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Low Pickup Output on EMG's
Old 20th November 2020
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Low Pickup Output on EMG's

Hey y'all, simple question: I recently acquired a Sublime Millenia Stripe guitar which had been fitted with EMG's "Het Set" active pickups. They sound great but I'm a little confused about the output of them; I record through DI in my audio interface and I have to crank the gain with EMG's more than with the strat pickups (both single and dual coil). Is this normal? I should also mention that the battery in it is new.

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Old 21st November 2020
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Hey y'all, simple question: I recently acquired a Sublime Millenia Stripe guitar which had been fitted with EMG's "Het Set" active pickups. They sound great but I'm a little confused about the output of them; I record through DI in my audio interface and I have to crank the gain with EMG's more than with the strat pickups (both single and dual coil). Is this normal? I should also mention that the battery in it is new.
Have you gone through all the relevant topics in EMG's FAQ? Lots of good stuff out there. https://www.emgpickups.com/emg-faq

Were the Strat pickups especially hot compared to "normal" Strat pickups (whatever "normal" is)?

How much gain are you having to add? If you're still in a reasonable gain range and there are no noise issues, things may be fine. I have a Sting Ray bass whose output is significantly lower than either of my two Precisions. It needs about 6 db more gain to match their signal level. It works, and nothing downstream of the Sting Ray is close to being maxed out. So, no big deal.
Old 25th November 2020
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A thing with EMGs is that they do not have that high of an output but you can adjust them ultra-close to the strings, making them actually way louder than other pickups.
Old 26th November 2020
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Hey thanks for the replies. I don't know how the strat pickups compare to others. I bought the guitar a few years ago used and haven't diddled with the electronics at all nor have I played any other strats. This is good to know though, I was under the impression that EMG's are supposed to have "SoOpeR hiGH OutPutS dooD!" so I thought maybe something was wrong. But, eh, again they don't sound damaged so must be fine.
Old 26th November 2020
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Long shot, but maybe pull the pickguard and make sure the wiring was done correctly. And make sure the pot and cap values are correct. Sorry I didn't suggest that sooner.
Old 27th November 2020
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Good point, c1010. The pots should be 25KOhm and not the usual 250 or 500KOhm.
Old 8th December 2020
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I took a look at the electronics last night, because I've noticed the tone pots don't do much, and it all looks okay as far as I can tell. 25k pots and the confusing mess of wires seem to be going to the right places. I believe it's a solderless system that came with, or was purchased with, the pickups so the parts better be correct!
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