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This EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather System is equipped with an SLV/SLV/85 pickup mix wired up with a single master volume and tone. The SLV is a custom pick...Click To Read More About This Product

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This EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather System is equipped with an SLV/SLV/85 pickup mix wired up with a single master volume and tone. The SLV is a custom pickup designed for Steve. The SLV is an overwound version of the SAV guitar pickup and features hidden pole pieces. The over-winding creates an even fatter tone to match up with the EMG-85 humbucking.

The SL20 system is mounted on a black pearl pickguard with black knobs. Installing the SL20 pickup in your guitar won't guarantee you a Grammy award, but it's a great way to get started.

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EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EMG-SL20 Rocks

By OldGold

from In the Hills

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Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

I've had my EMG-SL20 pickguard set for over a month and I couldn't be happier. By adjusting the volume control on the guitar you can easily go from super clean to crunch but I think the real strong point of this set is the amount of tone adjustment available on the guitar control. I love my Fender Strat and that 'bell' sound I have always gotten from it, but now I find my bell sound has gotten much better. From Fender style blues to loud grinding crunch this pickup set has impressed my. The build quality is high and the installation is a simple 3 solder connections on the new supplied plug. This setup rocks for sure.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Al Mumit

Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

It is possible to squeeze this into a 1983 Kramer Pacer Deluxe by moving the humbucker a quarter inch, and trimming the guard to make room for the Floyd posts. A rotozip tool, dremel tool, and a little patience...and this old axe has a new lease on life. The result doesn't look butchered, either. The tone knob actually works! My better half, who doesn't play anything, remarked that the sound was "really good." Wish I had found this item ten years ago! Clean is clean, and no strat ever sounded this good. With a Digitech RPx400, some pretty good heavy stuff can be produced. This is a very sweet setup for anything but death metal...which isn't music, anyway.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SL EMG'S are an excellent replacement for stock pick ups

By The Monkey

from Phoenix, AZ

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Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

Build, sound, ease of install, and value all are amazing; in my opinion. I would highly recommend them if you are looking to breathe life into a guitar(strat in my case) that isn't meeting your expectations.
I replaced my stock pickups in a Fender American strat,and these far surpassed my expectations.They swapped out without any issues, and sound much better than the stockies.The pickups all sound great, but this is the first time I've actually used the middle pickup selection and really was pleased with the tone. The five way selection switch produces different, user friendly tones. It still has all the characteristics of a strat, only more headroom and presence.I am very pleased with their all around perfomance. There was no soldering at all necessary either...cool!
Extremely well built, clean install. Tone pots are smooth and fluid. Pickgaurd is actually very nice and multiply. Looks great and sounds great too. Emg has excellent attention to detail.
Got 'em on sale, and the loaded pickgaurd setup was cheaper than buying them seperately.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

EMG SL20's

By MikeD5150

from Baltimore, MD

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Classic Rock
    • Concerts
    • Pop
    • Rock

    Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    I put these into a 97 Strat Plus. The install directions were a little vague, especially when it came to what to do with the ground wire already in the guitar. Finally after research it said remove it because the pickups are internally grounded. Upon installation there was a horrible hum, a ground hum. After taking it apart and putting it together a number of times it turned out the ground wire's solder joint to the input jack was very loose. Upon resoldering the hum went away, however the whole ordeal drained the battery and the volume/gain of the pickups was cut in half. Once I replaced it the pickups came to life and became what I expected. The SL20's sounded like beefy Lace Sensor Gold's, while the 85 sounded like a stock alnico Seymour Duncan.
    Although this could be a freak occurrence that the solder joint was loose, it added a negative aspect to my experience so I can't give these a stelar review. If you are interested in these do extensive research into installation as active pickups are very different from installing passive pickups.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    EMG SL20 in 1996 amer strat std

    By Robbyg

    from SE North Carolina

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    Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    I've had the EMG SL20 installed in a 1996 Fender American Standard Stratocaster for about 1 1/2 years. The sounds are very usable, ranging from plenty of singing output on the bridge p/u to a very strat-like voice on the neck p/u with pronounced highs.The most unique sound is in the 4th position, middle/neck, which is almost like a sweet piezo acoustic sound. Overall, I have found this set-up to sound fairly smooth, but always have to roll the treble off somewhat to keep it from sounding "brittle",which is par for most active set-ups. The main negative with this set-up is that in the 2nd position (humbridge and middle p/u),the humbucker does not split out to give you the sweeter strat-like sound, it's still full humbucker and middle. Battery life is fine, I change battery each time I restring (1 to 2 months,depending on use and "sweat level"(you know what I mean!).

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME STRAT SOUNDS

    By Max Salas

    from Chile

    Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    All the strats sounds are in this set, all you should be aware is that the pickups are really sensitive to the height.These are so versatile that you'll have one axe for everything. The battery needs replacement after 3000 hours of use, thats a loooot!!! Ive had mine for more than a year and a half now so no problem at all.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    emg installation made easier

    By future emg endorser

    from Neodesha, KS

    Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    I have always liked emg pickups the look the sound the quality here are the basic points: neck pickup: crystal clear clean tones good for jazz to classic rock,distorted crunchy enough for alternative to punk. Middle pickup: not that great but, good for mixing with bridge for out of phase sound. Bridge pickup: good clean tones for all styles, mid level distortion alt,punk,hard rock tones come out easily, full gain the 85 can do it all but this is where it does the best great crunch, runs you over with power this thing is like a sonic punch to the face. I think I hit all the basic points but the best thing is 3 solder contact spots thats it takes all of 5 mins. get it you can not and will not be dissapointed!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best prewired Pickguard out there

    By Troy

    from Jacksboro TX

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      Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      This is great for all types of Music you can turn any cheap guitar in to a Beast in just 30 Minutes! The only down side is you must remember to unplug the cable or it will run down the Battery. All my friends want one now and want me to hook it up for them

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      IT ROCKS!!!

      By mikekeneally123

      from Chicago

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      Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      I have just bought this EMG Pro Series set and I love it. It is very wide and the humbucking sound is much richer and fatter than Kirk Hammett's EMG 81. The SLV single coil pickups are also crystal clear and this really adds a lot to the sustain of your guitar since it has a pre-amp inside.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice pickup set, good sound quality

      By Chris

      from San Jose, California

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      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

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        Comments about EMG-SL20 Steve Lukather Prewired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

        Solid pickup set with very versatile tones. The Emg 85 in the bridge is great for metal and most types of rock. The single coil Emg Slv pickups are well balanced volume wise to the 85 and give some clean but boosted strat tones. Overall I recommend this pickup set. One thing to note, however, is this won't fit with a Floyd rose bridge and so expect to have to cut this to size to fit

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