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EMG Metal Works JH James Hetfield Humbucker Signature Set

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In early 2009, James Hetfield contacted EMG Pickups president Rob Turner and presented him with a challenge: to create a "stealth" looking set that c...Click To Read More About This Product

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The same pickups made famous by the Metallica front man, now with a different look.

In early 2009, James Hetfield contacted EMG Pickups president Rob Turner and presented him with a challenge: to create a "stealth" looking set that captures the clarity and punch of a passive pickup and still retains the legendary active tone that molded a generation.

Now available in EMG Metal Works Finishes and EMG's Solderless Installation System components, the JH Set consists of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge). Both pickups were patterned after the pickups James has used for 30 years but the end result was a completely different animal. The JH-N has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60. This produces more attack, higher output, and fuller low end in the neck position. The JH-B uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike the 81 that uses bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end.

The 81 is the most famous model; the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone is endowed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain. Traditionally used in the bridge position, this pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix like a hot knife. When used in both positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo.

Metal Works Finishes
Metal Works consists of six stainless steel cap options for any of their active or passive humbucker pickups. These U.S.A made caps are available in Gold, Chrome, Brushed Gold, Brushed Chrome, and Brushed Black Chrome. Pioneers of the "Black Pickup", EMG has become recognizable worldwide and used by millions of guitar and bass players. The team at EMG is set to make history again with the introduction of the new Metal Works series. These striking new designs offer players and instrument builders a broader range of premium cap options. All the power and clarity of EMG electronics, now with a modern classic look.

FEATURES
  • Individual poles and bobbins
  • Enlarged core
  • More percussive attack
  • Higher output
  • Fuller low-end response
  • Designed and produced in the USA
  • Package Includes:
    • EMG's Exclusive Solderless Install System
    • Split Shaft Volume/Tone Control Set
    • Output Jack
    • Battery Clip Set, Screws and Springs

    Give your guitar more bite and clean low end with this pickup set. Order today!

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    EMGMetal Works JH James Hetfield Humbucker Signature Set
     
    5.0

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Improves sound (5)
    • Good quality (3)

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    • Concerts (4)
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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Matt

    from St. Cloud, MN

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        Comments about EMG Metal Works JH James Hetfield Humbucker Signature Set:

        These pickups are fantastic! I was a long time 81/85 guy, and while they are pretty much the standard for the music I do I was never completely satisfied with them. Tried the X series, tried the Blackouts and still neither of those were all of what I wanted in a pickup either. These are. Excellently balanced, lots of punch and dynamics. James and EMG did a great job with these, I highly recommend them to other active pickup users.

         
        5.0

        Everything I wanted

        By Big Dog

        from Orting, washington

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about EMG Metal Works JH James Hetfield Humbucker Signature Set:

          I got these for my ESP ltd ex 360 which had the 81/60 combo in it before I liked those but the het set really made a difference, I use that guitar for E standard and the quality,punch and sustain they have are great I would buy these again. The brushed gold is my favorite

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great pickups

          By Nick

          from Philly

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about EMG Metal Works JH James Hetfield Humbucker Signature Set:

          Iv always been a big EMG fan

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome sound and great look!

          By SDMF1234

          from Bronx,NY

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          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about EMG Metal Works JH James Hetfield Humbucker Signature Set:

          The pickups look and sound amazing. The only issue I had was the pots were frozen solid when I received them. The stems would not move at all. I had to exchange them for another set. Once I received the new set all was fine. I would recommend the pickups but make sure to check the pots first.

           
          5.0

          More than just a James Hetfield tone

          By C-Go

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy to install
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Great Looking
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • None At The Moment

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Composing
          • Concerts
          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about EMG Metal Works JH James Hetfield Humbucker Signature Set:

          I have had these pups for a whole two weeks and I have to say that they've exceeded my expectations in a every regard, I knew that when I was buying them I was getting a Metallica/ James Het field sound but these pups are so much more than just that. The sound videos on YouTube etc. Just don't do them justice.They're such versatile pups even though I tend to stick to thrash metal most of the time. Really the only way to decide if you wants these pups is to try them out in a store, or if you're like me you can take a leap of faith and buy them now.

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