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For anyone who has tried to record using an 8-stringed guitar, the biggest complaint has been that most pickups deliver a thudy sound, chopping off the dynamic range. The results can be clearly seen, like a “flatline” effect in the recording wave. 8-string Blackouts allows each register to have its own character, like you expect from any six string sound, but now with deeper bass lines and no flat-lining. It simply allows the player be more expressive.
The industry agrees that 8-string Blackouts are clearly an improvement, evident by the fact that many guitar makers like Schecter Guitars, who are delving into the 8-string guitar world, are offering the 8-string Blackouts. Their latest, offering the Schecter BlackJack ATC-8 limited edition guitar comes with 8-string Blackouts installed.
Like the full line of Blackouts, the 8-strings provide a tone that sounds less compressed with a more extended frequency response. Blackouts active humbuckers are up to 14dB quieter than the competition, but they also have more lows, more highs, and more output.
Blackouts 8-string are designed to direct retrofit any 8-string electric guitars and are available in individual neck and bridge models, or as a two-pickup set. All versions come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.
Resonant Frequency: 700Hz (neck), 650Hz (bridge)
Average Output Voltage: 0.65 Volts RMS (1)
Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
Noise: -97dBV (neck), -96dBV (bridge)
Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differentia, FET input
Preamp Gain: 16dB (neck), 18dB (bridge)
Preamp Thd @ 1Vo: .003%
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