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The SA Set combines the attributes of the early Strat™ sounds with added midrange response and higher output, giving the pickup "bell-like" harmonics and increased... >

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The SA Set combines the attributes of the early Strat™ sounds with added midrange response and higher output, giving the pickup "bell-like" harmonics and increased sustain. This active single coil set, loaded with Alnico V bar magnets sounds bright and airy, with a rich bottom end. With internal shielding and a low impedance preamp, you get virtually noiseless pickups without sacrificing a true single coil tone. The Alnico V bar magnets allow for the output to remain balanced during big string bends that makes for a beautifully articulate tone. The creamy mid-range warmth creates sublime blues tones that are clear, strong and expressive. Experience why players like David Gilmour, Steve Lukather, Larry Carlton... have relied on EMG single coil pickups in the studio and on the stage for years.
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Package Includes EMG's exclusive Solderless Install System:

1 25k volume pot
2 25k tone pot
1 stereo output jack
1 5 way selector switch
3 pair mounting screws and springs
3 pickup cable
3 connect cables
1 output cable
1 battery cable

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Murph /Reviewed 4/11/2018

I've had SA's in my strat since 88 and have had SPC and EXG mods on and off they are the BEST! I hate to play strats W/O them I feel naked

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Great set!

Romain /Reviewed 3/27/2018

I recently installed this SA set in my pickguard-free Godin artisan S1. The original pickups had become so noisy that my guitar had become nearly unusable. Now I fell in love with my main guitar all over again. The bridge is crisp, and the neck is lace smooth. Positions #2 and #4 are also one of the most subtle renditions I have ever heard on a strat style guitar. It's all there but very articulate. These pickups are silent too (more so than the SAV set), even when stomping on a compressor or overdrive. The absence of noise boosts creativity and tonal awareness in my opinion. However, I did need to purchase separate cables for the neck and middle pickups. I do think that the original kit should include the 15" and 12" pickup cables in addition to the original shorter cables (3) to accommodate for alternate routing designs. My guitar only has one tone knob which I installed to the master out so it controls all three pickups. No issues there. Great costumer service and technical support!

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Why havent i tried these sooner

Eb711 /Reviewed 1/23/2018

God knows why i have always stayed away from active pickups ... but after trying this in a friends guitar i was convinced to change my mind about them. So clear and even at loud volume where my vintage correct pickups would drive me nuts. Im convinced my search is over !
I even routed a battery box in my guitar so convinced i am these are staying in my main guitar. I even ordered a SPC control to add versatility to an already amazing sounding guitar.

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Awesome

Mauricio /Reviewed 7/20/2017

I have a poor, weak and lousy stratocaster wannabe at home, but since it was my first guitar, didin't want to let it go. So I bought this SA set hoping it would do a miracle. And it did, indeed! My guitar sounds amazing now. Really like the tone and the similarity with the actual Fender Stratocasters. Thank you for the great work.

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Makes a Stratocaster so much better

Marc /Reviewed 7/20/2015

I installed a set of EMG SA's with the EXG and SPC controls and my USA Fender Stratocaster sounds so much better. A nice single coil sound, but gone is the annoying hum from the stock Fender pickups. Also the EXG and SPC give many options to enrich your sound from a warmer mid range (like a humbucker) to an EQ boosting the high and low end. All of the tone variations work on all three pickups as well. A huge improvement to a stock Stratocaster which has no tone control on the bridge pickup, and plenty of hum when using only one pickup. I own three Stratocasters, but my new favorite is the one with the EMG's.

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Best strat pickups made

benjamin /Reviewed 7/1/2015

I have two sets one in my American Standard and one in my knockoff strat, they both sound incredibly good. Balanced, perfect gain levels for any style, from jazz to metal and basically zero noise.

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Rick /Reviewed 4/20/2014

amazing sound coming out of my old 1991 Washburn Mercury. The tone is amazing and the sound is just like Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. star performance pickups....

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AWESOME SINGLE COIL PICKUPS !

Bernardo Gui /Reviewed 1/23/2014

Thses are GREAT pickups & I can see why some folks don't like them..they are kinda "hot". Hot meaning: they're "active". This DOES NOT bother me at all. I love using clean tones with these pickups & yes, they have a "bell-like" quality...super fat & super clean. I haven't owned a Strat or used EMG pickups in 14 years. The last time I used EMG's, I was using them in a Tele. This is my first time using them in a Strat & I'm COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY. If they're good enough for David Gilmour, they're good enough for me. Active alnico single coil pickups that are dead quiet & fat as hell.
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