NEW EMG-RB10 Block®, dual EMG pickup module with tone and volume controls.
AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM EMMETT
Introducing a new option in pickup modules now available for 10-string Railboards, and our 8-string Railboard and Alto Railboard models. It's the "EMG-RB10", a passive two-pickup system with nothing but volume and treble roll-off tone controls on each side (bass and melody) and a stereo jack. Also, an elongated version for the wider 12-string Grand Railboard will be coming soon.
Bob Turner of EMG and I have worked on getting the best basic passive audio output from the shielded single coil pickups, a rich and warm tone with enhanced mid-ranges and alnico magnets. The pair of pickup coils have the same precise height and "tilt" adjustment screws and fit into the same but slightly modified "R-Block" black anodized aluminum housing. There are no active components and thus no mono mode (except of course through a mixing board). The module fits into the same position on the Railboard neck beam using a pair of attachment screws at the same locations - interchangeable with the existing Villex module.
The thinner magnets the Railboard requires produce slightly less volume than our Stickup passive pickups, for example, but these EMGs have an excellent signal to noise ratio, very low hum, and minimal crosstalk, even with hi-gain distortion on the melody side.
This basic R-Block is very easy to repair and with parts easily replaceable. All Railboards equipped with this new module will sell for $200. less, reducing new instrument cost of the 10-string Railboad to $2200. With the Villex module it sells at our regular listed price of $2400. For those of you who enjoy simplicity, I recommend this new "EMG-RB".