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EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set  

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The JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set is a totally new dimension for EMG, the design being driven solely with the input of James Hetfield. After playin...Read More

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OVERVIEW

James wanted something not only "new" sounding, but also totally new looking.

The JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set is a totally new dimension for EMG, the design being driven solely with the input of James Hetfield. After playing the 81/60 EMG combo for many years now James wanted something not only "new" sounding, he wanted a set that also looked totally new.

The neck pickup uses individual ceramic poles and bobbins with an enlarged core that gives it a more percussive attack, higher output and a fuller low-end response making it clean & fat and fast attacking.

The bridge pickup uses the same larger/taller core coil but has steel pole pieces, again for a tighter more percussive attack with less mutual inductance for a cleaner low-end,. Based of the EMG 81 but brought to a whole new level.

Both pickups feature an exclusive Black Nickel plated finish and come complete with EMG's revolutionary solderless installation wiring components.

FEATURES
  • New sounding and looking
  • Individual poles and bobbins
  • Enlarged core
  • More percussive attack
  • Higher output
  • Fuller low-end response
  • Black Nickel plated finish

Enjoy the same sound that inspires one of Metal's greatest guitarists. Order today.

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EMGJH James Hetfield Humbucker Set
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (13)
  • Good quality (12)
  • Functional (10)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (12)
    • Practicing (9)
    • Back-up (3)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    amazing tone, amazing look

    after reading a bunch of reviews, listening to sounds clips, and doing some test drives, i decided to buy a het set. right out of the box, you know you have two...Read complete review

    after reading a bunch of reviews, listening to sounds clips, and doing some test drives, i decided to buy a het set. right out of the box, you know you have two black bars of pure sex and tone waiting to grace your rig. with the solder-less electronics, this is a quick install for you diy'ers out there; however, i'm not much of a risk taker so i brought it to my local guitar tech for the install/set up. hitting that first chord after the install is like falling in love with the instrument all over again. they make bad amps sound good and great amps sound amazing. i paired these pickups with a tusq xl nut & saddles along with a pair of ernie ball cobalt: these pups can sing! you can get perfect cleans to saturated distortion and everything in between.
    two things to note:
    1. if you are switching from passive to active, your electronics cavity is gonna be tight because of the battery. some minor routing for a battery compartment could solve this but is not required.
    2. the black nickle is a little aesthetically clashy when paired with chrome hardware, its dark enough to blend with other black hardware though (in the off chance you can't find black nickle hardware)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for all genres

    These look absolutely fantastic in my grey black PRS custom 24. Very clean and easy install although the solder less kit will require you to either cut your old pickups wires a little short ...Read complete review

    These look absolutely fantastic in my grey black PRS custom 24. Very clean and easy install although the solder less kit will require you to either cut your old pickups wires a little short from the pickup selector or solder new wires to the post. 4 solders points only no big deal. I had to file the ears down a bit where the height adjustment screws go. So all installed, put back together, tuned up and very excited I sprint to the Marshall jcm 900 4100 half stack and fire it up. Plug straight in front started clean, good tone not great. I'm like well the it's all about the gain with these switch over and fizz fizz fizz. My heart sank. I wanted to love these. Then I learned the secret. Through the MXR 10 band they sound amazing( but what doesn't). They really sound good with a little eq fiddling. Capable of shred,blues and twang.i now own 3 EMG equipped guitars . Jackson RR1EMG 81/85, Fender American standard Strat 81/SA/SA and the PRS with the JH set. If you are looking for all out shred, get the 81/85 or 81/60. If you don't have an equalizer do not get these. Or get these and an EQ!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This set really delivers!!!

    By SVT

    from Guadalajara, México

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

      I bought this set as an improvement to my secondary guitar, installed them on a FrankenStrat, quite impressed how the experiment turned out, now I have 2 main guitars (can't decide)

      The only issue I had was the output jack not fitting properly on the output rout, I had to change the jack plate for a plain one, closest thing to a solderless install.

      About sound, changed my perception of Active pickups, I still love passive humbuckers, but I had the idea active pickups provided a lifeless sound.

      Bridge pickup is so bright, perfect for crunch and absolutely ready for heavy distortion, Neck pickup is just what I needed for clean tones.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good for all genres

      By Benjammin`-rE71-

      from Sacramento

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Look Fantastic

      Cons

      • Out Of Box Tone Is Trash

      Best Uses

      • All Music

      Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

      These look absolutely fantastic in my grey black PRS custom 24. Very clean and easy install although the solder less kit will require you to either cut your old pickups wires a little short from the pickup selector or solder new wires to the post. 4 solders points only no big deal. I had to file the ears down a bit where the height adjustment screws go. So all installed, put back together, tuned up and very excited I sprint to the Marshall jcm 900 4100 half stack and fire it up. Plug straight in front started clean, good tone not great. I'm like well the it's all about the gain with these switch over and fizz fizz fizz. My heart sank. I wanted to love these. Then I learned the secret. Through the MXR 10 band they sound amazing( but what doesn't). They really sound good with a little eq fiddling. Capable of shred,blues and twang.i now own 3 EMG equipped guitars . Jackson RR1EMG 81/85, Fender American standard Strat 81/SA/SA and the PRS with the JH set. If you are looking for all out shred, get the 81/85 or 81/60. If you don't have an equalizer do not get these. Or get these and an EQ!

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      4.0

      upgraded my les paul

      By mickdog

      from Lakehurst, NJ.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • They Sound Awesome

      Cons

      • Difficult to install

      Best Uses

        Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

        Very tight fit. Volume and tone pots barely fit my arch top les paul. Hard to install considering it was a solderless kit. EMG could have spared another 4 inches of wire. Also could have supplied some type of battery pouch. I had to cut foam and pad the battery so it wasnt bouncing around the cavity. Once it was installed, the pick ups shred. The sound is great.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sounding

        By gtbusa2002

        from New Port Richey, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

          I swapped out EMG 81 and 85 for these. I was very impressed with the overall tone and dynamics. They don't sound compressed.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing pickups!

          By Natesalot123

          from Susanville, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Chunky
          • Deep
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

            Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

            Put these in my 2008 Les Paul and they sound great. Only thing to remember is that the stock pots are too short for LP style guitars.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Like EMGs, but better.

            By Larry

            from Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • Solderless Install
            • Solderless Install Tone
            • Solerless Install
            • Tone

            Cons

            • Battery Not Included
            • Short Pots Only In Box

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Main Guitar
            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

            Take most of what you know of the EMG sound and throw it out the window. These are almost a completely different animal..in a good way! First off, these have a LOT more character than the standard 81/60 setup. Yes, it still has the sharp bite that you would expect, but it is a lot less harsh and more defined. They have a lot more warmth to them and are a lot more sensitive to EQ changes. If Gibson ever made active pickups, they would probably sound something like this set. Very nice, indeed. I had to take off a star because my Gibson Les Paul required long-shaft pots, which you have to buy seperately...they should really have a short/long-shaft pot option when you order these.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Cure For The Skeptics

            By ryanwadewilson76

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

              I've never been too fond of active pickups merely because they tend to sound "fake". EMGs sound too brittle, and SD Blackouts lack character. I demo'd these pickups in a LTD Snakebyte, and enjoyed them. Once I got my hands on my own Snakebyte, I was able to really get a feel for these pickups.

              The improved low-end response really brings these pickups to life, but doesn't drown out the higher ranges, and the passive characteristics they possess makes them sound more organic and "real" when compared to other active pickups. My favorite part, besides their appearance, is the fact that they're so harmonically rich and make every note stand out, even when you pile on the gain. Another thing to bear in mind is that though they have Hetfield's name on them, you're not gonna be able to only sound like Metallica. You can still dial in your own sounds and tones with these pickups, and they respond wonderfully to EQ changes. They also handle lower tunings incredibly well.

              If you're a skeptic like I am, take these pickups for a test drive. I still love my passives, but these will be my go-to pickups when I desire active pickups in any of my guitars.

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              (3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              You will sound only like Hetfield

              By NumberOneFan

              from Poopsville

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Look Great

              Cons

              • Poor Quality
              • Poor Quality Pole Pieces
              • Sounds Fizzy All The Time

              Best Uses

              • Bar Of Soap
              • Paper Weight

              Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

              I bought the set, really wanted to love these pickups, had them for a week. They looked so great in my guitar, but no matter what I did, even with thicker stings, bridge pickup was just fizz, fizz, fizz, and more fizz. Into an expensive tube amp, it should sound great, but it doesn't, just fizz. Neck pickup is okay for cleans, but not great. Do the 18volt mod on the 81/60 and you'll be a lot happier. Ceramic pole pieces on the neck pickup weren't even round on the ends & the high E steel pole piece on the bridge pickup had a circle in the middle protruding like someone at the factory inserted the pole piece upside down. Just not happy with these. Love my 81/60 though. If you buy the JH het-set, every song you play will sound like it's off the "And justice for all" album even if it's not a Metallica song. Sorry for the bad review.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              EMGs with balls!

              By Den

              from Rochester, MN

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Great Sustain
              • Improves Sound
              • Very Clear

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Recording

                Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

                Normally, I tend to run away from active pickups. But, I've heard so much about these having closer to a passive tone, than other active pickups on the market. And, that intrigued me. I was instantly surprized that they were as full, as they were. Of course they aren't as full as a passive, but they're pretty close. The lows are pretty heavy, but tight enough that they don't get extremely muddy. The have a nice amount of mids, that the 81/85 combo lacks. So, you can get some nice grindy tones, out of them. The sustain on these is overwhelming, for me at least. The pole piece magnets really help them get that nice passive like pick responce. Which allows you the get more feeling, and expression in your playing. If you like the clarity of the attack of the typical EMGs, but want a fuller tone, you need to try these. They're not nearly as sterile, and processed sounding as typical EMGs.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AMAZING TONE!

                By Tricky

                from Reno, NV

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set:

                  I'm a lifelong ESP player. I have an ESP Phoenix that is my favorite axe. I've played it with the Seymore Duncans that were stock. After a year, I replaced them with the EMG JH Set. Normally I use the EMG 81's, but I heard so much praise about these, that I figured "why not?".

                  All I can say is the hype is true. Using the bridge pickup on my thick, Marshall distortion, the walls rattle more than before. The tone is so heavy, yet more defined than the 81. Using the neck on a clean tone is nothing short of beautiful. These pickups are amazing. Now I get to spend a slew of money to replace the old EMGs in my other guitars. LOL

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