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Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp standard shaft 

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Get the extreme gain of active pickups—with any pickup.

The Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp turns your passive pickups into high-output active flame throwers.

If you love the sound of active pickups but want to try it with a different look, Seymour Duncan has an ingenious solution. Blackouts Modular Preamp takes the preamp out of the pickups and integrates it with the volume pot. Now you can make any passive pickup with four-conductor cable an active pickup.

The Blackouts Modular Preamp means you can get that high-gain, low-noise Blackouts sound with a vintage looking guitar—like a classic hot rod with a souped-up engine under the hood. You can use it with any passive pickup.

Just swap your volume pot with a Blackouts Modular Preamp. It combines the high-output, low-noise Blackouts preamp with a quality volume pot and the Liberator Solderless Pickup Change System for quick connections.

The genre-defining crunch and wail of modern heavy rock guitar often comes from active guitar pickups, which have a built-in, battery-powered preamp epoxy-sealed into a stark black casing. It's a distinctly modern sound married to a patently modern look. Now, for the first time, you can make any pickup an active pickup, even pickups with a more traditional look.

Seymour Duncan has taken its award-winning, low-noise Blackouts balanced differential preamp out of the pickup and integrated it with a high-quality volume pot. Blackouts Modular Preamp is an ingenious way to get that high-gain, active guitar sound with any passive four-conductor pickup. Simply by swapping a volume pot for a Blackouts Modular Preamp volume pot, you can get active pickup performance with a more classic look.

Connecting the Coil Pack or any pickup to Blackouts Modular Preamp is an incredibly simple, solderless procedure, thanks to the same bare-wire Lockdown connector stations used in the Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Pickup Change System. Installing pickups only requires a mini-screwdriver to secure pickup and battery leads into the rock-solid screw-clamp connectors.


Get your own sound—with your own look. Order today.

 
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Seymour DuncanBlackouts Modular Preamp
 
5.0

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  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

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    5.0

    Awesome product!!!!

    By Ziongnr

    from Sonora, Mex

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • A Lot Of Gain
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp:

      I have a jackson PDX demmelition king v with EMG's HZ, and i put the preamp in my LTD F-10 with creepy stock humbuckers, in my opinion the LTD destroys the Jackson, the LTD has more tone, gain and pick attack!! thats amazing!!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME PREAMP GAVE LP A FAT TONE!!!

      By BeckerLives!

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Better Cleans Than Bo's
      • Easy install
      • Easy To Use
      • Fat Sound
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Keeps Passive Tone Of Pu

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Live
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp:

      I put some the Seymour Duncan BMP-1 in this Epiphone les paul Gothic that was okay stock but I wanted to get a nicer clean fat sound out of the guitar and personally I love EMG's more than blackouts I know I have blackouts in my Schecter they are just not fun for me they don't have that note clarity EMG has, but anyway I love Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio the Dominion pick is one great clean pick up as well but I wanted to try something new so I tried this with the stock Epiphone pick ups that have a disadvantage and are only 2 conductor pick ups so I still get hum since they are not 4 conductor but let me tell you I installed this baby myself and its so awesome it boosted everything and kept that nice passive tone best upgrade I have ever made I will install a set on my nephews Schecter C1 artist that has SD's already. It brought the les paul back to life it gave it this rich fat tone unlike the blackouts these are very versitile I can get a fat blues tone or nice Zakk Wylde sound out of the guitar while still having a passive sound that I love. It doesnt have too much gain like the blackouts that makes the cleans sound dirty this thing made the cleans nice and crystal sounding. I recommend this to anyone that doesn't want to spend on pick ups or wants to keep that passive tone while getting some active characteristics itsawesome and pick ups changes are so easy after the easy install. I'm surprised it does not have more reviews and is not more popular I personally like this preamp more than the active pickups sold at the momment gives a fatter tone, better dynamics, Clean are great and a nice heavey metal tone if you want it but you can play anything as long as the pick ups are not high output already, buy them you wont regret it!!!!

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      5.0

      The lost cost cure for a wimpy guitar!

      By CzBone

      from Hampton, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Soldering Involved
      • Will Change Your Tone

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp:

      Have a guitar that just isn't giving you the heavy sound you want? Don't want to spend a fortune going thru different pickups to find that magic combination? This might be your low-cost answer! This preamp is best for heavy rock/ classic metal. It will darken the sound. I use it with a SD JB humbucker in the bridge and a 59' hb in the neck. To me it sounds like my PRS that I installed Blackouts in. Lots of sustain, quiet, thick lead tones, very balanced across the tone chart with power to spare. It does have it's own sound. The preamp has sodier-free connectors, but you will need to do a bit of soldering on the extra volume/tone pots. SD has said they can be used with single coil pu's, but you will get the usual SC hum. I haven't found a wiring diagram for singles though. One preamp module will power 2 humbuckers, extra 25K pots are provided depending on the kit you choose. They have long shaft and short shaft pots. The short-shaft pot kit has only 1 pot though. Not sure why. Check the shaft length of the pots they will be replacing before ordering. And get a fresh 9 volt battery before installing.

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      5.0

      Just Great!

      By Super Fuzz

      from Pensacola, FL

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      • Improves Sound

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp:

          I have 4 of these in guitars and I just love them! They will add "flavor" to your tone but keep the individuality of the pickup. They work better with low to med output pickups FYI. They are not solderless though so be prepared to spend some time wireing these bad boys. Well worth very cent and leaps and bounds over active pickups!

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          5.0

          blackouts modular preamp update

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp:

          Great product that does what it is designed to do. Well worth the $55.00 spent on itl.
          update to my previous review. I got the tone control issue fixed. Would have helped to use the correct capacitor that came with the kit. Installed it and got all the tone control back that I previously had. So no problems with the tone at all now.

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          5.0

          blackouts modular preamp

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts Modular Preamp:

          Only going to give the product an 8 since it did limit my tone control as compared to what it was without it and it did take away my coil splitting option that I had previously hooked up. Overall, if you are looking for a good active sound without replacing your pickups, this is a good way to do it. The guys in the band even thought it sounded extremely good with the pickup combination I am using. Our other guitar player has a Jackson USA Soloist with an AHB-2 blackout in the bridge and was extremely impressed with how the sound was compared to his setup. Very comparable, not quite the same but different in a good way.

          I got the tone control issue fixed. Would have helped to use the correct capacitor that came with the kit. Installed it and got all the tone control back that I previously had. So no problems with the tone at all now.
          I just installed this in an Ibanez RG321 that I purchased for a project guitar to mess around with. The pickups I am using with it are a Seyomour Duncan Jazz in the neck and a Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge. It really does give them an active sound and increased sustain. Not that Seymour Duncan's are lacking in sustain to start with. It was fairly easy to install but is not a completely solderless system and if you don't have any experience with replacing pickups I would not recomend doing it yourself. Only the preamp is solderless, you still have to wire up the jack, 3 way switch, and the tone control. The preamp took an already aggresive bridge pickup and made it even more aggressive, which is what I was looking for without completely buying new pickups. Clean is not to bad either on the neck setting. I wish they could have built a coil split into it though, since it takes some of the versatility out of 4 conductor wiring pickups.
          Seems to be built well and I have not had any problems at this time, but still fairly early and I will have to see how well it holds up. Only thing I did not like about the quality is that it uses mini pots instead of full size pots.
          Great value if you are looking to upgrade to an active circuit without completely buying a new set of pickups.

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