The EMG-SA pickup combines the attributes of the early Strat sound but with an added midrange response and higher output, giving it bell-like ringing harmonics and increased sustain. One single Alnico bar magnet delivers classic overdrive with a smooth midrange distortion, while still retaining the familiar high end of a single-coil pickup. These characteristics provide greater versatility than what is normally found in single-coil pickups. The internal preamp rejects every bit of hum and buzz for noiseless operation. This is EMG's most popular pickup for Stratocaster-type guitars.