May 12, 2011
If you're a guitar player, you just might want to check out the newly released JH Signature EMG pick-ups, which James debuted at the Big 4 show in Indio, CA on April 23. The design was driven solely with the input of James, who was looking to create a “stealth” looking set that captures the clarity and punch of a passive pickup and still retains the legendary active tone.
For those of you who like tech-talk, the new pick-ups feature sleek black nickel plated caps and EMG's Solderless Installation System components and the JH Set consists of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge). Both pickups were patterned after the pickups James has used for 30 years but the end result was a completely different animal. The JH-N has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60. This produces 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 that uses bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end.
For more info and video (including interviews with James) check out www.emgpickups.com