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EMG 57/66 Set Brushed Chrome

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1382366870062
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This special set featuring a 57 and a 66, comes in EMG's exclusive brushed steel cap giving them a sleek modern look that will compliment any instrument. The 57 is a true original, a bridge pickup des... Click To Read More About This Product

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This special set featuring a 57 and a 66, comes in EMG's exclusive brushed steel cap giving them a sleek modern look that will compliment any instrument. The 57 is a true original, a bridge pickup designed for today's player regardless of style or genre. The unique combination of Alnico V magnets and steel pole pieces evoke an unmistakably PAF-like quality in its tone.

The active attributes provide the headroom and punch necessary to deliver unparalleled definition and presence. It is designed and voiced specifically for the bridge position. Complementing the 57 is the 66, a result of pickup design innovation inspired by the specific needs and requests of today's players. Alnico V magnets provide the warm, smooth mid-range and expansive lows while the ceramic pole pieces bring out the clarity in the upper register. It is designed and voiced as a neck pickup.

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EMG57/66 Set
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Will keep you playin ur guitar

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

Replaced SDs in old Cort 24 fret with a small control cavity. Wired for two sep vols no tone cleans up nice. 57/66 is a wide range beast run into DR504 EL34 clone amp or SS digibox. Had to back off the amp gain to match active p'up pre-amp gain. The incl. EMG solderless kit works great lots of options for tone / vol. Lookin to run at 24V soon to really crank these monsters. GC 20% off not bad.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best active pickups I've ever played on (so far)

By Beto

from Hayward, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

    I installed this EMG 57/66 set on an ESP EC-1000 Deluxe. Right off the bat I will tell you that these pickups sounds way less muffled than any other active pickup I've played. A whole lot brighter, clearer, and really clean with plenty of gain. The guitar originally came with the EMG 81/60 set. The reason why I chose these pickups is because I already have them installed in two Gibson Les Pauls (that I use to play hard rock and metal with) and the ESP with the 81/60 set couldn't keep up with the LPs. Once I swapped the 81/60s for the 57/66s the difference was very noticeable and gratifying.

    If you want the gain and consistency of an active pickup with the clarity and brights of a passive then I recommend this EMG 57/66 set. And, I repeat, not muffled like other active pickups.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Besides the 81/85's these 57/66 Pups are the best!

    By PCP

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

        Put them on my PRS SE custom 24. The stock pickups were good but not spectacular, specially the bridge PU. Bought a set of Duncans JB/Jazz and they sounded ok but so much noise freakin noise!!! Put on the EMG and wow what a difference! And no soldering, sound proofing, grounding required!!! They sound like the 81/85's but with a different flavor. I play in a professional cover band that does everything from Classic Rock to Disco & even Mexican Cumbias!!!! I can get a lot of different sounds out of these PUs

         
        5.0

        Everything I've wanted in pickups

        By Six String Slinger

        from Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Battery

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

        These are my first set of actives and I got the black brushed chrome set to replace the Seymour Duncan Nazgul/Sentient set that came stock in my Blackjack Avenger. The Duncans were good pickups but they lacked clarity and the palm mutes were not very good. The 57/66 fixed those issues for sure! Much more clarity and punch. Harmonics jump right off the guitar, and the pickups track every note flawlessly. The only downside is the battery, but small price to pay to actually be able to hear what I am playing. If I could describe the sound, it would be like an EMG 81 x Gibson PAF x Duncan JB. These babies handle it all and are brutal for metal. They are pricey at two hundred and thirty nine, but I got mine brand new for two hundred so no complaints about price from me. They were also a breeze to install. No soldering required. Just plug them in, put your strings on, and you're ready for mayhem.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Possibly the best EMG set

        By Fusion

        from N Dallas Tx

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Variant Gain Levels

          Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

          I replaced the 81/85 set in my Epi Custom LP EX with these and they are much more to my tastes. I think hotter than the 81/85 due to the hybrid pole pieces. I recommend not putting them too close to the strings. I play heavy fusion mix from toned cleans to massive gain and these deliver the goods better than anything I have used. Not sure what the difference is between the Hetfield set but you cannot miss on these babies.

          (1 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          One Trick Pony

          By Old Rocker Dude

          from WNC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Nasal Tone

          Best Uses

          • Fishing Sinker

          Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

          We just bought a Schecter with the EMG 57/61 pickups in it. It's impossible to EQ them to sound any way but annoyingly nasal. Way too much uppers mids that make you want to rip them out and burn them. The only thing they are good for is palm muting, chunking rhythm, Horrible clean tone. I hate these pickups!! I'm ripping them out and replacing them with Seymour Duncan passive humbuckers.

          I've been to 100s of concerts to see pro bands in my lifetime, and I've yet to see a pro player using active pickups in a guitar. I wonder why? Actually - I know why - Active pickups are so hot they have a compressed tone that's lacking in dynamics. They are so bright that no amp in the world has enough tone control to mellow them out to something usable. They are great for amateurs because the compression helps cover up their lack of pick control.

          Do yourself a favor - buy a good passive humbucker from Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, or Gibson

           
          5.0

          So far my favorite.

          By DREW

          from Miles city

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

              I own the Zack Wyld 85/89, 81/89tw, Het Set, 81/85 passive.
              all around I like the 57/66 the most. The Het Set is something of beauty but I feel the 57/66 set isn't as compressed so it leans more towards a passive sound yet retains the EMG sound.
              What really gets me is the single notes in distortion, they really stick out and these things are very good clean. If you want something right smack in the middle of a passive and an active you won't be disappointed with the 57/66.

               
              5.0

              clarity at last

              By Drew

              from Miles City MT

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

                I've owned a lot of emgs. These reminded me of the Het Set but no quite as tight and brighter, the clarity on them is great, all around good sound. This is my favorite pickups.

                (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Oustanding!

                By J. Rucks

                from Alpharetta, GA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy to install
                • Improves Sound
                • Sound Definition
                • Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gigging
                  • Practicing
                  • Studio

                  Comments about EMG 57/66 Set:

                  I have never tried an active pickup before installing the EMG 57/66 set. But I wanted to upgrade the pickups in my Gibson LPJ. Decided it was time to try these after reading a few good reviews. So, I recorded a couple of sample tracks with the stock 498s and then re-recorded the tracks after installing the EMGs. And wow, it was like I recorded in high-def after switching to the EMGs and the tone was unbelievable. It took me an hour to remove the 498s and install the EMGs; and the brushed black chrome look great on my vintage rubbed LPJ. If you are on the fence about active pickups - these have a warm tone that I love. Give them a shot.

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