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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

Turn your favorite axe into a real shred machine! Order today.

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Seymour DuncanDistortion Mayhem SH-6 Humbucker Pair
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

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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

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      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.

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