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Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker Black

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The Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro is a warm, moderate-output neck position humbucker that's great for jazz, blues, classic rock and slide. Desi...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Produces a moderate output with a warm, sweet tone.

The Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro is a warm, moderate-output neck position humbucker that's great for jazz, blues, classic rock and slide. Designed for brighter toned instruments the Alnico II Pro works especially well with maple and ebony fingerboards. Also works great with hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.

The Alnico 2 magnet and moderate windings yield a warm, sweet tone with more natural string vibration for great sustain. Classic rock players who get their distortion from the amp rather than the pickup love the APH-1. It allows them to back off the crunch and get beautiful clean tones with softer attack. Compared to the '59, the Alnico II Pro has a rounder sound with a spongier bass response. Comes with four-conductor hookup cable and no logo.

Often the APH-1 is used in both neck and bridge positions. Or, in the neck with a higher output pickup like an SH-11 Custom Custom or SHPG-1b Pearly Gates for heavier rock or hotter blues sounds from the bridge position.

Players using Alnico II Pro humbuckers:
Slash - Velvet Revolver & Guns 'N Roses (neck & bridge)
Michael Wilton - Queensryche (bridge)
Jeff Tamelier - Tower of Power (neck)
Tim Mahoney - 311 (neck)
Troy Van Leeuwen - Queens of the Stone Age (neck)

FEATURES
  • Moderate output bridge position humbucker
  • Designed for brighter toned instruments
  • Magnet: Alnico II bar

Sculpt your sound to meet your needs with the APH-1.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • DC Resistance
  • 7.6 k
  • Resonant Peak
  • 7.1 KHz
  • Dimensions:
  • 3.315" W x 1.438"D x .77"H
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Seymour DuncanAPH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Improves sound (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally recommended

By David Goodrich

from Southwest USA

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Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

Very awesome sound. Clear, clean, warm, articulate, very accurate to guitar sounds, due to lower power magnets results in less string pull. My guitar came with covered Alnico II Pro, and I bought '59 pickup with the guitar because I love '59 (I thought). I liked the sound of Alnico II Pro, but I replaced with '59. Hated it compared to sweet sound of aph1. Removed it. I also tried Slash aph2. But I removed it in favor of original aph1. Highly recommended, rings forever, many harmonics. You might think this is a 'weak output' pickup. But the full sounds of this pickups say otherwise. I love this pickup even though I thought i was a '59 pickup guy. Try this one, and you'll be blown away. I bought this open zebra pickup aph1 to replace my covered aph1 because I love the APH1, but wanted to zebra open ones, think it has a better sound, but its personal preference.
Bought this in zebra. Nice package. 4 wire.
Top quality by Seymour Duncan. Way higher quality than other brands in my opinion.
Really great price. Easy to install -- put bare/green on the back on the pot, black on the pot lead. You can split with red/white, otherwise you must tie them together and insulate.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pickup For Classic Rock/Hard Rock

By Jack

from Manchester, NH

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Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

Great pickup for many types of music - I got this for playing classic rock/hard rock/metal. It's got the mids that other pickups lack (like active pickups) and also good bass. Mids and bass outweigh the treble, but can get great harmonics nonetheless. Great pickup for Van Halen, Judas Priest, Skynard, Sabbath, etc. I got the Nickel cover and am very satisfied - As an experienced and advanced guitar player I can say this is a high quality pickup, and worth the money!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

clear and warm with some bite!

By dc127

from Indy

Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

I put this pickup in an alder body guitar with a JB in the bridge position and got just what I wanted, a great medium output pickup that is nice and warm, yet clear. Compared to the jazz pickup that's Seymour's personal fave I think you get a wider pallet of sound color to work with, more variation when you move the pickup selector. Overdriven this has a fat tone, and through a clean amp it has a nice jazzy feel to it, but no mud at all. With a mahogany body guitar you might want a 69 or a jazz model, but the alnico pro is great for adding more range to the tone of an alder or even ash guitar whithout having to roll all the top end out.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great neck pickup for any guitar

By 3G

from New York, New York

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

      You will instantly notice that this is what a neck pickup is supposed to sound like. I play classic rock all the way up to today's pop, rock, metal, funk and soul and this boy can handle it all. It is paired with either a Dunacn Custom or a 59/custom Hybrid and they couldn't match up any better. Beautiful clean sound that rivals a single coil.... Great for solos, doesn't sound tubby and you can actually use your tone knob and get some great Warren Haynes type sounds. I've been playing for over 25 years and this is hands down the best pickup you can put in the neck position of your guitar.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Neck Pickup

      By Daver

      from Ohio

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Neck Position for me

        Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

        I needed a new neck pup for my LP Standard. The original neck pup was a Burstbucker Pro that I could never quite meld with, so I changed it out to try a '57 Classic pup which was indeed better but still didn't satisfy me. After trying the Duncan APH1-Neck Pup for a week or so now, I must say I am impressed. The sound seemed to open up with more clarity and better highs and lows. That muddy or blanketed sound I couldn't get used to with the other pups is now gone. The tone controls can actually be used now. I highly recommend this pup.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best pickup I've yet had

        By El_CHupacabara

        from Portland, OR

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        Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

        I put this in my H/H Strat Custom. The Alnico II magnet pickups really work well with brighter-wood guitars (alder, for example) by warming things about a bit and not being harsh and boomy with the highs. I usually have the tone knob set at 7-10 for clarity. If you want some single-coil goodness, wire in a coil split. Minimal 60hz hum. What are you waiting for?

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sings Like a Beauty

        By Randingo

        from Corpus Christi, TX

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

          I swapped this with the Probucker in my Epi LP Standard. It's a beautiful sounding pickup. Crystal clear sound, awesome sustain, and it's got that warm, singing tone that I was really shooting for. I did think it might be just a bit hotter than it is, but it's a minor thing. Clean tones are warm and bright, and you can hear every note. You can really get some beautiful and soaring tones out of this pickup, I'd highly recommend it.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome pickup!

          By Jack

          from Manchester, NH

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

              Very pleased and very impressed with this pickup! It's the third one I've bought and the first one in the black style (other two I've bought are nickel). I put this in a Jackson Dinky Pro with a Dimebucker in the bridge and it sounds great, lots of lows and mids. Very good pickup for hard rock and metal music.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best neck pickup I've ever played

              By Thorisis

              from Seattle, WA

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

                  This pickup produces a thick, warm sound, but still produces lots of sparkle on the highs. Rolling off the tone produces a warmer, more muted sound, but it doesn't get "muddy". Installation was a breeze. I would heartily recommend this pickup for guitarists looking for a great jazz or blues tone in the neck.

                  (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Gotta love Alnico

                  By Blues girl

                  from Cape Cod

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                  Pros

                  • decent tone
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • great flamed Maple
                  • nice stage presence

                  Cons

                  • Neck pickup should be hotter
                  • needs better tuners
                  • poordelectronics,wire,etc so pups cant be heard

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

                  I bought this guitar with the intention of replacing the potentiometers,put in cloth push back cloth insulated wire

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Traditional perfection.

                  By Echo

                  from Chicago, IL

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing
                    • Rhythm And Solos

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

                    Got this one for the neck to go with the more powerful Custom 5 on the bridge, thinking about making it versatile. I use the neck pickup for solos constantly at clean, low and high gains. Perfect tone. Amazing match for my Custom 5 on the bridge. I get sweet clean tones and clarity with the volume rolled up down or down, as well as interesting colors out the tone knob. Nice when used in tap mode, but definitely better as a Humbucker. I'll definitely buy it again as a neck Humbucker. Wish there were more options for finishes, like zebra.

                     
                    5.0

                    killer

                    By dinsy

                    from Va

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

                        LP custom in the neck position. Beautiful tone, tried lots of different ones, like this one best. Gonna put one in the bridge next.

                         
                        5.0

                        APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker

                        By tstrongarm77

                        from Southern USA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Live
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

                          Sounds excellent. Long-time fan of the 59 but this may replace it. Sounds great split with the single in middle.

                           
                          5.0

                          I love it.

                          By McGurk

                          from Oregon

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                          Pros

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                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

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                            • Sounding Awesome

                            Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-1n Alnico II Pro Neck Humbucker:

                            Fantastic. Very sweet tone. Clean, this pickup is a beautiful thing to hear. Very natural sounding and well balanced. Distorted this thing shines just as bright. The velvety crunch that you hear when playing multiple distorted notes is awesome.

                            I had my guitar set up to split the coil on this pickup. Using one of the tone pots on my LP (the other tone pot now controls for both pickups), I am able to blend in and out the use of the second coil. This opens up a lot of tonal possibilities. Because of how well-balanced this pickup is, it sounds fantastic as a single coil pickup. The loss of one of the coils definitely makes it a bit quieter, but the sound it produces is very good in quality. I would recommend giving this a shot to anyone who has one of these.

                            Versatile, and awesome. Great Pickup. I have yet to think of a downside. Just know that the Alnico II magnet has a little different response than Alnico V. If you are considering this pickup, watch a couple youtube videos or go to Seymour Duncan's website and listen to the differences. They're perfect for me!

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