i just dont want to spend money and time on something il regret. custom pickups sound great to me. from what i hear blackouts suck compared to emgs. this is actually the first place i see someone saying bo's are better than emgs on 8 strings. of coure i would need the right eq's. amps are a whole different story i cant set myself with the right amp. 6505 plus head and a boogie cab is all i can really think of.
Decisions of spending money on things you MIGHT regret is what life is all about....learning for yourself and not leaving it up to HC reviews to sway your purchase.
than Blackouts? If by better you mean less dynamic, more compressed, more sterile and much less headroom then I'm with you 100%.
The whole 'better' thing is always going to be way open to interpretation, it's completely subjective. It's like suggesting that your tone is better than somebody else's - we all look for different tones, and we sure as shit don't all agree on pickups.
And what I'm about to say is just that - the EMG 808s I owned sounded like absolute dogshit, and only started to improve after I fed them 18 volts. But maybe you're way into EMGs and are one of those dudes who loves how your guitar's natural tonal qualities are negated by EMGs, and couldn't be happier when you're left with a hollow, lifeless representation of what your guitar could sound like. :ugh:
Seriously though, Blackouts in 6, 7 or 8 string models have totally beaten any EMG I've tried.