I love the EMG S and SA pickups in my strats,so when I came across an OLD hardwired set of EMG H pickups I jumped on them and installed them in my DeArmond M65. I also installed a Bigsby B5. Well, these pickups transformed this guitar with the most twangy and beautful cleans I've ever heard.I found out my set was made in 1975 and these were introduced in 1974! How this pickup has flown under the radar for 45 years is an absolute mystery to me.
Best clean tone on planet earth, PERIOD!
The EMG HA is a single coil in a humbucker housing. It will fit in any standard humbucker mounting and looks like a typical EMG humbucker. It’s the perfect single coil sound in my opinion. The cleans are pristine and jangly, and the dirty tones are gorgeous too.
The thing that really separates it from typical single coils is that it is dead quiet. There is no sixty-cycle hum or any other noises typically associated with passive single coils. This is a huge advantage in the studio were hum can be a real issue.
Active humbuckers are known for being super compressed and high output. This is not the case with EMG single coils, in fact it is quite the opposite. The HA is a very open and dynamic pickup. Honestly, it sounded better than the passive single coils in my Fender Strat.
It had the open, uncompressed low end I look for in a single coil. Its punchy and dynamic, perfect for single note runs on the low strings. It also has that gorgeous high-end sparkle I expect from a Strat. It sounds so good. It also isn’t harsh or ice-picky at all, which seems to be typical of a lot of single coils.
With distortion all the things I mentioned before hold true. Its still clear, dynamic, and punchy. All with out any mud and no hum. If you are like me and have used single coils with gain before you know that hum can be a real issue. With active single coils it is non existent. I love it.
I personally don't like EMG humbuckers at all, but after getting a guitar with an EMG 81-HA set I seriously considered dealing with the EMG81 just so I could have the HA. It’s the ideal single coil. Bright with out being harsh, warm with out being muddy, and it does it all with out any single coil hum. Because of the EMG HA I will be putting EMG single coils in my next Strat or Tele.
I tried it for a week on my Vigier Ultra.
What I like most is it sounds like a SA and that it can be installed in place of a double very easily.
What I find unfortunate is that its designer did not set (or the) most magnets on one side than the other (there they (we) are in the middle of the microphone).
Quality / price ratio: not found in France, it must be ordered to pay U.S. taxes and French.
I do it again this election easily.
the EMG EMG SA HA is in dimensions to double format.
It sounds exactly like a SA as it is an excellent micro active.
It thus allows a simple combination with the middle really interesting.