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EMG EMG-KH20 Kirk Hammett Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set Black

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Kirk Hammett first visited EMG back in the early '80s when Metallica was a local group on the rise. The KH20 system joined the EMG-81 with a pair of EMG-S single-coil pickups. These guitar pickups are... Read More

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Kirk Hammett first visited EMG back in the early '80s when Metallica was a local group on the rise. The KH20 system joined the EMG-81 with a pair of EMG-S single-coil pickups. These guitar pickups are all built around ceramic magnets for the tightest, most controlled sound. They're mated with a five-position switch and master volume and tone controls. The KH20 comes pre-assembled on a custom pearl white pickguard with contrasting black knobs.


These pickups feature the same construction as the EMG-SA but replaces the Alnico magnets with ceramic. They have the equivalent output of the EMG-SA but feature a brighter tone quality accentuated in the upper middle to high frequency response (similar to later model Strat pickups). By using the EMG tone modeling technique, these pickups have "sparkle" with added definition for depth and increased sensitivity. With accent on high frequency, these guitar pickups have that classic single-coil sound without the disadvantages of high impedance single-coil design.

  • EMG-S
  • Resonant Frequency: 4.35 kHz
  • RMS Output Voltage: 0.6
  • Peak Output Voltage: 0.85
  • Output Noise: -90 dBV
  • Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
  • Current @ 9V: 240 microamps
  • Battery Life: 1,000 hours
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Sounds great but install might be a pain.

By James Spier

from Keizer, Oregon

I installed this on a "cheaper" guitar. I had to re-drill a few hole (not a fault of the device), however, when I finally got everything put together the mid and bridge pickup were not active. It took a few hours, electricians tape and some foam shielding courtesy of the local guitar center tech to get everything working as it should. They attempt to make this easy enough for anyone to do. I would make sure you have a tech on standby just in case you run into any problems. Now that everything is working, I am in love with the sounds this thing can make. Its definitely worth the price.

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Sounds Great But They Forgot To Consider The Battery.


from Denver Colorado

The sound of this setup was excellent (reminiscent of the active pickups in my Music Man Silhouette) and easy to install. I would definitely purchase this pickup set for another guitar. My one request would be that the manufacturer attach a simple housing for the battery, or supply a housing that could be attached to the guitar or pick guard. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Get it, you won't regret it

By Ulrich

from Brooklyn, NY

I used it to replace stock pickups of my vintage Charvel model 1. I must say it wasn't a drop-in replacement, my guitar tech told me he had to drill some new holes for mounting screws, cut the pickguard a little to fit it under the neck and guitar body itself for the bridge humbucker. But I guess it's just the way Charvels were made at that time, a little different from what we have now, so I think this set should go fine with modern Fenders, etc. Sounds great in general.

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(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


10 Stars

By Big fan

from Chicago, Il

If there was 10 stars it would have got it! I was going to buy a new guitar because I didn't like the overall sound of my MIM Strat. I had the old one out and the new one in in no time at all. The tone and sound just rip. I love this thing. I would do it again.So if you are reading this you are thinking about it, I'm telling you you will not regret it just go out and get it...

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EMG's the ticket !!

By Mark

from N. Illinois

Threw this pre-wire into my MIM Floyd strat and it is a beast to be reckoned with. Not that I would put EMG's in all my guitars.... it is a real nice combo of pups (81 bucker and 2 S single coils). Highly recommended.

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By Jim

from Frankfort, Illinois

I have used Emgs for years. I put this configuration on a fat strat and turned an ok sounding guitars into a machine. The versitility in tones and the abilbity to changes tones on the fly is amazing. I love this set up and being prewired made it much easier for me to put in. I've been playing music professionally for over 20 years and have owned several different style guitars. I will say, EMG makes the best pickup for any of them.

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