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EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup 

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The H4 is the equivalent of EMG's 81 Active Pickup without the "active" that uses two "bar" loaded coils for "balls to the walls" tone. All HZ Pickup...Click To Read More About This Product

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The bridge pickup of choice for leading manufacturers.

The H4 is the equivalent of EMG's 81 Active Pickup without the "active" that uses two "bar" loaded coils for "balls to the walls" tone. All HZ Pickups have EMG's exclusive 5-wire quick-connect output allowing any number of wiring combinations, and are fully shielded for a minimum of noise. String grounding is recommended to further decrease noise.


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EMGH4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 41 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (4)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding Pickups!

Bought a set of these for the bridge and the HZ H4A for the neck of my Dean Dave Mustaine Angel of Deth II Zero. They are simply amazing! They sound better than my...Read complete review

Bought a set of these for the bridge and the HZ H4A for the neck of my Dean Dave Mustaine Angel of Deth II Zero. They are simply amazing! They sound better than my Synyster Custom with Seymor Duncan Invaders. Just everything is perfect, the tone, the highs/lows, clean/distorted, whatecer you wanna throw at them they can handle! Installion was too easy, just remove old hardware and simply plug in the new. It couldn't be any more simple. By far the best pick ups I've used and not to mention they're affordable.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent Stock Pickup, go for the 81 or a Duncan

Came stock with my ESP Custom Shop Scythe, the Alexi Laiho signature model. I'm not impressed with the pickup at all, especially for such a high-end guitar. The sound is similar to a...Read complete review

Came stock with my ESP Custom Shop Scythe, the Alexi Laiho signature model. I'm not impressed with the pickup at all, especially for such a high-end guitar. The sound is similar to a Duncan JB that has been castrated. It has nice distortion and zero noise, decent attack, but compared to the EMG 81 and Duncan JB, it comes off like a stock mid-range guitar pickup.I have EMG actives and Seymour Duncans, I HIGHLY suggest spending the extra dollars for either of these opposed to the H4.The only Positive I have to say about the H4 is the fact that it is passive, no worry over a battery and its just straight up plug and play.I will be replacing the H4 with an active 81

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Same as the 81

By wyldechylded96

from dyer brook, maine

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Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

I got this pickup installed in the bridge position on my jay turser LP and it sounds just like an 81. I have a schecter damien elite fr that has an 81 in it and it sounds the same. so save urself some money and get this pick up now!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"a serious alternative to the 81\85 set"

By rowy

from Adelaide, Australia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good tone
  • Improves Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

      I bought the EMG H4\H4A passive set looking for a better alternative to the 81\85 active set. It took a while but eventually I found these great pickups! I've played the active set for over two years and have a good ear for its strengths and weaknesses.

      I was looking to retain the essentially great tone of the active set but hopefully achieve these three main things. 1)Lose the lower mid-range frequency "growl" of the actives which was just too aggressive for the original hard rock\metal I play. 2)Decrease the overly compressed feeling of the actives which just felt choked at times(you can add compression via amp or pedal but you can't take it away). 3)Increase the tonal versatility of the pickups as the active set were just so "ON" with little ability to back off gain via volume on guitar or distortion knob on amp.

      I'm happy to say I've achieved all three things here. Guitarists who love the 81\85 set but want far more ability to shape their sound themselves will love these pickups.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epi LPNF

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

      i got an epiphone les paul nightfall that came with these stock with coil taps. i love them the bridge can get everything from metalcore mania to punk. While if you split the neck and turn the tone up you get a great fat clean sound. One final thing is at least in my guitar a little on the tone knob goes a long way so you dont need to be at zero or ten all he time.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An awesome pickup for many applications

      By KTAnarchist14

      from Houston, TX

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      Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

      I used these pickups exclusively for over two and a half years. They are absolutely sick. The clean tones work equally wel in both neck and bridge positions, and are have the depth, clarity, and punch to cover just about any style of music. As for distortion, they are articulate and powerful, with a sick crunch that many other pickups only wish they had. Combine a set of these with your favorite equalizer and distortion and you're set man. All in all, if it weren't for the X-Series pickups I would have stayed with these forever.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Similar to the 81

      By Mad_axeman

      from NY

      Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

      The H4 has a tone similar to it's active twin the famous 81. There is a bit more high end on tap here,(at least in a 25.5 inch scale bolt-on with a floyd--I'm sure it would sound a little warmer in a 24 3/4 scale set neck guitar) but overall it has that tight, focused tone that the 81 is known for, with a slightly extended frequency range. You also get plenty of output for driving your amp.Harmonics jump off the fretboard easily although its just slightly more difficult to pull those Zakky low E-string pinches if thats your thing. I personally enjoy the active 81 sound, as I have been using the active EMG's in most of my guitars since the mid 80's. I have recently been experimenting with many different passives in some of my guitars, but I always end up comparing the tones to that of my trusty 81's. The 81 always wins. If you like the sound of the 81 you can pretty much get there with the passive H4. The H4 is a passive pickup and it will behave as such, but if you're dead set against actives for whatever reason or if changing a 9 volt battery every 3 years or so in an active equipped guitar is just too bothersome, the passive h4 may be just the ticket. It seems funny to me that after trying out so many passives from all the big manufacturers that the one that rates at the top of my list just happens to be made by the company that is most known for their active pickups. Give it a try!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The perfect pickup for for everything

      By SidRuby478

      from Dallas,Tx

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

        I play everything from metal to gypsy jazz and i needed a pickup that could do it all. I bought my fist Hz4 back in 2007 and ive been using them ever since. I have it installed in all my guitars now and would suggest it to everyone looking to get the most out of their guitar without having to break the back .

        bottom line is :
        metal you get the crunch,attack, and stustaine.

        Blues you get the mellow warmth and rounded tone.

        Jazz players you get that snap and brightness on the highends.

        best bang for your buck!

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Do not Compare this to the EMG 81 or 85

        By Rallygt500

        from Midwest

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        Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

        Hello Everyone: the biggest mistake is comparing this pickup to an EMG 81 or 85, there is no comparison, 81's and 85's are active with a battery booster which changes the tone a lot.This pickup can be compared more or less to a high output PAF crossed with a dimarzio super distortion, it has some good tones, but it can be mean if you know how to push it.First off do not use .047 capacitors with this pickup, it will make it muddy and sound garbled.use the old rule of thumb .022 for the capacitors.this does make a big difference in tone.I installed this pickup in the neck with the H3 in the bridge of a Ibanez ART100, and it sounds great, clean it has that PAF type tone but when you distort it, it has that nice classic rock tone.if you want a really high output heavy metal pickup, this is not it, stick to the active emg's for that, but if you want something for classic rock or hard rock, this pickup will help fit the bill.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Pickup well worth the money

        By tgarison

        from Abilene, Tx

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

          This is a very good pickup for the money, they are a bit on the "hot" side but otherwise excellent, the sound is vastly improved over stock pickups, the sustain is a lot better and once you get everything set for them they are very quiet when you want them to be quiet.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding Pickups!

          By Brochacho11

          from Menomonie, WI

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

            Bought a set of these for the bridge and the HZ H4A for the neck of my Dean Dave Mustaine Angel of Deth II Zero. They are simply amazing! They sound better than my Synyster Custom with Seymor Duncan Invaders. Just everything is perfect, the tone, the highs/lows, clean/distorted, whatecer you wanna throw at them they can handle! Installion was too easy, just remove old hardware and simply plug in the new. It couldn't be any more simple. By far the best pick ups I've used and not to mention they're affordable.

            (4 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Worse than stock Epi

            By MetalPlayer11

            from Moncton, NB

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            Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

            I bought a goth explorer that has a set of these EMG h4 pickups, and they are terrible. They are without a doubt noiseless, but sadly they are also TONELESS! There is no bite, no cut, and no tone. The cleans are not that clean and the dirtys are not dirty. I would go for a set of Dimario D Activators or even gibson pickups before buying a set of these.

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