EMG 89 Active Humbucker Pickup with Coil Tap

Get 2 pickups in one with this EMG humbucker pickup. The EMG-89 has a single and dual coil pickup inside of it.

EMG 89 Active Humbucker Pickup with Coil Tap
The EMG-89 is truly two pickups in one; single and dual-coil with two separate outputs. With the single flip of a switch you can change from the crunch of a humbucker to the clarity of a single-coil. Using alnico magnets, the single-coil mode is like that of the EMG-SA, and the humbucking is patterned after the EMG-85. The tone modes can be selected with the included push-pull volume control switch or with a mini-toggle.

EMG Humbuckers unite a number of crucial EMG innovations in the search for a voice that delivers both classic tones and the benefits of modern technology. Each of these pickups includes an integral preamp (an EMG first) which virtually eliminates hum and noise while simultaneously reducing shock hazard to the player. Low impedance design maintains your tone as you change the volume settings at the guitar and preserves your high frequencies even with a long cord.

EMG's proprietary Impedence Modeling (tm) and Dual Resonant (tm) technologies allow for precise tailoring of frequency response and resonance yielding a variety of highly tuned and tweaked tones. Another EMG exclusive, the Lo-Flux (tm) magnetic design enhances harmonics and sustain. They tailor the materials and geometry of the magnets to spread the magnetic field evenly across the strings for a balanced sound. The EMG-89 Dual Mode Pickup has been through two generations. The original Dual-mode (EMG-DM) design was incredibly sophisticated for its time (1979). read more The DM was an 18-Volt model with a single output available only in an Alnico magnet version. The EMG-DM was abandoned in late 1985, but the concept was revived early in 1989 when EMG came upon a more innovative design featuring 'two pickups in one', the current EMG-89.

Inside the EMG-89 pickup are both single and dual-coil pickups, each with it's own output. The single-coil mode is an Alnico loaded stacked EMG-SA. The dual-coil mode consists of two Alnico loaded coils opposite one another creating a pickup similar to the EMG-85. A push/pull volume (or tone) pot allows you to change from the clarity of a single-coil to the fatness of a humbucking. The EMG-89's separate outputs give you option to utilize EMG tone enhancing accessory circuits on either pickup output.
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Logo Color: Copper

Battery Life: 1500 Hours

Single Coil

Resonant Frequency: 3.75 kHz

RMS Output Voltage: 0.6

Peak Output Voltage: 0.85

Output Noise: -94 dBV

Output Impedance: 10kOhms

Current @ 9V: 160 Microamps

Dual Coil

Resonant Frequency: 2.55 kHz

RMS Output Voltage: 1.0

Peak Output Voltage: 1.75

Output Noise: -99 dBV

Output Impedance: 10kOhms

Current @ 9V: 160 Microamps

Package Includes: EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable, prewired push/pull volume/tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws & springs.

A Brief FAQ

What's an active pickup, and why would I use one?
An active pickup is one that uses electronics to improve the sound and enhance its operation. There are a variety of ways to 'Activate' a pickup. A simple 'buffer' pre-amp will do the trick, but it will also amplify the hum and buzz the pickup produces. Just because a pickup is 'active' doesn't guarantee you'll get great results. EMG pickups utilize an internal pre-amp (inside the pickup), which not only makes the pickup louder, it also reduces the noise!

What are the advantages of an EMG pickup?
The greatest is reduction in noise. No longer will the dimming of the house lighting system cause your guitar to buzz incessantly. You can use an extra long cable, or a wireless, and you'll get the same great tone every time.

Why an internal pre-amp?
It's the most efficient way to create an active pickup. All the coil connections are shielded, the pre-amp is shielded, and the output of the pickup cable is low-impedence, which makes it less susceptible to noise. Also, it avoids a spider web of wires and possible loose connections in your guitar and the installation is simple. All the benefits with none of the hassle.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 89B

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 707-525-9941

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (10 ratings)
Submitted October 20, 2011 by a customer from sbcglobal.net
"Perfect SOUND for a neck pickup! Better than a 60!"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I have these in my Schecter Hellraiser Sunsets and absolutely LOVE THEM! I have played the 81/85 and now the 81/60 combos and believe the 81/89 are simply THE BEST ALL AROUND for sound! The coil tap on the 89 has a better treble response along with CLARITY which is what makes my decision! I sometimes ask WHY but guess everyone has an opinion of perfect sound. I know for my style of playing/SHREDDING the 81TW/89 is PERFECT!
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