By: Anthony from Michigan, USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Very well made, no problems at all. EMG's support is fantastic too. They offered to make a schematic for me in a CAD program for the setup I was using (they didn't because I figured it out at the last minute). I thought that was awful nice of them (they answer their emails the same day too!).
How has it stood up over time?
I've only had them 3 months but I've had no problems. I did, however, have problems installing them over and over again but they stood up to it. I even had to remove and reattach the connections on the solderless wires but they are of good quality (this was my guitar's fault, not the pickups).
Your general opinion of this product.
I'm pretty impressed with these. I would've given them 5 stars all around if it wasn't for the price.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
At first I didn't like these as much as I thought I would, but it turned out that I'm just not that good - they're so clear sounding that they unmasked some of my shortcomings as a player that I wasn't quite aware of (bad picking technique).
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
super fat, crunchy, 3D. Very strat-like in single coil, but hotter (turn volume down to sound more stratty). I like the active tone also. It seems to have a wider range than a lot of passive tone controls.
How did the stain or paint job look?
There's no paint on them. The color goes all the way through the plastic.
How was the action out of the box?
I haven't got any action because of owning these but then I never play in front of people so that's probably why...