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Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set

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Seymour Duncan Blackouts are 9-volt active neck and bridge humbuckers that provide more extended frequency response with less compression. Seymour Du...Click To Read More About This Product

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Blackout the bad hum, crank up the tone.

Seymour Duncan Blackouts are 9-volt active neck and bridge humbuckers that provide more extended frequency response with less compression. Seymour Duncan engineers have captured the tone players want in an active design with the benefits of balanced inputs.

Not only do Seymour Duncan Blackouts active humbuckers have less hum than most active humbuckers, they also have more lows, more highs, and more output. Simply put, the Blackouts have more tone than most active pickups. Players will find far fewer problems with hum, especially near computer monitors and fluorescent lighting.

Blackouts come as a two-pickup set of neck and bridge humbuckers. All versions come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.


SPECIFICATIONS
  • AHB-1 Blackout Neck Model Specifications
  • Resonant Frequency: 750 Hz
  • Average Output Voltage: 0.65 Volts RMS (1)
  • Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
  • Noise: -97dBV
  • Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
  • Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
  • Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
  • Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
  • Preamp Gain: 16 dB
  • Preamp THD at 1V: .003%
  • AHB-1 Blackout Bridge Model Specifications
  • Resonant Frequency: 530 Hz
  • Average Output Voltage: 2.00 Volts RMS (1)
  • Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
  • Noise: -96dBV
  • Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
  • Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
  • Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
  • Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
  • Preamp Gain: 18 dB
  • Preamp THD at 1V: .003%
  • Notes:
  • (1) Output voltage measured under the following conditions:
  • a. Pickups installed in a guitar and set up for typical playing conditions.
  • b. Neck pickup adjusted approx. 3/16" from strings.
  • c. Bridge pickup adjusted approx. 1/8" from strings.
  • d. String gauge used - .010 to .046
  • e. Open E-chord strummed at moderate intensity.
  • f. 5 sample average reading taken using storage oscilloscope.
  • (2) Maximum output voltage is taken at the onset of clipping in the preamp when powered from a 9 Volt source.
  • Battery life computed for one pickup. Divide by two for life of set.
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Seymour DuncanBlackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

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67%

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  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best pickups ever

Simply the best pickups for heavy metal. These pups came in my Schecter Blackjack ATX Avenger. My previous guitar was a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6, which has emg 81/60 in it. Lets...Read complete review

Simply the best pickups for heavy metal. These pups came in my Schecter Blackjack ATX Avenger. My previous guitar was a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6, which has emg 81/60 in it. Lets just say that I have to turn the gain all the way up on my amp when i'm using that guitar to even come close to the sound of the Blackouts, and the Blackouts still sound better. As for clean, the emg's have the advantage, but if your wanting the best sound out of your guitar for metal, these pickups are for you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Uhh...whatever...

Seymour Duncan straight up ripped off EMG with these "Blackouts". They sound decent, but it would be great if Duncan could just do their own thing. These are good for...Read complete review

Seymour Duncan straight up ripped off EMG with these "Blackouts". They sound decent, but it would be great if Duncan could just do their own thing. These are good for modern/hard rock and nu metal stuff, but not real METAL. They're way to "middy" and not nearly enough treble. And honestly, look at who plays EMGs: Metallica, In Flames, Jeff Loomis, Chimaira, Nickelback, TBDM, BFMV, Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, Machine Head, Stephen Carpenter, Killswitch Engage, The Haunted, Unearth, Coheed and Cambria...everyone). Who plays Blackouts...like, three artists (who used to play EMGs). These have a better balance of tone than EMGs, but if you want that real "cathedral-crumbling, shake the bowels of hell, summon Oden to your side" metal power, EMGs are still king.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best pickups ever

By Gavin Hall

from Kentucky

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Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

Simply the best pickups for heavy metal. These pups came in my Schecter Blackjack ATX Avenger. My previous guitar was a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6, which has emg 81/60 in it. Lets just say that I have to turn the gain all the way up on my amp when i'm using that guitar to even come close to the sound of the Blackouts, and the Blackouts still sound better. As for clean, the emg's have the advantage, but if your wanting the best sound out of your guitar for metal, these pickups are for you.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very surprised,great tone

By Benjamin Dover

from Bahgdad, Ca.

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Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

I got a new guitar recently schecter she-devil and it came with blackouts, I could'nt figure out why they sounded so poor, I put a fresh 9 volt battery in the holder and Holy bejesus belts,I've been using EMG's for over 15 years in a les paul, and all i gotta say, these pickups are insanely good, will get another set for another guitar soon. G

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blackout

By Wesleyy

from Albertville Alabama

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Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

I recently bought a set of these blackouts, and had them installed into my Ibanez, They made a huge difference, The clean tone not to be compared to the tight attack of emgs is still quite nice I personally like the clean better than emg because it sounds more real and less processed. But the distorted sound is amazing they are super hot but they aren't noisy like emgs or other high gain pups they deliver harmonics and palm mutes like you wouldn't believe if you are looking for active pups with some versatility, do not go with Emgs , these blackouts make emgs look like kid stuff

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best purchase ever!

By SGguy-HOZE2

from Bristol, TN

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

I had a LTD with EMG's in it at one point, and it wasn't for me (dont get me wrong, sounded awesome when playing metal. However, the sound was too processed and soulless for me). I wound up getting rid of the LTD and buying my Gibson Gothic SG. Much to my chagrin, the passive pickups just didn't have the "oomph" for metal, so I had to get some actives...Right before I was going to buy a set of EMG's, one of my friends told me about these Blackouts. Now I swear by them. They were by far the best purchase I've ever made. You can get the perfect sweet sound you would get from a passive, while having the power of an active set. All the while it still sounds pure. No processed sound like you get from EMG's.long story short: Blackouts > EMG. 'Nuff Said.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Blackouts

By ONSET

from Allegan, Mi

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Tight Low End Nice Highs

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      Great for low drop tunings, super tight bottom end and searing highs, compared to EMG 81-85's its just simply newer better technology.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By duskman

      from Bogotá D.C, Colombia

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      Well, I'd never likes EMG Actives (Very compresed and artificial to my taste), and I always have pasive pickups guitars. Once I have EMG HZ pickups and I liked but not too much. When I knew Seymour Duncan's JB/Jazz pickups and Ibanez pickups, my life changes. The Ibanez pickups are very close to Di'marzio I think and they are very organic and dinamic to play since death metal to soft rock or even pop. (I don't like pop by the way). That is amazing, wide range of music gengers with the same guitar pickups.But my favorites ones are SD, I love it some much. Thats the reason why I decide to try it's active pickups. Blackouts are Awesome, one of the best pickups I'd ever had. Good clean, Good distortion, very warm, very organic a high output. I'm installed it on a Epi Explorer Goth (Korean Made on 2005, very close to gibson sound, not like the chinese new ones that are very amateur). I have some fear to lose the gibson characteristic sound. But with these pickupts the guitar preserves it's sound and improve it at the same time.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hot Pickups!

      By Isaac-SqJ66

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      My Wife bought me these as a wedding gift. I put them on my Jackson Dinky. I was torn between the blackouts and EMGs. I am glad I chose the Blackouts. These things have great tone and high output. I have to dial the volume back when playing clean to avoid overdriving my amp. When playing overdriven, I also dial them back unless I want crazy harmonics and feedback! These things are versatile. Installation took some time. My Jackson was a three pickup guitar with a 5 way selector switch. I figured it out looking at wiring diagrams. I cracked open a few cold ones and took my time.I have EMGs on my ESP LTD and I think these Blackouts have them beat. Highly Recommended!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All Men will learn to fear the BLACKOUT

      By Nicki Chaos-zeJRC

      from Ajax

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      The Seymour Duncan Blackout series pickups are an excellent alternative to EMG pickups, and are in a tonal class all of their own. They have squealing highs, punishing lows and subtle, but angry mids. Since these are active pickups, they will require a 9V battery, however, without the 9V they become an equally great passive humbucker.The price is a little steep but the overall performance of these pickups make it worth the money.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      oZman You're Insane!!!

      By Kyle T-IQ5ty

      from Ohio, USA

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      Dude seirously EMG's Blahhhhh..... I used to play an EMG 81-85 combo set on my NJ Warbeast. They Sounded horrible I had to turn My gain down to actually hear the sound of the note. Don't get me wrong I like crunch and heavy gain since I play mostly Traditional and Thrash and occasionally death but Dude EMG's they suck. When I put my Blackouts on it they sounded louder than EMG's and clearer. I mean hell if you want that Super crunch EMG has tune to Drop B that's all I did when I have passive pickups and I get the same sound but when I did that on Blackouts It was louder and heavier Than the EMG's. Also dude you Forgot Alexi Laiho Plays Blackouts and said they sounded alot better Than EMG's and he plays Death metal and Black Metal sometimes.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Seymour Duncan Blackout Active Pickups

      By Danny7String

      from Pittsburgh

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      If you're like me, you've resisted or pondered (or feared) going to active pick-ups. I swear by Duncan SH2, SH6 and SH7 (Jazz, Distortion and Invaders) and I must say these Blackouts have been what I have been searching for. My fear of actives have came from how sterile EMGs sound. As for the reader who claimed that SD ripped off EMG. Not quite buddy, not even close. These Blackouts are far louder, warmer, lively, and quieter. And for his comments that claim these Blackouts aren't for Metal because of their mid-range. Midrange is where all of your crunch and balls come from. I have 17 guitars and have placed Blackouts in 4 of them so far and use tunings on my 6 string guitars down to F# (Gb) and even lower with my 7 string guitars and these Blackouts have given me tons of output, tone, clarity and have actually been quieter with my FX heavy Mesa rig than my old passives plus I am able to drive my Mesa's even harder (if thats even possible) If you want actives pickups but dont want to sacrifice tone for volume, get these Blackouts.

      (2 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Uhh...whatever...

      By OzMan77

      from Undisclosed

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      Seymour Duncan straight up ripped off EMG with these "Blackouts". They sound decent, but it would be great if Duncan could just do their own thing. These are good for modern/hard rock and nu metal stuff, but not real METAL. They're way to "middy" and not nearly enough treble. And honestly, look at who plays EMGs: Metallica, In Flames, Jeff Loomis, Chimaira, Nickelback, TBDM, BFMV, Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, Machine Head, Stephen Carpenter, Killswitch Engage, The Haunted, Unearth, Coheed and Cambria...everyone). Who plays Blackouts...like, three artists (who used to play EMGs). These have a better balance of tone than EMGs, but if you want that real "cathedral-crumbling, shake the bowels of hell, summon Oden to your side" metal power, EMGs are still king.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      like em way better then the emgs

      By magpieguitarist

      from San Diego, CA

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      I've alway been the kind of guy who wanted emg pickup but it wasn't till I played em I was like there alright, I guess i'll buy em. But then my friend got a mick thompson ibanez loaded with the black out and I was in love. The blackout not only sounded better. They also clean up the overall tone. Kill the hum and nosie. I also love the mid range boost you get from the pick ups. They make your rhythm play so munh more tigher and heavier sounding. Once I got em I put them in my dean razorback. best tone I ever had, these pickups make bad amps sound great. I totally say you should tryout or buy these pick ups right away.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Kills EMG in the face

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      These pickups are the cure to the EMG plague. They give you active punch and growl and they still have midrange(unlike emgs). There is a reason some of the biggest metal acts have endorsed the Seymour Duncan blackout(mick thompson, Alexi Laiho) and it's because they are the best metal pickup out there.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Picked up

      By MusicMan 63

      from Virginia

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      Unbelievably smooth. The best choice I could have made. Our first practice I fired up my charvell and the band could not believe the sound coming from my amp. If you want active pickups, these are the pickups to buy. If you are putting them in a guitar that does not have active electronics, remember you will have to route out for a battery compartment.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      I tried these out the other day at a friends house and I was completely blown away! They have amazing tone and they are very quiet! They are also able to pull off cleans fairly well for active pickups. These pickups are a million times better than EMGs - These are the real deal and the future of metal!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Metal Militia

      By BAN THE BUZZ!

      from LA

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      I tried my friends ESP Alexi Laiho sig that he fitted with these, 'cause he's a COB nut, and Alexi just switched from EMG's to these, so he did too (he even used the Kerry King stack, which Alexi uses). Anyway I had been quite against the idea of an EMG rip-off as well as most people, but I played his axe and was crushed by the Alexi tone. My only complaint is that it doesn't sound too good clean, unless you throw a chorus pedal onto it. The bottom line is, though, if you like metal, buy these.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very noisy

      By gibbymac

      from MN

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      I had these put into my custom 24, they are crazy noisy, tons of buzz and hiss, which is weird because they are suppose to be quieter than emg's... they sound brutal though, they have so much output, my plexi-ish 'crunch' channel is more of a 'crush' channel with these, you definitely will not need any kind of overdrive pedals with these pickups.

      (1 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      unbalanced

      By MetallistEMG

      from Washington State

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      these really blow, a copy of EMG, they cant even get the sound right, they just increased the output, its a good thing EMG puts an epoxy in their pickups for things like this (destroys the pickups if you pry the lid off). they should go back to making rock - hard rock pickups, EMG is better at making the "destroy your faith with the bowels of hell" tonage

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Holy TONE COW

      By Dave-iMLpM

      from Holt, MI

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      These things added tones to my H.R. Giger Ibanez RG that left me wanting to call in to work sick.. Seriously though, the level of added gain, SUSTAIN, and earthy timbre reminded me of nothing else. They provide a great edge for Metal, and an even response that Truly keeps me playing longer than normal just because of the sound. I have been playing for 16 years and have used Dimarzio, EMG, Duncan designed, and a vast majority of stock fender and other brand pickups... By a far margin the Tone that the Blackouts generate is unparalleled!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The EMG Killers

      By Negative 13

      from St Cloud MN

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

      I've tried a lot of hi gain passives and used the 81/85 EMG set before, also tried flipping around and doing a 85/81 combo and these AHB-1s are the clear winner to my ears. Super tight lows, much more pleasant highs than the EMGs, much more organic and less compressed sounding too. I did kinda like the DiMarzio D-activator for passive though. That is a pretty good alternative if you dont want to do a lot of wiring or replace batteries ever. But, they still arent quite what you'll get with these guys. If I had one gripe about them, it would be this however non applicable to me and non affective to their sound. Unlike the emg's, these only came with 4 of the same size posts for the pots (short). I did not have the need for longer posts, but some of you might be dissappointed by that aspect. And nothing was pre-wired except the quik connect plugs. You have to put the entire input assembly together yourself as well but its easy and they give you all the wires you need for that. Or, just take it to a shop and let them worry about all that. Overall, a great value and can really be used by anyone. Less than EMG's and sounding much much better in this users personal opinion.

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