James Hetfield joined forces with EMG to produce pickups that capture the clarity and articulation of a passive set, while still maintaining the aggressiveness and sonic force of active humhuckers. The result: EMG's JH Set Custom Black Nickel James Hetfield signature pickup set. Pairing a JH-N neck pickup and JN-B bridge pickup, this tonally potent duo delivers that over-the-top wall of sound Hetfield has been associated with for decades.
James Hetfield on how the EMG JH Set pushes his tone beyond the classic EMG 81:
Alnico magnets infuse your signal with warmth and aggressive precision, and solder-less installation makes plugging these babies in a breeze. A sinister sleek outer metal casing with a black nickel-plated finish tops things off nicely, upgrading your axe's look along with your tone. If you want a full wash of distortion and crystal-clear articulation, then the EMG JH Set is right up your alley.
Getting the Best of Both Worlds
James Hetfield set out to work with EMG to take on a challenge: how can you improve on the EMG 81/60 combination Hetfield has used for years? The Metallica frontman wanted to combine the aggressive punch that comes from active pickups without losing any of the warmth, clarity, and expressive articulation that comes from passive humbuckers. After working with twenty or so different designs, Hetfield and EMG finally arrived at this powerful duo. Slap these baddies in and see what your axe can do.
Wall of Tone
know when you're playing through a set of EMG pickups the instant you strike your first chord. That's because EMG is renowned for forging an unstoppable onslaught of tone. It's no wonder these pickups are the choice of Metallica's rhythm guitarist, and now you can harness his tenacious tone with this powerful set of Hetfield-approved humbuckers. Crank up the gain and you'll be surprised at how much articulation these baddies maintain chug after chug.
Dark Silky Outer CasingAside from their powerful sound, these two humbuckers come in a sleek protective casing with a cool and menacing black nickel-plated finish. If you have a black-finished guitar, these stealthy black-nickel pickups are the perfect match. EMG shielded pickups keep your signal clear of unwanted outside elements that tend to increase the aging process of your hardware. Plus, they look absolutely stunning when reflecting lights on stage.
Solder-less InstallationTo make installation as seamless as possible, your pair of EMG JH Set humbuckers will fit into your axe faster than ever with no mess or fuss. This is great if you're the type of guitarist that likes to mod your axes yourself. The wires from your pickups can screw right into their respective terminals without the necessity of having to mess with a soldiering iron. Faster installation means that you can get to trying these baddies out in no time.
Features:- Two EMG active humbucking pickups
- Protective outer casing with sleek with black nickel plated finish
- Solder-less installation
- High output
- Alnico magnets
- Full low end response
- Individual poles and bobbins
- Enlarged core
Note: This pickup is the short shaft version.