When 8 strings first started making their way into the world a few years ago EMG were one of the first companies to get on board in terms of aftermarket pickups. The 808 was the first 8 string pickup from the guys at EMG and it became an instant success thanks to its excellent low end response and even sound throughout all 6 strings.
Made For Gain
If you are a metal guitarist EMG is already a name you will know very well. Love them or hate them their pickups have appeared on countless records where aggressive high gain output is needed. Like all EMG pickups the 808 has an insanely high output level that won't dirty up your clean tones but will keep your drives smooth.
While other 8 string pickups muddy up when you crank them up through a bit of gain the 808 was designed to stay clear at F# and below. So even if you want yo drop tune your 8 string the 808 can handle whatever you will throw at it.
Here's what EMG say about the 808 Pickup
Now available exclusively through EMG's custom shop, the EMG-808!
The 707 has been leading the pack of 7-string guitar pickups since its debut in 2001, and is now available in an 8-string version! Before this model was introduced, existing 8-string pickups sounded muddy and dull on the low B string, especially when trying to hit artificial and natural harmonics, but the 808 eliminates all those problems. Featuring Alnico V loaded wide aperture coils we were able to beef up that Low B tone and at the same time provide a more responsive super tight overall sound. Whether you are ringing out Opeth-style jazzy chords or playing palm muted death chugs, even with the amp set to "kill", these pickups will articulate every note, harmonic and squeal you ask of them. Used equally in bridge and neck positions, these pickups will forever change how you hear and play your 8-string.