Some may have seen my posts looking for an alternative guitar to my Standard HSS Strat. I played an ESP M-II with active EMG 81's bridge and neck.
I liked the feel of this guitar but also liked the EMG's to a point. I've been researching different pickup combinations that other M-II users use and it seems quite common to use an 85 in bridge to give some more 'rounded/smoother' tone.
However, lots of people rave about converting to 18v - so my question is how easy or difficult is it to convert an M-II to 18v and how do you do it?
Basically you just wire two 9v battery hookups in series, parallel might work too, and plug 2 nine volts in. It's pretty easy, but it didn't give me what I was looking for with my STEF. The 85 in the bridge will give you a slightly warmer, Perhaps more "throaty", tone if that is what you are after. I switched to a blackout bridge and that was pretty much the tone I wanted from that guitar.
Here is a good diagram from Darren, who goes to this forum, of a slightly more complex but better way of doing it.
[Tech] HOW TO: The reversible 18v mod! - Sevenstring.org