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EMG SA Single Coil Pickup

EMG SA Single Coil Pickup

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EMG SA Single Coil Pickup

About This Item

The SA is an active single coil pickup loaded with an Alnico V bar magnet that has an unmistakable Strat® sound: bright, airy, with a rich bottom end. With internal shielding and a low impedance preamp, you get a virtually noiseless pickup without sacrificing a true single coil tone.

The Alnico V bar magnet allows for the output to remain balanced during big string bends that makes for a beautifully articulate tone. The creamy mid-range warmth creates sublime blues tones that are clear, strong and expressive. Experience why players the world over rely on EMG single coil pickups in the studio and on the stage.

    SA Specifications:
  • Logo Color: Gold
  • Magnet Type: Alnico
  • Resonant Frequency (KHz): 3.70
  • Output Voltage (String): 1.00
  • Output Voltage (Strum): 3.00
  • Output Noise (60 Hz): -101
  • Output Impedence (Kohm): 10
  • Current @9V (Microamps): 80
  • Battery Life (Hours): 3000
  • Maximum Suppy (Volts DC): 27
    The SA features:
  • EMG's Exclusive Solderless Install System
  • 1 - 25K Volume Pot, split shaft with coarse knurling: 0.235" (5.95mm)
  • 1 - 25K Tone Pot, split shaft with coarse knurling: 0.235" (5.95mm)
  • 1 - Battery Bus
  • 1 - Stereo Output Jack
  • 1 - Two Pickup In/Out Bus
  • 1 - Pair Mounting Screws and Springs
  • 1 - Pickup Cable
  • 2 - Connect Cables
  • 1 - Output Cable
  • 1 - Battery Cable

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Used EMG SA pickups since the 80's


I love these pickups and I've always had good reports from them -- except that they are active. Some people just plain won't deal with batteries. But if you install a battery box the battery really isn't a problem. Get even more headroom with an 18v setup!!!

Picture is of a custom S style guitar I made a few years ago. Neck SA, Middle SA, and Bridge 89X Dual Mode (dual mode actually has separate preamps and coils for a custom humbucker and single coil sound -- one that is very close to an SA and on that is very close to 85). The X mode versions are slightly more open -- less compressed sound.


EMG SA Single Coil for an EJ-160e


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I was given an Epiphone EJ-160VC John Lennon that had been damaged and repaired. It had no pickup or 1/4" cord connector and some old pots to fill the holes in the sound board. After much research, I decided that the EMG active pickup would be great in this guitar and it is! The original tobacco bust polyurethane finish was sanded off around the bridge for the repair and using the heat gun technique I completely removed it and refinished the sound board with lacquer.