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EMG 89XR Dual-Mode Humbucker Repositioned-Coil Guitar Pickup BLACK 

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      An all-in-one, single- and dual-coil guitar pickup with separate preamps and a repositioned single-coil.

      This humbucker pickup is the same as EMG's 89X but the coils are respositioned so that the single-coil side is nearer the neck to capture that sweet spot. Featuring two guitar pickups in one, the EMG 89XR humbucker is loaded with Alnico V magnets and has separate preamps, each providing custom outputs for both dual-coil and single-coil modes. In dual-coil mode the sound is rich, warm, and powerful, but still very clear and is similar to EMG's 85 model. In single-coil mode (which is accessed through the included push pull pot), the sound is traditional Strat single-coil tone: bright, airy, chimey, and similar to EMG's SA guitar pickup. In either mode, the clean sound is gorgeously pristine and brings a lot of presence. Used equally in bridge and neck positions, whether you are playing hard rock or smooth jazz, you can get it all with this beautifully balanced and versatile EMG 89XR pickup.

      The EMG 89XR humbucker and others pickups from the X-series provide increased headroom, giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMGs are renowned for. The EMG 89XR pickups are best described as bridging the gap between passive and active tone.

      The EMG 89XR humbucker pickup package includes: EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System, a split shaft volume/tone control set, an output jack, a battery clip set, plus screws and springs.


      Hit that sweet spot on the neck with the option to switch from dual to single-coil when you order the EMG 89XR today.

       
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      EMG89XR Dual-Mode Humbucker Repositioned-Coil Guitar Pickup
       
      4.8

      (based on 4 reviews)

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      5.0

      Awesome pickup!

      By Adrian C

      from Odessa TX

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about EMG 89XR Dual-Mode Humbucker Repositioned-Coil Guitar Pickup:

        I couldn't believe my ears, amazing tone, 10 out of 10

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        5.0

        EMG For Life!

        By Tyler N.

        from soldotna, AK

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

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            Comments about EMG 89XR Dual-Mode Humbucker Repositioned-Coil Guitar Pickup:

            Sounds Great. Dropped it in the neck of one of my Les Paul Supreme's. I used it in conjunction with an 81TWX. So cool. You can get so many sounds out of your guitar. Sounds similar to an 85 in the neck position. Fat bottom end. Single coil mode rocks. I don't regret this purchase at all.

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            4.0

            Nice, but doesn't sound like the SA like they claim

            Comments about EMG 89XR Dual-Mode Humbucker Repositioned-Coil Guitar Pickup:

            All-in-all they're decent pickups and the X-series do have a more organic sound with more dynamic control and the clarity is top-notch.

            As humbuckers they sound good, as singles kind of dull and very much NOT strat like. I may just switch these out for 81/85 or even 85/60 combo and get the RPC control if I want more single-coil like sound.
            I like that EMG provides all the parts you need for this system. I don't like that with these dual-mode pickups you can't have 2 connected to 1 push-pull pot. On the plus side, the solderless system took out half the work for me (though I still had to do some soldering). Be forwarned though, look at the control cavity and wiring in your guitar and determine what obstacles you may have to overcome. In my case I had to cut the output connectors off one end and feed them through a small hole to the jack, and then solder them.
            Overall the quality of the pickups and the electronics is very good. I have to give them a ding on this one though because I seem to have gotten a bad pickup that slipped past their QC. When I put it in Single-Coil mode, it generated this tone that made the pickup unusable. Good news is I was able to exchange it.

            With distortion on these pickups get very good articulation. Notes are very clear, especially on chords. And single note leads are very punchy and in-your-face. I think these would cut through the mix very nicely. The X-series definitely have more dynamic range and control as well, so you can pick lightly or heavily and notice a huge difference in sound.
            As humbuckers they're great, but as single coils they lack the chimey/clacky highs that the real SA's get. EMG claims that they sound similar to SA's, but they don't. That said, the tone isn't bad, just not what I was expecting.

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            5.0

            a little expensive but worth it

            By Amos

            from Las Vegas

            Comments about EMG 89XR Dual-Mode Humbucker Repositioned-Coil Guitar Pickup:

            if you are looking for an EMG 85 sound but can spare a few dollars more - get this one! recommended for people who have les paul but want something more than the Zack Wylde sound. I won't recommend installing it on a Gibson SG because the space wont fit, especially the battery. my advise: 1. KNOW YOUR ELECTRONICS and 2. NO NEED TO PUT IN THE GROUND WIRE and 3. MAKE SURE THE BACK OF THE PICKUPS HAVE THE RED POWER AT THE RIGHTMOST SIDE SO IT DOESN'T GO DEAD WHEN YOU PLUG IT IN its a pain to hook everything up then plug it in your amp then get dead air when you push your cable all the way - you would know it is reversed when you plug your guitar cable halfway and it plays (i hear "ughh"). I recommend this one with either the 81X or the 81TWX but better with the 81 TWX to get versatile sound.

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