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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How to transform his Strat into a monster!

Neogeofanatic, 13.07.2011
I installed this kit on a standard Mexican Strat, and I admit that the difference is incredible. No need to solder or other difficult handling, I just took advantage of a change of strings to install it. Needless to take the head for the housing of the pile, this one naturally finds its place in the cavities of the guitar. The sound delivered is powerful in acute thanks to the 81, but the singles bring a side very "Gilmourian", which makes a fairly great versatility. This kit is very different from the kit David Gilmour, but completes very well. It's nice to play without snoring !!
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Price / performance ratio is top.

11.12.2016
I bought the whole for a Yamaha Pacifica 112J.

I really like the pickups. Just the light compression was for me buying decision. Since my amplifier does not allow the DSP effects to combine arbitrarily and I so if a compression effect activated I had to renounce another effect had to find this property awesome.

Now for the conversion between Potifach and Humbuckerfach had about 1cm bridge to be taken away and one needed a HSS for Yamaha as the something different than the Fender Style are. On the dashboard, the potholes had to be ground to each other about 3 mm because the hole distances are a bit different, but the knob knobs cover perfectly.

With the cable lengths, there were zero problems since everything is wired ready (more compact plug system than with the EMG accessory system)

And you also save ne corner opposite the retail purchase of the PU.
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