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Bring out the best of your playing with this well-rounded pickup.
The 66-N is a result of pickup design innovation inspired by the specific needs and requests of today's players. Alnico V magnets provide the warm, smooth mid-range and expansive lows while the ceramic pole pieces bring out the clarity in the upper register. Voiced as a neck pickup, the 66-N comes in EMG's exclusive brushed stainless steel cap giving it a sleek modern look that compliments any instrument.
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Comments about EMG 66-N Humbucker Guitar Neck Pickup:
This is EMGs attempt to have an old meets new pickup, going for a PAF type voicing with the advantages of active pickups. In my opinion they have done a fairly good job. The clean tones are fantastic. I plugged into a fender blues jr and easily found warm and shimmery clean tones with just a few tweaks of the EQ. You can also get a nice low gain crunch that is very responsive to your pick attack, allowing you to really dig in for more crunch.
Playing with loads of gain and this pickup gives you that massive, saturated tone with the searing clarity EMG has made their name on. Roll back on the volume knob and this pickup will clean up nicely and naturally, more so than any other actives I've played, which seem to require the volume almost full on for good tone.
The problem is the in between. Getting a good middle gain setting has been a bit difficult. Rolling back the volume a bit on a higher gain setting can get you close but if thats the sound you're after this wouldn't be my first pickup choice.
To me, this pickup feels and behaves more like a passive than traditional EMG pickups, esp with how they sound with the volume rolled off. That said this is still a distinctly active sounding pickup with tremendous punch and clarity. It also has just about the best clean tone I've ever heard in a humbucker, much less an active humbucker. It really shines in that department with the clarity and punch of actives with the smoothness and warmth of passives.
If you need a good clean sound, this could be for you. I thought it sounded good with high gain though serious metal players may want a more traditional active like an 85 or 60. Like other actives, I find using the tone and volume controls are extremely important because they are so sensitive. Also if you're used to passives you definitely need to EQ actives differently. I'm still working with it and I dig it, though I still prefer single coils. It's a cool pickup and works to bridge the gap of actives and passives, definitely worth a try if you are new to actives or need to get a stellar clean tone out of one.