EMG JH “HET” SET
RRP: $406 | D’Addario Australia | daddario.com.au
In early 2009, Metallica’s James Hetfield contacted EMG Pickups president Rob Turner, and presented him with a challenge: to create a ‘stealth’ looking set that captures the clarity and punch of a passive pickup, yet still retains the legendary active tone that Metallica is known for. Available in EMG Metal Works Finishes and EMG’s Solderless Installation System components, the JH “Het” set consists of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge), each of which is patterned after the pickups Hetfield had used for 30 years, but with substantial tweaks. The JH-N has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60 model Hetfield used to use, for 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 model that uses bar magnets. This produces that familiar tight attack, but with less inductance for a cleaner low-end.