EMG 57/66 Set F-Spaced BK

Active Pickup Set

  • 1 EMG 57 (bridge) and 1 EMG 66 (neck) Humbucker
  • Medium Output
  • The '57 bridge pickup offers a characteristic PAF quality in its sound, while the active attributes provide the headroom and punch necessary to deliver more definition and presence
  • The '66 neck pickup is warm with a smooth mid-range
  • Powerful depths and clarity in the highs
  • F-Spaced for guitars with wider "F-Style" string spacing
  • Connections: Solderless
  • Magnet material: AlNiCo 5
  • Cap colour: Black
  • Made in USA

Includes EMG's Exclusive Solderless Installation System:

  • 2x 25k Volume Potis (shaft length: 9,5 mm)
  • 2x 25k Tone potis (shaft length: 9,5 mm)
  • Battery bus
  • Stereo output jack
  • 2 Pickups (In/Out Bus)
  • 2 Pairs of fixing screws and springs
  • 2x Pickup cable
  • 4x Connecting cable
  • Output cable and battery cable

Further Information

Active Yes
Wiring Completely Wired
Output Medium
Kappe No
Colour Black
Position Bridge, Neck
7 Customer Ratings
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Good for metal, good for other things too
Trapped under rice, 17.10.2020
I bought this set to give an Ibanez EDR470EX (comparable to a modern Ibanez S) some new life; I was primarily aiming for metal but didn't go for the 81/85 because the cleans seemed much better on this set, and I wanted something a bit more versatile (plus, the 81/85 is done to death).

The kit seems aimed for Gibsons (with the 57 name and Gibson parts), so I had to purchase and solder a new output jack and pickup selector, but otherwise I am quite impressed with the installation, which was quite painless. The battery fits fairly snugly in the electronics cavity, so I didn't feel the need to use the battery holder I had bought.

The sound was essentially what I expected, that is to say it sounds good. It is advertised as PAF-like, but I don't own any PAFs to compare it to.

I like how the neck pickup sounds clean with no EQ modification, but I haven't found much use for it otherwise. The bridge pickup sounds nasal until I turn down the middle frequencies (which I expected); it works very well for metal kind of sound (also expected). I don't have the experience or vocabulary to describe how it sounds so I suggest you look up videos online or go try it in a store.

I have a set of Fishman Keith Merrows to compare it to, and surprisingly (to me) the EMGs have less muscle than them: I play the EMGs at 75-100%, but the Fishman at 50% (which gives me room to push the amp further if I want to, which I like). The EMG neck also has less brightness and harmonics, although that might be in part due to the guitar. The Fishman have two voicings (modern & PAF), but the EMGs sound PAF-ier to meown (again, I don't own a PAF..). I have heard people say Fishman pickups had more dynamics (that is to say, they are more sensitive to how strongly the string is picked) than EMGs, and I can confirm that the Fishman feel almost twice as sensitive.

In conclusion, I am happy to have bought these pickups (for 208 euros at the time). I was looking for something with enough bite for metal and the "EMG sound" without going all in on that sound, and I think this set did the job quite well.
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Best sounding pickups I ever laid my hands on!
mrcarlo, 14.05.2021
This set sounds great even on my super cheap Jackson JS11. There's a lot of headroom and they aren't as compressed as classic 81/85 set. Alnico magnets make pickups sound warmer and more classy than your usual metal-only EMGs, they are very versatile! Although they aren't flawless. I have a problem with my neck pickup since it sits way too low (there's no way to raise it higher) and because of that the signal is very weak. There seems to be a problem with screws, but it only appears in the neck pickup, the bridge one is flawless. Overall very nice set, definetly reccomend!
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Great pickups!
fzer0, 06.12.2019
Passive tone with active punch - those pickups are really great. If you want something more aggressive but with classic humbucker characteristic, you won't be disappointed :)
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Haben meine Epiphone Les Paul aufgewertet
HotPinkRadioSigns, 07.07.2020
...und das fühlbar. Alte Tonabnehmer und Elektroniken raus, neue rein und das lötfrei (saß mit ordentlicher Achtsamkeit knapp 2 Stunden dran, aber das liegt eher daran, dass ich dem Lack usw. keinen Schaden zufügen wollte als dass es kompliziert gewesen sei).
Mit dem Schraubenzieher an die neuen Tonabnehmer geklopft und es passte (und das gleich beim ersten Anlauf)!
Habe den EMG Toggle gleich mit verbaut und Elektronik sowie Tonabnehmer (und Toggle) sehen großartig aus und hören sich spektakulär hochwertig an. Eigentlich war ich kein Freund von Batterien in einer Gitarre, aber dieses Medium Output Set hat meine Meinung geändert und bringt mir, was ich mir gewünscht habe: Klare Artikulation und einen schönen Clean Sound. Habe ja entsprechend Pedale, wenn es mal höherer Output sein soll, was aber nicht meine Hauptsache ist. Bin neugierig geworden und schenke aktiven Tonabnehmern in Zukunft mehr Beachtung.
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