EMG DG-20 David Gilmour Set デビッド・ギルモア アクティブ・ピックアップ 『並行輸入品』
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Few things to keep in mind, though. Obviously these are EMG's so you will need a place to keep the battery (I set mine up behind the back plate, since I blocked/hard-tailed the trem), so if you dont have the space for a battery already on the guitar, be prepared to drill/make a cavity. The other thing to keep in mind (which im sure wont be relevant to most of you) is that the simple 1 Volume 1 Tone setup (which I love), wont fit with most standard 3 hole strat pickguard, since the spacing and mechanics on this pickguard IS DIFFRENT (so are the distances of the emg wires/ cables, so you might need to get longer emg active cables to get this to fit; which is a cheap fix/ a few bucks on amazon). Its possible to make space for it, but it WILL require some drilling and space clearing to the body if you are trying to swap the electronics over to your own beloved pickguard. That said If you aren't like me, and like the pickguard it comes with, then no prob! All in all I recommend it for your strat if you are an EMG and/or a Steve Lukather Fan.
The packaging, documentation, and components are all very high quality. It comes with everything you need for installation, including pickguard screws (I didn't know this).
The single coils really do retain that Strat sound, and the EMG 81 is awesome for heavier riffs/songs. This pickup set provides a lot of flexibility. One day I may post some sound clips to my website.
Installation was pretty easy in a Fender Squire Affinity Strat. The body cavity wasn't deep enough for the battery, so I needed to route out about a half inch below the knobs. I used a Dremel for this with a router bit and a cutting bit. There was NO soldering involved - everything connects to a circuit board underneath the knobs. Very cool.
I highly recommend this pickup set.
So I was intrigued at this set from EMG that promised good tone and low noise. They come pre-wired and ready to drop in with zero soldering required. The installation how-to video on EMG's site ([...]) was especially helpful. I am extremely pleased with the results. The EMGs are REALLY quiet and have a wonderful tone. OK, I don't sound like David Gilmour but it's going to take more than a pickup upgrade to make that happen. While practicing last night, even my wife commented "Wow, that guitar sure does sound nice." That's something I never thought I'd hear anyone say about my Strat.
QUIET - This was my number one requirement and it has been met.
Excellent Tone. Evaluated with Peavey Classic 50 head amp and Peavey Classic 410E 4x10 open back cabinet. (FYI, this is incredibly subjective. Don't assume you'll like the tone and voice just because I did. You really have to try them in your guitar, your amp, while you are playing. This is obvious to most of you but I get a lot friends who ask for blanket recommendations and IMHO, tone is too subjective and too dependent on associated gear).
Very easy installation - you'll need a phillips screwdriver and wire cutters.
Attractive pick guard (I've read a lot of reviews call it ugly so YMMV)
Expensive - One could easily make the argument that it might be wiser to sell a guitar you don't like playing and buy another rather than dropping this much cash on an upgrade. For me, the pickup noise was the only thing that I didn't like about my guitar, so this made sense.
9V Battery Required - These are active pickups and therefore require a battery. I'm not a gigging musician and I own other guitars so this is a non-issue for me. Also, you have to remove 4 screws from the pick guard to be able get at the battery. If you are a frequent performer without a guitar tech, I can see how this can be a deal breaker.