I couldn't be happier. I recommend the 808s to all 8 string metal players!

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very good!

Matteo Francesco /Reviewed 11/7/2014

marvelous

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Love these pickups

Chris D /Reviewed 2/8/2014

I use the 808's in my ESP LTD H-308 and I'm loving these pickups. I was skeptical about how they would sound, especially because they were used in both the bridge and neck positions, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good their tone is in both positions.

As an 8 string player in the age of djent, a lot of players have been bashing the 808's, but I'm very impressed with them.

I play progressive metal blending jazz, death metal, jam band stuff, and everything in between so I need a pickup that covers everything from crystal clear cleans, to death chugs and these nail everything. The best clean humbucker sound out of any of my guitars, and clear, full, distorted chords and tight attack on palm mutes.

No muddiness whatsoever, and I tune to drop E on an 8 string with a 25.5" scale so that's saying something.

Overall, awesome pickups. Maybe not quite the tightness of an 81, but they sound fuller and perfectly clear in the bridge, and definitely clearer than an 85 on leads, and with no distortion on cleans in the neck position. The balance across strings on these pickups are amazing too, which gives them perfect clean tone and incredible clarity.

Simply put, I love these pickups.

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If you're a metalhead, this pickup is for you.

Alexi Sicoe /Reviewed 12/3/2013

I have 2 EMG 808s in my 8 string iron label ibanez (more precisely Ibanez Rgir28fe) and they sound great, in my opinion. The bridge is perfect for palm mute chunks, and in the neck position i get nice lead tones, or clean tones if needed. If mixing both pickups it sounds very close to an acoustic; that's nice for jazz and blues stuff.. The pickups clean very well when i turn down the volume, much better than the passive Duncans that i have on my 6 string guitar. And they also produce less background noise. I don't even need to keep the noise gate on, at high gain levels.

If you're into buying one of these,I suggest getting an 8 string guitar with preinstalled emgs, because installing active pups on a guitar which used passive pickups can be quite tricky, and there's a risk they might not even fit the hole.

I think this pup gets 9/10, and the only drawback is the high price. Again, tonally this is flawless and exceptional.

If you're into Meshuggah(these guys use passives, but you might get better results playing "Bleed" with actives,for instance) Metallica, Fear Factory, Slipknot, Animals as Leaders, etc. then definitely go to your local guitar store and try a guitar with one of these.

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