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Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set  Black

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Bring new life to your guitar with the Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set. SH-2 Jazz model at the neck and SH-4 model at the bridge....Click To Read More About This Product

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Seymour's favorite humbucker set. Great for everything from blues/rock to metal.

Bring new life to your guitar with the Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set. SH-2 Jazz model at the neck and SH-4 model at the bridge.

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Seymour DuncanHot Rodded Humbucker Set
 
4.9

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (22)
  • Good quality (17)
  • Functional (12)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Duncan Hot Rodded Set

These are my first duncans but im going to definately get more for my other les pauls. Great buy, sound, and build.
these pickups are excellent in the ease of installation...Read complete review

These are my first duncans but im going to definately get more for my other les pauls. Great buy, sound, and build.
these pickups are excellent in the ease of installation aspect. 5 wire leads along with the wiring diagram was pretty sweet, and if you are into having a lot of variation, the duncan website features a huge archive of wiring diagrams for virtually any configuration.
I only wish they included covers on the pickups.
Duncan pickups are some of the best pickups for a mahogany bodied guitar. I prefer them to gibson pickups just do the the supported midtones. I replaced the stock gibson pickups in my les paul and it really boosted my favorite aspects of the guitar; it had plenty of bass naturally but boosted the mids and highs.
I wouldn't reccommend them for a basswood or alder body though, dimarzios are a bit better choice.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quit Reading, go buy them!

It almost isnt fair: When you buy an inexpensive guitar, you are supposed to suffer the consequences. Supposed to, unless you decide to buy these pickups. I bought an epiphone les paul...Read complete review

It almost isnt fair: When you buy an inexpensive guitar, you are supposed to suffer the consequences. Supposed to, unless you decide to buy these pickups. I bought an epiphone les paul studio. Nice looking guitar, good quality, but the sound was lacking. It is like a whole new guitar. I play rhythm guitar, so I am on the neck pickup most of the time. It has a great little snarl at a lower volume, and if you turn it up, you are going to get that great bluesy tone that you are probably lacking. The bridge pickup is where I really notice the difference. I was running through a hybrid blues scale up and down the neck and thought something magical must have happened. The bite this guitar now has is out of this world. Now I have a great sounding, great looking guitar, that I am happy to gig with, and not worried some drunken idiot is going to knock something into it (like what happened to my buddies Gibson)

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Duncan Hot Rodded Set

By Dan Nehring

from Stansbury Park, UT

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Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

These are my first duncans but im going to definately get more for my other les pauls. Great buy, sound, and build.
these pickups are excellent in the ease of installation aspect. 5 wire leads along with the wiring diagram was pretty sweet, and if you are into having a lot of variation, the duncan website features a huge archive of wiring diagrams for virtually any configuration.
I only wish they included covers on the pickups.
Duncan pickups are some of the best pickups for a mahogany bodied guitar. I prefer them to gibson pickups just do the the supported midtones. I replaced the stock gibson pickups in my les paul and it really boosted my favorite aspects of the guitar; it had plenty of bass naturally but boosted the mids and highs.
I wouldn't reccommend them for a basswood or alder body though, dimarzios are a bit better choice.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Quality

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

      I've been very happy with the quality and sound of these pickups. Seymour Duncans are awesome. These guys made my Epi LP Custom sound like a much more expensive guitar.

      My only regret is not going to Seymour Duncan's website before buying these. While the sound these things produce is very impressive, they didn't end up being the right sound for my personal taste. After going to their website, comparing specs, and listening to audio clips, I realized that there was another set that matched my personal style.

      TLDR: Don't doubt the sound quality of Seymour Duncan pickups, these are amazing - go to SD's website to compare tones between different humbucker models before you buy.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versatlity!

      By Donald Izzo

      from Westchester County, NY

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

      I purchased this set a little over a year ago and had them installed in my Epi Les Paul Plus Top. The sound is absolutely amazing. The versatility of these pickups makes for endless possibilities. The jazz pickup offers smooth clarity and killer solo capability, with distortion and without. The JB offers scorching leads and raw power rhythm. Many studio musicians and mainstream artists rock this pickup combo. I have been playing all sorts of genres for 25 years. This is all you need. These pickups have transformed my Epi LP into an amazing instrument. My epi is now my guitar of choice because of these pickups. They sound amazing live and in the studio. You won't be disappointed!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pickups.

      By Phoenix Guitar Dude

      from Phoenix, AZ

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      Pros

      • Extremely Versatile
      • Good Quality
      • Great Tones
      • Great Value
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Music Genres
        • Concerts
        • Customization
        • Practicing
        • Replacement

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

        I replaced the pickups in two of my guitars with this set. I couldn't be happier. Extremely versatile. Will cover everything from chimey cleans to metal. It's no wonder it's Seymour's favorite set as well.

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT pickups GREAT tone

        By 412442485

        from Rhode Island USA

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

        I can't say enuff about these pickups. They transformed my guitar into a tone monster. I play mostly bluesy, jazzy stuff and don't need a high output pickups(s). I love the neck tone, where before with stock pickups, the nech was unusable.
        I bought this set today after doing much research. I have an Epiphone SG Special which I like very much. They must have made it on a good day cause the guitar plays/handles well. The stock pickups were not real bad, and I pretty much use the bridge pickup most of the time. But the neck pickup and using both with switch in middle position SUCKED. The tone was muddy, undefined and smeared sounding. So I decided to upgrade the pickups. These sound unreal! The neck is clear and clean and bright!!!! Just what I like. The bridge is more ballsy and has a nice bite.
        The quality seems pretty good and I looked these pickups over from front to back before installing them. No problems seen.
        I think I got terrific deal! The price was right and the pickups perform exactly as I hoped they would.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just What The Doctor Ordered!!!

        By Senor~ Rock-Aloto!

        from Zion OR.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Song writing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

          Man oh man, I just dropped these in my Eppy Les Paul Standard....what an upgrade! I super-love the versatility of this set! The original stock pick-ups on my guitar were kinda muddy, and only suited for metal, rock, and maybe a little blues.
          These new Duncan pick ups sound fantastic clean, very nice for blues/jazz and heavy/classic rock also.
          The tone is clear, and well defined, and pairs very well with my Les Paul's mahogany body.
          I am very pleased with these pick-ups and recommend them highly! Thanks Seymour Duncan, and Thanks Musician's Friend!!!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          awesome

          By rocker

          from Des Moines, IA

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

              I slapped these babies in a cheap low-end ibanez and they made it sound like a much more expensive axe & even became my favorite to play. So I replaced the stock dimarzios in my parker (which I was nervous to do since they were such good quality) and it just sings like never before - no disappointment there! Now it's my favorite to play!!! Excellent upgrade all around, I'm thinking about putting them in my Les Paul.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              quality sound and price

              By baja brian

              from boulder colorado/ La Paz B.C.S mexico

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              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Good tone and sustain
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                just put these in an ibanez rg 321 mh to replace the inf pups and WOWWWWWW the difference in incredible. these pick up are good for everything from blues to whatever. very consistent quality tone. anyone who says these pickups are anything less than top of the line clearly doesnt know anything about good tone.i have a PRS custom 24 and Blacktop TELE and now my less expensive rg sounds better than both of those. i will be buying 2 more sets of these for those guitars as well.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set Hands On

                By Normal Human

                from Chicago

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                I'm a working professional so my standards need to be high. They need to be or I don't get hired. :) I put these in a Gibson Les Paul and added new pots so I could split the pick ups. I couldn't be happier with the results. My Les Paul went from a 1 trick pony to the most versatile guitar I own. Why didn't I buy these years ago?Side note, I've become a huge fan of Duncan pick ups. They are high quality pick ups hand made in the US...I like your style Seymour!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great sounding and versatile

                By Bill

                from undisclosed

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                  I purchased this matched set to upgrade an Epiphone Les Paul Std. The stock pickups were muddy in the 200-400Hz range, and lacked top end sizzle. Bridge and Neck sounded lousy by themselves - only the center position was accepable to me. Even then I had to use an EQ pedal in front of my amp to get a good tone.

                  I considered Gibson USA pups, and listened online to samples from Gibson and Seymore Duncan. The Seymore's sounded just as good (online) and were priced better.

                  These pups are MUCH clearer than the originals while still delivering the fat humbucker "bark". The matched set was a bonus, as I would have chosen these two models anyway. I also installed two push-pull pots to take advantage of coil-splitting, and replaced the stock caps with .022 Orange Drops. The difference is amazing! I have greater clarity and definition, and the pups sound fantastic together or separately. Splitting coils just allows the guitar to be that much more versatile. I highly recommend this upgrade to those considering upgrading from the stock Epiphone pickups.

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