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EMG EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set   

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The EMG-SA pickup combines the attributes of the early Strat sound but with an added midrange response and higher output, giving it bell-like ringing...Read More

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The EMG-SA pickup combines the attributes of the early Strat 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 pickups. The internal preamp rejects every bit of hum and buzz for noiseless operation. This is EMG's most popular pickup for Stratocaster-type guitars.

FEATURES
  • Package includes:
  • EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable
  • Prewired split shaft volume/tone control set
  • Output jack
  • Battery clip set
SPECIFICATIONS

EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set

  • Resonant Frequency: 3.75 kHz
    RMS Output Voltage: 0.6
    Peak Output Voltage: 0.85
    Output Noise: -90 dBV
    Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 240 microamps
    Battery Life: 1,000 hours
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EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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Reviewed by 13 customers

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5.0

Great sounding pickups.

By Timmy bag of donuts.

from Pennsylvania

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

    I have been using these pickups, emg-sa , for over 20 years and I have yet to find another pickup that sound as good as emg pickups. I have tried other brands and I can get a good sound out of them but they are always missing something. Then I go back to emg's and they give me the sound other are missing. I hear from other musician's that an emg pickup sounds sterol and they are wrong. Not sterol at all. From sparkling clean sound to nice smooth over-drive to a jazzy sound....they will perform nicely. Most of all, they sound perfect in the studio and in live performances.

     
    5.0

    Excellent

    By Stillwater Mike

    from Stillwater, OK

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

        Typically play an American Standard Fender Tele, or Takamine Acoustic rhythm guitar in local band. My first electric guitar was a Japan import Matao strat copy from the 70's. I recently decided to upgrade all of the electronics with the EMG SA pickup set and replace the bridge and 5 springs with Fender oem parts. The pickups brought this guitar to life. It is amazing that this 40+ year old import sounds as good as new American strats I have played at the guitar center. We play rock, country and blues. These pickups have enough range to provide rhythm for all genres. I use an OCD overdrive pedal when a little more gas is needed. Wish I had done this years ago...

         
        5.0

        Unbelievable tone

        By Wiley

        from Canada

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

          I had a Fender Squire strat - a very playable guitar with some less than stellar electronics. I decided to replace the stock setup with this complete kit. The difference in tone was unbelievable - I've swapped out many stock pickups in the past and have never had this type of tonal change in anything.

          The only issue I had - and this isn't a fault of the kit - is that apparently the Squire's don't have the same amount of room under the pickguard that the real strat's do. I had to remove almost 1/2 an inch of wood from the cavity to make room for the pots and battery.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sound great, good customer support

          By DLproductions

          from Oshawa, Ontario

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

            Great shipping service to Canada, it was expensive but worked out a bit cheaper than in-store anyways.

            Easy installation, as all EMG products. I had an issue with the volume pot, it has a crackle in it around 8, I emailed EMG directly and they are sending out a new pot, no charge.

            Tone, excellent.
            Sustain, excellent.
            Versatile, extremely.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Pickups EVER!

            By Brian

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

            I know there are a lot of people out there that do not like Active pickups and i have no idea why. I recently built a custom Strat and got a set of Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups. I paid almost twice compared to the EMG's and they were horrible. I love Yngwie but these were very week. All my other guitars have EMG so I figured I'd keep with it and ordered these beauties. Amazing is all I can tell you. I can get any sound out of these including Yngwie, which ironiclly I couldn't with his signature pickups. EMG all the way... I'll never go back to passive.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great tone.....

            By Mark B 433

            from Wisconsin

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

                Great pick- ups. My 2012 american strat sounded good before, now its incredible. Easy to install, no bodywork required to fit the battery. For those unsure or skeptical about active pick ups and thinking they will give you a sterile sound, rest assured, these sound amazing

                (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Still amazing after 11 years :)

                By Sapphyr

                from Cambridge, UK

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Appearance
                • Dynamic Range
                • Ease Of Maintenance
                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Low-noise
                • Quality
                • Wide Dynamic Range

                Cons

                • Battery Changing

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Enhanced Effects
                • Practicing

                Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

                I learnt to play piano at seven and, via the Baroque-recorder (classical) and penny-whistle (folk), added guitar (rock/folk/grunge) when I was 13.
                My first three guitars were well-used rejects from, suddenly poor, friends: a Strat-copy; a badly-butchered cheapo; and a usable Strat-neck and I learnt how to repair and 'enhance' these.
                After many years of my playing, my Mum died - not because of me, AFAIK! and I used some of my inheritance to start a fledgeling luthier business.
                The plan was to build six Strats then six Gibson SG copies in the first year and sell these to fund the growth of the business.
                The EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pick-up is, by far, the best I have used.
                The 'night-burst' effect is my Gothy equivalent of 'Sunburst' but the only spray-paint aerosols I could find (afford) were blues!

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow!

                By Dokterdon

                from Nebraska

                Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

                First of all I am extremely pleased with these pickups. They transformed my okay barely tolerable strat into an instrument that is very pleasurable to play. The quick connects are phenomenal. My only complaint is that the cables are just long enough and do not accommodate left handed players of which I am one. It took me awhile but I figured out how to get it all installed without having to use longer wires. That said, after plugging my guitar in I was very pleased. I cranked the gain and got as much distortion out of my amp as possible. There was absolutely no hum. The pups do exactly what I want,. I can get whatever sound I want out of these single coil pups and don't have to worry about that annoying hum.

                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic for any sound!

                By Shmaxx-wYT46

                from St. Louis

                Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

                I just installed my SAs, and all I can say is "wow!" Absolutely perfect sound, no hum or buzz. My Strat has never sounded so good. I can get an almost limitless variety of sound, from sweet screamin' leads to deep and growly rhythm, and just about anything in between. However, I only gave it a 4.0 on quality for two reasons: when I got my set, it only came with 5 pickup springs. This wasn't too big of a deal because I just stacked two of the old rubber ones and it worked perfectly. the other issue I had is that, since I'm a lefty, all the knobs are backwards, and they're a pain to flip from one side to the other when installing them. I had to re-solder a wire so the knobs would fit in their spots.You will be absolutely impressed with these pickups, no matter what you play! That is, if you get all the parts!

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                the Tone!

                By Tym

                from Adamsville Tennessee

                Comments about EMG-SA Single Coil Active Guitar Pickup Set:

                I am a huge David Gilmour fan and have been interested in EMG's because of him but never upgraded my strat pickups because:1) I don't consider myself a guitar tech capable of wiring it up without a lot of noise or worse problems.2) I didn't think the money would make that much of a difference...I was completely wrong. The pickup set comes pre-wired....I think I only made one soldering joint. That was it! I was done in no time! I plugged it in and expected a little noise to let me know I was live but nothing...Not a sound. No hum, nothing. I strummed a chord and it was pure tonal heaven. A strat just can't be this quiet. Unbelievable. I found my tone. My solos cut through the mix. The response is just beautiful. I love these pickups. Worth more than they cost, for sure. But now I gotta soup up my les paul!

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