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Since 1976, EMG has remained one of the most respected companies in the design of innovative guitar pickups. Best known for their active guitar pickups, EMG has been championed by many heavy hitters in the industry, including Primus, Judas Priest, Metallica and Slayer. With that being said, EMG specializes in a wide range of passive pickups, too. In this section alone, you'll see that EMG offers everything from humbucker and single-coil pickups to pre-wired sets and even pickups for acoustic guitars. Whether you favor the classic feel of a 6-string or the versatility of an 8-string, EMG has the perfect guitar pickup for you.
With a catalog this extensive, you'll definitely want to take your own budget and preferences into consideration before making any quick decisions. For example, if you want more control over your guitar tone at higher volumes, an active pickup is the way to go. Active pickups have onboard preamps so you can adjust your EQ, filters and volume. Need a suggestion? Try a top seller like the ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set. From Ozzy Osbourne to Black Label Society, Zakk has always used EMG active pickups and these two are the same models that he employs on his signature Bullseye Les Paul.
Now for those of you who would rather use a passive pickup, EMG has many top-rated models. First, there's the H4A Passive Humbucker. This workhorse is well known for its pronounced mid-range, thick top-end and punchy tone. Or how about the H2A Vintage Hot Passive Humbucker: what you have here is EMG's proto-typical humbucker. It features an Alnico V magnet and EMG's exclusive 5-wire quik-connect output that allows for any number of wiring combinations. The H2A sounds its best in the bridge position and will be sure to impress any rhythm and blues player who is gunning for a classic '70s tone.
In addition to electric guitar pickups, EMG offers pickup models for acoustic strummers as well: the ACS Acoustic Guitar Pickup has a one-of-a-kind internal preamp that's tailored for the phase and frequency response of an acoustic guitar. Honestly, there are too many EMG guitar pickups to name here at once, so dive into the rest of your choices whenever you're ready. With a little time spent in these pages, there's bound to be a pickup that grabs your attention.