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Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup

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The Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup is suitable for musicians who need an accurate, clear tone for fast jazz runs. The brighter sound has slig...Click To Read More About This Product

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For precise enunciation of those lightning-like jazz licks.

The Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup is suitable for musicians who need an accurate, clear tone for fast jazz runs. The brighter sound has slightly less output and is a good match with most pickups. A popular combination is The Jazz Model in the neck with either a JB (SH-4) or Duncan Custom (SH-5) in the bridge.


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Seymour DuncanSH-2N Jazz Model Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (9)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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Smooth Sound!

I put the sh-2 in my 1992 Les Paul and it has the warmest tone. Great on my jazz scales and very clean warm tone. I put the sh-4 jb on my...Read complete review

I put the sh-2 in my 1992 Les Paul and it has the warmest tone. Great on my jazz scales and very clean warm tone. I put the sh-4 jb on my bridge and they smoke together. They are bright loud pickups. If you have a Les Paul I would highly recommend them. I put new Gold covers on so they still look stock, and glad i did. All the other bands wonder why my rig is so hot.

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not so great

I put this pickup in my 2004 Gibson Les Paul at the neck position. It was quite possibly the worst squire-strat-single coil bridge-sound ive ever heard come from a les paul. it was a...Read complete review

I put this pickup in my 2004 Gibson Les Paul at the neck position. It was quite possibly the worst squire-strat-single coil bridge-sound ive ever heard come from a les paul. it was a disappointment. Maybe mine was defective, but i'm just going with a different pickup now to be safe. This isn't as great as everyone says.

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(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good for Warm Guitars Only

By James Morton-vZwZK

from Virginia

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

The tone you get with the Jazz Neck emphasizes clarity, articulation, treble, and upper mids at the cost of reduced bass, no balls, and no buttery warmth. In a brighter guitar like basswood it might come off as surgically cold and twangy slightly like a single coil, while in darker/warmer guitars like mahogany it will balance things out NICELY and produce a clear clean with even highs and lows, yes even a warm yet sharp sound. So it really depends on the intrinsic sound of your guitar if this pickup will work for you. For clean solos, the Jazz is so articulate that it might get kind of spikey or clicky when picking, thus it's not at all a rounded tone; the opposite in fact. Some people want that. Me, I wanted a clear bluesy clean and in my basswood this ended up being too spikey/spanky, but in another much warmer/darker guitar it sounded great. For distorted solos, you're going to get more of a bridge type sound instead of the thick "wah" sound you normally get with neck pickups. It still works, just beware if you want the latter. In conclusion, get the jazz if you want the ultimate in note picking articulation and don't necessarily care about bluesy warmth, unless you have a really dark and warm sounding guitar already.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jazz where have you been all my life?

By DaveSF

from Santa Fe, NM

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

    My favorite pickups for years have been Seymour Duncan 59 and APH-1 (Alnico II Pro). But I took a chance based on reviews on this Jazz for the first time. I love it, right away I could tell this is the one. Great cleans, strong singing tone, balanced. Compared to APH is is more musical tones, more bass less trebly. Compared to 59 seems clearer cleaner. They say Anico II has better melodic sound, but this Jazz just sings sweetly and stronger, fuller than APH. I bought this for neck, with JB for bridge, to use one for cleans one for heavy rock, metal. Really delivers. I've used so many neck pickups, but this Jazz just has such as wonderful sweet singing melodic sound, wow, totally recommended. My new favorite neck.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect Neck Pickup for a Les Paul-Rock/Blues/Jazz

    By Happy Lefty

    from Boston

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    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

    If you want a neck pickup that can play sweet blues,clear, full, not muddy, articulate, warm, again, not muddy, this is your pickup. I have searched for years. This is it. My Classic 57 and my 490R both pale in comparison. They sound weak or muddy or both.This pickup is very usable for the middle position as well. I have a 498t in the brigde and they play very well together. You can definetely get some nice clear full shredding out of this neck pickup too. I am so happy. I will never buy another neck pickup. You won't be disappointed. Wow

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    jon

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

    Well what can I say . Not Only is it great for cleans but it's damn nice for heavy distortion as well ( although you may have to play with EQ on the amp if you want Extremly heavy stuff out of it ) . But yeah i used it at a church and it was amazing. Great Pickup for just about anything i would say.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Pickup

    By Yelgath

    from TN

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

    I have a Jackson RR with this pickup in the neck position. I play MOSTLY metal stuff.. Anything from melodic metal to just balls to the walls. Even when I'm not playing metal I generally like an overdriven powerful sound, so when I got this guitar and saw "jazz" pickup I was like, that's getting replaced for sure. WRONG. I was absolutely blown away by this pickup. Even though I'm a metal head I really love just turning on the clean channel and playing around with this pickup... In a tube amp with some overdrive it still is beautiful and just has an absolutely fantastic tone. It's just so clear and punchy. Not muddy at all. This pickup could really be used for anything clean or leads where you need a tone that is just very pure sounding and it would work great. I don't know how really to describe it other than to say this pickup really just sings, it's crystal clear, and is an overall wonderful pickup that I would recommend to anyone.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By TwinReverb

    from Wherever I May Roam

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Blues
      • Concerts
      • Jazz
      • Metal
      • Practicing
      • Rock
      • Shred

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

      This pickup is awesome! This is the third guitar I've installed it into. Compared to the typical '59 neck that most Seymour Duncan-equipped guitars come with, the sound is more scooped (a bit less mid range) but brighter and bassier. It can do everything the '59 neck can do and Les Paul neck pickups can do, but it does them sounding a bit more modern. The four conductor wiring allows you to do some "tricks" with it, also. I don't recommend using this pickup in split mode (the output is too low) but in parallel and with a four-conductor bridge pickup, it does a great job. I put this one in my Fender Showmaster and it sounds absolutely fantastic!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Smooth Sound!

      By 92LesPaul

      from Walnut Creek, Ca

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      Pros

      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

        I put the sh-2 in my 1992 Les Paul and it has the warmest tone. Great on my jazz scales and very clean warm tone. I put the sh-4 jb on my bridge and they smoke together. They are bright loud pickups. If you have a Les Paul I would highly recommend them. I put new Gold covers on so they still look stock, and glad i did. All the other bands wonder why my rig is so hot.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply gorgeous

        By Rico

        from STL, MO

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

          This is one of the pickups that introduced me to the SD lineup. I've paired it with various brands and output partners and it's always performed as expected (after the initial shock). I don't think it's meant to to be "balls to the wall" or paired with other high output pickups though. I've used it mainly in 2PU configs in the neck position with EMG H4 and Dimarzio Steve's Special for years and it steadily produces an articulate, beautiful sound.

          (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Horrible

          By Corp

          from Endor, Moon

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Terrible Tone

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

              Used once in a set with the JB. The JB was alright. The Jazz was horrible. For a supposed legendary pickup that seems to be very popular it sure doesn't sound good. Of course these reviews are personal opinions. I try a lot of pickups from every brand I can. There are some pickups that I just do not like. This is one of them. The DiMarzio Gravity Storm was about the same for me as this as far as how much I liked them. Horrible. I can't even hardly put my finger on it. The Jazz was muddy, very unclear and had no nice distinguishing characteristics.I don't play jazz so the tones I'm after are probably not what his pickup was made for so maybe thats the problem. Bottom line is, this is one of the worst pickups Ive ever used.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing...

              By Pasquale'

              from Texarkana, TX

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              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound
              • Tone For Days

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Blues
                • Concerts
                • Country
                • Jazz
                • Practicing
                • Rock

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                I installed this "hotrodded humbucker" set (TB-4, SH-2n) in an Ibanez s420 w 500k volume pot. This combination is incredible. Presently, I'm rolling off some highs with the tone pot - may eventually go for 250k volume pot.
                I play a wide variety of styles including blues, rock, country, alternative - and this set will handle all of it with ease. Heated up or cooled down, they don't fail - tone for days.
                Splitting the coils gives a considerably weaker output, but that's to be expected, given that these are not high-output pups. I compensate for it by designating single coil channels in my floorboard fx unit.
                The JB is rich in mids; not for everyone, but it cuts through the mix, and the harmonics are to die for! Bottom end is not as well-defined as I'd like, but that may be the amp I'm using.
                The Jazz is the fullest, prettiest sounding neck pickup I've ever played - and as I said, sparkling clean or fired up and soaring

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Neck Pickup Ever

                By GoldTpBR

                from Massachusttes

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                The SD Jazz is the best neck pickup that I have ever played. Everyone else is blown away by this pickup also. I dropped one in my Gibson LP and liked it so much I put one in the Epi Sheraton II also. Turn the tone pot back a few notches to smooth out the highs. With the tone dialed back half way and you get a very brown yet articulate and pure tone. For 20's style jazz tone and to sound like Joe Pass or Django,I turn the tone pot all the way off and get a very smooth, but clear sound. This pickup does it all. Don't be put off by the word "Jazz"...this pickup does metal and anything else you need it to do. Excellent!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Clean soulful jazzy tones...

                By OttoMatick-o23Xt

                from Seattle, WA

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                I paired this with a pearly gates in the brige. I replace the stock pickups in my LP Studio and it is now a tone monster. From Scotty Moore to Lee Ritenhouer to Billy Gibbons to Gary Moore and all stops inbetween. Did the install myself using the wiring diagrams from the SeymourDuncan web site. Be sure to twist together the red and white pickup wires. I am so tickled with this you could call me Elmo.

                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Broken on arrival.

                By BYoung

                from Newton NC

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                Pros

                • Great Sound On Web Site

                Cons

                • Not Functional

                Best Uses

                • Returning For Refund

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                The packaging was horrible and my pickup arrived with one of the mount ears broken off from shipping! MF needs to package these better so that the delivery people can't break them.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Smooth neck pickup tones.

                By BenJammin

                from Neuschwabenland, AO

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                Pros

                • Improves Sound

                Cons

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                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                    I have this pickup in many of my humbucker equipped Fender guitars, and it sounds great in all of them. Of course, each guitar lends its own characteristics, but this pickup has definitely improved the tone of all of them.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Neck Pickup

                    By Tim Smude

                    from Phoenix, AZ

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                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                    A lot of people will tell you 'If you are into Jazz or if you are doing a lot of blues this is a great pickup.' That is true, but I play straight up rock and roll and I have found this to be the most versitle pickup I have ever used. I ended up putting one in the neck position of EVERY one of my guitars. This is THE NECK PICKUP...I swapped out a McCarty for the SH-2N...nuff said.

                    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    not so great

                    By Makdady777

                    from Carroll, OH

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                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                    I put this pickup in my 2004 Gibson Les Paul at the neck position. It was quite possibly the worst squire-strat-single coil bridge-sound ive ever heard come from a les paul. it was a disappointment. Maybe mine was defective, but i'm just going with a different pickup now to be safe. This isn't as great as everyone says.

                    (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Bluh...needs spark

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                    I put this pickup next to a Dimarzio Super Distortion.It can't keep up.It has to be raised and compensated on the poles to have any output even resembling the Dimarzio.Epiphone pickup is hotter and brighter than this dull thing.Yuk.I'm not impressed at all.Dimarzio PAF Pro, here we come.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great pick up

                    By musicnmovies

                    from Hollywood

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                    I put this pick up in my Gretsch with a Gibson Dirty Fingers pick up on the bridge and they sound great together. The unbelivably clean tone of this pick up is great for chord arpeggiations and scale runs.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The best neck pickup ever!

                    By Twin Reverb

                    from Florida Panhandle

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                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                    Wow! What can I say, I've been using this thing for a year now. Came with the Hot Rodded combo. It's an excellent clean-sounding pickup with a nice scooped sound. Played through overdrive pedals it tends to sound thicker and mid-ier than its information would lead you to believe, and sounds very bluesy. Played clean through a Fender Twin, this baby is the best jazz/clean tone I've ever heard. Played through lead/distortion type pedals, this thing has an excellent lead tone for a neck pickup. Just watch the lows when you run pedals that boost the bass because it is a neck pickup and will get a tad muddy on the low end. When split and used in combination with a split JB, or not split but used in combination with the JB, this pickup adds bass and clarity, resulting in such a sweet tone. If you don't like the JB, try this pickup with a Duncan Custom (for metal in the bridge) or a Custom Five (for a scooped, boosted sound from the bridge, sort of like a jazz bridge pickup but much more powerful).

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    VERY GOOD PICKUP!

                    By SKarbu

                    from Timisoara, RO

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Pickup:

                    I really didn?t expect it to have such a smooth creamy sound that blues stuff sure sound good on it! : D a very good pickup I love it!

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