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EMG EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set  Ivory 

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David has used this same EMG system for many years on his main red Strat. The DG20 pickup comes with 3 ivory SA single-coil pickups, wired with an EX...Click To Read More About This Product

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Used on David's main red Strat.

David has used this same EMG system for many years on his main red Strat. The DG20 pickup comes with 3 ivory SA single-coil pickups, wired with an EXG guitar expander, an SPC presence control, and master volume - all on a deluxe white pearl pickguard, ivory pickups, and white knobs. The SA single-coil pickups feature Alnico magnets which give a full round tone with an accentuated mid range. The EMG-EXG guitar expander circuit increases the bass and treble while reducing the mids, perfect for chord definition at higher volumes, while the SPC makes the SAs sing by boosting the mids and turning your single coils into full blown humbucking!

Now you can have the same guitar pickups and tone accessories as David, but keep practicing if you want to get to the "Dark Side of the Moon."

EMG-EXG
For flexibility in tone at your fingertips, there is no better choice than the EXG guitar expander. The frequency response of the EXG is similar to normal guitar amp equalization. The lows and highs are boosted while the midrange is dipped out. The EXG is great for creating a fuller tone that doesn't get muddy, while keeping it clean and clear, letting your guitar stand out in the mix.

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SPECIFICATIONS

EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set

  • EMG-DG20
    Magnet Type: Alnico
    Resonant Frequency: 4.45 kHz
    Output Voltage (String): 1.0
    Output Voltage (Strum): 1.50
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -91
    Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 1,240 microamps
    Battery Life: 500 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC

    EMG-EXG
    Noise: -117 dBV
    Output Impedance: 2 kOhms
    Current: 410 microamps
    Battery Life: 600 hours
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EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set
 
4.8

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Good quality (18)
  • Improves sound (18)
  • Functional (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Concerts (11)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

30 years on and I couldn't be happier

25 or 30 years ago, when EMG was very new on the scene, I cobbled together the exact same setup out of the available EMG parts and circuits. Those days it was wire-it-yourself,...Read complete review

25 or 30 years ago, when EMG was very new on the scene, I cobbled together the exact same setup out of the available EMG parts and circuits. Those days it was wire-it-yourself, way before the current "plug-and-play" setup. I think I may have beaten Gilmour to it by a few years. I settled on this rig after a lot of experimentation with other pickups and circuits. Here's why:

1) I was looking for as close as I could get to a "take one guitar to the gig" scenario. In general, it worked although I'd take one or two other "specialty" guitars with alternate tunings and such as well. Between the two tone circuits you have three alnico single-coils and three humbuckers. That covers a lot of ground.

2) I needed to get rid of the troublesome hum and buzz that would show up any time there was a fluorescent or neon fixture on the same block as my other Strat. Done

3) I got tired of having to reach back and screw with amp volumes and levels when I switched from single coils to humbuckers, etc. The high output of the EMG's puts them on a more level playing field with your typical medium output humbucker. Done. Also the low output impedance and high output level means you can get your signal through a pile of pedals with lots less degradation

4) I got VERY tired of being somewhere with iffy AC power and kissing a mic and having it bite me back. The lack of a string ground eliminates the possibility of a ground loop or short. That can be a life-saver.

5) I also was frustrated with rolling back the volume on a guitar and losing the treble with it. The EMG's don't do that.

The short of it? I built that guitar in the early 80's and it's still my favorite Strat. Does it sound like your vintage 50's or '60's Strat? Probably not. But I'd bet that your vintage Strat doesn't sound like my vintage Strat either.

Oh, by the way, I just came by to pick up the handy-dandy pre-wired version for another guitar. Ya gotta love it. I can put the whole thing in, start to finish and be playing again inside an hour. That beats the socks off of the hours and hours I put in to cobbling my original rig together in the first place.
This set up can truly be the cover band player's answer to "take one guitar to the gig and cover it all"
EMG's construction quality, just by it's nature, is nearly bulletproof.
Spendy, but, in my opinion, worth it

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Battery eater!!!

Good sounds available no doubt. BUT I got nowhere near 500 hours. Maybe 50. And no, I didn't leave it laying around plugged in, either. That nonsense of removing the pickguard every...Read complete review

Good sounds available no doubt. BUT I got nowhere near 500 hours. Maybe 50. And no, I didn't leave it laying around plugged in, either. That nonsense of removing the pickguard every time bites.

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5.0

Unbelievably Great!!

By Chepe Amaya

from Shakopee, MN

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Have Not Found One Yet

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • This Is My Main Instrument

Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

I consider myself a novice since I've only been playing for five years, but it doesn't take much to now this pickup produce an unbelievable sound. I installed it on a Mexican Fender. What else can I say about it? This is a must have on your arsenal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding pickups

By Williep

from North Carolina

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

    Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    I've contemplated buying these for about a year. After finally purchasing, I wish I had done so sooner. I put these in a 2000 MIM strat. The installation was painless and took about 15 minutes from start to finish. Honestly, I had no idea what they would sound like; but now that I have them I will never switch them out for the originals. One minor complaint is that the foam to insulate the battery was missing. I believe this to be a very common occurrence, so be prepared to provide your own.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a delight

    By Doc

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Adds new life to an old friend
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adds new life and pizazz to an old friend

      Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      Yes, yes, yes.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I absolutely love these pickups

      By Geronimo76

      from The Netherlands

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Pickguard color

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      I bought a used Squier Classic Vibe 50 Strat. Great guitar, plays superb. But when i fitted the EMG set, this thing came alive. It's my main axe now. I use it for almost every song that i play live with my band.
      from single coil surf style to black sabbath humbucking. This set has it all.

       
      4.0

      Super quiet- ugly pickguard

      By Odie251

      from Texas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Needs to come in normal pickguard colors

      Best Uses

      • When you want no 60 cycle hum these are it

      Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      Installation of these couldn't have been easier. Tones are great. They sound different than passive pickups, but I don't think anyone would notice in a live setting. I find that setting the height lower gives you a closer to natural tone. Now the pickguard.... It fit fine. Holes lined up. I tried to like the pearl finish. Just couldn't. So moved them to the stock pickguard and it look much better. The SPC and EXG controls make the difference in the set. I like the EMG's. Just realize you have to give up a little traditional vintage sound to use these. They have their own vibe.

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Scott R.

      from Spartanburg, SC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

        Excellent in every way

         
        5.0

        Wow! Just Wow!

        By Christian

        from Glens Falls New York

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Everything I wanted.
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Should come with a battery clip for inside.

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

        I was afraid that it wouldn't have that Strat sound. Well, it has the sound I wanted and much more. Easy to install and sounds great. Very Happy. Just love it.

         
        5.0

        this is great!

        By critter

        from piedmont ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

          i got this today and put it in my 2006 Mexican strat the install was easy took 10 min to do . i tryed it out on my fender mustang 2 amp through the speaker its did give the start some balls i must say played for 20 min then went away for a while then came back went through head phones and it bout blew my head off! oh yea but if you want the Gilmore sound this is the first step i would take of course he has a elaborate set up to and uses may amps etc . but as for the tone of this item its the real deal may take some tweeking and dialing your settings on the amp in but i would recommend this for any one who is a floyd nut or blues player iv got must to tinker with now this just changed my world tonight .

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Noise free sort of single coil sound (be open to it)

          By Gilmour Tone Fan

          from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Inspiring

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • sound design

            Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

            I found the biggest highlight is the noise free environment so if you have to add lots of compression, saturation, etc. you can experiment for hours and keep a peaceful pace for yourself. EXP values of 3 to 6 opens up the sound to sort of like electroacoustic tone. ESP is to narrow down frequencies to have a clean result out of saturation stage but I found I loose the top end (behaves like passive EQ). So far I don't use it much. If I get the EQ pedal, I will. Overall I found the sound is not as organic / complex character of regular single coil but once it is blended with the other tracks you will appreciate the definition of the tone. If I had original Fender '69 pickups I wouldn't buy this unless as a 2nd guitar setup if I had the money.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            David Gilmour pickups

            By Gary J

            from Asheville

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

              Really a great setup. If you like David's A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell tones, this is the key ingredient. Very versatile and very powerful! But not only for Gilmour, an all-around great setup. Very nice tones to be had here.

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