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EMG EMG-KH20 Kirk Hammett Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set
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Kirk Hammett first visited EMG back in the early '80s when Metallica was a local group on the rise. The KH20 system joined the EMG-81 with a pair of EMG-S single-coil pickups. These guitar pickups are all built around ceramic magnets for the tightest, most controlled sound. They're mated with a five-position switch and master volume and tone controls. The KH20 comes pre-assembled on a custom pearl white pickguard with contrasting black knobs.


These pickups feature the same construction as the EMG-SA but replaces the Alnico magnets with ceramic. They have the equivalent output of the EMG-SA but feature a brighter tone quality accentuated in the upper middle to high frequency response (similar to later model Strat pickups). By using the EMG tone modeling technique, these pickups have "sparkle" with added definition for depth and increased sensitivity. With accent on high frequency, these guitar pickups have that classic single-coil sound without the disadvantages of high impedance single-coil design.

EMG EMG-KH20 Kirk Hammett Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set Features:

  • Complete and ready to mount to your guitar

EMG EMG-KH20 Kirk Hammett Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set Specifications:

  • EMG-S
    Resonant Frequency: 4.35 kHz
    RMS Output Voltage: 0.6
    Peak Output Voltage: 0.85
    Output Noise: -90 dBV
    Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 240 microamps
    Battery Life: 1,000 hours

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  • Perfection

    As reviewed by Jim on 6/2/2008

    I have used Emgs for years. I put this configuration on a fat strat and turned an ok sounding guitars into a machine. The versitility in tones and the abilbity to changes tones on the fly is amazing. I love this set up and being prewired made it much easier for me to put in. I've been playing music professionally for over 20 years and have owned several different style guitars. I will say, EMG makes the best pickup for any of them.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful.
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  • Sounds Great But They Forgot To Consider The Battery.

    As reviewed by CHESTER OWENS on 12/11/2012

    The sound of this setup was excellent (reminiscent of the active pickups in my Music Man Silhouette) and easy to install. I would definitely purchase this pickup set for another guitar. My one request would be that the manufacturer attach a simple housing for the battery, or supply a housing that could be attached to the guitar or pick guard. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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  • EMG's the ticket !!

    As reviewed by Mark on 8/12/2008

    Threw this pre-wire into my MIM Floyd strat and it is a beast to be reckoned with. Not that I would put EMG's in all my guitars.... it is a real nice combo of pups (81 bucker and 2 S single coils). Highly recommended.

    22 of 29 people found this review helpful.
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