EMG 808X Black

Active Humbucker

  • For 8-string guitars
  • From the EMG custom shop
  • Built into a Bass Pickup housing - therefore no direct replacement for a regular Humbucker
  • Dual coil pickup with Alnico V magnets - like an EMG 85 with the same output
  • Dimensions (L x W x D): 101.60 x 38 x 19 mm
  • Incl. Quik-Connect cable, pre-wired split shaft volume / tone knob set, output jack, battery clip set, screws and springs

Further Information

Type of pickup Humbucker
Active Pickup System Yes
Passive Pickup System No
Wiring Completely Wired
Colour Black
Position Bridge, Neck

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Good pickup but personally disappointed
Daniele Lupo, 02.12.2020
I was looking for a crispy djent tone (Meshuggah-like) for my Hellraiser Special C8, which comes originally equipped with a standard 808. I had tried all 3 possible voltages (9v/18v/24v) as by specs EMG confirms they can take up to 27v.

(N.B. If you are using wireless EMG components, DO NOT go above 18v with power. I have reached out to EMG and they have confirmed that pots and any other parts from EMG won't go above 18v, so you will break them if you go past that).

Sadly the 808 performed 3% better (just to give you an idea) with the 18v mod, and 5% better with the 24v mod, so I decided to try the 808x.

Installation is super-easy, which is what I love from EMGs, and the 808x did sound more "open" and aggressive than the standard 808, but not that much more honestly. If you are expecting it to make you go "Woah this is totally different and better", I am sorry to disappoint you, it won't do that. It's more in the lines of "Meh...okay it does sound better but not THAT much better".

Then of course I have proceeded to test with higher voltages (always within specs, which won't damage the pickup), from 9 to 18, from 18 to 24.
Unlike other models (707 for example), the 808x seems to perform better with just the standard 9v power.

As with other models, on the standard 6 strings, it will get tighter and punchier, and incredibly pleasant, but on the very low end (A# and F) it still pretty muddy/chunky, and the higher you go with voltage, the worst your low F seems to get, at least with this combination of pickup/woods (my C8 has a mahogany body).

On a positive note, if what you are looking for is this Metallica/Megadeth late 80's trashy tone, these type of pickups are great, that is EXACTLY what they do best. If on the other hand you are looking for a more organic and articulated feel, I am afraid the 808/808x are not what you wanna go with.

I think the biggest problem is that these pups have Alnico magnets rather than ceramico, and that it possibly why they sound the way they do.
So, within 24 hours, having thoroughly tested the pickup, I have arranged the return and I have already purchased the Fishman Fluence Tosin Abasi 8 set.
The Abasi had a ceramic at the bridge and an alnico at the neck, so hopefully this will solve my problem.
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Perfect pickups!
20.10.2016
I bought these in the hope for tight low end and lead that can cut through the mix and string separation.

EMG 808X where perfect for this and were better than I originally thought even from YouTube reviews.

I highly recommend these for any player and guitar as you get a professional quality sound for a very reasonable price!

They were also easy to install! Took me less than ten minutes compared to the dimarzio Illuminators I had bought which in all honesty just caused me major problems!

So from now on, I will always pick EMG just down to the experience I've had with them from the start has been great and still getting better! I've had nothing but Pros from these pickups and no cons at all!
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It djents!
otdaymobilu, 06.09.2019
Using on my Ibanez RG8, sounds great!
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juzzy1212, 03.09.2020
The pickup was good, but not as good as I was hoping, I have now swapped it for a passive pickup.
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EMG 808X Black
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EMG 808X Black

Active Humbucker For 8-string guitars, From the EMG custom shop, Built into a Bass Pickup housing - therefore no direct replacement for a regular Humbucker, Dual coil pickup with Alnico V magnets -...

  • Type of pickup: Humbucker
  • Active: Yes
  • Active Pickup System: Yes
  • Passive Pickup System: No
  • Passive: No
  • Wiring: Completely Wired
  • Colour: Black
  • Color: black
  • Position: Bridge, Neck
EMG 808 Black
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EMG 808 Black
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Active Humbucker for 8-String Guitars From the EMG custom shop, Built into a bass pickup housing - therefore no direct replacement for a regular Humbucker, Dual coil with Alnico magnets - like an...

  • Type of pickup: Humbucker
  • Active: Yes
  • Active Pickup System: Yes
  • Passive Pickup System: No
  • Passive: No
  • Wiring: 3-Conductor
  • Colour: Black
  • Color: Black
  • Position: Bridge
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