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EMG EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup Black

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Inside the EMG-89 guitar pickup are both single and dual-coil pickups, each with its own output. The single-coil mode is an Alnico-loaded stacked EMG-SA. The dual-coil mode consists of two Alnico-load... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Inside the EMG-89 guitar pickup are both single and dual-coil pickups, each with its own output. The single-coil mode is an Alnico-loaded stacked EMG-SA. The dual-coil mode consists of two Alnico-loaded coils opposite one another, creating a pickup similar to the EMG-85. A push/pull volume or tone enables you to switch from the clarity of a single-coil to the fatness of a humbucking. Virtually noiseless in both modes. The EMG-89 humbucker's separate outputs give you option to utilize EMG tone enhancing accessory circuits on either pickup output.

Features
  • Package includes:
  • EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable
  • Prewired push/pull volume/tone control set
  • Output jack
  • Battery clip set
Specifications
  • Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 152 microamps
    Battery Life: 3,290 hours

    Single Coil
    Resonant Frequency: 3.75 kHz
    RMS Output Voltage: 0.6
    Peak Output Voltage: 1.7
    Output Noise: -94 dBV

    Humbucker
    Resonant Frequency: 2.55 kHz
    RMS Output Voltage: 1.0
    Peak Output Voltage: 3.0
    Output Noise: -99 dBV
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EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup
 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Pickup

i bought 2 of these for my ESP KH-2 Ouija to replace the Emg 81 and 60 and they just sound great. i thought that i didnt really need to replace my pickups...Read complete review

i bought 2 of these for my ESP KH-2 Ouija to replace the Emg 81 and 60 and they just sound great. i thought that i didnt really need to replace my pickups untill i heard these in my friends ESP and all i thought about was buying em. they are well worth the price and are a must have if you are an active player

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does not sound like my old SA in single coil mode

I have a Fender Strat with the EMG DG20 (David Gilmour) pickups set. I absolutely love the sounds of the DG20, but I also tend to play some Metal/Satch/Vai'ish type stuff...Read complete review

I have a Fender Strat with the EMG DG20 (David Gilmour) pickups set. I absolutely love the sounds of the DG20, but I also tend to play some Metal/Satch/Vai'ish type stuff from time to time. I have an Ibanez RG that does that well, but I wanted to see if I could have "the best of both worlds". I hooked up the 89 in the bridge and wired in a toggle switch to activate the single coil mode. Since I had an older DG20 set (which is NOT solderless), I had to hardwire the 89 (no real biggie). I was impressed with the humbucker mode. The tone was pretty much what I was expecting out of an active humbucker. It does metal really well. Now, on to the dealbreaker: I actually use my Strat as my primary guitar and the bridge single coil is VERY important to my sound. The 89 in single coil mode just didn't live up to expectations. In single coil mode, the 89 sounds lifeless, dull and doesn't have that typical Strat bridge sound. It sounds very similar to the coil split I have on my Ibanez RG (DiMarzio Evo 2), but the Evo 2 sounds better than the 89, IMO.Bottom line: I'm ripping the 89 out of my Strat as soon as I get home and I'm putting the SA back in its place.

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5.0

40 years playing guitar...

By flyin brian

from Finger Lakes, NY

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      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I recently went through a major gear phase upgrading all of my equipment. I decided that I wanted to get a single humbucker guitar with a coil tap, as I never use the neck pickup and wanted to eliminate the additional electronics. (switch) So I bought and now collect Godin Redline 1 guitars. I outfitted my first Redline with this 89R pickup in the bridge and I really love it. The 89 is not as ballsy or aggressive as the 81 the guitar originally came with, but to me, it has enough output to drive my Mojo Hand FX Rook into a very sweet saturation. Then boom I hit the coil tap and switch off the Rook and I get a clean, lovely strat-like tone that I was looking for. The R puts the single coil a little further from the bridge and helps to warm up the tone compared to position 1 of a regular strat. I am here shopping for another 89R to put in the beautiful orange Redline 1 that I am buying next and just had to write a review after reading the others. This is not an aggressive metal, heavy thump pickup but it is, in the bridge, an excellent, reliable humbucker that will drive your tube amp or pedal and give you clear bell-like tones for clean playing. I have found MY sound...

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Does not sound like my old SA in single coil mode

      By etherealis

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I have a Fender Strat with the EMG DG20 (David Gilmour) pickups set. I absolutely love the sounds of the DG20, but I also tend to play some Metal/Satch/Vai'ish type stuff from time to time. I have an Ibanez RG that does that well, but I wanted to see if I could have "the best of both worlds". I hooked up the 89 in the bridge and wired in a toggle switch to activate the single coil mode. Since I had an older DG20 set (which is NOT solderless), I had to hardwire the 89 (no real biggie). I was impressed with the humbucker mode. The tone was pretty much what I was expecting out of an active humbucker. It does metal really well. Now, on to the dealbreaker: I actually use my Strat as my primary guitar and the bridge single coil is VERY important to my sound. The 89 in single coil mode just didn't live up to expectations. In single coil mode, the 89 sounds lifeless, dull and doesn't have that typical Strat bridge sound. It sounds very similar to the coil split I have on my Ibanez RG (DiMarzio Evo 2), but the Evo 2 sounds better than the 89, IMO.Bottom line: I'm ripping the 89 out of my Strat as soon as I get home and I'm putting the SA back in its place.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Coil Tap is disappointing

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I played this while trying out a Schecter Hellraiser (81TW/89 pick-ups) at Guitar Center. I should have known that getting the 81/85 sound, plus a Strat style sound was too good to be true. The pick-ups were decent in humbucking mode, although I still would have preferred the regular 81/85s slightly. I suppose the difference in sound might be due to the guitar wood or some other factor; I know EMG claims these are supposed to be identical to the original 81/85 in humbucking mode. The real disappointment was when I activated the coil tap. I know a few other people on here have said that it makes it sound just like a Strat, but I have an American series Strat as my main guitar, and these pick-ups can't touch that. The tone on these was not nearly as bright and just sounded totally dull to me. If you want a Strat sound, get the real thing. If you want the 81/85 sound, get the real thing. Don't waste your time with these.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great In My 6000G

      By John Knight

      from Merrillville, Indiana

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      This pickup and pot system is great. I am rebuilding a Kramer 6000G with forged aluminum neck, and have found them to be the perfect replacement for the original pickups. They are great sounding in any setting, no soldering, and definitely infinitely better sounding than the original pickups chosen by Kramer. Plus they add greater deal of esthetic appeal to an old vintage instrument. Thank you EMG, you definitely have a future customer here. John

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Stick With The Classics

      By zman32006

      from Augusta, GA

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I have the EMG 81TW in the bridge position and the 89 in the neck. I swapped out my 81 and 85 for these because I thought the 81TW and 89 would be the same as the 81 and 85 but with coil tap capabilities, but I was dead wrong! These pickups are horrible. I have 3 guitars, one with stock coil tap Ibanez pickups, one with Seymour Duncan Invaders, and the other with these. I am quickly changing these out for Seymour Duncan Blackouts. I had a Schecter with passive EMG's that sounded better than these. I have been a fan of EMG but these are so not worth it.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Pickup

      By That Guy

      from Santa Barbra, CA

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      i bought 2 of these for my ESP KH-2 Ouija to replace the Emg 81 and 60 and they just sound great. i thought that i didnt really need to replace my pickups untill i heard these in my friends ESP and all i thought about was buying em. they are well worth the price and are a must have if you are an active player

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Mediocre

      By Duck2587

      from USA

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I tried these in the neck and bridge position. The distortion on these sounded good close to what the 85 sounded like, but in clean tone it was nothing majorly impressive. It did produce a nice sound using both pick ups in single coil mode and vice versa however. Also keep in mind these didnt full fill my taste, I play mainly metal, blues, and country. Not horrible pick ups but not the best. Keep in mind i did play this through a schecter with a FR and through a line 6 spyder amp

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Definately worth it

      By Schecter fan

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      This pickup came standard in the neck of my Schecter. The description on the website says that this pickup is an 85 but with a single coil in it. That's basically it. Sounds great on the cleans and has a nice warm ring to it.in regards to the single soil sound, it doesn't necessarily sound like an actual single coil,but it still sounds great. Still pretty close though. If you like the 85 you will like the 89. Also check out the 81TW for more split coil sound

       
      5.0

      Really cool

      By Morgan-l.XcI

      from Winston-Salem, NC

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I use single coil for some of the stuff when I play on clean which is rare but I like the sound I get. I'm not a big fan of EMG's but this pickup is very nice. I like the sound I get but I wish more guitars would come with this in the bridge because I don't like the 81. Some people may say this is more of a rhythm pickup but I would prefer it for the bridge and lead. It sounds great in the neck and is very versatile if you have all the pickups on your guitar with coil tap. It's a little pricey but in the long run it's worth it.

       
      5.0

      Extravagant.

      By jjpiscool

      from Anchorage, AK

      Comments about EMG-89 Split Coil Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I really love this pickup to death. it sounds great. i will put this in the neck position of all my future guitars.

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