Yeah man I hear ya loud and clear there. I mean, I've loaded this exact signal chain onto the DI tracks I have from my 7620, and by comparison it sounds like it was recorded under a duvet
I don't want to turn this into the whole Blackouts VS EMG shindig, but I'm hesitant about the Blackouts, it has to be said. Like, I will definitely get round to trying them one day, but from the comparison clips I've heard they're a touch on the muddy side. I guess I'm not alone here, but I actually really dig the super focused sterile feel of the EMG.
I heard some clips a dude did as a comparison. He had the exact same guitar, exact same signal chain, same strings etc. Did a test with an EMG (81 I believe) up against a Blackout, and the Blackout was SUPER hot, very very wet, massively overdriven, and the low end was really boomy.
Now, I'm fairly positive that all you'd have to do is just adjust accordingly and it would sound the shit, but the EMG seemed to just nail it first time. Was very defined, and there was no 'mush' to it. Again, probably down to EQ and what not. Perhaps the guy had it set up for the EMG before he did the clips, and therefore the EMG had the unfair advantage. This is why I hate being poor, because I have to rely on unfair comparisons and can't just try it for myself