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ESP B208-FM 8 string pup replacement

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassbo2112, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. bassbo2112

    bassbo2112

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    I'm looking at replacing the stock pickups in my 8 string bass. In general, I prefer the warm traditional P bass tone, but also want to make sure the octave strings on the 8 string are loud and clear.

    the bass comes with a 3 band active EQ.
    here is the bass - The ESP Guitar Company | 2012 USA Website

    Any suggestions or thoughts are appreciated.


    thanks
  2. AtomicPunk

    AtomicPunk Supporting Member

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    I just got one of these. It's no Hamer, but then again, it's not priced like one. I bought it used and it sounded OK, but replacing the battery and new strings really made it come alive. The octave strings are a lot brighter now.
  3. keiththebassist

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    I've always wondered what these would sound like with some EMG 7 string guitar pickups like the 707. Anyway, I have the EMG HZ's in my 8 string and it sounds fantastic!
  4. bassbo2112

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    Did you put the HZ's in an ESP B208FM or another 8 string?
  5. AtomicPunk

    AtomicPunk Supporting Member

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    I'm thinking about upgrading the pickups in mine now...did we ever find a good replacement set of pickups? Mine say ESP on the covers but I'm pretty sure they are just re-branded.
  6. bassbo2112

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    The Shecter studio 8 has EMG 35HZ and that's what one of the other posters put in his. Haven't seen or heard of anything else.
  7. CopperheadLXXIX

    CopperheadLXXIX Supporting Member

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    I replaced the the stock neck pup in my Dean 12ver with a SGD "deep" sidewinder. HUGE improvement in sound. Has a deep, punchy, very "natural" sound.
  8. AtomicPunk

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    Just to provide info for those in the future, I replaced my pickups with EMG 40 Hz 5 string pickups, dropped right in and sound much better than the original ESP pickups.

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