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We take a look at two popular items, the EMG H4 Passive and the EMG ZW-SET Zakk Wylde Signature. You might think it all comes down to the price, but frankly there is a lot more to it. If you enjoy this article, you can also check out the full version here.

 EMG H4 PassiveEveryone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the EMG H4 Passive.

 EMG ZW-SET Zakk Wylde SignatureThe challenger is the EMG ZW-SET Zakk Wylde Signature.


EMG H4 Passive

EMG ZW-SET Zakk Wylde Signature


+ Passive with the soul of an active PAF.
+ Fully shielded for noise reduction.
+ Solder-less install.

+ Active high output.
+ No soldering.
+ Endorsed by Zakk Wylde.
+ Clean tone.


It's a passive pickup that offers the same volume and power of an active version. The harmonics have to be heard to be believed. It's the perfect pickup for hard rockers, in our opinion.

They are a screaming set of active pickups that can be used for any genre, from blues to hard rock. If you're a big Zakk Wylde fan, then you're going to love the tone that these pickups deliver.

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Also see Music Critic's article 10 Best Guitar Pickups To Buy Right Now which includes even more information.

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