EMG SA Active Single Coil PickupEMG's most popular system for Stratocaster type guitars combines the best features of the early Strat sound with added midrange response and higher output. Its 'bell like' ringing harmonics and increased sustain give the EMG-SA greater versatility than normal single-coil pickups. Single pole alnico magnets help deliver classic overdrive with smooth midrange distortion, while still retaining the familiar high end of a single-coil pickup.Traditional single coil pickups have great tone, but along with those beautiful highs you usually get a big dose of hum and buzz. The noise changes as you move under stage lights or in the studio. Add even a moderate length cord, and the crystalline shimmer turns to mud. EMG single coil pickup systems solve these problems. With internal shielding and an independent preamp in each pickup, you get great tone over a background of silence. The low-impedence preamp also gives you a higher output level so that all your tone makes it to your amp. Vacuum sealed coils reduce squeals and other microphonic effects. EMG's exclusive Tone Modeling technology allows them to carefully shape the tonal response and sensitivity for added definition and crisp attack. How does this all sound? Check out the incredible sound of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour who uses the EMG-SA System with SPC and EXG exclusively on all his Strats for both stage and studio. EMG-SAEMG's most popular system for Stratocaster type guitars was originally developed in 1974 but was redesigned along with all the other models in 1979. It was voiced with the help of guitar Repairman/Luthier John Carruthers and his professional clientele. The first professional who spread the gospel about the EMGSA was Peter Frampton who visited EMG in 1979. By 1985, Peter had turned Steve Lukather on to the system along with a host of others. The folks at EMG can't recall when David Gilmour got his first SA System, but Rob remembers delivering a system in L.A. for David and meeting Phil Taylor (David's main man) for the first time. Over the years EMG has sent David all of the newer models, but he's maintained his support of the SA System. The EMG-SA combines the attributes of the early Strat sound but with an added midrange response and higher output. Its 'bell-like' ringing harmonics and increased sustain give the SA greater versatility than normally found in single-coil pickups. A single Alnico bar magnet delivers classic overdrive with a smooth midrange distortion, while still retaining the familiar high-end of a single-coil pickup. The internal preamp rejects every bit of hum and buzz for noiseless operation.