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EMG EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set   

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The EMG-GC21 SA pickup and pickguard set combines the attributes of the early Stratocasters sound but with an added midrange response and higher outp...Read More

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The EMG-GC21 SA pickup and pickguard set combines the attributes of the early Stratocasters sound but with an added midrange response and higher output, giving it "bell-like" ringing harmonics and increased sustain. One single Alnico bar magnet delivers classic overdrive with a smooth midrange distortion, while still retaining the familiar high-end of a single-coil pickup. These characteristics provide greater versatility than what is normally found in single-coil guitar pickups. Favorites of Steve Lukather and David Gilmour just to name two, the EMG-GC21 SA Set comes with volume and tone controls, and a five-position switch which is all ready to mount onto your pickguard.

Package Includes: EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cables (3), prewired control set including volume, 2 tone controls, 5-way selection switch (black & white knobs), output jack, and battery clip, screws & springs.

FEATURES
  • Logo Color: Gold
  • Resonant Frequency (KHz): 3.75
  • RMS Output Voltage: 0.6
  • Peak Output Voltage: 0.85
  • Output Noise (dBV): -90
  • Output Impedance (Kohm): 10
  • Current@ 9V (Microamps): 240
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EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set
 
4.9

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Improves sound (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better Than Expected!

I recently purchased this item. Botton line upfront - AWESOME! I installed this in a MIM 1997 Fender Strat I bought new 14 years ago. This guitar is now smoking. I had two...Read complete review

I recently purchased this item. Botton line upfront - AWESOME! I installed this in a MIM 1997 Fender Strat I bought new 14 years ago. This guitar is now smoking. I had two original stock fender pickups and a duncan hot-rails in the bridge. It was competent but not at all spectacular. That has now changed. This blows it away. Clean or distortion, this guitar now sounds incredible. The sound will be better than you can imagine. No disappointments at all.Installation was very easy. As advertised no soldering. You remove the 11 screw pick -guard and connect three cables and repalce you cable plug. Rescrew the new pick guard in and that it. The biggest challenge was finding enough room for the battery.

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Too much trouble installing

This pickguard absolutely drove me crazy trying to install.It does not matter where you try to put the battery it causes a problem with binding the wiring or pushing on the pots or other components.I...Read complete review

This pickguard absolutely drove me crazy trying to install.It does not matter where you try to put the battery it causes a problem with binding the wiring or pushing on the pots or other components.I could not get the pickguard to lay flat no matter where I put the battery.Then be very very careful pushing the wires around because you will cause the push in connections to come loose.I had all these problems I just mentioned plus a couple more like the volume pot not working properly..I tried 4 times to get this working as it should but with no success so I just gave up on it..put my old Alnico set back in which took 4 minutes... I would not feel comfortable playing without a back up because there are so many things about this prewired pickguard that could cause trouble with so many components inside the controls not even mention what hassle it would be to change the battery if the pickups start fading..And you start pulling and pushing the Battery trying to change it out you don't know what wire to the pots or switch you could dis-lodge...Like I said the sound is good but too much stress and worry

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4.0

what a great easy fix

By tarnacus

from Bethlehem pa

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • instructions where a little lacking

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

certain settings are great and, others are lacking .by no no means is it junk at all .it is easy to install if u know the littlest bit about wiring . i think part of my issue is i am so used to a more traditional sound from my pick ups

 
5.0

EMG GC21 SA Pre Wired Pickguard Set

By TonyDianna

from Hampton,Va.23669

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to put in Guitar with no hassle of solder
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Great Sound ,added SPC which put tone over top
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

    Great out of phase tone, the SPC really drives the pickups to humbucker tone

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    As advertised

    By xnavyinok

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy install

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

      Easy install,

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Too much trouble installing

      By Stringbender

      from Toccoa ga

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

      This pickguard absolutely drove me crazy trying to install.It does not matter where you try to put the battery it causes a problem with binding the wiring or pushing on the pots or other components.I could not get the pickguard to lay flat no matter where I put the battery.Then be very very careful pushing the wires around because you will cause the push in connections to come loose.I had all these problems I just mentioned plus a couple more like the volume pot not working properly..I tried 4 times to get this working as it should but with no success so I just gave up on it..put my old Alnico set back in which took 4 minutes... I would not feel comfortable playing without a back up because there are so many things about this prewired pickguard that could cause trouble with so many components inside the controls not even mention what hassle it would be to change the battery if the pickups start fading..And you start pulling and pushing the Battery trying to change it out you don't know what wire to the pots or switch you could dis-lodge...Like I said the sound is good but too much stress and worry

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      EMG-GC21 is just what my Strat needed!

      By StratMan

      from Santa Fe. Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy install
      • Great Quality And Looks
      • Sounds Fantastic

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

          The EMG-GC21 has brought my '85 Strat back to life! It had always been noisy with unwanted feedback plus the tone was more than a bit harsh. Install of the EMG-GC21 was easy... There was one hole in the EMG pickguard that was in a different spot that the original - 2 minute fix. I was a bit concerned about installing active pickups as to where to put the battery. Turned out to be a non-issue - battery easily fit beneath the tone pots in the body. The difference in sound quality is striking. All the noise/feedback issues are gone, plus great sound without loosing any of the "Stratocaster" tone. I am very satisfied with the quality, fit, finish and sound of the EMG-GC21 on my Strat. As a bonus, the all black components look fantastic with a sunburst finish body!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome

          By Xmas2000

          from Shawnee, KS

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

            I put this into a Strat I bought around '93 and it seriously feels like I have a brand new one. So easy to install. My wife is thrilled as this placated any jones I was having to buy a new guitar!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great buy!

            By Sniper

            from Fenelon Falls, Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

              Great sound and sustain!Got 3 days of grief from the wife but well worth it!! Put in my /08 Stratocaster and its changed my musical writing a step up! Great Stuff, EMG!!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Good Decision

              By Graystone

              from Upstate NY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

                  This was any easy installation. It transformed my Mexican Strat into a nice sounding piece of equipment.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic!!!!

                  By Stratreissue

                  from Louisiana

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

                      Very easy install and unbelievable change to the old girl. The tone and gains are more than I could have ever imagined. I was first going for the David Gilmore setup, but after comparing went with this setup to save a c note. Have only installed for just a few days, but can't put her down.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Strat Tones Clean or Gain Sustain

                      By StillRockin@57

                      from Scott City,Mo.

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about EMG-GC21 SA Prewired Pickguard Set:

                        These pickups get it done.In 30min. you playin' an got good tone.Sustain,well seems like the mity mite strat copy that I've built,hangs in there longer than my US Strat Plus with gold lace and my 78 Les Paul Custom Humbuckers.Not as Hot as the humbucker but close.But I get Sustain Gilmours Coming back to life,Wow.Now I aint got 5 Hi Watts heads. But IF YA close your eyes and listen.Mid notch roll the top tone to bout 7 little delay an your in the pink.

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