EMG 60
EMG 60

60, Humbucker guitar pickup from EMG in the Active series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 21 reviews )
 12 reviews57 %
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ejendres's review"Great pickup"

EMG 60
The EMG60 is an active humbucker, usually put in the neck position. The thing I like most about it is that it is a warm pickup that still retained the EMG clarity. That said, it is a really compressed pickup, I prefer a more open sounding neck pickup.

For clean tones it is a little high output to be considered pristine, but I actually really liked the clean tone. It’s warm and unique, with still a bit of an edge to it. It is very cool. That little bit of edge adds this sweet punchiness that I loved for single note runs and fast arpeggios. With a little bit of delay, it is beautiful. However it is possible to lessen that bite or even get rid of it completely with a little compensation on your amp. Dial back the gain and you will be fine. The tone is kind of bland without that edge, but still very nice and useable.

Where this pickup really shines is for liquid lead tone. That punchiness I mentioned in the clean tone is still there, which makes it awesome for syncopated riffing, especially on the lower strings. It sounds really huge which is great. It is also really smooth on the higher string, perfect for that liquid lead tone a lot of people are after. Also, the active circuitry lends itself to an absurd amount of clarity, so even with a truck load of gain this pickup does not get muddy.

In my opinion this pickup is way too compressed. It just cannot nail that open, vintage sounding lead tone I am after. However, just because it doesn’t work for me does not mean it is not a good pickup. That compression that I dislike is part of what makes it such a smooth and articulate pickup with tons of gain, it also adds to its unique clean sound. So if you are looking for vintage tone, look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for smooth modern lead tone definitely try one out.
King Loudness10/11/2011

King Loudness's review"Actively lead"

EMG 60
The EMG 60 is a pickup that is a variation on the typical EMG humbuckers. It is commonly paired in the neck position of a dual humbucker loaded guitar with an 81 or an 85 at the bridge position. I have one as stock in my ESP Eclipse II and I can certainly see the appeal in this pickup for active pickup users. Compared to the 81 or even the 85 it's a a fairly bassy sounding pickup, and it has a certain tightness in the low end that is optimum for really thick sounding lead work. Compared to the 85 as a neck position pickup, the EMG 60 definitely has more output going through it which makes it ideal for higher gain applications. The 85 is a bit more vintage in character and has a slightly more classic quality to it to my ears.

I'm not particularly a fan of this pickup's clean tones. This is where you really start to hear the output that this pickup has. I don't find it to be a particularly dynamic pickup either. Played into clean amps, I find the tone to have too much gain and compression to sound good. It is kinda cool if you're going for that broken up clean tone, but I wouldn't say this pickup is pristine. The drive tones on thr other hand, are wonderful and I think the EMG 60 makes for an excellent compliment to the 81 in my ESP. It's very thick and fluid, and the harmonic overtones are simply astounding. For what it's worth, I still have an issue with the compressed nature of EMGs, but I find that this pickup has a great fluid tone for modern rock or metal riffage. I don't think it's a dynamic enough humbucker for blues or classic rock - that's a job for the 85. All in all I think the EMG 60 is a cool pickup for someone looking for a killer high gain pickup to compliment something like the 81. Though it lacks some dynamics and headroom, it's still definitely worth checking out if you're an EMG player doing hard rock or metal music.


tjon901's review"One trick pony EMG"

EMG 60
For many years EMG was the only name in the active pickups department. The EMG active pickups use a pair of rail magnets with a built in preamp. As you probably know active pickups require a battery to power them. Rail magnets are better than the normal magnets used in pickups because there is no gap in the signal. When you bend a string with normal pickups the string moves slightly away from the magnet that string is associated with, and you get a slight decrease in signal. With rail magnets there is no gap in detection of the string vibration. With EMG's they can also use weaker magnets due to the fact that the signal will be boosted in the preamp. With the weaker magnets the magnets cause less interference with the strings. The strings are very sensitive to how powerful your magnets are. High output passive pickups can reduce the sustain of your guitar with all the magnetic drag These active pickups run on a battery to power the preamp. You will need a 9v battery in your guitar to make these pickups work. The 60 is designed to be clean alternative to the 81 and the 85. This limits the pickups use in metal where you would normally use active pickups. This pickup is pretty much a neck only pickup. This guy does not have the output of the 81 or the 85 and does not sound that great with high gain distortion. This pickup is best for cleans. Its most famous user is James Hetfield from Metallica. He used this pickup in the neck position of his guitars for many years and used it for its clean tones. Clean tones are something that Is usually not too good in active pickups so EMG made one just for cleans. So this is a good neck position pickup if you are running an active bridge pickup and dont intend on using the neck position for any high gain stuff.

nickname009's review

EMG 60
The EMG 60 is probably the only pickup you should ever get if you decide to go active! It's clean, and it's dirty in the best ways! famous as a neck pickup only and never as the bridge pickup. I've never actually tried it in the bridge pickup.

The cleans are glassy and shimmery yet not thin. It's VERY clean. Very very clean! Just listen to all the newer metallica or metallica S&M or EVERYBODY else that uses EMGs! 60s have been the trademark neck pickup for EMG.

The EMG60 on the neck pickup is also, of course amazing. Clear, fluidy, not too muddy, not thin, and great for solos. I don't generally use the neck pickup on high gain for anything else as it's generally too thick for rhythms and chords etc.

EMG pickups are one of a kind, and cannot be imitated. There has been many other companies making active pickups trying to match the EMGs but I've always been happy with them when I was into active pickups for years and years and years.

Though this pickup sounds great. It again does have its faults. It being active, as I mentioned in my previous EMG reviews, cannot seem to be as dynamic as a passive pickups would be and do not clean up well with the volume rolled down. Thus the rating. And this is of course, aside from the fact that most non-active players don't like the whole changing battery thing. Though it's a very minor thing it's less often than changing strings! So this review is already assuming that one KNOWS it's an active pickup and does NOT base a review on the battery requirement.

Overall, one of the better active neck pickups out there! Quiet, clean, tight, clear and smooth! Perfectly balanced and flexible!

Hatsubai's review"Best for cleans"

EMG 60
The EMG 60 mainly got its popularity thanks to James Hetfield of Metallica. He ran this pickup in the neck for the longest time as his main clean tone pickup. This is the original ceramic magnet version of the pickup, and it’s an active pickup which means it runs off of a power source – in this case, it’s a 9V battery.

The EMG 60 is a pickup that’s getting a bit dated today, but it is still a decent pickup. It doesn’t push the amplifier as much as the EMG 81 or 85 do, and its main thing is to remain clean sounding. The biggest benefit is that it can be run without a buffer during long cable runs thanks to the built in active preamp. This also helps keep it very quiet and avoid RF interference, especially during live situations.

The pickup itself actually sounds very close to a single coil at times. It’s bright with some average bass and linear midrange. The pickup doesn’t sound that great with distortion, but it works pretty nice with clean tones. It almost has this hi-fi vibe going on. Some people have put this in the bridge, but I find it just gets way too bright. In the neck, it can work, but I still prefer the 85 to this pickup, personally. The 85 just sounds bigger, despite it not being as clear sounding.

If you’re looking for a better clean tone, I recommend checking out the EMG 60 or EMG 60A. They’ll deliver some decent cleans which tend to be somewhat dismal with other active pickups. However, if you’re looking for a good lead pickup, I recommend either the EMG 85 or the 81. I think both of those pickups sound much better under gain. The cool part is that the new EMGs are all quick disconnect, so you can experiment without having to resolder everything.
MGR/The Finch07/18/2004

MGR/The Finch's review"EMG EMG60"

EMG 60
Product was purchased as an upgrade from www.gak.co.uk.

It cost around £71.

The humbucker was packaged with everything required to solder it together and also included a very easy to understand instruction manual. Thanks to this and EMG's quick connect installation system, I had this baby up and running within 20 minutes.

Without a case or clip to stabilise the required 9v battery into my instrument, additional modifications became necessary.

The pickup is decorated in an attractive black case that seems quite solid and scratch resistant. Usually I end up accidentally wearing the manufacturers logo's away from my pickups during playing but since the EMG logo is imbedded into the pickup itself, I can't see that happening.

In the bridge position, the EMG.60 add's more warmth, dynamic range and clarity to a distorted signal than the EMG.81 which is strange considering that it's marketed as a neck pickup.

It adds much needed beef to the thin and overly bright sounding EMG.81 when used in the neck position but use it alone in the neck and you'll find that it sounds muddy and flat through distortion.

Whether in the bridge or neck, the EMG.60 can simulate some wonderful 'acoustic' sounds when played clean and is also capable of producing incredible blues and jazz tones.

It gives off hardly any hum or feedback and has also added more realism and depth to my amp modelling units in the studio! Bonus!

I use the EMG.60 in the bridge of my guitar with the 81 in the neck. I find this set-up more adequate to my style of playing which is mostly rock and metal.

This is the best humbucker I've ever used for my playing but it loses one point for being a truly lousy neck pick-up.

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luthipianorama's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" EMG 60 in the bridge? let's be crazy !!!!"

EMG 60
I use this little monster for 7 months in a jackson king v pro dave Mustain history and break down prejudices I installed in the bridge position. the result is a very agrèssiff and especially its harmonics has almost all the boxes on filletées strings.
just awesome for all that is extreme and especially if you love a good foil but who knows his blend by turning the dial tone.
in v 18 is a revelation in low clean longer present and the acute medium has its crystal-wish .but saturation as that used its does not change much except a little more precision can be. and finally if it can help it is coupled to a Seymour Duncan Gus G Fire Blackouts

SlapKid's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Strat mandatory ..."

EMG 60
A week ago that I rode in on a dark round neck strat, with 85 acute. First need to book him an amp / pedals with specific settings for the output level is such that it is incompatible with the rest of my mess. Pedals that accept this level without flinching are not legion f is, it works but weird kind underlying fuzz permanent. I stick him VHT drive for crunch and an Ibanez JD9 for distortion, this pedal is that really need a big input level.
The 60 is not splittable course, and this is a good strat snapping is really beneficial for a well-balanced final sound quite airy all the same and a good attitude in the slamming. Well clean and distortion, excellent in overdrive. Big big sustain (I blocked the vibrato) bonus.
Forbidden compared with a passive, single or double split because EMG is too dull and raplapla. Compared to a regular double passive I see no disadvantage against.
I know from experience that this type of guitar a lot level final report, so I will not comment on a Les Paul with this mic for example.

Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

EMG 60
Micro installed on a Gibson Explorer 76 RI
Installation is already con, EMG provides a seamless kit, there is a volume knob, a tone, a jack, a plug-circuit battery connection and son is fast plug ... except that the user guide is in English, the home ground is black with us is short green have to watch it is the detail that you can spoil the evening ...
Otherwise the sound in the Mesa Mark V high gain mode that resembles a strat with the reverse mode is powerful there is a more warm and round side compared to 81 ... the leads emerge great, it's clean straight edge a pure wonder, it sings with this little nasal grain ... in clean bah is sound Nothing else matter, with a chorus there is ... a killer for those who love Metallica fans you are warned ... if I coupled with the super 81 wedding

Archeos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" everything that we love ..."

EMG 60
Who has not heard the famous song nothing else matters? Or one of the bridge? The emg 60, that's the sound. Precise and flashy, this micro is great. Recommended in the heats, it will open your game more versatility.