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EMG EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set Ivory

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David has used this same EMG system for many years on his main red Strat. The DG20 pickup comes with 3 ivory SA single-coil pickups, wired with an EXG guitar expander, an SPC presence control, and mas... Click To Read More About This Product

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David has used this same EMG system for many years on his main red Strat. The DG20 pickup comes with 3 ivory SA single-coil pickups, wired with an EXG guitar expander, an SPC presence control, and master volume - all on a deluxe white pearl pickguard, ivory pickups, and white knobs. The SA single-coil pickups feature Alnico magnets which give a full round tone with an accentuated mid range. The EMG-EXG guitar expander circuit increases the bass and treble while reducing the mids, perfect for chord definition at higher volumes, while the SPC makes the SAs sing by boosting the mids and turning your single coils into full blown humbucking!

Now you can have the same guitar pickups and tone accessories as David, but keep practicing if you want to get to the "Dark Side of the Moon."

EMG-EXG
For flexibility in tone at your fingertips, there is no better choice than the EXG guitar expander. The frequency response of the EXG is similar to normal guitar amp equalization. The lows and highs are boosted while the midrange is dipped out. The EXG is great for creating a fuller tone that doesn't get muddy, while keeping it clean and clear, letting your guitar stand out in the mix.

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  • Complete and ready to mount to your guitar
Specifications
  • EMG-DG20
    Magnet Type: Alnico
    Resonant Frequency: 4.45 kHz
    Output Voltage (String): 1.0
    Output Voltage (Strum): 1.50
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -91
    Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 1,240 microamps
    Battery Life: 500 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC

    EMG-EXG
    Noise: -117 dBV
    Output Impedance: 2 kOhms
    Current: 410 microamps
    Battery Life: 600 hours
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EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set
 
4.7

(based on 52 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Improves sound (15)
  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

30 years on and I couldn't be happier

25 or 30 years ago, when EMG was very new on the scene, I cobbled together the exact same setup out of the available EMG parts and circuits. Those days it was wire-it-yourself,...Read complete review

25 or 30 years ago, when EMG was very new on the scene, I cobbled together the exact same setup out of the available EMG parts and circuits. Those days it was wire-it-yourself, way before the current "plug-and-play" setup. I think I may have beaten Gilmour to it by a few years. I settled on this rig after a lot of experimentation with other pickups and circuits. Here's why:

1) I was looking for as close as I could get to a "take one guitar to the gig" scenario. In general, it worked although I'd take one or two other "specialty" guitars with alternate tunings and such as well. Between the two tone circuits you have three alnico single-coils and three humbuckers. That covers a lot of ground.

2) I needed to get rid of the troublesome hum and buzz that would show up any time there was a fluorescent or neon fixture on the same block as my other Strat. Done

3) I got tired of having to reach back and screw with amp volumes and levels when I switched from single coils to humbuckers, etc. The high output of the EMG's puts them on a more level playing field with your typical medium output humbucker. Done. Also the low output impedance and high output level means you can get your signal through a pile of pedals with lots less degradation

4) I got VERY tired of being somewhere with iffy AC power and kissing a mic and having it bite me back. The lack of a string ground eliminates the possibility of a ground loop or short. That can be a life-saver.

5) I also was frustrated with rolling back the volume on a guitar and losing the treble with it. The EMG's don't do that.

The short of it? I built that guitar in the early 80's and it's still my favorite Strat. Does it sound like your vintage 50's or '60's Strat? Probably not. But I'd bet that your vintage Strat doesn't sound like my vintage Strat either.

Oh, by the way, I just came by to pick up the handy-dandy pre-wired version for another guitar. Ya gotta love it. I can put the whole thing in, start to finish and be playing again inside an hour. That beats the socks off of the hours and hours I put in to cobbling my original rig together in the first place.
This set up can truly be the cover band player's answer to "take one guitar to the gig and cover it all"
EMG's construction quality, just by it's nature, is nearly bulletproof.
Spendy, but, in my opinion, worth it

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worked okay after repair

Would not work after installing it. Removed it and foe und the ground connection broke. The ground wire is way too small.

Would not work after installing it. Removed it and foe und the ground connection broke. The ground wire is way too small.

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5.0

Emg's sound incredible

By Harley

from San Francisco

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    These emg's are great. I should have bought them years ago. Easy install, took about 15 minutes.

     
    5.0

    Great upgrade for any non-collectors Stratocaster!!!

    By Shawn

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    I installed this product in an old Japanese Strat copy. I have had it since '82. Had many pickup configs in there. Jeff Bedk - Seymour Duncan - etc. Gilmour was a strong influence in my past and I always thought his tone was stellar so I gave it a shot. This pickup sets dynamic response is incredible. Not only are the two tone circuits very flexible but the dynamic reaction of the pickups is great. Soft os soft and hard gives you that classic Strat sound. Even Tele like in some settings. I dont know that I would agree that it is capable of sounding like a "Full blown Humbucker" which I read in one write up. I spent many years trying to get my Strat to sound like a Les Paul..... Not gonna happen. With this set up though - - best sounding and most dynamic Strat I've evey played. (And that includes more than a few American Strats) Just my opinion, but if you do like Gilmours tone - - you will LOVE this set!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a delight

    By Doc

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adds new life to an old friend
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adds new life and pizazz to an old friend

      Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      Yes, yes, yes.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I absolutely love these pickups

      By Geronimo76

      from The Netherlands

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Pickguard color

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      I bought a used Squier Classic Vibe 50 Strat. Great guitar, plays superb. But when i fitted the EMG set, this thing came alive. It's my main axe now. I use it for almost every song that i play live with my band.
      from single coil surf style to black sabbath humbucking. This set has it all.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Definitely worth the investment!!!

      By Sean "The Giant Guitar Player"

      from Racine, Wisconsin

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Gives "vanilla" strat any flavor you wish!
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

          Let's start with the installation: Very easy to install!
          The only thing I had to do was open the hole between the pickup cavity and the jack cavity in order to feed the jack plug through. This is literally a plug n play product. No soldering involved.

          Sound: Minimal buzz, screaming sound!
          I have a Mexico strat that had a lot of aweful buzz (especially when I would crank the amp into overdrive or turn on any effects pedal). This is now gone with the new EMG pickups.
          The SPC and EXG are not like standard tone pots. They add excitement and charisma to the sound of your guitar. You'll spend hours playing tinkering with them!
          This guitar will allow you to sound like Jimi, SRV, Gilmour, etc...

           
          4.0

          Super quiet- ugly pickguard

          By Odie251

          from Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Needs to come in normal pickguard colors

          Best Uses

          • When you want no 60 cycle hum these are it

          Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

          Installation of these couldn't have been easier. Tones are great. They sound different than passive pickups, but I don't think anyone would notice in a live setting. I find that setting the height lower gives you a closer to natural tone. Now the pickguard.... It fit fine. Holes lined up. I tried to like the pearl finish. Just couldn't. So moved them to the stock pickguard and it look much better. The SPC and EXG controls make the difference in the set. I like the EMG's. Just realize you have to give up a little traditional vintage sound to use these. They have their own vibe.

           
          5.0

          Wow! Just Wow!

          By Christian

          from Glens Falls, New York

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Everything I wanted.
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Should come with a battery clip for inside.

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

          I was afraid that it wouldn't have that Strat sound. Well, it has the sound I wanted and much more. Easy to install and sounds great. Very Happy. Just love it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great tone

          By michael boyert

          from Iowa

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

            love my American Standard Strat even more more now with these pick ups.....great tone and no more annoying single coil noise!!!

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classy drop-in replacement for strat

            By Gilmour_fan

            from Central USA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Looking
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • Upgrade Over Stock

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Lead Guitar
              • Rhythm Guitar

              Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

              The EMG Pro system is a "drop-in" replacement for the Fender Am. Standard. The sound upgrade is full-bodied with plenty of cut for those lead licks.

              The active system is noiseless, especially when compared to the stock Fender passive (high gain) pickups. Very responsive to the pick (pluck) with great attack. Yet, rich warm overdrive sounds are easy with a slight adjust on the tone knobs.

              The classic "Fender sparkle" is slightly subdued, although still attainable using the middle and neck pickups.

              David Gilmour typically drives his guitars through a fuzz effect to add the mid-range edginess. A touch of distortion and delay would help the signature sound too. As such, outboard processing would aid to exploit the EMG's capabilities.

              All in all, I like the upgrade to the strat sound with the EMG pickups. And the drop-in addition with the pre-assembled pickguard is a fantastic deal. Well built and convenient.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sounds Great! Easy to install.

              By Ruthless69

              from SLO, CA

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

                I was REALLY impressed with this. I stopped by EMG's site to watch the instructional video on how to wire this as well just to make sure. It only took a few minutes to install and REALLY made a big difference in overall sound of my strat.
                The wiring was clean, the directions were clear and the quality was pro. I think its main strength was the difference in tone when playing clean. Such a pure sound. And putting overdrive on it is great - very expressive. I am VERY happy to have bought this. Even the swap to a different pickguard cover was a snap. Great job EMG. I will be referring this product to my friends.

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