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Fat 55 Set

(NOTE: Floyd versions not shipping until the week of August 14th!!) The EMG Retro Active Fat 55 humbucker set was inspired by the ingenuity, tone, and feel of the... >

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The EMG Retro Active Fat 55 humbucker set was inspired by the ingenuity, tone, and feel of the original PAF, evoking the best tones of the 50’s and 60’s. No longer limited by the technology of that era, this classic looking humbucker set adds a newly designed external preamp that provides the benefit of a low-impedance output; virtually no hum or added noise. The Alnico magnets in traditional open coil bobbins deliver fat, warm lows without losing any clarity on the high end. The Fat 55 is capable of sitting back in a blues riff or rising up to the overdriven solo with ease. Staying true to conventional design can bring buzz and hum, which is where the new plug-on preamp comes in. The preamp cleans up all of the output noise but retains the passive character of your tone. This is a passive pickup with all the benefits of active technology, yielding a new level of tonal control. The completely solderless Retro Active Fat 55 humbucker set is available in black and zebra color options, giving you the look you love and the tone you need.
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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

Fat 55 Set

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Another Tool in My Kit

Morty56 /Reviewed 3/9/2018

I have a 2012 Gibson Les Paul Traditional that I put these into and it has transformed my tone into a vintage/modern monster! I have the ZW and Het sets that have I periodically run in this guitar before and each of those have their own unique sound and purpose (depending on the vibe I want to get.) I like these because it returns the guitar to more of a traditional LP sound but with the consistency and flexibility that comes with EMGs. Think of it like watching an old movie on BluRay that you had on VHS back in the day? Basically Angus Young/Jimmy Page/Billy Gibbons tones in High Definition. You get the vibe and response of PAFs but with better clarity. These things are just great. I highly recommend these for people looking to have a classic sound for blues/country but want the solderless system because you like to swap pickups often!

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Glad I gave them a chance.

Bill /Reviewed 2/28/2018

I put these in a PRS SE Custom 24. Initially, I thought they were too bright but once I got them dialed in I began to really enjoy them. They seem to have all the vintage sounds of a good set of PAF's with the clarity and articulation of actives. They are clear as a bell but love overdrive, as most EMG's do, but aren't sterile when played clean which I've experienced with other active pups. They work very well with the volume and tone controls which is nice. I have actually started to use my tone control. I got the zebra set, parchment and black and they look very classy and expensive in the guitar. Workmanship is excellent and they are well packaged in an attractive box. I feel they are an excellent value and would not hesitate to buy again. I may try the others in the retroactive series. I'm glad they developed these.

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great pickups!

Marcelo /Reviewed 3/7/2017

I've been using EMG pickups in all my guitars. I've got the 81/85 Zakk's model in an ESP Explorer, 81/60 in my LTD Explorer and in my LTD Truckster, 81 in my own build flying V, and I have recently installed the fat 55 in my modified Epiphone Les Paul. Sounds great! in my opinion a nice fat bluesy sound, an amplified PAF sound. I've chose the black/red set.

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Great look, even better sound

Nathan M. /Reviewed 2/27/2017

I have been waiting for a solution for my Les Paul to have a stock look but with the clarity and power that is EMG pickups. I have had my set of ZW 85/81 for over 10 years. Nothing wrong with them, sounded great and still do, but just hated the "metal" look it gave my guitar. With my Les Paul's color and finish, a solid black pickup just made it look too much like a ESP Eclipse. I was going to go with the Gold metal Het Set, but the shafts on the pots are short and don't come in the long shaft style for Les Pauls. I love the way these look and I found the sound to be even better. The neck position can go from a jazz sound to B,B. King to Slash. The Alnico magnets sound great. In the bridge position it is not as harsh as the 81 is previously had. It actually adds a bit more bass then what I was used to, but it sounds so good. Smooth and creamy. Perfect for classic rock and higher gain if needed. I highly recommend these pickups for anyone wanting the look of a conventional pickup and the great sound and quality from EMG. Not to mention, the installation was easy with the new bus for selector switch wiring. Great job EMG, still a very satisfied customer.

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Best PAF set I have

Don /Reviewed 1/30/2017

These are the best PAF's I have had in my guitar. I am sold on the retro-actives. Tone and fell of a vintage PAF and the smoothness and silence of actives.
Just need to get the Super 77 set for my strat. I have the FAT 55 set in my 61' SG.

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