Published On: Thu, May 26th, 2011

James Hetfield EMG Pickups

EMG unleash their new James Hetfield signature pickups

In June 2009 EMG began designing some new pickups following James Hetfield's brief of 'a “stealth” looking set that captures the clarity and punch of a passive pickup and still retains the legendary active tone that moulded a generation.'

The new models feature slick black nickel plated caps and EMG’s Solderless Installation System components and are sure to satisfy anyone with heavier tendencies.

The JH Set is made up of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge). Both pickups are loosely based on the pickups James has remained faithful to for 30 years, but with some modifications.

The JH-N has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60. This produces more attack, higher output, and fuller low end in the neck position.

The JH-B uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike the 81 that uses bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end.

The JH set will be available from June this year.

More details at

Here's Hetfield talking about his new EMGs…



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