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    Default EMG 18 Volt Mod

    I'm seriously considering doin' the EMG 18 volt mod. Is there anybody here that has done it?

    Should I do it?
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    Default Re: EMG 18 Volt Mod

    did some searching...


    from the EMG site,

    Yes. If you've got room for multiple batteries in your guitar, you can use two batteries wired in series to power your onboard circuitry at 18 volts. The output level will not appreciably increase, but you'll have increased headroom and crisper transients. This is especially useful for percussive/slap bass styles where you can generate enormous instantaneous power levels across the entire frequency spectrum.


    Sooo i will be doing the 18 volt mod, mostly because I'm bored and I have an extra battery connector.

    I'll leave this thread up so I can put up my results.

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    Default Re: EMG 18 Volt Mod

    I tried it a few times in different guitars, with both 81's and 85's in the bridge, and felt that it took away some of the tightness and cleanliness that made me fall in love with EMG's in the first place.

    YMMV.

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    Default Re: EMG 18 Volt Mod

    I did it to an ESP Eclipse I had, it was okay, didn't make me do backflips or anything. It did open up the sound a little, but like VK said, it took away some of the trademark EMG tightness and compression. I made a jumper for mine so I could run it at 9V also, IIRC, I ended up running it at 9V most of the time for the heavy rock band I was playing in.

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    Default Re: EMG 18 Volt Mod

    Did it. and it wasn't anything spectacular. but I am gonna leave it.

    I played some audioslave licks and some bluesy stuff with the volume backed off a bit, and I like the mod.

    Hopefully I'll be installing 2 more pickups and a tone knob into my guitar this afternoon so I can greatly increase my tonal varieties!
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