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Featuring sleek black nickel plated caps and EMG's Solderless Installation System components, the JH Set consists of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge). Both pickups were patterned after the pickups James has used for 30 years but the end result was a completely different animal. 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.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 31 December 2013
Awesome pups! It's as they say when it comes to the attack of the pickup. It's very responsive, has a very nasty bite and it's quite articulate (bridge). The neck pickup was surprisingly good when riffing away as well, at least in standard tuning. Otherwise does what you'd expect from a neck pickup. Very clean and smooth sounding. (br/)If you're looking for an upgrade for the 81/85 combo I'd say go for it. These are indeed worth the money. Have in mind though that if you have a Floyd (as I did on my guitar) it might become hard (or even impossible) to insert them onto yours. I had to file each side of the pickups 1 mm so a total of 2 mm was removed before I could fit them into the guitar (on each pup). They are 85 mm long and needed to be 83.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 29 September 2013
I've never had active pick ups before, but they are truly amazing. they seem to adapt ot your playing style. (br/)they also look and sound great, things don't get mjuch better than that.
Phil | Purchase date: 20 September 2011
Originally I was planning to buy EMG 60 and 81's for a guitar, but the fan boy in be caved in and I got the Het Set. I've got them in a modified eppiphone and the difference from the original eppiphone pickups is fantastic. You wouldn't know it was the same guitar.
Played though a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier they sound bright, loads of attack, thick and crunchy. The guitar sounds like a guitar worth 3 or 4 times more money than it cost. They look great, classier than the plastic cases on most EMG pick ups.
Unfortunatly I've don't have a guitar with a 60/81 configeration to compair these agaist, but having played a few in andertons i'd say these have the edge. the bridge pickup especically.
I also like that the pickup doesn't have James' name on it, sometimes signature equiptment can look a bit fan boyish, you'd have to be in the know to know these were a signature thing.