EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set

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Metallica’s James Hetfield approached EMG with something of a challenge/request, to produce a pickup set that could have the punch and clear sound of a passive pickup alongside the fat wall of sound associated with an active pickup. The company rose to the task with their JH Humbucker set, with components modeled after the same ones that Hetfield has used for more than 30 years of his career.

The JH-N sits in the neck position and provides more attack and fuller low-end, all with a blazingly hot output. In the bridge position, the JH-B has a tight attack with cleaner lows, which you’re going to want if you’re shredding around on down-tuned lower strings as one does when they visit the world of metal. A solderless installation system makes it easy to swap the pickups in and out of the guitar, which prevents any pre-playing headaches, after all, when you unleash the sounds that these pickups are capable of, you’re not going to want any pain in your temples, because it’s going to get loud.Rating: 4.75/5

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