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New Stratocaster Pickguards from EMG

Jazzed Magazine • Gearcheck • November 28, 2018

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EMG Pickups’ two new passive prewired Stratocaster pickguards are the ST-54 and ST-65. The two systems come in both vintage and classic styles and are the newest passive additions to EMG’s SRO Series. Both Feature EMG’s solderless technology and are drop in ready for a seamless install.

The EMG ST-54 pickguard is loaded with pickups featuring Alnico 2 magnets for an alternative to classic Strat tone. Benefits of the ST-54 include: Alnico 2 magnets that provide a warmer and fatter low frequency response, a more pronounced mid-range for a smoother flow from the lows to mids, a lower resonance, but a higher Q resulting in a sharper high end, a different feel and attack than traditional Strat pickups, and half the magnetism of a typical Alnico 5 magnet giving the Strat player a nice “squish.”

The ST-65 pickguard is loaded with pickups featuring Alnico 5 magnets for a classic Strat tone. The ST-65 offers the following features: a magnetism of 1,000 Gauss giving the pickup a much more direct attack, as well as an overall more classic Stratocaster tone.

Both the Alnico 2 and Alnico 5 pickups are built in the traditional fashion with original style construction but feature a two pin connector for easy installation & tinkering. Made in California, both passive systems are on a three ply, 11 hole pickguard with a 5 position switch, master volume and tone controls on the neck and middle positions. The pickguards are available in black on black or white on white, giving them a classic and clean look that matches their tone. MSRP: $359.99

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