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 ... Read More
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.
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I bought this pickup specifically for the neck position and it does exactly what I was hoping for! Great smooth jazzy tones in humbucking, nice bluesey tones in single coil mode. Awesome clarity. When I put the distortion on you can still hear the notes in chords perfectly. It's not muddy at all. From all the reviews I've read about EMG pickups, it's the clarity and note articulation that people are really raving about. And the x-series has more breathing room for picking dynamics. If you're into Jazz, Blues, Funk, or Hard Rock, or any style in which you need the ability to vary your picking from hard chug to soft picking, this is en excellent option to go with. I chose dual mode pickups because I like a guitar to be verstile, especially since I'm on a budget and can't afford to have a closet full of strats, tele's and les pauls. I need 1 guitar to play many styles and this pickup is perfect for that. The Solderless system is relatively easy to figure out and saves the hassle and risk of burning yourself or the rubber insulation on the wires. That said, I did still have to do some minor solder on MY guitar to get the wires through to the output jack and get the selector switch working properly. But once those bits were done I was up and running within minutes! overall, great purchase!
my good friend has an emg in her les paul standard and its sounds amazing. it just gives it that extra push of tone without giving up amplification. also, this is one versatile pickup. from jazz to hard rock this thing is a burst of tone with sweet bright highs and mellow lows. i love this pickup.
Nice good bass tone. It sounds very warm and low. I use one of these EMG's on my schecter, couldn't be more pleased. Great for heavy music.
Ive heard the EMG pickups in a guitar before and it sounded great. So when i bought these and got them put in it sounded so much better. Its almost like a boost\distortion was put in this. Anyone whos thinking of getting this you should.
I have this pickup in my limited edition schecter and it is definitely a good pickup. Ill admit it is quite bassey but when switched to the rhythm (since its usually a neck pickup) and on the clean channel it does give it a nice sound. I play more of the heavier kind of music so I�ۡ���m using the 81 in the bridge more often due to it being more metal of a pickup in the leads but this pickup is nice. It came with my guitar so i did not buy it but I would recommend it to someone else if they play a lot of music using more of a clean setting.
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