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JH "HET" Set

In early 2009, James Hetfield contacted EMG Pickups president Rob Turner and presented him with a challenge: to create a “stealth” looking set that captures the clarity and... >

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...We have to make something unique and historic... It’s stealth, it’s sleek, it’s fast looking…

In early 2009, James Hetfield contacted EMG Pickups president Rob Turner and presented him with a challenge: to create a “stealth” looking set that captures the clarity and punch of a passive pickup and still retains the legendary active tone that molded a generation.

Now available in EMG Metal Works Finishes and EMG’s Solderless Installation System components, the JH Set consists of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge). Both were patterned after the pickups James had used for 30 years, but the end result was a completely different animal. The JH-N has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60. This produces more attack, higher output, and fuller low end in the neck position. The JH-B uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike the 81 that uses bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end.

Metal Works consists of six stainless steel cap options for any of EMG's active or passive humbucker pickups. These U.S.A made caps are available in Gold, Chrome, Brushed Gold, Brushed Chrome, and Brushed Black Chrome. These striking new designs offer players and instrument builders a broader range of premium cap options. All the power and clarity of EMG electronics, now with a modern classic look.
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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

JH "HET" Set

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EZ Install & they GROWL !!!!

John /Reviewed 12/6/2014

I never installed pick-up before but am rather mechanical and not freaked out by tinkering in no mans land. Install took about an hour, mainly because the wiring diagram (instructions) are indeed that good. Plug and play. Easy.
Once done these make my 1998 Ibanez RG a mean-nasty-growly beast. Yep, I'm happy.

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really the best of both worlds

joshua /Reviewed 11/19/2014

I reluctantly purchased the pickups because of a very respected knowledgable band member suggestion. He knew the tone I was looking for and also knew my hatred for the normal active PUs. I instantly fell in love with them before was using many different SD pickups as well as a set of 500t and none came close to the tone needed like the JH set.

I play on a Soldano Hot Rod in stereo with a Orange or80 through my hiwatt cabs and the JH set really pushes my amps into a different world. they are clear but gritty and tough sounding with every note resonating though.....I currently have them In my Japanese ESP eclipse custom shop.

My only complaint is that they only come as a set. I dont normally even put a neck PU in and dont want to spend 300 bucks just for the bridge pickup. that will be the only reason that I wont continue playing the Jh set because i cant afford to put them in each backup guitar. If they could sell them as a bridge only I would put one in every single guitar

If you use your neck PU this set as a whole is incredible and well worth the price

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best signature pick up!

Matteo Francesco /Reviewed 11/8/2014

more passive sound for clean and very good distortion typical for active pick ups!

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