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EMG EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup   

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While the EMG-60 humbucker still features the close aperture coils loaded with ceramic magnets for the brightest attack of any of EMG's many humbucking models, this pickup also packs plenty of output with both clarity and cut through high end. The EMG-60 guitar pickup is incredible for rhythm guitar as metal and extreme players have discovered. James Hetfield's signature ESP models use EMG-60s because their distinctive crunch sets any rhythm player apart in the mix of a band that pumps a lot of midrange from the stage.

With a distinctive tone for soloing, the 60 works perfectly as a clear, yet fat lead pickup. The resonance slope is steeper but the peak is higher than other EMG models. The EMG-60 pickup is the result of a lot of input from various people. It is probably the most versatile humbucking pickup EMG makes, but doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

FEATURES
  • Package includes:
  • EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable
  • Prewired split shaft volume/tone control set
  • Output jack
  • Battery clip set

SPECIFICATIONS

EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup

  • Resonant Frequency: 2.95kHz
    Magnet Type: Ceramic
    Output Voltage (String): 1.25
    Output Voltage (Strum): 3.5
    Output Noise @ 60Hz: -89dBV
    Output Impedance: 10kOhms
    Current @ 9V: 80 microamps
    Battery Life: 3,000 hours
    Maximum Supply: 27V DC
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EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

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5.0

Love this in bridge position too!!!

By Chris

from Milwaukee WI

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Pros

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

Cons

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      Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

      I have one of these in the neck in a different guitar and bought this one to go in a bridge position. Couldn't be happier. Super bright cleans and even handles the dirty channel on my rockerverb like a beast. I know this is commonly a neck pickup, but do not rule it out if you are looking for something a little different from an 81.

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      5.0

      Musician's Friend sends free replacement

      By Racyscooter

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

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          Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

          I had originally bought a ESP guitar based on its EMG 60/81 description. When that turned out not to be correct, GOOD GUY Musician's Friend did the best thing ever: they shipped EMG 60 free and didn't ask for the EMG 81 in return! SWEET. Excellent customer service. And the EMG 60 was a snap to install and it's the exact sound I wanted.

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          5.0

          Great PAF sound but cleaner

          By Slick

          from PA

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Quiet

          Cons

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              Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

              I use the 60's in the neck position, although wouldn't hesitate to put on in the bridge. It's very much like a PAF type sound, but, much cleaner. Well defined notes, not muddy, and zero noise. The thing I've always liked about EMG's is they tell the truth about the wood underneath them, unlike a lot of other pickups. Try one, you'll like it!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              EMG 60

              By exortor123

              from Brisbane, QLD

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              Pros

              • Awesome Product
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • No Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

              Awesome Product, I used to have a EMG 81 on the neck I replaced it with whit the 60 and it really made a difference!! my favourite set up is a 85 on the bridge and a 60 on the neck :)

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              5.0

              Versatile

              By Chris

              from New York

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

                I installed this pickup (along with the 81) on an esp m series model with passives on it and it really makes a differene. First I have to say that installation was not difficult. You just have to pay close attention to the diagrams but it was fairly easy. No soldering required here.

                I play Rock mostly, but I do love to play blues slide and classical and some country here and there. This pickup is very fat sounding, producing a lot of low end and rich harmonics, which is what I was looking for in an active pickup. It's very responsive to the pick attack and finger picking as well. This smokes the emg 85 for versatility in my opinion. And it plays heavy with high gain settings. A great pickup for a wide range of styles. Give it a try.

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                5.0

                Amazing

                By b9009b

                from Philly

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

                  EMG pickups are plug and play. Simple and fast swap out from other EMG's. I replaced an EMG 85 with this one in a Epiphone Explorer. Dramatic tone difference and improvement.

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                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Metal, Rock, Blues, You Name It!

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                  By RyanStorm

                  from SLC

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                  Pros

                  • Classy
                  • Clear
                  • Smooth

                  Cons

                  • Want More

                  Best Uses

                  • Blues
                  • Chicken Plucking
                  • Hard Anything
                  • Heavy
                  • Industrial
                  • Metal

                  Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

                  I wasn't the genius to figure these are the bomb, it was my quest to follow in Rammstein's shoes. They have two guitarists, and Paul Landers PU's are the 81/60(his Sig Gibson has them too), and Richard Kruspe also rocks the 81, but he does ESP!

                  Since I couldn't afford his Signature, I got an ESP EC-1000, which comes with these puppies.

                  These PU's record better than the Gibson 490s or BurstBuckers(I know, I brought three Gibsons home and recorded them, and then brought the EC-1000)!

                  I had the nicer and the cheaper Gibson Studios, and the best Epiphone Custom, and the tone I got from them was decent, but not worth the money.

                  Overall the 60's were impressive, way more than anything else I have played. I honestly don't know why someone would need an 85 when you got an 81. I was puzzled cause a lot of stars like Wylde do the 85.

                  I haven't recorded an 85 or the 89. All I know is that an ESP with 81/60, I have a great do-it-all Industrial Metal Guitar that can still do the nice blues.

                  For me I play through my Line6 UX2 with the BX5a studio monitors and Audio Technica Headphones. The guitar effects make any guitar sound amazing especially on those speakers. But

                  It doesn't matter amazing your simulated amps and effects are, if you don't have the right guitar and pickups. Personally I would recommend the guitars that have these pups stock.

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                  5.0

                  Totally Excellent

                  By Metalholic86

                  from Spanish Springs, NV

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Sound

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                      Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

                      I've found the best pickups EVER. I had always heard rumors and hear-say about pickups that 'crunch'. After my EMG 60 pickups were installed, I was litterally floored by the amount of 'Punch' these bad boys can throw out. The clean sound is the most clear and articulate clean by far. Hands down the best active pickup on the market.

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                      5.0

                      good pickup

                      By andy-fcTDb

                      from Jackson,ky

                      Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

                      OK Ive used guitars with emgs. at local music places. so Ive used schecters and most guitars. well i like the 60 good clarity and tones. from clean to dirty it sounds great. I'm planning to get an ibanez grga32t in a bit. put a 60 in the neck and 85 in bridge. other than 60/81. The 60/81 Will distinguish you from rhythm parts and if your rhythm pick the 60/81 set or what i said 60/85(the 60/85 is a cool set ive thought of trying and using). well my point is great pickup. buy this for great tones.

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                      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great pickup

                      By Lucusarts

                      from Oklahoma

                      Comments about EMG-60 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup:

                      I had the EMG 81, 85 combo. I replaced the EMG 85 with the EMG 60. This pickup gets the most pretty clean sound and compared to the 85 I like the 60's clean tone lots, lots better. The volume and bass are more equal to the 81 so when I switch pups there is no volume change. It also has a very nice distorted tone. I'm metal all the way. The EMG 60 and EMG 81 are the way to go. This is a much better combo than the 85 (no offense to anyone). I did keep my 85 and will always have it in storage but I'm sticking with the 60. The 81 is by far hotter than the 60 but the 60 gets a great bite. I love the pickup. I'm very satisfied with my 81, 60 combo. This is the way to go.....Thanks for reading my review.

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