EMG H4 Black

Passive Humbucker Pickups

  • With over wound coils and ceramic magnets
  • The power of active EMG 81 pickup with the soul of a passive PAF
  • Produces a balanced sound with tighter bass, transparent mids and crisp treble
  • Bridge position
  • Colour: black
  • Incl. EMG solderless installation system: 500k volume potentiometer, 500k tone potentiometer, output jack, two pickup in/ out bus, fixing screws & springs, pickup cables, 2x connection cables, output cable and grounding cable

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Active No
Wiring 4-Conductor
Output High
Kappe Yes
Colour Black
Position Bridge

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Easy to fit, solid sound

ISBM, 10.10.2017
According to my order history I have had this pickup for 5 years!

Originally bought to make a cheap LP copy sound less cheap. It was not being used and I hoped this (and the H4A in the neck) would change that. Spoilers - it did.

Why these?
5 years ago I had done nothing more than change strings on a guitar so I went for the solderless option to make life easier. Seriously anybody would be able to wire these things up. New pots and some spare cables were supplied along with a very handy guide - brilliant stuff!

Sound:
If you don't like the rather compressed sound of active EMGs, don't buy these. if you really love the "one tone fits all" of the EMG 81 but don't want active pickups... don't buy these... Buy and 81 and dont expect to replicate it with passives! These are different; not as powerful as the active EMGs but capable of a decent metal tone. Role the tone and volume off and they do provide a decent heavy rock tone as well. On a clean channel they give quite a warm sound and one that I very much like.

I now have a collection of guitars of all shapes and prices but this old girl - my first electric is still used in occasional recordings because the tone of these pickups. Not so heavy that they are only useful for extreme metal but with enough grit to provide solid rhythm.

Finally, if anyone is interested in comparing brands then they may like to know that I do not rate these as highly as some of the Seymour Duncan's I have, but this is personal preference. I like the H4, but if I had to chose between it or an SD - then my money would go elsewhere.
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You don't necessarily need active pickups

Kris Kris, 12.03.2015
Acquired guitarist wisdom teaches us that there are pickups for the bridge position and the pickups for a neck position.

This may work many a player but I want to have a guitar that's tonally consistent, I want the sound to be modified only by the physical position of the pickup rather than its wiring etc. Which is why I always install same model on both positions.

So I purchased two EMG HZ H4 pickups to install into my Ibanez RG121 Prestige - I went for passive pickups because I didn't want to make necessary modification to accomodate the 9V battery.

Prestige original pickups were rather good but these EMGs somehow brought out every ounce of the natural sound of the guitar, the sound is more substantial across the spectrum which makes setting up your gear easier - you don't need an EQ to compensate for the pickups/guitar deficiencies.

Overall, the passive EMGs are a worthy option if you don't want to go with active pickups - whether for financial or other reasons.
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Passive Humbucker Pickups With over wound coils and ceramic magnets, The power of active EMG 81 pickup with the soul of a passive PAF, Produces a balanced sound with tighter bass, transparent mids...

  • Active: No
  • Wiring: 4-Conductor
  • Output: High
  • Kappe: Yes
  • Colour: Black
  • Position: Bridge
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