About this EMG X soundcheck
81 TWX bridge ceramic magnet
81 XR neck Alnico V magnet
A big hello to all my fellow guitar players all over the world. Thank you for stopping by!
This sound check was a project I began working on last year. As I began to make progress on recording my originals, this project temporarily fell by the wayside. I hope to pick it back up someday. However, viewing this in the context of life as a working adult with responsibilities, I don't know when that will be.
So, as it sits dormant, I figured I would put it to some use post it up here on YouTube, as there are some raw distorted rhythm and lead samples that you may find useful as a reference if you are considering giving the EMG 81TWX and / or the 89XR a shot.
This video is actually a compilation of bunch of unfinished stuff chopped and pasted together with reckless abandon. It's the audio equivalent of a piece of scrap paper with ideas scribbled down on it.
All the tracks are "placeholders" and ideas for the final takes. So don't expect anything polished or finished. If a real pickup soundcheck is a shiny new digital encyclopedia, this is an outdated textbook found at the bottom of school cafeteria's raw waste disposal bin, recovered by a homeless guy, thrown into a shopping cart where a sick cat just peed on it.
I also must apologize for the lack of clean samples. Clean samples were actually next on the list to fit into the song medley.
I hope that I'll have the time someday to polish it up and make something legitimate out of it. In the meantime it's my fun video that I hope you'll get some use out of.
These pickups went into the blue Jackson DKMG I used to record the EMG HZ samples in my other videos.
Japanese Jackson DKMG, 24 frets, alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard.
WARNING PLEASE READ: THE HEIGHT OF THE PICKUPS WERE TO TALL TO FIT IN THE CAVITY OF A STANDARD ROUTED HUMBUCKER ON A JACKSON DKMG. The pickups cavities were too shallow to accommodate the height of the pikckups. Each cavity required about 6mm of routing to house the pickup and allow some leeway in height adjustment. The extra height is due to the "stacked" single coil (that's what the official EMG website calls it).
I had my friends at ESP Big Boss Freaks Market in Tokyo do the routing for me.
If you are in Tokyo and need some custom work done, give them a shout, they are really nice people and do great work; I get all my work done there.
Luckily the guitar originally came setup for three volume / tone pots, so I was able to install the independent volumes / coil splits and a master tone without any additional modification. The independent volumes work great with the coil splits as it allows you to tailor the bass response and Alnico tones from the neck and the ceramic humbucker tones from the bridge. I respectfully submit that this setup allows for a very versatile spectrum of tones that you can enjoy.
The short version is that I'm very,very happy with the results. As far as my specific pickups and guitars are concerned, it seems that they are not as "hot" as the 18volt modded standard 81 / 89 in my other guitars, but they are very articulate pickups and my my ears, the tone is much more "open" than the standard 81 / 89, which could be good or bad, depending on your preference and intended application.
The sound of the EMG X vs the 18 volt mod is that the 18 volt mod sounds hotter and has more gain. However, I think the EMGX is more "organic" tone wise than the 18 volt mod. I think the sounds are very close, so I can get a similar tone to an 18 volt mod, minus the two batteries and I have the addition of the coil splits.
I still like my standard EMGs, my Duncans and Dimarzios, I think the pickups fit in nicely with the other available sounds from my other guitars.
All guitars are recorded as a line-in through a Boss GT-10 effects processor using the Boss "Mesa Boogie" type amp simulator. EQ is generally flat, a slight scoop in the mids for the rhythm and slightly boosted mids for the leads.
I'll post more comments on my specific opinion of the pickups in the comments section, as you are probably already falling asleep from reading this novel.
I now humbly submit this temporary EMG X soundcheck to you. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
Thank your for taking the time to visit my channel.
Andy - Botolph Dissidents