I don't even own any guitars with EMGs bro :lol:Don't take this the wrong way, but that probably has rather a lot to do with your use of EMGs.
My Blue RG1527 is fitted with a Blaze Bridge and neck and my cherry fudge 7421 has Blackouts:metal:
The amount of gain I use these days is modern day Petrucci levels.
Ironic thing is I don't even like any of the new Dream Theater records at all, I only really like Images and Words and Awake and parts of SFAM :lol:
But I just like that extra compression on palm mutes.
Sometimes I will back off the gain a bit more when I'm fucking around with some Satch tunes though