SV Vintage Single Coil Active Pickup Set review by EMG

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 10 (5 votes)
EMG: SV Vintage Single Coil Active Pickup Set

Price paid: $ 219

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
It's a set of 3 single-coil pickups. The EMG-SV has "plucky" percussive attack, but much smoother, less scratchy distortion sound and more output. It's truly a marriage of Vintage magnetic design and state of the ART electronics. The SV features preamp that breaks the noise barrier beyond -100dbV. It's so quiet it's impossible to tell the guitar is even plugged in at high gain levels. It's also a pickup that uses the Quik-Connect system that allows you to swap pickups easily. If you're looking for a pickup that departs from the usual stop, but takes a different route, the EMG-SV is a perfect choice. I it it with Line6 SpiderIII and Marshall Mg series 30dfx amps, and Boss GT-10 effects.

Overall Impression — 10
I love the sound of them, but I don't like their price. I think that 219$ is quite expensive for pickups. But well "you want quality you've got to pay" I guess. I installed them into my Fender Custom Classic Stratocaster. They sound well with it, they are different of the stock pickups. Which were good as well.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The pickups are very good quality, they seem like they will last. But it also depends on how will you install them. I can depend on them, They are some great pickups. I think that they were well done.

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    I've got SA's. I love 'em! Smooth and warm. By far the most versatile pickup I have played!
    I put a set in my number one Strat. The best buy I made in years. As close to perfect as I will ever get. I have tested about every pick up you can think of, EMG makes the best I can find.