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The Kirk Hammett Bone Breaker set offers crisp crushing leads or smooth rounded rhythm tone at the flip of the selector switch. >

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Kirk Hammett has been ripping up solos for Metallica for over 30 years. Riffs on Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets, and the Black Album are a must learn for all rock guitarists. For Kirk, his tone starts with EMG pickups. “Metallica’s crunch sound is often cleaner than people expect”, says Kirk. “My taste in tone has definitely changed over the years. I don’t like to use as much distortion these days—I prefer my tone to be nice and crisp”. The new Kirk Hammett Bone Breaker set is the result of taking the success of Metallica tone and adding some new elements without sacrificing gain for clean or vice-versa. By making slight pre-amp adjustments and combining Alnico 5 and Ceramic magnets the perfect tone-beast was created. The Bone Breaker set consist of the BB-B Ceramic bridge and the BB-N Alnico 5 neck pickups. If you are looking for rhythm or lead tone, the Kirk Hammett Bone Breaker set offers crisp crushing leads or smooth rounded rhythm tone at the flip of the selector switch.
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In the Box

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

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One of the best set of EMG pickups!

Scott Simpson /Reviewed 7/14/2019

I've been looking for the best pickup combination for my Esp Ltd Elite Eclipse I, and this set will definitely stay on it.
Thank you Kirk Hammett for the great set of pickup!
A special thank goes to Stephen Brewer for reviewing them!

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Great pickups

Raven /Reviewed 5/30/2019

installed these on my LTD KH-202 and its insane, amazing neck tones and clarity from the neck pickup with a punchy bridge pickup for some solid rhythm lines, great pickup for metal

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Excellent

Paul /Reviewed 4/6/2019

Like the others said on the reviews.

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Awesome Pickups

bb /Reviewed 3/29/2019

Incredible set. The bridge pup is in my opinion the perfect revamp of the classic 81 pickup, with more clarity and an overall fuller sound that really hits like a freight train. the neck pickup is nice and rich for solos, but also surprisingly good for clean tones, at least as far as active pickups go. Overall, these pickups are a great upgrade for anybody looking for more clarity while retaining that vicious bite that EMGs are known for. They may not be as versatile as the 57/66 combo, but they will definitely satisfy all your metal needs.

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killer!

riff_97 /Reviewed 1/10/2019

Absoluletly more aggressive and balanced than 81/85 combo. Crystal clear clean tones and precise distortion.

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81 + 60 Perfected

ISMR /Reviewed 12/25/2018

I’ve been playing EMG pickups for 15+ years now. I have use the 81, 60, 85, H2, H4, Het Set and a few more. This set rounded the tone of the 81. Adding some more lows while taming the highs. The neck pickup has a liquid feel almost like an 85 but not as muddy or thick. Great set and will be replacing other pickups soon.

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Sweeeeeet!!!

Sick-Boy Sims /Reviewed 12/18/2018

Put these along with a SA in an LTD M250 H-S-H guitar I've had since '98. I added an extra tone pot like Kirk Hammett's original ESP M2. This guitar sounds and feels like a brand new guitar. Can't wait to start recording with it again.

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Best pickup choice period

Hitting6strings /Reviewed 7/2/2018

I replaced these into a viper 1000 that had the 81/85 combo, these are a deep rich clean tone and with overdrive on they really scream, even thou I’ve always liked 81/85 for a harder sound these are even better, give them a try, you want regret it

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First active pickups and a great first impression

ss25mrv /Reviewed 6/5/2018

I bought the limited edition with the KH initials on the pickups for a left handed Squier contemporary series HH guitar. These are my first active pickups. Now I get it! The install was fine but the Squier required some adjustments to fit the output jack. Gotta pickup the Sound and Fury.

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Pretty damn good!

Cory /Reviewed 4/7/2018

I installed these in an LTD M-200 that had an 81/85 combo with a conventional wiring setup - the EMG solderless install was VERY easy, although the parts list showed a stereo jack that mine didn't have. Luckily, I was able to de-solder the connections on the old jack and use it. The difference in tone was noticeable, and the clarity was what I expect from EMG. Overall, a great set to upgrade any axe with!,

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