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EMG EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set  Ivory 

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David has used this same EMG system for many years on his main red Strat. The DG20 pickup comes with 3 ivory SA single-coil pickups, wired with an EX...Read More

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Used on David's main red Strat.

David has used this same EMG system for many years on his main red Strat. The DG20 pickup comes with 3 ivory SA single-coil pickups, wired with an EXG guitar expander, an SPC presence control, and master volume - all on a deluxe white pearl pickguard, ivory pickups, and white knobs. The SA single-coil pickups feature Alnico magnets which give a full round tone with an accentuated mid range. The EMG-EXG guitar expander circuit increases the bass and treble while reducing the mids, perfect for chord definition at higher volumes, while the SPC makes the SAs sing by boosting the mids and turning your single coils into full blown humbucking!

Now you can have the same guitar pickups and tone accessories as David, but keep practicing if you want to get to the "Dark Side of the Moon."

EMG-EXG
For flexibility in tone at your fingertips, there is no better choice than the EXG guitar expander. The frequency response of the EXG is similar to normal guitar amp equalization. The lows and highs are boosted while the midrange is dipped out. The EXG is great for creating a fuller tone that doesn't get muddy, while keeping it clean and clear, letting your guitar stand out in the mix.

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SPECIFICATIONS

EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set

  • EMG-DG20
  • Magnet Type: Alnico
  • Resonant Frequency: 4.45 kHz
  • Output Voltage (String): 1.0
  • Output Voltage (Strum): 1.50
  • Output Noise @ 60Hz: -91
  • Output Impedance: 10 kOhms
  • Current @ 9V: 1,240 microamps
  • Battery Life: 500 hours
  • Maximum Supply: 27V DC
  • EMG-EXG
  • Noise: -117 dBV
  • Output Impedance: 2 kOhms
  • Current: 410 microamps
  • Battery Life: 600 hours
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EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Functional (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

30 years on and I couldn't be happier

25 or 30 years ago, when EMG was very new on the scene, I cobbled together the exact same setup out of the available EMG parts and circuits. Those days it was wire-it-yourself,...Read complete review

25 or 30 years ago, when EMG was very new on the scene, I cobbled together the exact same setup out of the available EMG parts and circuits. Those days it was wire-it-yourself, way before the current "plug-and-play" setup. I think I may have beaten Gilmour to it by a few years. I settled on this rig after a lot of experimentation with other pickups and circuits. Here's why:

1) I was looking for as close as I could get to a "take one guitar to the gig" scenario. In general, it worked although I'd take one or two other "specialty" guitars with alternate tunings and such as well. Between the two tone circuits you have three alnico single-coils and three humbuckers. That covers a lot of ground.

2) I needed to get rid of the troublesome hum and buzz that would show up any time there was a fluorescent or neon fixture on the same block as my other Strat. Done

3) I got tired of having to reach back and screw with amp volumes and levels when I switched from single coils to humbuckers, etc. The high output of the EMG's puts them on a more level playing field with your typical medium output humbucker. Done. Also the low output impedance and high output level means you can get your signal through a pile of pedals with lots less degradation

4) I got VERY tired of being somewhere with iffy AC power and kissing a mic and having it bite me back. The lack of a string ground eliminates the possibility of a ground loop or short. That can be a life-saver.

5) I also was frustrated with rolling back the volume on a guitar and losing the treble with it. The EMG's don't do that.

The short of it? I built that guitar in the early 80's and it's still my favorite Strat. Does it sound like your vintage 50's or '60's Strat? Probably not. But I'd bet that your vintage Strat doesn't sound like my vintage Strat either.

Oh, by the way, I just came by to pick up the handy-dandy pre-wired version for another guitar. Ya gotta love it. I can put the whole thing in, start to finish and be playing again inside an hour. That beats the socks off of the hours and hours I put in to cobbling my original rig together in the first place.
This set up can truly be the cover band player's answer to "take one guitar to the gig and cover it all"
EMG's construction quality, just by it's nature, is nearly bulletproof.
Spendy, but, in my opinion, worth it

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for rock

I am not a David Gilmour fan and I don't listen to his music but don't get me wrong...these pickups sound good for rock and the eq feature is very cool BUT,...Read complete review

I am not a David Gilmour fan and I don't listen to his music but don't get me wrong...these pickups sound good for rock and the eq feature is very cool BUT, they will suck the tone from your strat. You will get some kind of a hybrid strat sound but if you want that traditional strat sound, than these pickups won't be your best choice. The pickups are very high output which is great for "gainier" players but I find having to constantly back off on the volume nobe to tame the clean tones. The bottom line, there are plenty of other guitars and pickups out there that can get a much better rock/lead sound than these pickups matched with a strat. On the other hand, if you have two strats and want to experiment with a different tone for your second strat then get these pickups, otherwise work with what you have or get a different guitar altogether.

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4.0

Noise free sort of single coil sound (be open to it)

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from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Inspiring

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • sound design

    Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

    I found the biggest highlight is the noise free environment so if you have to add lots of compression, saturation, etc. you can experiment for hours and keep a peaceful pace for yourself. EXP values of 3 to 6 opens up the sound to sort of like electroacoustic tone. ESP is to narrow down frequencies to have a clean result out of saturation stage but I found I loose the top end (behaves like passive EQ). So far I don't use it much. If I get the EQ pedal, I will. Overall I found the sound is not as organic / complex character of regular single coil but once it is blended with the other tracks you will appreciate the definition of the tone. If I had original Fender '69 pickups I wouldn't buy this unless as a 2nd guitar setup if I had the money.

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    5.0

    David Gilmour pickups

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    from Asheville

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

      Really a great setup. If you like David's A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell tones, this is the key ingredient. Very versatile and very powerful! But not only for Gilmour, an all-around great setup. Very nice tones to be had here.

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      5.0

      great tone

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      from Iowa

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

        love my American Standard Strat even more more now with these pick ups.....great tone and no more annoying single coil noise!!!

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classy drop-in replacement for strat

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        from Central USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Looking
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Upgrade Over Stock

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Lead Guitar
          • Rhythm Guitar

          Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

          The EMG Pro system is a "drop-in" replacement for the Fender Am. Standard. The sound upgrade is full-bodied with plenty of cut for those lead licks.

          The active system is noiseless, especially when compared to the stock Fender passive (high gain) pickups. Very responsive to the pick (pluck) with great attack. Yet, rich warm overdrive sounds are easy with a slight adjust on the tone knobs.

          The classic "Fender sparkle" is slightly subdued, although still attainable using the middle and neck pickups.

          David Gilmour typically drives his guitars through a fuzz effect to add the mid-range edginess. A touch of distortion and delay would help the signature sound too. As such, outboard processing would aid to exploit the EMG's capabilities.

          All in all, I like the upgrade to the strat sound with the EMG pickups. And the drop-in addition with the pre-assembled pickguard is a fantastic deal. Well built and convenient.

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          5.0

          Sounds Great! Easy to install.

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          from SLO, CA

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

            I was REALLY impressed with this. I stopped by EMG's site to watch the instructional video on how to wire this as well just to make sure. It only took a few minutes to install and REALLY made a big difference in overall sound of my strat.
            The wiring was clean, the directions were clear and the quality was pro. I think its main strength was the difference in tone when playing clean. Such a pure sound. And putting overdrive on it is great - very expressive. I am VERY happy to have bought this. Even the swap to a different pickguard cover was a snap. Great job EMG. I will be referring this product to my friends.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Great Enhancement for your Strat!

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            from Maryland

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

                I added this pup system to a 2000 American Standard Strat. The Strat originally came with the Delta-Tone pickups. They did not have the tone output I was hoping for. I upgraded to the Noiseless Vintage pups several years ago. They were an improvement, but still not what I had in mind. The EMG DG20 system is fantastic. I can get all kinds of tones. Works really well with EFX. You can dial in sounds you never thought possible. Really cool to find something that offers so many sound possibilities just by changing the tone knob settings. This will now be my go-to guitar when we play out. No need to bring along my Les Paul. The only negative with this system is that it uses a battery that is housed in the cutout under the volume/tone knobs. You have to remove 4 screws and pull up the guard to change it. Not bad but a little inconvenient!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Super versatile

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                from Sortland, Norway

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

                This is not my first purchase and certainly not my last from EMG pro series. Absolutely one of my favorite when making custom guitars from scratch.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic Pickups! Worth the price!

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                from Lafayette, La

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Quiet
                • Takes Pedals Well
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Horrible Pickguard

                Best Uses

                • Blues
                • Chicken Pickin
                • Live sound
                • Punk
                • Recording
                • Rock

                Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

                This is easily the nicest, most versatile set of pickups/electronics I've ever used! I find the EMG pickups alone to be a little sterile and flat sounding, but they are also extremely quiet. That alone makes them well suited to live sound in bars and other venues where the electrical wiring is questionable. But once you start tweaking the dry sound with the EXG and SPC controls, an entire plethora of sonic options become available! The pickups take to overdrive and fuzz pedals like a duck to water. The neck/mid position, with the SPC & EXG set at around 5, and through some mild compression is sonic Nirvana with my amp settings!

                The whole thing took ten minutes to install, and that includes changing the pickguard and drilling the pilot holes on my warmoth body for the guard. Plug and play at it's best!

                Bottom line is, my warmoth strat loaded with this setup is a better gigging guitar than my 2012 Am Std Strat. My only complaint is that I had to buy a pickguard to replace the butt ugly one that came with the setup. But that's a matter of taste, and you might happen to like butt ugly guards. ;)

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Pickup Set

                By 

                from Everett, WA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

                  These pickups are a must have for Gilmour fans. I have a 90's MIM strat that needed pickup upgrades so I bought this set. I removed the old pickguard and replaced it with this one. This pickguard spells quality all over. The wire management was outstanding. I didn't even have to remove the strings and I just loosen them up. Within an hour I was jamming with Pink Floyd's Comfortably numb and this pickguard set sounded just like it note for note and didn't miss a beat. I used my BOSS pedals (organized in a BCB-60 pedalboard) to replicate the sound. I cannot put this guitar down!

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                  5.0

                  TONE TONE TONE

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                  from farmingdale, NJ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Complaints Yet

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing
                  • To Get A Killer Tone

                  Comments about EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set:

                  I always shunned the idea of active pups. After building a pedal board of stomp boxes I found my tone was being sucked away. This setup pushes the signal from my guitar through the chain of effects with little or no loss of the tone of the guitar itself. No more 60cycle hum to make me crazy and sustain like I was never able to get before!!! Really versitile, any sound you want with one guitar!!! It only took about 1/2 hr to install.If you can use a screwdriver and change your own strings you can install it. If you want tone like Gilmour this is for you!!

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