DUPLICATE POST I COULDN'T DELETE: FROM EMG's website https://www.emgpickups.com/emg-faq : "Can I adjust the output level of my pickups? EMG active pickups have higher output levels than traditional passive pickups. If you find that the output level of your EMG is too hot to get clean tones, you may want to lower your pickup. EMGs are very sensitive to string height. You can adjust the overall output and tone of your guitar by raising and lowering your pickup. If that doesn’t do the trick, you may need to adjust the gain on your amp or try turning down the volume control on your guitar. Unlike a traditional passive volume/tone system, the low-impedance of an EMG lets you turn down the volume with very little effect on your overall tone and virtually no high end loss.