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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.


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

(based on 17 reviews)

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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No more EMGs for me!

By mgbasque

from Texas

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty sweet for lots of applications

By VersatilityIsNumber1

from Lancaster PA

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      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.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Mick Thompson EMTY Pickups

      By Sean

      from Undisclosed

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      • Easy to install
      • Improves Sound

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          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Blackouts in my B.C. Rich

          By GuitarChris24

          from Royal Oaks, CA

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          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Surprisingly good!

          By BlackoutConvert420

          from Vancouver, BC

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

          I picked these up when they were on sale. I don't do brutal, but thought it would be nice to have a guitar with some high gain actives just because. Everything needed do a fresh install comes in the box - pots, wiring harnesses, jack, etc. The tone is very articulate even when maxed. The neck has some wonderful bottom with great grind and the bridge will make your ears bleed [in a good way]. The surprising part is, roll them down and they clean up very nicely giving up usable jazz and even country twang tonz. Very quiet as well. To my surprise they turned the guitar into a great all-rounder.

           
          5.0

          Great Mid-Rangey Sound for Metal

          By TheRealMikeD

          from Los Angeles, CA

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

          Obviously, every pickup will sound different in a given guitar and played through a given amp rig. So there is, unfortunately, no way to know for sure whether or not any particular pickup will work for you except to try it.

          That said, I love the sound that I get out of these Mick Thompson Blackouts in my Gibson SG Standard. I play through a Mesa Boogie Mark IV and my style is primarily metal and punk rock.

          In my setup, the pickups have a very mid-rangey sound that provides plenty of crunchy chords and really cuts through a mix. The top end is not too harsh and it is never muddy-sounding. They sound clear in standard tuning or with drop-tuning (I had my SG tuned down to drop-C for a while).

          They have plenty of output, too. I have tried a lot of replacement, high-output pickups in my various guitars, and I think these are probably the hottest of all the ones I have owned so far.

          I'm pretty picky about my pickups, and I would definitely buy these again.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

           
          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....

           
          5.0

          Blackouts

          By Jackson nut

          from Hattiesburg MS

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

          I replaced my emgs with blackouts. The sound is great. I put the blackouts in a old Jackson guitar that I never played. Now all I play is the Jackson. I now have a flame thrower. The bass is tight. I still cant believe how she sounds. They are hot as you can get. Try them out you wont be sorry.

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