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Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set  

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      A signature humbucker pickup set devised for Mick Thomson's intense sounds forged in the metal band, Slipknot.

      Seymour Duncan Blackouts represent the pinnacle in active guitar pickup technology. In his relentless quest for the ultimate tone, Mick Thomson of the metal band Slipknot asked Seymour Duncan for even tighter bottom and more searing top end cut, so Seymour Duncan delivered with the EMTY, a pulverizing addition to their Blackouts line.

      Application:
      The 9-volt Seymour Duncan AHB-3 active humbucker is designed for aggressive playing styles. It's recommended for all metal and heavy rock styles, including extreme low tunings.

      Complete setup:
      AHB-3 Blackouts humbuckers are available as Mick's two-humbucker set including a neck and a bridge pickup. All guitar pickups come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.

      Guitars:
      Intended for all guitars with humbuckers. The blade magnets make this active pickup suitable for both humbucker and Trembucker spacings.


      Claim Slipknot's signature sound when you order an AHB-3 pickups set today.

       
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      Seymour DuncanAHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set
       
      4.8

      (based on 16 reviews)

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      67%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      No more EMGs for me!

      I was deciding for a while which pickups I wanted to get next for a while. I narrowed down my choices to the EMG 81/85 ZW set, EMG 81/60 set, the...Read complete review

      I was deciding for a while which pickups I wanted to get next for a while. I narrowed down my choices to the EMG 81/85 ZW set, EMG 81/60 set, the new EMG James Hetfield set or the Duncan Mick Thomson signature Blackouts. I have already had guitars with both the 81/85 and 81/60 combos, so I decided to try something new and narrow it down to the James Hetfield EMGs or the Mick Thomson Blackouts. The artist name really had nothing to do with these sought after options. I like how both sets are based on pickup sets that have a great reputation already (EMG 81/60 set, SD Blackouts). These artists just demanded more in their pickups, that's what I liked about them fromt he start. So really, what got me to pick the Duncans over the EMGs, was reading a review that the black nickle coating of the James Hetfield set flakes off fairly easily. Today I finally finished up installing the Mick Thomson Blackouts in a Gibson Gothic V. I can't afford my dream amp (Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Road King II) so I use my Digitech RP200 which has a nice sample of a Mesa Recitifer. This was ran into a Crate GX212 combo amp. From the first chord I struck, I was completely blown away and couldn't take the smile off my face. These Duncans are said to be designed for low tunings. I started playing in Drop C, and they sound SO much better than anything I've tried in that tuning. Since I was completely satisfied with the pickups in Drop C, I decided to see what they would be like in Standard E. Same satisfaction. My only gripe, if any, is that the neck pickup has a bit of crunch to it on a clean amp setting. It does sound cool, but I would like for a crystal clear sound. The bridge pickup sounds crystal clear in a clean setting. I guess I can't expect too much crystal clear clean from a set of pickups made for low tuned metal. Long story short...I HIGHTLY recommend these pickups over your standard EMG 81/85 or 81/60 sets.
      This set looks a lot like a set of EMGs. They are black plastic and have the three pin quick connect solderless connection on the bottom. They come with all necessary hardware to fire them up. I'm rating them an 8 because they don't have the complete solderless system that EMG now has. Other than that, they require your normal amount of soldering, with solderless connections on the pickups themselves.
      Not really going to rate them since I only installed them today. I can't judge the durability yet. I can say that the sound quality is amazing!
      I'm rating these a 8 because I don't think any pickups should cost this much. However, compared to other similar sets (EMG ZW, EMG KK, EMG JH) they are quite reasonable.

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      Good for some guitars, not others

      I tried this pickup set on three guitars, a Hagstrom Ultra Swede (basswood body maple top), a 2004 Les Psul Standard (mahogany and maple), and an ESP Deluxe Viper 1000 (all...Read complete review

      I tried this pickup set on three guitars, a Hagstrom Ultra Swede (basswood body maple top), a 2004 Les Psul Standard (mahogany and maple), and an ESP Deluxe Viper 1000 (all mahogany). Tested them in all three and had best frequency response on the Viper. Not that it is "better" sounding pickup than an EMG 81X/ 60AX, it just peaks out at different spots. The AHBs didn't sound good on the Hagstrom (too brittle) and I like the EMG 81x 60x on the Les Paul. I won't change them out of the Viper only because it was a marginal improvement in low end and it isn't worth the bother wasting strings to put back the EMGX' in the Viper. Generally the AHBs are equivalent to a EMG 60AX with a little more headroom. Beside the pickups in the box you get a stuffed plastic bag with pots, nuts, washers, no sample wiring diagram, etc. It's okay that they connect with EMG controls, but then the rest has to be hard-wired with the pots/ cap they give you (my guitars are all EMG solderless). And the neck pup didn't work at first, there was a loose terminal for the 9v on the pickup which I fixed with epoxy. Is it worth it? They are cheaper, not "better" than EMGs, connectivity issues part solderless mostly hardwire, sound good only on all mahogany guitars. I'd save yourself some extra money just get EMG 60AX for neck and EMG 81X. So I wouldn't shell out for set unless absolutely sure you can't find a set of EMGs that will work. Bottom line don't waste your money on the set, get one at a time and see what you get tonally first.

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      2.0

      Good for some guitars, not others

      By northslide098

      from Lakes Region

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      Pros

      • Equiv To Emg 81x

      Cons

      • Not Functional
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

      I tried this pickup set on three guitars, a Hagstrom Ultra Swede (basswood body maple top), a 2004 Les Psul Standard (mahogany and maple), and an ESP Deluxe Viper 1000 (all mahogany). Tested them in all three and had best frequency response on the Viper. Not that it is "better" sounding pickup than an EMG 81X/ 60AX, it just peaks out at different spots. The AHBs didn't sound good on the Hagstrom (too brittle) and I like the EMG 81x 60x on the Les Paul. I won't change them out of the Viper only because it was a marginal improvement in low end and it isn't worth the bother wasting strings to put back the EMGX' in the Viper. Generally the AHBs are equivalent to a EMG 60AX with a little more headroom. Beside the pickups in the box you get a stuffed plastic bag with pots, nuts, washers, no sample wiring diagram, etc. It's okay that they connect with EMG controls, but then the rest has to be hard-wired with the pots/ cap they give you (my guitars are all EMG solderless). And the neck pup didn't work at first, there was a loose terminal for the 9v on the pickup which I fixed with epoxy. Is it worth it? They are cheaper, not "better" than EMGs, connectivity issues part solderless mostly hardwire, sound good only on all mahogany guitars. I'd save yourself some extra money just get EMG 60AX for neck and EMG 81X. So I wouldn't shell out for set unless absolutely sure you can't find a set of EMGs that will work. Bottom line don't waste your money on the set, get one at a time and see what you get tonally first.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pretty sweet for lots of applications

      By VersatilityIsNumber1

      from Lancaster PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

          Super fliexible if you take the time to dial them in correctly. Don't seem to like my POD HD500 much, but works really well with my Bugera V22 and my Fender SCXD. I don't use them for metal much, but instead for huge, fat powerful cleans and light drives, and for moderate crunch and drive.

          Installed in a Carvin CT3 with 18v mod.

          Highly recommended. Better than the EMG 81/85 set in my experience.

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          5.0

          Mick Thompson EMTY Pickups

          By Sean

          from Undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Easy to install
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              Pretty much what most people say about these is spot on. They are GREAT metal pickups. I wouldn't really suggest them for blues, jazz, classic rock ect. Some people say "you can do anything with them". Well.... ya, and the 350 in your Camero will probably pull a trailor, but it's not going to like it because your transmission is all wrong. I tune to drop B and play heavey fast chuggalug stuff. These do it well. The top end is a razor (think Mesa presence in a pup), but I just dialed back the treble of my amp and it worked great. The thing I was most surprised about was the cleans. I play an Orange Rocker 30 and the cleans before lacked sustain (probably needed a compressor). But with these a 5th fret high E Natural harmonic rings out with a lot of sustain. As far as a beautiful "Fender Clean"... I don't know because that's not what I like. I find the neck pup to put out a nice full but focused and not muddy clean that I consider not only usable but pleasant. Oh, and I installed these myself and they are DEAD QUIET with heavy gain. Love that fact.

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              5.0

              ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST! XD

              By jakob bowman

              from MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              OMG! THIS PICKUPS ARE BEYOND GOOD!!! XD
              if you are a slipknot fan you must get them! soo worth the $$$!!!!

              i get them wired into my dean V and LOVE THEM! it makes my guitar sound like a 14,000+ usa dean now! it looks amazeing! and sound soo good!.also if you want a heavyer sound from the blackout set(yeah like there not hot enough to start with!) then u NEED TO GET THIS PUPS!:)

              its money well spent
              its now another fav of my gtrs. and also my 3rd to be active (bc rich with wyld emgs in it a ibanez 7sting with normal blackouts)
              WORTH THE MONEY!

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              5.0

              No more EMGs for me!

              By mgbasque

              from Texas

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              I was deciding for a while which pickups I wanted to get next for a while. I narrowed down my choices to the EMG 81/85 ZW set, EMG 81/60 set, the new EMG James Hetfield set or the Duncan Mick Thomson signature Blackouts. I have already had guitars with both the 81/85 and 81/60 combos, so I decided to try something new and narrow it down to the James Hetfield EMGs or the Mick Thomson Blackouts. The artist name really had nothing to do with these sought after options. I like how both sets are based on pickup sets that have a great reputation already (EMG 81/60 set, SD Blackouts). These artists just demanded more in their pickups, that's what I liked about them fromt he start. So really, what got me to pick the Duncans over the EMGs, was reading a review that the black nickle coating of the James Hetfield set flakes off fairly easily. Today I finally finished up installing the Mick Thomson Blackouts in a Gibson Gothic V. I can't afford my dream amp (Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Road King II) so I use my Digitech RP200 which has a nice sample of a Mesa Recitifer. This was ran into a Crate GX212 combo amp. From the first chord I struck, I was completely blown away and couldn't take the smile off my face. These Duncans are said to be designed for low tunings. I started playing in Drop C, and they sound SO much better than anything I've tried in that tuning. Since I was completely satisfied with the pickups in Drop C, I decided to see what they would be like in Standard E. Same satisfaction. My only gripe, if any, is that the neck pickup has a bit of crunch to it on a clean amp setting. It does sound cool, but I would like for a crystal clear sound. The bridge pickup sounds crystal clear in a clean setting. I guess I can't expect too much crystal clear clean from a set of pickups made for low tuned metal. Long story short...I HIGHTLY recommend these pickups over your standard EMG 81/85 or 81/60 sets.
              This set looks a lot like a set of EMGs. They are black plastic and have the three pin quick connect solderless connection on the bottom. They come with all necessary hardware to fire them up. I'm rating them an 8 because they don't have the complete solderless system that EMG now has. Other than that, they require your normal amount of soldering, with solderless connections on the pickups themselves.
              Not really going to rate them since I only installed them today. I can't judge the durability yet. I can say that the sound quality is amazing!
              I'm rating these a 8 because I don't think any pickups should cost this much. However, compared to other similar sets (EMG ZW, EMG KK, EMG JH) they are quite reasonable.

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              5.0

              Great pups

              By Kieran Martin

              from Philadelphia, PA

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              Bought these when they were on sale here last year and didnt get around to installing them until a few months ago and I gotta say they're absolutely incredible. I initially bought them based just on the fact that they're SD Blackouts specifically designed for downtuned guitars which couldnt have sounded better to me since I play almost exclusively in C and B standard and love the sound of actives. Installed in an old Epi Les Paul standard they gave new life to the guitar and have made it my favorite guitar to play. The neck delivers an excellent warm and full sound while the bridge absolutely screams and makes pinch harmonics sound better than ever. Although primarily built and excelling for metal styles, with a bit of playing with the volume and tone knobs you can dial in some pretty solid blues tones. Even at full price youd be hard pressed to find a set of pickups as good and versatile in the same price range.

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              5.0

              Psychosocial

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              Let me tell u these pickups r heavy i have 2 schecter shedevil guitars one with blackouts & one with ahb 3's love them both the ahb 3 have more low end then the ahb1 both r a good buy. way better then emg's.if u have emg's and u want blackouts its easy to put them in just pop out the pick up unplug the wire clip and plug the blackouts right in no soldering plug and play ;)

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              4.0

              Awsome!

              By Josh Eaton

              from Ukiah,Ca.

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              If you like down tuning your guitar and want that extra bite at the bottom end that you loose when it comes to EMG's. These are your pickups..
              I put these pickups in my Dean Evo and replaced the stock pickups and they made my sound alot heavier and clearer
              Definitely worth the money..by far better sounding that the Emg 81 alone....

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              5.0

              AMAZING PICKUPS!

              By Kevinup59

              from Abilene, TX

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              These blackouts sound absolutely amazing. I play my guitar in drop-c and these pickups sound tight and crisp. Excellent for playing any type of metal or hard rock. 5 stars

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              5.0

              Blackouts in my B.C. Rich

              By GuitarChris24

              from Royal Oaks, CA

              Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:

              I had these pickups installed in my B.C Rich Virgin, replacing the stock pickups, and I was totally blow away by the difference. The clean tone is great too, powwerful. The neck pickup is not that acoustic-y, but it sounds alright. What I like the most about these Blackouts are the way my harmonics and whammy-bar dives sound. The do a great job bringing both out, just do a slayer-style harmonic mixed with an exteme whammy-bar vibrato, an E.V.H-style divebomb, or a Dimebag Darrell-style pinch harmonic and you feel you've died and gone to Heaven. Not to mention, the tightness of the tone in low tunings, I play this guitar in drop-C, just beautiful.

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