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Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set 

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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 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (88)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (21)
  • Good quality (16)
  • Functional (12)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9)

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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5.0

Excellent choice

By Dot

from Columbia, SC

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

      These pickups sounds awesome. This is the second set I have purchased. I have a set in a Les Paul kit guitar and now in my Epi 339. DRASTIC improvement!

       
      5.0

      Get that hot sound!

      By Zoilo

      from Minneola, Florida

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      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

          I have a Gibson Les Paul Traditional and I wanted a more high gain sound. I can see why the JB pickup is so popular. Gibson and Seymour Duncan use different color codes for their wires so I had to do a little bit of head scratching but it worked fine.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You need at least one guitar with these pickups!

          By ASH

          from FL

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anything

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

            Great sound. Go to YouTube and listen to demos.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again.

            By The Wizard

            from Indiana

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            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • High Quality
            • No Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

            Very smooth Tonality

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect for me

            By 3-Instrument Musician

            from Pittsburgh, PA

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

            Cons

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                I play in a number of bands, with genres ranging from jazz to metal, and these handle almost any job you can throw at them. I say almost because they do fall a bit short when it comes to playing those big, chunky rhythms that make metal what it is, but they do a great job when it comes to leads. The neck pickup really kills it in regard to jazz, where its warmth really livens up those dissonant extended chords that the genre is known for, and it handles low-gain stuff like blues pretty well. Doesn't sound too great on high gain. The bridge pickup is incredibly versatile, and provides an incredible amount of clarity that really punches through for use as anything from the purest clean lead to crazy high-gain metal leads. I also have them wired to do coil splits, which really improves the versatility of my guitar.

                If you're a big metal-head, these aren't right for you, but if you play anything else (especially prog, blues, jazz, or classic rock) then these are everything you need.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome pups!

                By Jaybro

                from Arkansas

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Live shows
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                  These pickups have such a clear bright sound and can be toned down when you need to. Definitely a great buy!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A GREAT SET OF PICKUPS

                  By Thump54

                  from Chicago

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

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                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                      I brought these pickups for a much needed upgrade for my Epiphone Les Paul Studio along with an upgraded wiring harness. These were easy to install and they sure improved my sound in every conceivable way. They can be sweet,they can crunch and everywhere in between and they are quiet Personally I found these less harsh than the DiMarzio's I have had in the past. These just have a certain sweetness to them. I'm really happy with these.

                      (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!
                        :)

                        (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.

                          (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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                          • None

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                            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.

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