An all-in-one, single- and dual-coil guitar pickup with separate preamps and a repositioned single-coil.
This humbucker pickup is the same as EMG's 89X but the coils are respositioned so that the single-coil side is nearer the neck to capture that sweet spot. Featuring two guitar pickups in one, the EMG 89XR humbucker is loaded with Alnico V magnets and has separate preamps, each providing custom outputs for both dual-coil and single-coil modes. In dual-coil mode the sound is rich, warm, and powerful, but still very clear and is similar to EMG's 85 model. In single-coil mode (which is accessed through the included push pull pot), the sound is traditional Strat single-coil tone: bright, airy, chimey, and similar to EMG's SA guitar pickup. In either mode, the clean sound is gorgeously pristine and brings a lot of presence. Used equally in bridge and neck positions, whether you are playing hard rock or smooth jazz, you can get it all with this beautifully balanced and versatile EMG 89XR pickup.
The EMG 89XR humbucker and others pickups from the X-series provide increased headroom, giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMGs are renowned for. The EMG 89XR pickups are best described as bridging the gap between passive and active tone.
The EMG 89XR humbucker pickup package includes: EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System, a split shaft volume/tone control set, an output jack, a battery clip set, plus screws and springs.