EMG SA Single Coil Pickup, Black
For Stratocaster, any position
EMG's most popular pickup for Stratocaster type guitars was originally developed in 1974 but was redesigned along with all the other models in 1979. It was voiced with the help of guitar repairman / luthier John Carruthers and his professional clientele. The first professional who spread the gospel about the EMG-SA was Peter Frampton who visited EMG in 1979. By 1985, Peter had turned Steve Lukather on to the pickup along with a host of others. They can't recall when David Gilmour got his first SA System, but Rob remembers delivering a system in L.A. for David and meeting Phil Taylor (David's main man) for the first time. Over the years we've sent David all of the newer models, but he's maintained his support of the SA System, thus the DG20.
The EMG-SA combines the attributes of the early Strat sound but with an added midrange response and higher output. It's "bell-like" ringing harmonics and increased sustain give the SA greater versatility than normally found in single-coil pickups. A single Alnico bar magnet delivers classic overdrive with a smooth midrange distortion, while still retaining the familiar high-end of a single-coil pickup. The internal preamp rejects every bit of hum and buzz for noiseless operation. The EMG-SA is available individually or as a preassembled set with volume and tone controls, five-position switch which is all ready to mount onto your pickguard. Only three connections are necessary to complete the assembly. Or, you can choose one of the ready to mount Pro-Series Custom systems.
Package Includes: EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect cable, prewired split shaft volume/tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws & springs.
Excellent sound and complete lack of hum/ interference from this pickup. The only downside is the need to use EMGs phasing circuit if you use 2 of them and want the 'classic' phased sound as the circuit is ridiculously expensive for what it is and comes with a chrome switch fixed to the board. Because my guitar is black with black hardware it looked awful, so I replaced it with a remotely wired black switch (don't do this unless you're really good at this sort of thing), which was also expensive. Why don't EMG do a pickup that is already phased, or at least connect the switch to the board remotely with an edge connector and offer a choice of switch colour?
I have recently changed 3 of my guitars to EMGs and though they are expensive, the improvement in sound quality is worth the cost. However a BIG drawback with these single coil pickups is the need to use EMGs phaser switch to give the 'necessary' phased sounds that you can get with 2 single coils. For this switch and circuit EMG charge £65!!!!!! for an item that I know costs less than £5 to make and this unnecessary rip-off makes the EMGs an expensive option.
The top quality you would expect from EMG - really easy fit even for a club handed lunk like myself. Even more so when I’ve over complicated things by combining the installation with a 5 way switch and KFK humbucker set. ??