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EMG Zakk Wylde Signature Humbucker Pickup Set, Black
- Zakk Wylde Signature Pickup Set
- Includes both EMG 81 & 85 active pickups
- Long shaft volume and tone controls
- Aggressive tone and sustain designed after Zakk Wylde' s sound
- Solderless install system
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With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. From Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, and now Black Label Society, Zakk has always used EMG Active Pickups. The Zakk Wylde model features the EMG-85 and EMG-81, as used on his signature bullseye Les Paul.
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If you play anything besides metal I would definitely not recommend these pickups but for metal you can't go wrong, they do it amazingly.
Pickups came with all wiring you would need for a Les Paul, EMG sticker, EMG Zakk Wylde guitar pick and set of instructions. Had to take stars for problems with wiring and not being versatile.
and a little connection board. The instructions are printed in color and are easy. The package is a nice plastic case, very well
thought. Even screws and springs are included - which made me wish it also came with the 9v battery clip (or some sort of
fixture to hold the battery inside the instrument). Pickup switch also not included (but I reckon it would be much to ask).
The pickups (one alnico, one ceramic) are solid plastic bars, sealed, with no wires: the come with standard brass connection lugs.
Everything is solderless (but you can solder, if you want to).
BEWARE: This kit is aimed at les paul (2 or 4 tall potentiometers) owners. Some other signature kits feature these same pickups,
but with other electronics configurations.
Also fair warning, the pots that come with this have a very long shaft (giggety), so putting these in an epiphone sg I had to loctite some nuts on to keep my knobs from being a foot high.
The set that I bought does not include EMG's newer "Solderless Wiring Kit" so I had a bit of difficulty (seeing as I'm incompetent when it comes to soldering) but my friend came over and helped me out with that.
The sound that these pickups put out is nothing short of spectacular. It works for Blues, Jazz, Rock, Metal, really anything you can throw at them they handle with ease.
You need 1 9v battery and a little bit of patience because you'll have to remove the old pickups and your strings in order to install these. But it's worth it!
One battery can last you over a year if you make sure to unplug the guitar when it's not in use. If you don't unplug the guitar, it's constantly draining and you won't get the maximum life of your battery. Since 9v batteries are rather expensive I suggest making it a habit to unplug it haha
If you want epic, face melting power and tone, this is the pickup set for you.
The pickups themselves are beautiful, especially great for chuggy metal sounds, but when you dial em in right they are very versatile and clean. If you are used to the usual crap passive's that come with most guitars nowadays, these will open up all those sonic possibilities you have been wanting for a long time. For me they are exactly what i wanted, and though they are great for metal and jazzy type of playing, they may be a little crisp for some peoples liking. The reason i say crisp is because they lack that muddy sloppy sound that a lot of pickups seem to favour nowadays, so if you like a muddy sound then maybe these aren't for you, on the other hand though they are incredibly versatile, and at $200 they are more than worth the price of admission.
To put things in a pricing perspective, here in Australia these babies tend to clock in at around the $400 mark or close enough. Add to that paying someone to install you can get quoted some insane prices over here (i was quoted anywhere from $600 to $1000).
So if you are from Australia and are wanting some EMG's, do yourself a favour, order them from Amazon and do it yourself. The Solderless installation is brain dead easy, almost impossible to got wrong. One note is that i had to resolder my pickup switch, but this was because of my stupidity, this can easily be avoided by cutting the wire further back form the pickup by about 5 centimetres, then all you have to do is strip the end wires and screw them into the bus, nice and simple and solder free.
Highly recomended, i love these so much i'm buying another set for another guitar i have coming soon.
EMG thank you very much for doing a good job.