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EMG EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set 

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Kirk is truly the soloist of the decade and the KH21 is the tool. This system is a simple EMG-81/81 combination wired straight up with two volumes an...Click To Read More About This Product

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Prewired to Kirk's specs.

Kirk is truly the soloist of the decade and the KH21 is the tool. This system is a simple EMG-81/81 combination wired straight up with two volumes and a master tone. It features a pearl laminate pickguard complemented with black dome knobs.

Prewired to Kirk's specifications. This EMG pickup and pickguard come complete and ready to mount to your guitar.


Install this prewired setup into your double humbucker axe and you'll be ready to Enter Sandman. Order today.

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EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

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5.0

Pretty Dang Awesome

By Snappydude

from Connecticut

Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

Let me just say, these pickups are awesome! They are incomparably better than the stock ones on my old strat. (one of those cheesy sqieres) The tone is beautiful. You'll need to turn your gain way down once you install these, I have mine at about 4 of 10, and with distortion its still really crunchy and nasty. The sound you can get with a clean setting is still pretty sweet as well. I play alot of Metallica and Disturbed-ish stuff, and these pickups fit the bill, with a nice, fat, strong sound. My ONLY beef with these would be installation. I'm not really "mechanically inclined", but from reading other reveiws, I didnt think I would need to be, it seemed simple. OK, my old pickguard had a grounding or bonding wire going from the trmeolo to the volume PODS. Being an idiot, I cut it only to find out there wasn't really any way place to re-solder the wire on the new pickguard. (the new PODS were covered) Anyway, I had to legnthen the wire, and wrap it around the screw that hold the switch terminal or whatever in place. So yeah, I was a little irritated that EMG mentioned nothing of this in the instructions. But hey, it was worth it, and I highy reccomend these to anyone who is interested in them. EMG did a great job. They're Made in the USA.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome upgrade

By Geoff

from Scotland

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      Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

      Fitted this to an old beat up 84 squire strat , it is now an awesome rock beast.
      Note: older squire's don't have cut out for humbuckers so you will need to rout them out a bit.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Turned my clunker into a monster.

      By Jimbo

      from West Palm Beach, Florida

      About Me Novice

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

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          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          I almost put my cheapo in the garbage until I dicovered this product. What a differance. Turned my cheap guitar into a monster in less than an hour it took to install. Sooo easy.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rock N Roll!!

          By dano b

          from Hazel Green Al

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          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          Got the KH emg pick guard set in and couldn't wait to install it. Installation is a breeze with really only three wires to connect to the output connector (which a new one is included). I went further and extended my battery connector wires and placed the battery behind the back cover on my strat. The hole was already drilled through on my guitar for the bridge ground wire (which EMG tells you to remove). I squeezed the battery between the springs of the tremelo and it fits fine. I hardley ever use the tremelo because it's the stock unit and it creates tuning issues. If you have a good tremelo set-up and use it a lot, it might not be a good idea to do this as it may interfere with it. My guitar also only had 8 screw holes to hold the pick guard on and this set-up has 11 (which new screws were provided). I did have to add a couple new screw holes to my guitar but mine wasn't an expensive collector model or anything. If yours is you may want to count and make sure your guard is held on with 11 screws or decide whether or not you want to add 3 screw holes or leave a few empty holes on the pick guard.The pick ups sound amazing and LOVE volume. On many of my effect presets with the old single coils I couldn't crank it up too high without the classic single coil hum and also feedback. The 81's can rock to 10 without feeding back and with very minimal if any hum. The sound is quite a bit fatter than the single coils as well (humbuckers are of course). These sound as full and fat as any other humbucker I've played so at the neck position I really don't see a need to go with an 85 the 81-81 setup is great. Instead of just playing the neck pick-up when I want the full sound, I like to play through both of them and get the best of both worlds. Totally awsome sound,low noise/high volume, and an absolute breeze to install. EMG's Rock!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dream come true!!!!

          By PureGibson

          from Tennessee

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          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          I got a Fender Stratocaster for christmas, I really love it, however I am a rock player and wanted a humbucking guitar. I then found this. It was a dream come true it will fit right on there. It screams, it plays the blues, and it really howls. I will probally never get a guitar without putting EMGs in it. If you love to rock get this product.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rock'n for Jesus

          By Stratomonster/ Stratzilla

          from North Carolina

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          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          I've been playing for 33 years and re-installing pick-ups in all of my guitars with some favorable make-overs and some tremendous failures! My old Charvel model 3 was weak at best. I repainted it white and easily installed this pick-guard combination to transform a fair guitar to one of the best I have ever heard. This is an exceptional value and easy to install. Throw away your old assembly set this one in place, solder it to your new output, throw in the 9-volt( which will last for 6 months unplugged) and get ready to rock!!! Brand new pickguard, nice knobs, great pots and blazing hot pups that any "kid" can install!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This set kicks butt!

          By billmjam

          from Baltimore, MD

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          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          This is a great pickup set and will completely blow you away! I love the ease of installation, no soldering, plug and play. These pickups in my '97 Strat are amazing. My only complaint and a warning to anyone, is that I had to shave the backside of my pickup cavity in order to make them fit. The '97 Am Standard Strats come with the universal pickup routing. It could hae just been that my Strat was not routed correctly. But I chisled out a good 1/8 of an inch toward the bridge so this would fit. Other than that, no problems, huge sound and you still get that strat sound with the neck pickup and tone all the way up. Humbucking sound is great. Beware, these are hot, hot, hot! If you use an affects processor you will have to back off the gain or signal output. The Bridge 81 is a little high end for my liking, but when combined with the neck it sounds great. It would have been perfect with a 81/85 combo.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          wow!

          By James LAN

          from Massachusettes

          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          first off, this set up is great, i put this on my fender strat and it turned a poppy sounding guitar into a crunching metal machine, since i was very used to fenders necks and i have never been a fan of the ESP neck, but i liked the sound they had, i had to find a way to get the best of both worlds. So i bought this and hooked it right up to my trusty stratocaster and it has never sounded better. Since i had a floyd installed on my strat the dual locking neck with emg's completed my beast.I completely recommend this for anyone who knows how to put them on your guitar and wants to have a different sound. This is great for metal or blues, actually its great for anything. The EMG's are virtually the best pickups i have ever heard and never stop amazing me.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          FOR THE WIN

          By MEtal fan boi

          from Alaska

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          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          When i first got these in the mail i was so excited, i poped open the box and grabed my strat look alike guitar only to fin that it didn't fit. After several hours of cutting away at plastic and wood i finally got these in my guitar. These are my first active pickups and they sounds awesome!! The pre amp in cuts out a little bit of feed back and boosts the sounds soo much. They sound good playing anytihng from AC/DC to slipknot. If you have a strat and your not digging your pickups check these out.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice and Clean

          By noisejunky-8rLk-

          from Raleigh NC

          Comments about EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set:

          I ordered a set of these to install in my mexican strat that has been hanging on the wall in my band room for a couple of years now. Since I have moved into heavier rock, I have been neglecting my strat, but thanks to these pick ups, I can honestly say that I think I am falling in love with my strat all over again. I have always loved the feel of a strat, but have been let down by how small the sound can be. I have to say that I am throuroghly impressed with the output of the 81's.

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