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  • EMG HA

    EMG HA - "EMG H: Possibly my favorite pickups... EVER!" has images


    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 …

  • EMG 57-7H - Brushed Chrome

    EMG 57-7H - Brushed Chrome - "Hard-rock, rock and metal sounds are here !!"


    Originally, this pickup was on my Schecter Jeff Loomis. You can hear the sound of this pickup in the "media" section. 3 samples: - clean sound (gain = 2, treble mid & bass = 5, volume = 3) - crunch sound (gain = 8, treble, mid & bass = 5, volum…

  • EMG 81X - Black

    EMG 81X - Black - "Not worth the extra $10 over the regular 81"


    Now don't get me wrong, this is still a great pickup but I don't find it necessary to spend the extra $10 over the regular 81, not a big enough difference. I made a few recordings comparing the regular 81 next to the 81x, both in the same guitar, sa…

  • EMG 81 - Black

    EMG 81 - Black - "Tight crunchy, but stale tone"


    I tried to avoid active pickups for the longest time, just didn't want to have to deal with batteries and all the negative views on them. Eventually I just bought one and was pleasantly surprised. They do have a different sound from passive pickups b…

  • EMG 707 - Black

    EMG 707 - Black - nickname009's review


    I can't really recall WHEN I got this pickup but it was definitely quite a few years back when I was in the 7 string phase like most people were in the late 90s early millennium. I had a bought a used Ibanez S7420. Loved the damn thing, the neck was …

  • EMG S

    EMG S - nickname009's review


    I'm not sure why I didn't review this pickup earlier, I've had it in a lot of used guitars I've previously owned without consciously knowing it was the S pickup that was actually in the guitar! I can remember this pickup specifically in the neck posi…

  • EMG S

    EMG S - "great great great"


    A little background. I have used one of these in the middle position of an Ibanez rg550 along with 2 EMG 81's for about 6 years now. That alone should attest to the staying quality of this pickup. I must say up front. I have never had any issues …

  • EMG JH HET Set

    EMG JH HET Set - "The new Metallica sound"


    James Hetfield of Metallica has been playing EMG pickups for decades now. All his classic tones were done with the 81 and 60 EMG setup. Now he has a new set of pickups which are based on those old designs but are completely new. Hetfield said he went…

  • EMG 81 - Black

    EMG 81 - Black - "Try 18 volt for extra awesome"


    I tried my first 81 model probably a decade ago in an ESP guitar. At the time it blew my mind. It was super aggressive and super hot. It always cut through and seems to slice through every amp I used with it. It had killer bass response too. Sur…

  • EMG 81 - Chrome

    EMG 81 - Chrome - "Classier look from a brutal active pickup"


    The EMG 81 is a classic design in the guitar world. It has stayed consistant throughout its history. For a lot of people the active tone is what they wanted but they didnt like the sterile mechanical look of the black plastic covers they all came in.…