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Balaguer Hyperion 7string - Review of my Doom Axe 
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Dear Guitarists

I've made my wet dream coming true... I have bought a semi-custom guitar with my personal preferences. And I'd like to tell you how it turned out.

For many years I felt disappointed by all the big brands. I do not really dig the designs, the guitars are way too expensive for the product you get and many more reasons. I always played around with configurators and imagined how my beautiful axe should look and sound like.

And then, after I thought, I've already seen every guitar configurator online, and I wanted to give up, I found it after almost buying a guitar I didn't like: a small US company called Balaguer Guitars. I just made the guitar specs in the configurator and ordered because of my gut feeling and a positive review in another forum.

I've waited for more than six months, and now, after I only had process pics, she's mine.

So here I go with the review of my 7string Hyperion...

Specs:
26.5" scale lenght, comfy c neck, 24 frets, mahogany body, spalted maple top wood. 7strings, string-thru, EMG 85x in the bridge, only one poti for volume.

Overall and Handling:
That guitar is a killer. It's a brutal beast. As I have so large hands, the guitar had to have a longer neck. And it has - I usually play in standard and 26.5" is almost baritone scale. But now, it feels much more natural to me. The guitar is lighter than my old one (Schecter Demon 7) and is better balanced. But it's of course huge.

The guitar is perfect. There was not a single small edge. The guitar is perfectly constructed and the comfy c neck is, well, comfy.

Tone:
I never understood people playing the typical EMG 81/85 set. I never understood EMG players anyway. I felt everything sounded similiar and had no edges. I used to play Seymour Duncans for many years and was extremely happy with it. But then I found a review about an EMG 85 in bridge. And wow, it's so sweet! Combined with the mahogany body, the pickup is extremely warm, not too bass filled and simply brutal. There is so much output, It's amazing. It's clear, warm and painful. How nice!

The process:
One thing I wish I've had known before ordering... There is a very nice Community on FB in a group called "Balaguer Guitars - Discussion Group". The members are very helpful and nice. It's guitar porn, guitar nerds and much love for the guitars. I would have known, that I don't have to be afraid, even if it took longer to recieve the guitar. It just helps being in there.

Ordering is easy: Config your axe, and pay via PayPal. You will recieve an eMail after a while (depending if they work or not).

You even get update pics like this:

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or even like this:

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BEST.GUITAR.EVER!

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Hey, this post came up while I was googling things to solve a problem I've got...

What does the 85 sound like with a fuzz? I figured this would be the best place to ask, being a doom metal forum.. I literally today just got an EMG 81-7x for the bridge of my guitar, but had ordered it before seeing anything involving how a fuzz interacts with a buffer/low impedance signal like the EMGs have and, well, I'm rather disappointed that the crappy Harley Benton stock pickups sounded SO much better than this, even running through a Behringer SF300, which is supposed to be buffered to begin with..

I'd love to get something passive, but then there's the issue of finding a passive soapbar pickup that will work in a fanned-fret guitar..

I've read about putting a pickup simulator before a fuzz, which I think I'm going to try out, but I'd still be really interested in knowing what you think about the sound of the 85 into a fuzz.. IMO the 81 always sounds like it's got bad digital clipping in the low-end unless I roll off the volume enough to make the signal completely clean, and with gain up it always sounds like there's WAY too much uncontrollable mids.. I'm playing tuned FCGDgcf, and any chord that involves the low F just sounds like indistinct, toneless noise unless I get up to the 7th fret, and even that...


Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:53 am
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Screwhead wrote:
What does the 85 sound like with a fuzz?

In rehearsal I use a Catalinbread Katzenkönig, which is a hybrid between Tone Bender MK II and Proco Rat. Generally it's a good sound, but I am more of a distortion dude.

More important are other things to me:

Screwhead wrote:
I literally today just got an EMG 81-7x for the bridge of my guitar, but had ordered it before seeing anything involving how a fuzz interacts with a buffer/low impedance signal like the EMGs have and, well, I'm rather disappointed that the crappy Harley Benton stock pickups sounded SO much better than this, even running through a Behringer SF300, which is supposed to be buffered to begin with..

My personal opinion may be a bit weird but still... I do absolutely not enjoy the sound of the EMG 81. Almost every Metalhead in the last 15 years has this boring pickup in bridge Positon. Use the 85 for "brutal warm". The 81 is rather "cold" and actually just "clear muddy" sounding to me. I know this is a question of personal taste, don't kill me.

What guitar do you play? Pickups may sound completely different from model to model and from different woods. Do you have only one pickup or more? What set of HB pickups are used in your guitar? HB is usually killer for the price. But sure, compared to the premium product of EMG it should be at least equal.

I thought of a wiring "accident" to be the reason eventually. Are you sure wiring went good? There are different wiring options for different guitars and producers. Make sure it fits your guitar. Check the Push-Pull option, too. Sometimes you just got the wrong default option when you have splitable coils in your pickup.

Screwhead wrote:
I'd love to get something passive, but then there's the issue of finding a passive soapbar pickup that will work in a fanned-fret guitar..

My pickup is not the soapbar build, but the humbucker style. There are two different options for the EMG 85. It may be a difference between HH and SB build.

Actually, depending upon your style of music, I feel that in rather distorted styles you usually go better with active pickups. Funny thing: I used to be a fan of passive Pickups for most of my life until I discovered playing 7string guitars. The extended frequencies make it useful to have more output.

Screwhead wrote:
I've read about putting a pickup simulator before a fuzz, which I think I'm going to try out, but I'd still be really interested in knowing what you think about the sound of the 85 into a fuzz..

As said, sounds good, I am just more of a distortion person. 85x is rather warm an mid-centered compared to 81x.

Screwhead wrote:
IMO the 81 always sounds like it's got bad digital clipping in the low-end unless I roll off the volume enough to make the signal completely clean, and with gain up it always sounds like there's WAY too much uncontrollable mids.. I'm playing tuned FCGDgcf, and any chord that involves the low F just sounds like indistinct, toneless noise unless I get up to the 7th fret, and even that...

it sounds like you should rather use a noise gate or something instead of a pickup simulator. I usually don't play these extreme downtunings so my experience is just not that big, but I guess playing in F tuning you may have otther sound issues. It's possible that this is just not the working area of the EMG 85x.

Did you think about Fishman Fluence or something? They are known for extended range usage and extreme tunings. Just make sure you have checked your amp settings too, sometimes it's just completely different options there. They may extremely vary between the different PUs.

I hope this helped you a bit.

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NorthSeaStorm wrote:
My personal opinion may be a bit weird but still... I do absolutely not enjoy the sound of the EMG 81. Almost every Metalhead in the last 15 years has this boring pickup in bridge Positon. Use the 85 for "brutal warm". The 81 is rather "cold" and actually just "clear muddy" sounding to me. I know this is a question of personal taste, don't kill me.

What guitar do you play? Pickups may sound completely different from model to model and from different woods. Do you have only one pickup or more? What set of HB pickups are used in your guitar? HB is usually killer for the price. But sure, compared to the premium product of EMG it should be at least equal.

I thought of a wiring "accident" to be the reason eventually. Are you sure wiring went good? There are different wiring options for different guitars and producers. Make sure it fits your guitar. Check the Push-Pull option, too. Sometimes you just got the wrong default option when you have splitable coils in your pickup.


I've got the cheapest Harley Benton fanned-fret 7-string. Currently only have the 81-7x in the bridge, budget only allowing for one gear acquisition per month. They're wired up well, followed the instructions and the plug-and-play system is really a breeze to set up!

From what I've been reading, some people seem to use EMGs just fine with a fuzz, but there also seems to be a consensus that the 81s just have something about them that makes them sound bad with a fuzz. Jumping on the 81 is sort of something that happened that wasn't intended; originally, I got back my interest in playing guitar from playing Doom 2016 again, and I wanted to do some more djenty metal, but watching videos and listening to more djent, I came to the realization that even when I was playing every day for 8h a day for over 4-5 years, due to arthritis, I'm not really a technical player, and djenty stuff tends to have really technical fills and riffs.. Conan had been the only Doom Metal band I'd ever really liked, and while rewatching the Throne of Fire video, I saw the video for Volt Thrower, which starts with the guy saying they play in drop-F, and I was like.. fuck, I'm in drop-F, and I'm much more of a slow/rhythm player than a lead player, so let's do Doom Metal instead of Doom metal :laugh: but by then, I'd already had the 81 ordered..



NorthSeaStorm wrote:
My pickup is not the soapbar build, but the humbucker style. There are two different options for the EMG 85. It may be a difference between HH and SB build.

Actually, depending upon your style of music, I feel that in rather distorted styles you usually go better with active pickups. Funny thing: I used to be a fan of passive Pickups for most of my life until I discovered playing 7string guitars. The extended frequencies make it useful to have more output.


The soapbar thing is mostly just to fit into the guitar; the stock pickups are soapbar, and I don't want to risk things looking like shit if I dremel out a cavity for the little "wings" on a regular pickup.. Adding to that that with any "regular" pickup, they have the poles that wouldn't be aligned with the strings on a fanned fret.. I've always loved the sound of active pickups for metal, with the exception being the Seymore Duncan Invaders (have one on my 6 string Warlock, but it needs a new neck and good luck finding anything that'll fit an 80s NJ series Warlock..)

But plugging in my old Warlock with a cracked neck, and even my RG7420, the EMG 81 just sounds like absolute shit with a fuzz, and this is supposed to be one of the fuzzes that would work better with active pickups since the pedal itself is buffered already..

NorthSeaStorm wrote:
it sounds like you should rather use a noise gate or something instead of a pickup simulator. I usually don't play these extreme downtunings so my experience is just not that big, but I guess playing in F tuning you may have otther sound issues. It's possible that this is just not the working area of the EMG 85x.

Did you think about Fishman Fluence or something? They are known for extended range usage and extreme tunings. Just make sure you have checked your amp settings too, sometimes it's just completely different options there. They may extremely vary between the different PUs.


Noise gate wouldn't help. The distortion itself when I use the low F sounds like when you divebomb on your whammy and flub the strings so that it's just an indistinct bass flop instead of an actual note.. I looked at the Fluence, but the plug-and-play system of the EMGs is really another thing that drew me to them; with the arthritis, I'm not great at soldering, and I didn't really feel like getting it professionally set up, what with budget limitations and the current pandemic (I'm in the extremely high-risk category, with lung issues, immune system issues and hypertension)..

But I've tried all of my guitars through the fuzz I have, as well as running through a fuzz in Amplitube, and out of all of them, the 81 makes every fuzz I run it through sound like absolute dogshit. Maybe if I was just tuning to a C at the lowest it would be kinda useable, but even at that, when I play on C and up, it just comes out sounding like a generic "cold" metal tone.. which sounds GREAT when I run through a rectifier or marshal amp sim, but I'm not trying to do "regular" metal..

NorthSeaStorm wrote:
I hope this helped you a bit.


Thanks for taking the time to reply! I only realized after I'd posted that your post dates back to 2019 lol, but it's the only one I could find through googling that involved EMGs AND Doom Metal, so I figured you might have an idea of what the 85 sounds like with a fuzz! :rolling:

I'm gonna try getting a passive pickup simulator to see if that works to fix the fuzz issue I'm having, they're only around $40 on reverb.. If that doesn't work out, I think I'm just going to have to put the stock pickups back in, sell the 81, and save up for a straight 27" scale 7 string.. The LTD Viper 400 baritone looks great, I'd just have to swap out those EMGs for some Seymore Duncan Invaders.. I could always just switch back to my RG7, but, well, Floyd Rose double-locking trem, so even if I stabilize/block it, getting a .080 into that thing is, well, not easy to say the least, and I really want more than a 25.5" scale for the low-end.. I used to tune that down a step and even then I found that with a .068, the low A sounded a little dull..

Sick guitar btw! I love that it's just got one pickup and a volume knob; that's what I've always wanted, but finding a 7 string with just one pickup like that without breaking the bank (or having a Floyd forced on you) seems almost impossible!


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