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57/66 Set

A true original, the 57 is a bridge humbucker pickup designed for today’s guitar player regardless of style or genre. The unique combination of Alnico V magnets and steel pole... >

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A true original, the 57 is a bridge humbucker pickup designed for today’s guitar player regardless of style or genre. The unique combination of Alnico V magnets and steel pole pieces evoke an unmistakably PAF quality in its tone. The active attributes provide the headroom and punch necessary to deliver unparalleled definition and presence.

The 66 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.

Designed and voiced specifically as neck and bridge pickup, the 57 & 66 humbuckers come in EMG’s exclusive brushed steel, gold, chrome, black chrome or black cap giving it a sleek modern look that compliments any instrument. A completely solderless installation makes this pickup set easy to install all on your own.
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Package Includes EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System:

2 25k volume pot
2 25k tone pot
1 battery bus
1 stereo output jack
1 two pickup in/out bus
2 pair mounting screws and springs
2 pickup cables
4 connect cables
1 output cable
1 battery cable

57/66 Set

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made for metal

marzbite /Reviewed 2/17/2019

They are too bright for my taste and not crisp clear enough, the highs are too high and not versatile when using multitude of modulation effects, the highs just don't let much options, I was using the TCX set for Telecaster on a custom made and I loved the super clear clean and crisp output with nice lows and controlled highs. These set is great for shreders no doubt, has great output and perfect for distortion but for me they lack versatility and clarity.

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Ok, we've reached endgame

Havoc /Reviewed 12/7/2018

TLDR: These little buggers can do anything. It is unclear why I'd use something else at this point.

Longer version:
I am really amazed at the articulation which comes through with this set. While I love the tone of many of other EMG offerings, they often seemed to be master of one area, but fell a bit compared to passives in the diversity of playstyles department, and while I'm not sure this is the right term, felt "static". They were going to do what they were going to do, and I was along for the ride.

This set does not have that issue. They are incredibly versatile, and as a friend of mine said, have all the dynamics of passive pickups - but with less noise. That's pretty accurate.

Crazy good, nice job EMG. These are my go-tos.

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FIRE-BREATHING FURY FOR AN OLD LES PAUL

Stephen /Reviewed 11/28/2018

I had an old Class-5 Les Paul that I was considering selling because I just couldn't get the sound that I wanted. I swapped out the Gibson PAFs with a set of the 57/66 and this guitar now breathes FIRE! It is an unbelievable change and now I've ordered another set to put in my 1980 Gibson E2 Explorer. There is such incredible clarity to the notes. The tone is unbelievably good.
Also, a big shout-out to Eric from Tech Support who helped me with a challenge that I had with the pickup selector wiring that was originally done by Gibson. EMG has a great product and the post-sale support was awesome.

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Truly great

Francis Ash /Reviewed 11/16/2018

First time I heard these pickups, they were played by Andy James. This guy is a such a great shredder that even the worst pickup would sound good in his hands.
Yet, I wanted to try them. And though I'm not half of the guitar player that Andy James is, I was able to get a great sound out of them !
The 57 surprised me. I had heard that it sounded quite like the EMG JH bridge. Absolutely not ! It's got its own tone and doesn't sound like the JH set in any ways. It makes me think of a Gibson pickup with a sharper sound and a higher output. Unique !
The 66 is creamy, round and quite warm. Quite close to the EMG 60 but with a bit more mediums in it. Great for cleans and high gain leads, it's flawless.
I really love this set, and the greatest thing of all is I can easily move it from one guitar to another, cos' I have several guitars with EMGs. Already tried this 57/66 set on 2 different guitars (a single cut with mahogany body and a super strat with alder body) and love the way these pickups sound on both guitars. If I was lazy - or just wealthier - I would buy a second set of these pickups !

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Excelentes pastillas

Alejandro /Reviewed 10/11/2018

Lo tengo que mi Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid y suena increíble, tiene un sonido mas orgánico que otras pastillas activas. Las recomiendo!!!

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Perfect match for my Les Paul

Thad /Reviewed 9/5/2018

I was constantly rotating passive pickups in my Les Paul Standard, until finally installing the 57/66 set. No muddy, honky tones, and the volume and tone knobs are actually useful now! They sound very good with clean and high gain tones. They add nice volume, clarity, compression, and sustain with zero noise compared to passive. Obviously the solderless install is faster...plug and play. I definitely prefer these to 81/85 & Fat 55's also. BTW, no need for 18 or 24 volt mods in my opinion. \m/

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Must Buy!

Tommy /Reviewed 7/15/2018

These pickups are great; a must buy for hard rock enthusiasts like myself. You can get a nice clean warm tone or get a powerful roar like Metallica. Very happy with my purchase

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A GREAT GROWL, AMAZING CLEAN

cdwlee /Reviewed 5/3/2018

After pining after these for years, I finally pulled the trigger. I have been obsessed with the X series and buying those for the last few years for my guitars, but I was always drawn to these.

I installed them in a new custom explorer, and the sound was amazing. That fluttering buzzsaw tone that I only hear when playing a classical guitar, these pickups grab that raw tone of the strings, and with a little overdrive they sound like nothing I have ever heard. It's incredible!

They are not as loud as other EMG options (which is what I wanted in this guitar) and the tone was amazing. The gold color was a bit darker and warmer than the other gold hardware, but they look amazing in this beast.

They blend together very well, and I find the clean neck tones reminiscent of the Het Set - almost a thick sound with a subtle chorus. I know it's not, but it just rings forever!

If you want a thick clean sound, almost reminiscent of thicker strings without sacrificing your fingers - this set is by far the best choice, and they really can go from blues to metal in moments.

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best of best

Arash /Reviewed 4/9/2018

its pretty good for metal style...

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Awesome pickups, better than expected!

Danken /Reviewed 3/9/2018

These pickups replaced a set of Dimarzio PAF 36th Ann. in my Epiphone Les Paul Custom ZW Signature. I´ve always drawn more towards passive pickups for their dynamics but these are a different game all together. Less compressed, more dynamic in how they react to my picking hand and the volume/tone controls.

But most importantly, the clarity of the EMG 57/66 is insane! Even with unreasonable amounts of gain, these pickups articulate every note and with chords they don´t turn to mush. Every note in the chord can be heard clearly! Clean sounds are really lush and full, especially on the neck and middle position. Didn´t expect such a bright sound with lots of detail from a neck pickup without being ice picky and harsh!

Loving them so far, simply the best EMG currently offers!

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