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EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set  

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The JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set is a totally new dimension for EMG, the design being driven solely with the input of James Hetfield. After playing the 81/60 EMG combo for many years now James want... Read More

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The JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set is a totally new dimension for EMG, the design being driven solely with the input of James Hetfield. After playing the 81/60 EMG combo for many years now James wanted something not only "new" sounding, he wanted a set that also looked totally new.

The neck pickup uses individual ceramic poles and bobbins with an enlarged core that gives it a more percussive attack, higher output and a fuller low-end response making it clean & fat and fast attacking.

The bridge pickup uses the same larger/taller core coil but has steel pole pieces, again for a tighter more percussive attack with less mutual inductance for a cleaner low-end,. Based of the EMG 81 but brought to a whole new level.

Both pickups feature an exclusive Black Nickel plated finish and come complete with EMG's revolutionary solderless installation wiring components.

Features
  • New sounding and looking
  • Individual poles and bobbins
  • Enlarged core
  • More percussive attack
  • Higher output
  • Fuller low-end response
  • Black Nickel plated finish
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EMGJH James Hetfield Humbucker Set
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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5.0

Definitely worth the money!

By Riffmasters

from RI

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    The best AnD biggest sound I've gotten from EMG!
    Awesome product...

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    5.0

    worth every penny

    By daniel divers

    from northfield nh

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    i have had thes pickups for a few weeks i put them in a epi lespaul. the pots will fit the lespaul but the inside shaft washers and shaft bolts have to be removed and it is a really tight fit .also when installing these it is good to note that the side with the arrow on it should face you on the pick ups. but on the preamp it should face the red power bar but all in all the instillation was a snap .the more i play these the more i like them the cleans are supper clean and the distortion is really heavy and thick . and when you turn down the volume the distortion cleans up like a passive pickup .so i would recommend these 5 out of 5 stars

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    5.0

    These pickups are great

    By Walter Schaffer

    from Toledo,OH

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    I recently purchased the "het set" at my local GC, I put them in my LTD Ex-400 and I must say not only do they look great with that aged black nickel, but they sound great as well I like the dynamics of them they almost have a passive attack and they break up nicely running clean, but they really shine when you add the distortion. I like the crunch they have It helps with the palm muting makes my chords sound crushing. I also like the harmonic content these things throw out they allow me to dime squeal all day.

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    5.0

    Great pickups!

    By Justin Hernandez

    from Lemoore CA

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    First off I gotta say that the solderless system is great. The actual process of installing the pickups will only take you about 15-20 minutes. The instructions provided are clear and detailed, the diagrams will show you exactly what to do. As for the pick ups themselves, I can't believe how great they sound. The clean tones are stunning for active pickups, I can't believe how clear and crisp they are. The Neck pick up has a nice warm, thick tone that's got that humbucker "sound." While the bridge pickup has got a nice low end to it, almost like a single coil. Both are a huge improvement from the stale clean tones that came with the EMG 60N/81B combo. When you play them dirty, they have everything you would expect from EMG pick ups. Great harmonics, incredible output and attack. Palm muting with either pick up produces a nice satisfying crunch! I find myself using the neck pick up a bit more for lead, I can get some great harmonics, and I feel that the output is a bit higher. As far as the bridge pickup, I use it more so for rhythm. All in all, the pick ups are the best I've played from EMG. Definitely beats out the 85/81, 60/81, and 81/81 combos I've played. You won't be disappointed by these pickups. I can emulate a variety of guitarists with these pick ups and a few various effects pedals. I play a lot of Metallica, Pink Floyd, and the Police. In conjunction with an overdrive pedal, and a flanger, I can nail down those tones very well with these. Cheers!

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    5.0

    Everything I Was Looking For

    By Chris Coram

    from Eastern NC

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    Awesome output with great clarity. Bottom end never gets muddy. Aggressive tone when dirty, crisp, clear tone when clean. If you've never tried EMGs, you will be amazined by the diversity in tone that you will get. If you've used the common EMG selections, you will be amazed by the depth and clarity you will find with the Het set. I am very satisfied.

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    4.0

    EMG JH Set

    By Chris Coram

    from Eastern NC

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    I had watched all the videos and read all the pres about these. I wanted the high output of actives, but I wanted to retain the richness that you get with high-quality passive pickups. I finally bit the bullet and bought these. They are everything I imagined. I loaded them into my MIJ Epi Elitist Les Paul Custom and was blown away. Had an issue with the solderless rig, as the 2 volume 2 tone setup didn't want to work. Eventually, I wired it master volume master tone and started rocking. They push the amps hard, so you will have to adjust your gain and EQ settings. The same holds true for your effects chain. The sleek black chrome looks great, the instructions are easy to follow, and the pickups to just about everything. If you play everything from country (EMGs and country? Check out Toby Keith's guitarist), classic and hard rock, to pulverizing metal, these pups can do the job.

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    5.0

    The best pickups I've had.

    By PATRICK BAKER

    from Oakland, CA

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    There a few big advantages of these pickups. I switch from dirty to clean a lot and I've always loved the dirty sounds from emg but I never really like the cleans. The cleans are amazing. One of the other things that really bothered me was note definition with high gain pickups. These baby sounds clear with the gain cranked. The tone on these is "warmer", brighter which I really like to standout in the mix. If you're a hardcore metal guy I would stick to 81/60 or blackouts. Did I mention dynamics!These make you feel like a drummer with the control you have over loud and soft, love them.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    J H EMGs

    By kevin smith

    from Tacoma Wa

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    These are some of the best Pickups Ive used Ive even had the Zak Wylde pickups in my les paul and these are far superior.very balanced on both ends of the spectrum . you can use them for rock, metal, blues , and even get some very nice clean sounds out of them I even like them better than my Seymour Duncan distortion pickups in my fender strat . dont hesitate to go out and get a set of these pickups a great up grade for anyone looking to change their average sounding guitar.

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    5.0

    EMG JH powerhouse!!

    By John Padilla

    from Cortez, CO

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    I just installed the JH set into my washburn idol, and these are some HOT pickups!! I was used to the sound of an 81, and these are very similar in sound. They have a harmonic richness that sounds like my JB and 59 set in my Les Paul, with the percussive chug that an 81 with a good tube amp can deliver. I play out of a Mark V, and everyone on the net says that the V hates actives. I personally didn't like the 81 with the mark, as it sounded a little sterile and bass-less. I switched to the JB and 59 for a year, but sorely missed the percussiveness of the actives. I'm soo glad I bought these!!! If you like the harmonic richness and bass of a passive, but want the pounding chugs of an active, YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO CHECK THESE OUT!!

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    5.0

    Out of this world

    By Ryan Drinnen

    from Charleston SC

    Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

    I got these for Christmas and their amazing! They give out a clear yet extremely heavy tone like no other. they beat any emg, nonetheless any other pickup out there

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