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Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup 

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The Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker is an electric guitar pickup that helps you make your own metal massacre tone. It uses a powerful ceramic magnet ...Click To Read More About This Product

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For that searing, crushing Dimebag tone!

The Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker is an electric guitar pickup that helps you make your own metal massacre tone. It uses a powerful ceramic magnet coupled with stainless steel blades to generate a take-no-prisoners attitude. The secret to Dime's crunch is the small amount of metal mass in the core of the pickup. This allows both high D.C. resistance and a high resonant peak. The result: a high-output, aggressive humbucker with lots of treble bite and clarity, combined with punchy bass response and exceptional dynamics. The SH13 Dimebucker is perfect for hard rock and heavy metal.

FEATURES
  • Powerful ceramic magnet coupled with stainless steel blades generates take-no-prisoners tonality
  • Small metal mass in core produces aggressive, high-output with treble bite and clarity, and punchy bass response

Invest in your tone and earn a dividend of heavy crunch with the Dimebucker. Order it today.

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Seymour DuncanSH-13 Dimebucker Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 161 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (126)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (9)
  • Functional (7)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A fantastic pickup true to Dime's sound

The Dimebucker is really a fantastic alternative to the Bill Lawrence pickup used in the original Dean Dime From Hell guitar. It replicates the output, tone, clarity, and versatility of the original with...Read complete review

The Dimebucker is really a fantastic alternative to the Bill Lawrence pickup used in the original Dean Dime From Hell guitar. It replicates the output, tone, clarity, and versatility of the original with extreme accuracy and no compromises in quality or any other area. I installed this pickup in my Washburn Dime (it's the top end 333 model in black), and it perfectly replicates every aspect of the Bill Lawrence pickup Dime used in his Dean. I've tested them side-by-side through a number of different amps with many different effects and always come up with the same result: Perfection! I usually play mine through a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone and a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini stack and a Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps are active at the same time. Results are tonal clarity, perfect equalizer settings for metal, blues, and rock, as well as fantastic performance both clean and overdriven/distorted. I've found this to be a very versatile pickup, but I mostly play metal with it. Install is a breeze if you follow the instructions or if you already know what you are doing. Custom installs (like coil-splitting or coil-tapping) are also an option, which is nice. Bottom line, great pickup for any metal fan (especially Pantera/Damageplan/Dime fans) with great tone, versatility, and high output. Highly recommended. The attached picture is of the Washburn Dime 333 in a different finish and without the Dimebucker, but it was the only publicly available picture I could find of an example of the amazing Washburn Dime 333.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Great Pickup but...

This is an incredible pickup with a wonderful tone.But, if you should know that you can still order a custom pickup from the real Bill Lawrence, for about half the price of this...Read complete review

This is an incredible pickup with a wonderful tone.But, if you should know that you can still order a custom pickup from the real Bill Lawrence, for about half the price of this pickup. This is an exact copy of Bill's L-500 design, and though he chose not to take legal action, you should know that the original is still the best.Plus, he will custom tailor it for your exact guitar and playing style.Beware, though, of Lawrence pickups. This company also makes cheap imitations that sound bad and feedback. These are the reason Dimebag himself thought he could no longer get a quality L-500.You don't have to take my word for it: this information is all available online if you look. If you want a true Bill Lawrence pickup, check out Wilde Pickups. You can only order it on their website, but the price is incredible, the quality is the best and the tone is unbelievable.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Use the knobs on your amp!

By Atrain5150

from Indianapolis

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

    This pickup is quite misunderstood, so let me start by saying that this pickup has a LOT of presence, so dial that back on your amp or it will just kill your ears, crank your mids and your bass, and adjust treble accordingly. Next, get a noise gate, because once you get loud enough to go over drums, its just gonna be a mess unless you like to ride your volume knob the whole time. And finally, be judicious on your gain knob, mine is on 7 on the crunch channel, and 5 on the lead channel. This may sound like quite the pain in the rear, but the dimebucker can nail the hot rodded Van Halen sound, And if you put it through a tweed, it can do a great blues tone as well, too many people are maxing the gain on cheap practice amps and expecting the Pantera sound, that WILL make this pickup sound bad. Use a Quality tube amp, and a good MAHOGHANY guitar (its what it was designed for) and you will dig this pickup!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A Great Pickup but...

    By Mr. Slide

    from Nashville, TN

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    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

    This is an incredible pickup with a wonderful tone.But, if you should know that you can still order a custom pickup from the real Bill Lawrence, for about half the price of this pickup. This is an exact copy of Bill's L-500 design, and though he chose not to take legal action, you should know that the original is still the best.Plus, he will custom tailor it for your exact guitar and playing style.Beware, though, of Lawrence pickups. This company also makes cheap imitations that sound bad and feedback. These are the reason Dimebag himself thought he could no longer get a quality L-500.You don't have to take my word for it: this information is all available online if you look. If you want a true Bill Lawrence pickup, check out Wilde Pickups. You can only order it on their website, but the price is incredible, the quality is the best and the tone is unbelievable.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A fantastic pickup true to Dime's sound

    By uglyfish42

    from Stafford, VA

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    Pros

    • Customizable
    • Easy install
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Great tone
    • Improves Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Blues
      • Concerts
      • Metal
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

      The Dimebucker is really a fantastic alternative to the Bill Lawrence pickup used in the original Dean Dime From Hell guitar. It replicates the output, tone, clarity, and versatility of the original with extreme accuracy and no compromises in quality or any other area. I installed this pickup in my Washburn Dime (it's the top end 333 model in black), and it perfectly replicates every aspect of the Bill Lawrence pickup Dime used in his Dean. I've tested them side-by-side through a number of different amps with many different effects and always come up with the same result: Perfection! I usually play mine through a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone and a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini stack and a Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps are active at the same time. Results are tonal clarity, perfect equalizer settings for metal, blues, and rock, as well as fantastic performance both clean and overdriven/distorted. I've found this to be a very versatile pickup, but I mostly play metal with it. Install is a breeze if you follow the instructions or if you already know what you are doing. Custom installs (like coil-splitting or coil-tapping) are also an option, which is nice. Bottom line, great pickup for any metal fan (especially Pantera/Damageplan/Dime fans) with great tone, versatility, and high output. Highly recommended. The attached picture is of the Washburn Dime 333 in a different finish and without the Dimebucker, but it was the only publicly available picture I could find of an example of the amazing Washburn Dime 333.

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Disappointed overall

      By diskothek

      from MA, USA

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good For Harmonics
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Bad For Rhythm
      • Grainy Sound
      • Little Bass Is Picked Up

      Best Uses

      • Black Metal
      • Low Tunings

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

      I had this pickup lying around in an old guitar I hadn't played in several years, recently acquired a new guitar and decided to give this pickup another go and see how I like it again. The result is just too much treble and very hard to get a good chug when palm muting that cuts through. The sound is just very grainy. I could see someone playing black metal liking this for the screeching tone or playing in a low tuning (C-standard?) where the bass would be more prominent. But playing in standard (or even D-standard) its just a little too much treble for me. I must say I'm a bit disappointed considering it carries Dime's name on the product, I don't think you could really get close to his tone unless you dropped a bunch of money on high-end gear that could compress the sound.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hot Stuff!

      By Chris

      from Boston, MA

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

          Honestly I couldn't care less about Dimebag. However, the humbucker that bears his name is a white hot item, better than all bladed buckers I've tried, expelling a vicious metal and rock tone, exhibiting the grit of an Alnico II (which it pairs nicely with), but with an added clarity and sharpness that makes for a blistering lead attack; this pickup absorbs gain while it simultaneously cuts through it, articulating a sound neither thin nor muddy nor mechanical. It also brings the neck position alive unlike anything I've heard. A winner all around. Blast away!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great pickup for hard rock/metal

          By Jack

          from Manchester, NH

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          Pros

          • Easy to install
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

            Love this pickup for hard rock and metal music. Great tone with good mids and bass for anything from Black Sabbath to Van Halen to Black Label Society. This is the second one I've bought in 2 years.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very good, just takes some tinkering

            By KingKrak

            from Hanover Pennsylvania

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

              I was able to get this pickup used CHEAP on christmas for 35 so there was no way I couldn't get it.

              Enough about that more on the pickup, The cleans are okay, nothing special just a bit below average, but distortion makes this pickup shine.

              Installation was cake, when swapped and I plugged in I actually didn't notice any improvments and honestly my guitar just sounded muddy and terrible, but after about 3 hours tinkering with the EQ on my solid state Marshall and the EQ on my RP70 I was able to clean up the sound and notice a dramatic improvment. soloing or playing lead with this pickup is not recomended just sounds a little too cold and sharp but im sure thats just a matter of opinion. But the chukiness that you can get for rhythm is beutiful as I mainly play Hard Rock and Metal. A overall solid pickup.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GetchaPULL!

              By 6 string strangler

              from Anchorage AK

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

                If you play rock or metal this is handsdown one of the best pickups you can own.
                Rip that floppy sounding thing outta your axe and put this beast in its place! Tons o teeth, tone, and sweet sustain! Get one and get "Dimebombing"!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nothing short of Greatness!!

                By Jack

                from Manchester, NH

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

                I bought this as an alternative to active pickups, and this is nothing short of awesome! If you want a pickup that is just short of "hot" than this is the pickup for you. You get a great volume boost when switching to this thing, it has great tone, and works great on lead for harmonics, tapping, etc. I use this for Van Halen, Sabbath, Pantera, and anything else where you need some punch! You will not be disappointed by this pickup!

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great but not what I expected

                By jmexia

                from NRH Texas

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup:

                I went to my local guitar shop looking for an L500R. They didn't have any but the owner insisted that I try a Dimebucker. I figured it was just a copy of the L500R. I got it and wired it into my trusty Ibanez and was a little disapointed at first. I didnt like the tone. It has too much treble and too crunchy for style of music my band plays. Its not an L500R. If you want to sound like "PANTERA Dime" dont buy this. If you want Damage Plan Dime then get it. That being said, once I realized that I started changing all my settings around realy started to love this Pup. Its one of the hottest passive pups i have used. It sounds killer clean and under high gain you can squeal harmonics like mad, but it realy shines when you lay down some classic riffs wita a little dirty overdrive. You can shread on this dont get me wrong, It just dosnt have the lowend I was looking for. It may just be my set up. I ended up putting it into a Mexican Strat and couldnt be happier with it. Again, If you want the pantera sound Buy an L500R. If you want a great Pup with a high output, great cleans and crisp solos under high gain, then buy this.

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