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Lace Sensor Emerald Single Coil Electric Guitar Pickup  

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Less noise, more harmonics, more sustain.

The Lace Sensor Emerald is a single coil guitar pickup that delivers crisp top end and bell-like tone without noise. Built by Lace since 1985, the Sensor pickup was used exclusively by Fender until 1996. These Lace pickups have the same specifications with the same great tone. Emerald Lace Sensor pickups have that Texas-inspired tone without the noise associated with single coils. The Sensor Emerald pickup is everything you want to play with the snap and bite of great southern rock sound.


The Lace Sensor Emerald guitar pickup has a unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing annoying 60-cycle hum. Patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, yielding a wider tonal range and better string balance than traditional guitar pickups.

Unlike ordinary pickups, the Lace Emerald generates 36 separate magnetic "sensing" fields that, in the areas where they contact the string, "read" the strings' vibration. (Regular pickups only generate anywhere from 4 to 12 fields).

The Lace Sensor Emerald also has Radiant Field Barriers: metal slides that frame the inner core of the Sensors and perform two functions. The first is to shield the Sensor from the outside noise and 60-cycle hum. The second is to produce broader, yet more concentrated, umbrellas of sensing field than standard magnetic pickups.

Less Noise, More Harmonics
As compared to standard pickups, it reads a greater physical area of the string, while picking up less outside interference. This makes the signal-to-noise ratio nothing short of phenomenal for a single coil system. Also, a wider range of harmonic content is read by the Sensor, delivering a more complex tonal response.

Increased Sustain, Truer Pitch
Since it operates so efficiently, Lace Sensors can utilize much lower energy magnets than ordinary guitar pickups, and this in turn brings about a whole new realm of properties. In regular pickups, the magnetic fields are so strong they physically dampen, or drag on, the strings' vibration, reducing sustain and actually changing the pitch. But in the Lace Sensor Emerald, string dampening is virtually nonexistent. This means your sustain is increased dramatically while the string holds its true pitch for the duration of the note.

Lace includes a three-inch mini data CD that includes all its latest wiring diagrams in color along with Lace's most current pickup and guitar catalogs. Also includes a warranty card and other useful information regarding Lace Music Products.

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Head to the Emerald City, and let this wizard of a pickup grant you Texas-sized dreams. Order today.

 

Sensor Emerald Single Coil Electric Guitar Pickup Specifications:

  • Position: neck/mid
  • Resistance: 5.7k
  • Peak Frequency: 3450
  • Inductance: 2.7 henries
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LaceSensor Emerald Single Coil Electric Guitar Pickup
 
4.0

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3.0

Not what I was expecting

By Ty

from Over the Hills

Comments about Lace Sensor Emerald Single Coil Electric Guitar Pickup:

I am not a fan of these pickups... at all. They seemed very promising in achieving a texas blues tone (SRV) without noise. They are quieter than the stock single coils I had in my guitar, but they are far from noiseless. Unfortunately, the tone was a major downgrade to my ears. They seem muffled and nasally compared to my stock neck pickup (a stock neck pickup in an SX strat copy, which is saying quite a bit). The stock pickups had a much more pleasing tone. I would not reccomend these pickups and will not be buying another lace product as I also was less than pleased with the sensor purples (same complaints as with emerald, but the purple did sound half way decent in the bridge). I will be buying Fender, Seymour Duncans or Rio Grande pickups in the future for my strats and teles. I'm not saying this to bash Lace, but instead give my experience with their products.
They seem like good quality pickups, but I saw a picture of how they slowly began transitioning to a less sturdy design. Though it may have been for sound quality, I believe it has more to do with cost saving measures.
I'm not a fan of the sound so they don't carry much value for my buck.

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5.0

There's no place like home!

By john jameson

from Portland

Comments about Lace Sensor Emerald Single Coil Electric Guitar Pickup:

The Emerald has a slightly deep voice, subtle mids, and a bit of glass on the high end. I like it as a neck or a middle pickup. I also had a chance to try a "Dually" Lace (Emerald+Purple) recently, and I think it's a great "multifunction" neck pickup for a tele or strat. The emerald, is good for these positions because its not too hot and has a very clear, dynamic voice, not over-compressed, nice and airy.

I recommend
Good quality, passive mid or neck pickup - I use it on my tele. Sounds great. I got mine in White. I like the color codes lace has and how you can mix and match and even create Dualy Humbuckers out of different singles...NO NOISE BTW! completely quiet, yet had tons of sustain when I wanted it.
A+++ quality. great build.
Wouldn't buy anything else...except for maybe a Silver in the mid, and a gold in the bridge .

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