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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)

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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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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Duncan Hot Rodded Set

By dnehring

from salt lake city, utah

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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.

(8 of 8 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.

      (8 of 8 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!

      (7 of 9 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.

      (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 6 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!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just What The Doctor Ordered!!!

        By String Master G

        from Orygun

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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

                Awesome Sound

                By 256318064

                from Ohio

                Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                A 10 in my book.....
                Bought these pups after hearing them on a les paul standard on youtube. Put them on a wine red
                Samick AV7 guitar with the push-pull pots. Wow. The tone is awesome. Beautiful sustain.....I'm Loving It....... Seymour Duncan......Your'e a winner.......Thanks

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great !

                By Brice

                from Michigan

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                I put these in my Epiphone LP Studio, and they sound great! Loud and NO noise. I always thought is was my cables making all the noise, turns out it was the original pickups that was the cause of all the noise. These pickups sound great clean and dirty. Buy these and you will be happy. And they are made right here in the U.S. All the more reason to buy Seymour Duncan. Great job Seymour Duncan!!!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Way better than stock pickups

                By Dave-yO8gJ

                from Undisclosed

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                So I bought an Epi LP Standard about three years ago when I was a guitar noob, thinking I would be totally satisfied. Well after becoming more literate with guitar tech I just couldn't take the horrible muddyness of the stock junky low-output pickups. So I decided on this set after reading a ton a review and watching videos, and I don't regret a thing. The Jazz pickup sound absolutely fantastic. The JB is also great, much higher mids and tighter bass than stock pups. Overall this is a great set of pickups to upgrade your stock ones. You know what tone you like. Mess around with your amp and guitar tone settings to be satisfied.

                (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.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  versatile!!

                  By MS864520663

                  from LA! (louisiana lol)

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                  on a budget but want new pups!? these are the ones! You might should pray about it first though
                  they are so versatile. So many different genres can be played with these pups. I got them put in my epi les paul and it made such a difference. The variety of tones I can get is amazing.
                  great quality!
                  amazing value..2 pups for cheap!! what a deal!!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Yup... Super-Duper Set of Pup's!!!

                  By Sonny6String

                  from schenectady, ny

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Great tone
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Classic To Modren Rock
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                    I bought a PRS Single Cut in '09, nice guitar but the stock pup's were lacking... tried the Gibson '57/'57+ set in it but didn't care for it all that much, not bad just not hot enough when needed, so i replaced them with a SD JB/Jazz set and that did the trick.

                    Now i have the extra gain when needed, they clean up nicely with the volume knob and have that full body chug-a-chug-a thing going on that moves the air coming out of my amp/cabinet when playing rhythm and the solo tones are perfect, great sustain that breaks up into harmonic overtones nicely... please stand back or you may get hurt!

                    I've been playing electric guitar since the early 80's, don't know why i waited so long to try Seymours favorite set, tried the Distortion, Hot Rails, Lynch SD pup's and they all sounded good, but somehow to my ears this set is a heaven sent.

                    Hope this helped in the Great Tone Quest!
                    :)

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The perfect set of Humbuckers

                    By R Webb

                    from Upstate, NY

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                    Pros

                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                      This set of humbuckers is my go to set for any LP style guitar. The neck is clear and articulate and never gets muddy, yet it is not too bright. The Bridge is meaty and powerful, yet doesn't get overbearing and you can still dial in some spank.

                      They are a very rich set of pickups that bring out the best in your instrument. A lot of tonal nuance there. They are also perfectly balanced to each other so all settings on the switch give you what you need.

                      I recommend wiring the neck with a .22 cap and the bridge with a .47 cap with 500K pots for volume and tone.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent tone

                      By BlackBelt

                      from Memphis TN

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                          I bought these to replace the stock pickups in my Gibson Studio Les Paul. The Gibsons were just too dark sounding for my tastes. I have used these pickups as replacements in other guitars in the past and have always been happy with their tone. I play a variety of music, from country to rock to metal...and these pickups are able to articulate the tones I need for each genre of music. There are so many types and manufacturers of pickups out there that it can be hard to know what to get, but this particular setup is a pro-quality set that will improve any guitars sound.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Choice

                          By RJ

                          from The Twin Cities

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Improves Sound
                          • Nice Sounding

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Rock Blues

                          Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                          I put the Hot Rodded Humbucker Set in my 2000 Gibson Les Paul Standard after playing it with a set of Seymour Duncan 59's installed for the past several years and absolutely love the sonic improvement. That particular Les Paul is a very dark sounding guitar that I bought new and had the stock 490's in it, which I personally can't stand the sound of. The 59's sound great in my '90 Les Paul, which is a lighter and brighter sounding guitar, but when I put a set of 59's in the 2000, it just didn't sound as good as I thought it should. I was getting ready to put the guitar on Ebay but thought "what the heck" and bought the Hot Rodded set and threw them in. When I restrung/intonated and plugged the guitar into my rig it was pretty dramatic - the mids weren't as scooped, the highs were much brighter and the bass was more compressed sounding. Actually, the over all sound was more alive sounding and more compressed on the bridge pickup and the neck pickup sounds more open and musical. It took a little while to get the pickups properly adjusted and after that I couldn't put the guitar down. It was easy to hear the improvement due to I have been using the same amps (Deluxe Reverb & JCM800)for several years and know my rig intimately. I think these pickups are perfect for that guitar. These Hot Rodded Humbucker pickup sets are a must if you own a darker sounding guitar and want a tighter sound with more bite and note articulation.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice Full Tone

                          By Super Fleek Guitarist

                          from Austin, TX

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                          Pros

                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                            I installed these in one of my favorite guitars replacing active EMGs. I'm really, really happy I did. These pickups have a really nice, balanced tone and work well for the spread of music I play (rock, pop, funk). One issue I did notice, with the exact same setup (same amp, same settings, same room, etc.), I got feedback with these pickups, but I didn't with my other guitars (Burstbucker III, 57s) at the same gig. I had to roll my volume back a bit, so they seem so be a little too hot.

                            Overall, I'm really happy with them.

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Pickups

                            By snowboardude

                            from Bend, or

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Great Pickups
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                            • Trouble Coil Splitting

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                            Theses pickups sound great!! I really like the bridge, it sounds like Slash a little. My Gibson LP made it diffucult to coil split like I wanted to, but most guitars I dont think will have that problem.

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