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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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    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • 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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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Huge improvement in tone, worth every penny!

By Bobby H

from Chicago, Illinois

About Me Experienced

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 installed a set of these on my Jackson JS32R and it made a huge difference. The biggest improvement I noticed was that it gave the mids a lot more bite when running a distortion pedal and playing hard rock/metal riffs. I run them just about as close as I can to the strings, they scream a lot louder and give you much more sustain on the high end than the stock ones do. The pots they supplied made the cleans noticeably brighter too.

     
    5.0

    EMG Fan For LIFE!

    By Gunner

    from Ottawa, Kansas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

      I love these EMG h4 & H4A Passive pick ups!
      I put them in a 2003 Gibson Les Paul Standard for giggles and am Amazed at the difference they made!
      Screaming highs, Heavy lows, I absolutely LOVE THEM!
      Going to replace ALL my Les Paul pick ups with EMGs!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Flawless!!!

      By Lance

      from Longview, WA

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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:

        These are my favorite pickups on the planet and I love them to death! I have played just about every pickup out there and these are amazing! Perfect medium between actives and passives, these are the best of both worlds. I mostly play Christian Rock, Metal, soft rock, worship, and many others. BUY THESE!!!...and if you regret getting these, then you simply have bad taste and shouldn't be playing guitar at all, with all do respect. They're are plenty of amazing pickups out there, and choosing others over the HZs is fine, but if you think that these are "bad" pickups, then you are just wrong and in denial.

        (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!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Pickup well worth the money

          By tgarison

          from Abilene, Tx

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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.

            (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.

                (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 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  passive EMG's

                  By Metalmark

                  from Omaha

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                  Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

                  Top Notch

                  made in the USA

                  (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Passive EMG'a

                  By Metalmark

                  from Omaha

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                  Comments about EMG H4 Passive Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickup:

                  Quality made in USA

                  (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.

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