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EMG 89

 
Featuring two pickups in one, the 89 is loaded with alnico V magnets and has separate preamps each providing custom outputs for both dual coil and single coil modes. In dual coil mode, the sound is rich, warm and powerful, but still very clear and is similar to the 85. The single coil mode, accessed via the included push pull pot, delivers the traditional Strat single...


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Who said EMGs aren't versatile? featured

Comments Whilst EMG humbuckers have always provided great tone, they have always been a little held back by the fact that they were not able to be split to provide single coil tones like their passive brothers.

EMG have finally released a series of humbuckers that can provide single coil tones now, but for some time only the 89 was available with this feature.

The EMG 89 is a great sounding pickup, providing EMG 85 like tones in humbucker mode, and EMG SA in single coil mode.

The Alnico 5 magnets give the EMG 89 a beautiful, clear singing tone, even in high gain applications. I have my 89 in the neck position on my alder bodied custom, and when paired up with this tone wood it provides a nice bright (but not too bright) full rounded tone, perfect for solos and clean rhythm guitar parts. There is no mud what so ever from this pickup, just strong tone that can cut through nicely.

Switch the provided push/pull pot to single coil mode, and I am able to get fantastic strat like tones, which work well for both rhythm and lead style playing. It provides a great chimey, airy tone that would would expect from a strat (with the added benefit of no hum).

Unfortunately I have not tried this pickup with the 18 volt mod yet, but I'm sure it will make this great pickup even more amazing. I have another guitar with an EMG 81-85 with the 18 volt mod, and the difference in tone is phenomenal, and I am sure difference with the EMG 89 would be just the same.

The EMG 89 is a fantastic versatile pickup capable of producing great tones for any electric guitar genre. Play with your amp settings a bit if you have traditionally used passive pickups, and you will be rewarded for your efforts.


Liked about it Huge tone, from blues through to metal.
* Quick connect EMGs make for easy swaps.
* Clean up nicely.


Didn't like Should come with the 18 volt mod standard.
* Would love to see a more standard humbucker as an addition to the range.


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5.0

By LonePhantom
Oct 26, 2009
 
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Nice pickup with at least one cool feature

Comments I recently installed one of these in my 1986 Kramer Baretta. There was one in it when I bought it several years ago. but that had to go as I didn't get it to function. Now, with the benefit of afterthought, I realize this was probably down to the wiring at the output jack.
The most appealing feature of EMG pickups is, in my opinion, the solderless wiring. Why don't all pickups come like that? The drawback in my case though was that the pots require a bit more space. I almost gave up on fitting the volume pot in my guitar but finally found the one position that worked. And that position is in no way ideal, in my opinion. Also, the connectors didn't fit through the hole between the pickup and control cavities, so I had to disassemble them.
The tone is very nice. Relatively evenly balanced in my guitar with no surprises. Great string definition. Seems to work nicely for just about everything, unlike a lot of passive pickups I've tried. If you want to mud it up, that's easily accomplished with effects.
I think more of my guitars will be using EMG pickups in the future, but not all of them.


Liked about it - The solderless wiring. Very nice feature.
- The tone. Evenly balanced and great definition.


Didn't like - Doesn't come with a barrel jack
- The connectors had to be disassembled. A simple tool and instructions would have been helpful
- The size of the volume pot
- Requires a battery (which isn't a problem if you would consider adding a battery container. I might just do that. Either way, the batteries should last a long time)


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4.5

By 86barettaguy
Nov 05, 2010
 
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A good all around pickup.

Comments I've owned exactly two EMG's in my life, an 81 and the 85. My 85 was installed in an old Ibanez (no idea what model), with a basswood body, maple neck/rosewood fretboard. I installed the pickup with a split toggle in a push-pull volume volume knob.

I used it mainly for rock/metal, and some clean sounds. In that respect it certainly delivered. I found it to have a little less presence/cut than the 81. It was a warm sounding pickup, with a kind of fuzziness too it. Though the fuzziness could have been partially my amp at the time too.

In it's default (humbucking) mode it sound warm, thick and very articulate. For an active, it surprised me that it had a fair vocal quality to it.

In the split position it was able to sound like very clear, clean single coil. Not overly "quacky" but just a nice smooth single coil clean sound.

All around a good pickup, that I would like to put into another guitar one of these days.


Liked about it Rich, thick, warm tone. Splittable, and the split coil position sounded good.


Didn't like A little bit on the fuzzy side.


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3.5

By blackspy
Jul 08, 2010
 
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The Ultimate Active Metal Pickup

Comments This pickup was made for metal! It's got EMG's trademark clarity and articulacy, coupled with a preamp that provides extra distortion to the pickup's sound while in humbucking mode. This combination makes it perfect from pulling off anything from chugging rhythms to blazing solos to pinch harmonics with incredible ease. However, often times in metal you'll need to drop the distortion for some acoustic-like interludes. And that's where this pickup's coil splitting functionality comes into effect. It drops a good amount of the output and distortion and cleans up rather well, giving it a tone akin to a traditional Stratocaster pickup. The range of tone from this pickup is perfect for any style of metal, but if you're not into metal in the first place, you might wanna skip over this one.


Liked about it In humbucking mode, the pickup is raw power. It's not the loudest, but it's one of the strongest. The attack is bold and the clarity is great. In single coil mode however, it cleans up and quiets down well enough where you can switch from heavy to soft almost on the fly. And that's awesome.


Didn't like If you're not playing metal, the humbucking mode of this pickup is probably useless to you, due to its strong attack. Also, like all active pickups, it runs on 9-volt batteries, which need to be replaced at least yearly if you want to keep this pup going strong. Also, due to how receptive these pickups are, you might actually hear a bit more noise than you would on a passive pickup (though to some, this might be a good thing).


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By EXshad
Jul 02, 2010
 
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Love at first strum!

Comments Ok, when I first purchased EMG pickups, I was floored with the amount of clarity, power and sustain from the 81 and 85 and I also had some EMG SA pickups - then the 89 came out and I was able to add the 85 and the SA in one spot on my guitars with the addition of the 89 pickup and a push/ pull pot. The colorful tones from this pickup range from delicate to chaotic downpour; this all depends on the volume setting and tone, they over drive so effortlessly and harmonics sing out robust and defined. The real beauty is having the SA single coil available for lush bell tones and throaty growls when overdriven. These Pickups when recording are super quiet even at the highest volumes.


Liked about it Ability to have the humbucker and the single coil in one housing.
Rich harmonics and overtones.
Range of tones available with this combo
Very quiet when recording even on high settings.
Price was great - paid $110
Ease of installation


Didn't like At the time I purchased mine there were no color options. I wish EMG would have release the modular option before hand; I had these when they were first available and thereafter added others into my other guitars.



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5.0

By sporatic
May 13, 2010
 
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You can change from the crunch of a humbucker to the clarity of a single-coil!

Comments Loud, clear and heavy! Everything you could ask for from a pickup. The EMG 89 loaded with two Alnico SA coils opposite one another lets you have that fat sound and yet can still stay articulate having distortions similar to an EMG 85. Just pull the volume knob out (included in the kit) and you get a single coil that delivers a Strat single coil sound which is Bright, airy, and chimey! It's unbelievable how many sounds you can get out of this pickup; very versatile from rock to jazz to blues to Metal!!


Liked about it EMG's exclusive Quick-Connect cables! Makes it very easy to install and switch out other active EMGs. Being able to go from the clarity of a single-coil to the fatness of a humbucker makes this a very versatile humbucker and not to mention the distortion is very similar to an 85. If you connect an 18 volt mod to this thing you'll be playing your guitar for twice as long as you get a fuller tone with more warmth and headroom


Didn't like This is more a personal preference but the cleans are not as impressive in single coil mode! They need more colors for the 89 as they have with the EMG 81, 85 and 60; Not all guitars are made for black pickups! I'm not a fan of the EMG SA and this humbucker has two Alnico-loaded SA coils opposite one another, creating a pickup similar to the EMG 85. I'd like to see the same setup with Ceramic-loaded S coils :)


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Weezel
Feb 16, 2010
 
Last updated: February 17, 2010
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