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

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

  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Improves sound (8)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Concerts (4)
    • Back-up (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    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

     

    Love them!!!

    These pickups, being EMG's, are a little compressed and muddy sounding. The results, however, produce a very smooth tone with tons of sustain, very different than normal Fender style single coil...Read complete review

    These pickups, being EMG's, are a little compressed and muddy sounding. The results, however, produce a very smooth tone with tons of sustain, very different than normal Fender style single coil pickups. These aren't great for metal or hard rock, but with a nice tube amp, these pickups really provide that smooth David Gilmour tone.

    Yeah, I hate having to take the pickguard off to change the battery, but you can add more wire and have the battery installed in the back cavity. It's not that huge of a deal.
    N/A - Same features as most other pickups
    Great quality. I had no trouble installing them.
    kind of expensive I guess, but it's worth it.

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    5.0

    Classy drop-in replacement for strat

    By Gilmour_fan

    from Central USA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Looking
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Upgrade Over Stock

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Lead Guitar
      • Rhythm Guitar

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

      The EMG Pro system is a "drop-in" replacement for the Fender Am. Standard. The sound upgrade is full-bodied with plenty of cut for those lead licks.

      The active system is noiseless, especially when compared to the stock Fender passive (high gain) pickups. Very responsive to the pick (pluck) with great attack. Yet, rich warm overdrive sounds are easy with a slight adjust on the tone knobs.

      The classic "Fender sparkle" is slightly subdued, although still attainable using the middle and neck pickups.

      David Gilmour typically drives his guitars through a fuzz effect to add the mid-range edginess. A touch of distortion and delay would help the signature sound too. As such, outboard processing would aid to exploit the EMG's capabilities.

      All in all, I like the upgrade to the strat sound with the EMG pickups. And the drop-in addition with the pre-assembled pickguard is a fantastic deal. Well built and convenient.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sounds Great! Easy to install.

      By Ruthless69

      from SLO, CA

      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 was REALLY impressed with this. I stopped by EMG's site to watch the instructional video on how to wire this as well just to make sure. It only took a few minutes to install and REALLY made a big difference in overall sound of my strat.
        The wiring was clean, the directions were clear and the quality was pro. I think its main strength was the difference in tone when playing clean. Such a pure sound. And putting overdrive on it is great - very expressive. I am VERY happy to have bought this. Even the swap to a different pickguard cover was a snap. Great job EMG. I will be referring this product to my friends.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Great Enhancement for your Strat!

        By j_kercheval

        from Maryland

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I added this pup system to a 2000 American Standard Strat. The Strat originally came with the Delta-Tone pickups. They did not have the tone output I was hoping for. I upgraded to the Noiseless Vintage pups several years ago. They were an improvement, but still not what I had in mind. The EMG DG20 system is fantastic. I can get all kinds of tones. Works really well with EFX. You can dial in sounds you never thought possible. Really cool to find something that offers so many sound possibilities just by changing the tone knob settings. This will now be my go-to guitar when we play out. No need to bring along my Les Paul. The only negative with this system is that it uses a battery that is housed in the cutout under the volume/tone knobs. You have to remove 4 screws and pull up the guard to change it. Not bad but a little inconvenient!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Super versatile

            By ACG High End Guitars

            from Sortland, Norway

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            This is not my first purchase and certainly not my last from EMG pro series. Absolutely one of my favorite when making custom guitars from scratch.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Pickups! Worth the price!

            By GuitarLord5000

            from Lafayette, La

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • Quiet
            • Takes Pedals Well
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Horrible Pickguard

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Chicken Pickin
            • Live sound
            • Punk
            • Recording
            • Rock

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

            This is easily the nicest, most versatile set of pickups/electronics I've ever used! I find the EMG pickups alone to be a little sterile and flat sounding, but they are also extremely quiet. That alone makes them well suited to live sound in bars and other venues where the electrical wiring is questionable. But once you start tweaking the dry sound with the EXG and SPC controls, an entire plethora of sonic options become available! The pickups take to overdrive and fuzz pedals like a duck to water. The neck/mid position, with the SPC & EXG set at around 5, and through some mild compression is sonic Nirvana with my amp settings!

            The whole thing took ten minutes to install, and that includes changing the pickguard and drilling the pilot holes on my warmoth body for the guard. Plug and play at it's best!

            Bottom line is, my warmoth strat loaded with this setup is a better gigging guitar than my 2012 Am Std Strat. My only complaint is that I had to buy a pickguard to replace the butt ugly one that came with the setup. But that's a matter of taste, and you might happen to like butt ugly guards. ;)

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Pickup Set

            By JoeRocker

            from Everett, WA

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

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

              These pickups are a must have for Gilmour fans. I have a 90's MIM strat that needed pickup upgrades so I bought this set. I removed the old pickguard and replaced it with this one. This pickguard spells quality all over. The wire management was outstanding. I didn't even have to remove the strings and I just loosen them up. Within an hour I was jamming with Pink Floyd's Comfortably numb and this pickguard set sounded just like it note for note and didn't miss a beat. I used my BOSS pedals (organized in a BCB-60 pedalboard) to replicate the sound. I cannot put this guitar down!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              TONE TONE TONE

              By Terrence

              from farmingdale, NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Complaints Yet

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • To Get A Killer Tone

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

              I always shunned the idea of active pups. After building a pedal board of stomp boxes I found my tone was being sucked away. This setup pushes the signal from my guitar through the chain of effects with little or no loss of the tone of the guitar itself. No more 60cycle hum to make me crazy and sustain like I was never able to get before!!! Really versitile, any sound you want with one guitar!!! It only took about 1/2 hr to install.If you can use a screwdriver and change your own strings you can install it. If you want tone like Gilmour this is for you!!

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Worked okay after repair

              By Rr Guitars

              from Huber Heights, Ohio

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • Not Functional
              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              Would not work after installing it. Removed it and foe und the ground connection broke. The ground wire is way too small.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              1995 MIJ 1957 reissue with David Gilmour Mod

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

              No Problems and if any EMG backs all there products 1000%- Plays Great in my 1957 reissue MIJ strat !!
              Had to adjust for 8 hole pickguard , but otherwise its fine !!! Great sound , sound and detail of its own .If you thinking of using this a s all purpose , its not for you . This is to be bought for for a specific sound . Its covers all of Gilmores and somewhat its own gender its Great !!!!!!!
              As always EMG Number -1 !!!!!!
              Worth every penny !!!

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Love them!!!

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

              These pickups, being EMG's, are a little compressed and muddy sounding. The results, however, produce a very smooth tone with tons of sustain, very different than normal Fender style single coil pickups. These aren't great for metal or hard rock, but with a nice tube amp, these pickups really provide that smooth David Gilmour tone.

              Yeah, I hate having to take the pickguard off to change the battery, but you can add more wire and have the battery installed in the back cavity. It's not that huge of a deal.
              N/A - Same features as most other pickups
              Great quality. I had no trouble installing them.
              kind of expensive I guess, but it's worth it.

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