EMG KH20 Kirk Hammet

Complete Pickup Set

Active pickups in electric guitars: this is where opinions split. But even sceptics have to admit one thing: the EMG pickups sound fantastic, even without background noise, and the long list of prominent users (including David Gilmour, Steve Lukather and Metallica's Kirk Hammett) speaks for itself!

Metallica's lead guitarist Kirk Hammett had EMG design the complete electronics onto a pickguard to correspond precisely to his ideas. In this case, it is the variant for his main guitar with a humbucker at the bridge and 2 single coils. This is now available for purchase, and it allows all pieces to be played with a versatile, modern sound. The EMG 81 is installed at the bridge: nowadays this is known as the Kirk Hammett pickup as the Metallica lead guitarist has this on almost all of his guitars. Razor sharp attack (particularly important - albeit rare - with a high-output pickup) and a long sustain, which makes it ideal for crisp, packed lead lines and furious artistry on the guitar.

The neck and middle positions boast an EMG S. This pickup, with its ceramic magnets, produces a more modern Strat sound with a little more oomph in the upper-mids and treble. This makes powerful, brilliant sounds possible but ensures that they still always sound pleasant. A combination that leaves practically no wish ungranted.

  • Ready-wired on a white pearloid pickguard
  • Black potentiometer knobs
  • Pickups: S/S/81
  • 5-Way toggle switch
  • Volume control and tone control

Attention: Depending on the manufacturer, remodelling may be necessary!

Further Information

Active Yes
Wiring Completely Wired
Output Medium
Kappe Yes
Colour Black
Position Bridge, Middle, Neck

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Sounds great and easy to install
DaneMark, 08.02.2019
I was tired of the sound of my 25 year old Strat with Fender Lace Sensor pickups, and I wanted a humbucker for heavier rock. This drop-in replacement from EMG was a good choice for me. I was hesitant to go with active pickups in a guitar, but they are super quiet and sound great. Hopefully I don't have to replace the battery very often, as it's kind of a hassle.
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Comment transformer sa Strat en monstre !
Neogeofanatic, 13.07.2011
J'ai installé ce kit sur une Strat mexicaine standard, et j'avoue que la différence est incroyable. Aucun besoin de souder ni autre manipulation difficile, j'ai juste profité d'un changement de cordes pour l'installer. Inutile de se prendre la tete pour le logement de la pile, celle-ci trouve naturellement sa place dans les cavités de la guitare. Le son délivré est puissant en aigu grace au 81, mais les simples amènent un coté tres "Gilmourien", ce qui fait une assez grande polyvalence. Ce kit est tres différent du kit David Gilmour, mais se complete tres bien. C'est agréable de jouer sans ronflette !!
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Preis/Leistungsverhältnis ist top.
11.12.2016
Ich habe mir das ganze für eine Yamaha Pacifica 112J gekauft.

Die Tonabnehmer gefallen mir richtig gut. Gerade die leichte Komprimierung war für mich kauf entscheident. Da mein Verstärker es nicht erlaubt die DSP Effekte beliebig zu kombinieren und ich so wenn ein Kompressions-Effekt aktiviert war ich auf einen anderen Effekt verzichten musste finde diese Eigenschaft genial.

Nun zum Umbau zw. Potifach und Humbuckerfach musste ca. 1cm Steg weggenommen werden und man benötigt ein HSS Schlagbrett für Yamaha da die etwas anderst als die Fender Style sind. Am Schlagbrett mussten die Potilöcher etwa 3 mm zu einander geschliffen werden weil die Lochabstände etwas anderst sind die Potiknöpfe verdecken das aber perfekt.

Mit den Kabellängen gabs null Probleme da alles fertig verkabelt ist (kompaktere Stecksystem als bei dem EMG Zubehörsystem)

Und zudem spart man nochmal ne Ecke gegenüber den Einzelkauf der PU.
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Polyvalence et gros son !!
Grégory H., 11.06.2011
Voilà une plaque très polyvalente équipée d'un 81 et de deux simples.
La différence se fait ressentir en sons clairs. Le gros 81 est violent très puissant, tandis que les simples savent rester veloutés et dociles.
En crunch, ça marche bien, ça avale tout, que ce soit le 81 ou les "S". Celà dit je suis pas fan du 81 en léger Drive.
Par contre, en Drive, le 81 déchire comme sa réputation l'indique. J'ai remarqué une différence assez grande par rapport à ma 335 qui elle aussi en est équipée. Mais ce qui m'a aussi surpris c'est la capacité des simples à prendre les grosses saturations aussi !!! ça reste défini, et les passages d'un micro à un autre se font moins ressentir qu'en clair.

J'ajoute que ça reste toujours précis, avec de bonne attaques. C'est effectivement un peu froid, mais dans le genre c'est parfait.

Je reviens un instant sur le montage.
Je n'ai pas eu de difficulté particulière, les trous des vis tombaient à peu près bien.
En revanche il a fallu que je reperce le trou pour le passage du cable qui va à l'entrée Jack, car celui ci était trop petit et les cavités de la guitare Squier strat deluxe étaient assez grandes, prévues pour une config HSH, mais il a fallu forcer un peu pour referner le tout, notament à cause de la pile
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