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Designed for the heaviest punk, metal, and hardcore guitar tones.

The Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Mayhem Set gives you a pair of SH-6 Duncan Distortion humbucker pickups for the neck and bridge positions on your electric guitar.

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  • For extreme distortion with bold bite
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Seymour DuncanDistortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair
 
4.6

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Duncan Distortion

I installed a set of these in my 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard, and I could not be happier. That being said you should know what to expect before you buy these. So...Read complete review

I installed a set of these in my 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard, and I could not be happier. That being said you should know what to expect before you buy these. So first off let me say, if you don't primarily play some form of metal or hard rock, look elsewhere. You probably won't like them. Everyone else still reading, here's what to expect:

These are loud and clear. The first thing I noticed was how much louder my guitar was through the amp compared to the stock Burstbucker Pros. This translates to your amp breaking up much easier, so to get a good clean tone you will need to turn your amp's gain and/or volume controls down a little. Clean tones can be had, but they may require you to roll off your volume knob at the guitar just a little. Expect crisp and bright. Some people install 300K or 250K pots to counteract the high end harshness that ceramic magnet pickups are known for. A lot of people call the clean tones "brittle" or "sterile" but for metal cleans, they should be able to get you by.

Now to what they do best, distort! These are very hot pickups, but they stay very clear and defined. If your guitar sounds muddy, it is not the pickup's fault. The bass notes stay very tight, and the mids are aggressive and thick. Even tuned to drop C note definition is there in every power chord, and leads jump out to the front of the mix. Harmonics (pinch, natural, or otherwise) are abundant. The treble response can be overwhelming, but if you take my earlier advice of 300K pots, you may be able to avoid some of the "ice pick" lead tones that turns people off these pickups.

As for the neck pickup, I would call this the hidden gem. I prefer this 1000x over my old BB neck pickup. It is articulate, clear, and repsonsive. It isn't a traditional PAF tone, but it will give you great fluid leads that thicken up considerably as you roll off your tone knob. Great stuff.

Hopefully being armed with this knowledge, you can decide for yourself if these pickups are right for you. Happy tone hunting!

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Would not buy these

Just threw a pair of these into my Jackson. Unfortunately, the active Jackson pickups were better. I can't believe it. I'm actually somewhat surprised that Seymour Duncan sells the SH-6 as a...Read complete review

Just threw a pair of these into my Jackson. Unfortunately, the active Jackson pickups were better. I can't believe it. I'm actually somewhat surprised that Seymour Duncan sells the SH-6 as a pair. There's too "hot" together and there is not enough treble. Don't get me wrong it's not terrible, but not stellar sound. What's worse is I've done all I think possible to make counter adjustments on my amp and distortion pedal (Boss MT-2).The SH-6 does not belong in the neck. I might keep the one in the bridge and get something else brighter for the neck.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Duncan Distortion

By Ryan M

from Grand Blanc, MI

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Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I installed a set of these in my 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard, and I could not be happier. That being said you should know what to expect before you buy these. So first off let me say, if you don't primarily play some form of metal or hard rock, look elsewhere. You probably won't like them. Everyone else still reading, here's what to expect:

      These are loud and clear. The first thing I noticed was how much louder my guitar was through the amp compared to the stock Burstbucker Pros. This translates to your amp breaking up much easier, so to get a good clean tone you will need to turn your amp's gain and/or volume controls down a little. Clean tones can be had, but they may require you to roll off your volume knob at the guitar just a little. Expect crisp and bright. Some people install 300K or 250K pots to counteract the high end harshness that ceramic magnet pickups are known for. A lot of people call the clean tones "brittle" or "sterile" but for metal cleans, they should be able to get you by.

      Now to what they do best, distort! These are very hot pickups, but they stay very clear and defined. If your guitar sounds muddy, it is not the pickup's fault. The bass notes stay very tight, and the mids are aggressive and thick. Even tuned to drop C note definition is there in every power chord, and leads jump out to the front of the mix. Harmonics (pinch, natural, or otherwise) are abundant. The treble response can be overwhelming, but if you take my earlier advice of 300K pots, you may be able to avoid some of the "ice pick" lead tones that turns people off these pickups.

      As for the neck pickup, I would call this the hidden gem. I prefer this 1000x over my old BB neck pickup. It is articulate, clear, and repsonsive. It isn't a traditional PAF tone, but it will give you great fluid leads that thicken up considerably as you roll off your tone knob. Great stuff.

      Hopefully being armed with this knowledge, you can decide for yourself if these pickups are right for you. Happy tone hunting!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      plop plop plop

      By NICHOLASHAPPENS

      from Kansas City

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Looks Neat-o
      • Makes Metals

      Cons

      • Sonically Specific

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Playing Distorted Things
      • Practicing
      • Putting In A Guitar
      • Swinging Around

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      Ive installed these in different woods and with an assortment of different installation methods... ive mounted direct and on pickup rings, and mounted to maple, basswood, ash, pulownia (is that basswood?) mahogany, and swamp ash... these woods all give these pickups a slightly different charicteristic.. to keep this review short im just going to say my favorite and least favorite.. mounted to an all mahogany neck thru gutar they were awesome, full and bright, mean and fat.. and the direct mount paired with the neckthru design made them sustain for about 42 years.. My least favorite was the pulownia wood or whatever, they were mounted in pickup rings and seemed to lose all of their substance in this guitar.. the midrange was thin and the high was a little harsh.. the lows and low mids seemed chunky but less prominent. Anyway, I hope this review helped your choicemaking!! toodle-ooooooo!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect Pickups

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      If I ever buy another guitar, these are going in that one also.
      These Seymour Duncan pickups are perfect for metal, rock, blues, and even clean. I replaced the EMGs that were in my Schecter Hellraiser with these and the tone is more alive, warm, and with better pick attack.
      This is my 3rd set of Seymour Duncans and they have yet to fail.
      You can't go wrong with these.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Crisp excellent response

      By E.Burnnet

      from NY,NY

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I just put this set into my epi les paul custom. After playing an SG I realized the stock pups in the epi were just not powerful enough to get the sound wanted. I play alternative, metal, and blues and the my guitar just sounded muddy. I am always open to tweaking my rig but it seems sometimes these changes are marginal at best...ie tubes, speakers, pots etc. This was an amazing, significant and immediate improvement. Crisp tone and harmonics and very clean...muddiness all gone. Very happy and looking forward to using them more. BTW opted for these over the JB ony because i wanted to make sure i got a hot set.

      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      very disappointing pickups

      By PerlmanLegend992

      from Brooklyn, NY

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      bought a set of these for my Warlock expecting it to improve the sound drastically rather than the stock pickups they came with that were not so good. These pickups are NOT AT ALL what everyone says they are. They have an incredibly muddy clean sound to them. With distortion, they sound like any old cheap pickup. They do not pick up gain the way other seymour duncans are supposed to, WAY too much mid and low, just terrible. Absolutely..... utterly..... terrible!! Not worth the money at all!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Oh, the humanity

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I installed a set of these pickups in my Epi Les Paul along with the coil tapping pots. I must say the harmonics that you can easily pull from these pickups are incredible. I am playing through a 120 watt Crate on top of a randall 4 12 cabinet and an Digitech RP350. They boosted the output so much I use a third less volume I used to for the same sound. If you're into 80's hair metal these are for you, powerfull sustain these will shake the house.

      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      crushing

      By Seven Four

      from bountiful

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      pros: great for distortion
      amazing articulation
      very tight and punchy, with no muddiness

      cons: not so hot for clean settings,
      GReat overall, neck is chunky and growls like a beast while the bridge screams with a bite. these pickups are for high gain and distortion, the neck is ok for cleans but i would reccomend using them for hard rock and metal. they sound amazing, get them if you want an amazing sound. they sound very similar to seymour duncan blackouts.
      extremely durable, i can tell by how heavy they are.
      no beter value,

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't be fooled by the 'Only for High Gain' logo!

      By Unnamed User-wYXK3

      from New Delhi, India

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I put these in my Epiphone Goth Explorer 2 years ago and am super happy with the result! The stock pickups were quite decent but lost a lot of definition when the gain was cranked. These pickups always stay tight. The sound is a little compressed - so more suited to heavy metal and hard rock. There is also a slight mid-scoop again favoring these genres. It was my first time installing pickups when I put these in a couple of years ago and I burnt the pickup wires trying to get the pot heated with the soldering iron. The wires had to be changed (thankfully they hadn't burnt all the way till the coils) and they still sound just fine - so full marks for quality and build hardiness. A big plus for me in addition was the clean sound. Its clean and articulate with lovely harmonic overtones. Its still more compressed than say my LP or Tone Zone but very very usable.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Best Rock/Metal Pickups Out There!

      By sc250player

      from Yakima, WA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I've been playing on an off for about 20 years. During that time I've played mostly rock and metal. I've put SD's in every guitar I've owned. Recently, I got back into playing and bought a cheap guitar just to get me by. I loved the guitar, so I decided to do some upgrades. My last project was the pickups. I did a lot of research, talked to a lot of people, and eventually decided on the distortion mayhem pair. Everything great written about these pickups is right on the mark. They are incredibly hot yet have great clean tones. I teach high school and advise a guitar club, so I've gotten to play a lot of guitars over the years. Kids have come through my doors with all sorts of guitars with many different pickup set ups--DiMarzios, EMGs, Alincos, etc. Without exception, these pickups out-perform them all. If you want a great pickup for hard rock and metal, these are the real deal!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      NWOBH-Metal up your a...

      By Dear Orangutan, you work for us...

      from Sacramento, CA

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      Tried these in a Les Paul Standard and sounded like s---. I put them in my Explorer (w/ebony fretboard) and they definitely harken the hard rock and heavy metal of the 1980's. Kill 'em all tones, Scorpions, Ratt, Van Halen. Kind of, maybe, sort of? Lots of crunch through JCM 900 DR, JCM 2000 TSL. Good sustain, and controlled feedback if you like. The clean tones are clear and musical not spikey like some ceramic pups. I really like the natural compression from the magnets in both distorted and clean tones. These are similar imo to the Original Tim Shaw Dirty Fingers. Whereas the stock 496R / 500T are bit harsh, loud and unruly... atleast in my explorer.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding pickups

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      This is what you get with this pickups: great clarity and punch, decent clean tones, crunchy and full sounding distortion that's not muddy one bit, and an extra sparkle with each chord and note you hit. Not to mention how brutal sounding the pickups can get. I have 6 guitars with Blackouts, EMG's, and other SD passives, I have to say that these are the best. The Blackouts are not far behind. I don't just play metal too; these are hands down awesome pickups. For a price bundle you can't beat too!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Holy Crap.... HELLO NOTES

      By toolshed

      from Smithville, TN

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I just bought a gibson sg faded. It is a great great great guitar but was just somewhat missing that clear "in your face" tone when i went to playing single notes around middle of the fret board. So i got these and coil tapped them for more tone options. MY MY MY I have found my pickups. I played this guitar next to an 70s model sg with upgraded pickups and a bigsby. he has 1600 in his and i have 525 in mine and mine was a little hotter but other than that couldn't tell a differance. if you don't know what to get.... try these. You will love it...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really Hot!

      By LP guy-UIJ6d

      from wilmington, Delaware

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      These pickups are dirty even with clean amps. They are really powerful. With an overdrive pedal turned up to 8-9 they turn into fuzz, but somehow still remain clean. They only need a touch of effects. They really boost whatever is infront of them. When shredding, every note has presence and the sound is as smooth as actives. It is a total mystery to me how a pickup can do the hardest metal, then lay a blues tone as smooth as warm butter. Even when playing clean they sound amazing. These pickups are aimed at high gain players, but they are the best well rounded pickup Ive ever played. They make your rig sound bigger. With a touch of OD you get ACDC. If you crank it up to 4 you will get BLS. With nothing you get BB King. These pickups are Heaven sent. I usually play ryhthm on bridge and solos on the neck, but both the neck and the bridge are a joy to play for everything.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Read what it's called (Distortion Mayhem)

      By RuXTaR

      from Israel

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I'll give it 8 overall for the following reasons. 1, They're too hot for my taste. I mean there's so much gain it feels like it's gonna rip your amp apart! 2, The screws that came with it were a little too long for my guitar (Ibanez RG) so I had to drill in the guitar to make room for them. 3, The wiring diagram does not include lever switch wiring. Other than that, it's a pretty good product, I'd say get it if you're a fan of high gain and power is what you're after. I like the way they clean up when you roll back the volume. Tone pot also gives a nice touch. With it you can go all the way from bright metal to that Santana/Johnson sound down to fuzzy Hendrix.
      I gave it 10 for the one reason I gave them a go, which is the ability to get split coil. The diagrams included also show how to get phase and other stuff with a split pot. Just finished working on it today. One thing though, even as split coil they're still so hot!
      It's Seymour Duncan, so it is good quality materials and built. For example, the wires are shielded to minimize noise. As for the sound, I'm not very sure. I've only tried it through my PODxt, it sounded very hot. For metal heads, this is it. On some Jazz settings it gave that nice bottom end that I haven't heard in some time since my other guitars are strats with singles. Nice clean, still hot, very modern rock.
      I think it's a pretty good deal. It's not what I was looking for when i was hitting music stores but I found it, and the price sold it to me.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Mayhem

      By Shep6

      from E.Central Illinois

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      Installed these in my Epi G-310.The stock pickups were ok,but these are much more pronounced. Clean, on my Traynor 50 Blue, they are warm and you can get a nice bluesy tone out of them. On my Rocktron Replitone 212, (which is loaded with effects)you get a great crunchy distortion to some real raunchy distorted ooze...Made my cheap guitar much better..I'm sold on Seymour Duncans...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow great upgrade!

      By Jonesy

      from Sully, IA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I put this in a Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II. I am very happy with my decision. The stock pickups sounded good, but didn't have the tone I wanted for leads. I am now easily able to get pinch harmonics out of my guitar, with great sustain. I play a wide variety of music from Christian to metal. This pickup gave me the extra kick that I wanted. This was my first time upgrading pickups in my guitar. I am amazed with the new sound. If you have a guitar that plays well but are not happy with the sound then look no further. Has a decent clean tone too for blues and Jazz.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Would not buy these

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      Just threw a pair of these into my Jackson. Unfortunately, the active Jackson pickups were better. I can't believe it. I'm actually somewhat surprised that Seymour Duncan sells the SH-6 as a pair. There's too "hot" together and there is not enough treble. Don't get me wrong it's not terrible, but not stellar sound. What's worse is I've done all I think possible to make counter adjustments on my amp and distortion pedal (Boss MT-2).The SH-6 does not belong in the neck. I might keep the one in the bridge and get something else brighter for the neck.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      really great set of pickups

      By Raven_Knightwing

      from Oakland, CA

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      my guitar stock pickups weren't really settling with me, i was trying to find some new pickups but i didn't want anything too heavy but light enough so i can play some clean stuff. i was planning to get EMG actives 81/60 set on my guitar but after some research i went against it. i got nothing against actives i love the sound just a lot of work and money to put into it to set it up. anyways these pickups are amazing. i'm running my guitar on a Randall amp and it sounds awesome really tight lows and the mids are perfect i keep my mid knob at 12 o' clock too. these pickups are like dave mustaine's live wire pickups (close to them anyways in my opinion). these pickups are worth it very well rounded. on a clean channel i get an acoustic like sound especially in the neck pickup. i'm very happy with these pickups. worth the buy. its expensive because you're buying both the bridge and neck not one or the other.

       
      5.0

      Thick but clear tone

      By AngolaJonno

      from Indiana

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I have a 07 Schecter C-1 classic that came stock with sh-4 JB and sh-2 Jazz p/u's. I recently picked up a gibson les paul standard traditional pro and I love the clarity of the p/us on it. I wanted to get more clarity out of my schecter so i decided to upgrade the pickups. I went with this set after weeks of research, because i wanted to keep the tone that i had out of my stock seymours but get an extra "ummph" out of it. After installing this SH-6 set i was shocked at how close the tone was to the JB/Jazz set. Infact I was a little upset that i spent so much money to get the same sound I already had. But after playing for about an hour I noticed notes coming through that got lost before. And the distortion didnt just sound thicker, but very clear as well. Even with heavy gain you can strum a power chord and hear every note. And the harmonics just JUMP off the fretboard. So I am very pleased. The sound clean is crisp but full. Distortion is HEEAAAVVVYYYY!!!! But still retains a lot of clarity. So I am very happy with the swap from the JB/Jazz set to the SH-6 set. But I hate to say it,but in terms of absolute clarity, the gibson pickups in my les paul do win over these. But hey the seymours are still great and cost almost half. Give these a try!!!

       
      4.0

      Great but not that versatile

      By Rox

      from New Jersey

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair:

      I bought these due to the reviews I read about them being hot and clear . That is 1/2 true . They are hot but not that clear . Excellent metal and rock pickup . If you're looking for clearity look elsewhere . I have these in a Fender Toronado in efforts to brighten it up some . Since the installation this guitar has stayed in drop D and is my thrash metal guitar . Perfect for stuff like Deftones and such . If you want a bad boy pickup set go for it . However SH-8 Invaders are better and more versatile .

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