Back in the early 80's the idea to add a humbucking pickup to a Strat™ caught fire. Since then we've added just about every conceivable combination you can think of. Since all EMG's use the Quik-Connect system you can change your system at any time without any soldering.
The 85 is one of our first pickups and is the slightly more sophisticated and well rounded half of its famous twin, the 81. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets, the 85 is a powerful pickup with exceptional tone and versatility. Most often used in the rhythm position, the alnico magnets of this model provide a muscular growl and smooth lead tones to enable you to play the muddiest of blues to the most extreme metal. Try it in the bridge position for exceptional smoothness and soul. This pickup pairs well with just about every other humbucker in our line. Give it a try and experience why it’s been a top seller for so many years.
The SA is an active single coil loaded with an Alnico V bar magnet that provides a vintage Strat™ single coil sound: bright, airy, with a rich bottom end. With internal shielding and a low impedance preamp, you get virtually noiseless operation at a higher output level so that all the tone makes it to your amp. Additionally, the Alnico V bar magnet allows for the output to remain balanced during string bends, and makes for a playability and reliability that is unrivaled. The creamy mid-range warmth and sublime blues tones are clear, strong and expressive, and allow you to reach from classic and clean, to rowdy and raunchy. Experience why players the world over, rely on EMG in the studio and on the stage.
Package Includes: EMG's exclusive Quik-Connect™ cables (3), prewired control set including volume, 2 tone controls, 5-way selection switch (black & white knobs), output jack, and battery clip, screws & springs
Options Available: Black, White, or Ivory cover cap.