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The Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker 4 conducter pickup uses a completely balanced coil configuration to produce great harmonics and a high output with just the right blend of sustain and distortion. With the Seymour Duncan Humbucker you get the best of both worlds: from sweet warm tones to raw rock-and-roll.

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Seymour DuncanSH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 114 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (5)
  • Functional (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (4)
    • Practicing (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Raunch, bite, balls, and versatility.

    For 10+ years, I shrugged off any recommendations people gave me if they so much as hinted at putting a JB in my guitar. Dismissing it for not being superb for metal. Here...Read complete review

    For 10+ years, I shrugged off any recommendations people gave me if they so much as hinted at putting a JB in my guitar. Dismissing it for not being superb for metal. Here I am, holding my new Mayones Regius, with the JB/Jazz set.
    Well, where to start...
    Spent most of the last decade with a dual EMG 85 set-up, and some various Dimarzio's in Ibanez guitars. Always held the EMG 85 as the pinnacle of high gain WMD's. And while I will not dismiss the 85, the JB holds it down. It floored me, it has that same low mid growl and thump of the EMG 85, but more sparkle in the top end. Where it really steps up, is that it has this wide open midrange with great dynamic response, that really responds to your pick attack in a way the 85 cannot. It simply growls through my Dual Rectifier. The JB has found a place in my rig.

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    Great tone - poor quality control

    This is a great sounding pickup, and I can use it in all of the electric styles I play. However, the leads from the winds were poorly connected right from the factory -...Read complete review

    This is a great sounding pickup, and I can use it in all of the electric styles I play. However, the leads from the winds were poorly connected right from the factory - my tech and I had to rebuild it once we diagnosed the problem - which took a while since we didn't expect this from Seymour. I may be unlucky, but I'll go with a DiMarzio dp160 Norton instead - I have it in my other guitar and it's stellar.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This pickup rulles.

    By Poohbear

    from North Carolina.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Great tone
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Gigging
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

    I installed these in my Michael Kelly Patriot, and oh boy, this pickup is AWESOME. I already had some pretty fat tone, but I wasnt getting the distortion, or the mids that I needed from my PAF's. I put this guy in the bridge and I have fallen in love with my guitar AGAIN. Great pickup.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    FIRST SD's and IMPRESSED

    By band.attic

    from OREGON

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    Pros

    • Buttery
    • Fat
    • Sustain
    • Tube Driven Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

      Scored a Schecter Artist III with these pups in it. Already have a Schecter Hellraiser Deluxe with active EMG 81-85's, and a Fender Super Tele. So these are really a great contrast. They sustain for DAAAYS, and have a great warm tone that really drives. High strings sing with chording. Only critique would be a slight lack in "snappy" low string juggles to single string triplety riffs in the high frequencies - and they look a tad cheap - but, the overall bar chords more than make up for that. Very vintage and doomy in sound. The balance in mids is rediculous - and I am not a mids guy. In the neck position the "butter" is also very clear in nature, and just when you thought the warmth was good enough you switched to the neck pickup for great runs that don't require a palm mute to kill the bleed. I play drop C which matters for this review. Came pretty low, but I found the sweet spot as far as height. First Seymour's I've played, and now am really curious about this brand...

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      JB Humbucker

      By Honey Badger

      from Bakersfield, CA.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

        This went in my Double Fat Strat replacing a Pearly Gates. It took some coaxing from a friend but I'm glad that I made the switch. I like the Pearly Gates a lot but, it's more on the bluesy side. The JB hits those '80's hard rock tones with ease. Hey if it's good enough for Satchel from Steel Panther then it's good enough for me!

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Raunch, bite, balls, and versatility.

        By GlassHouses_Metal

        from Wichita, KS

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All-around

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

          For 10+ years, I shrugged off any recommendations people gave me if they so much as hinted at putting a JB in my guitar. Dismissing it for not being superb for metal. Here I am, holding my new Mayones Regius, with the JB/Jazz set.
          Well, where to start...
          Spent most of the last decade with a dual EMG 85 set-up, and some various Dimarzio's in Ibanez guitars. Always held the EMG 85 as the pinnacle of high gain WMD's. And while I will not dismiss the 85, the JB holds it down. It floored me, it has that same low mid growl and thump of the EMG 85, but more sparkle in the top end. Where it really steps up, is that it has this wide open midrange with great dynamic response, that really responds to your pick attack in a way the 85 cannot. It simply growls through my Dual Rectifier. The JB has found a place in my rig.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Better Tone - Recommend

          By shawnpby

          from Cypress, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

              Guitar is a Schecter C-1 Standard. The literature on the guitar reads that the pick-ups are "Duncan designed HB-102(bridge)/HB-101(neck) humbuckers." I was not happy with the stock neck pick-up. Stock bridge pick-up was fine. Decided to get real Duncan pick-ups (neck and bridge) reference in the literature. Installed myself, it was easy. Huge improvement in tone. Absolutley recommend.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              JB is the king of heavy rock

              By DaveSF

              from Santa Fe, NM

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                What can I say JB is the king of hard rock, 80's rock, grunge, metal, anything where you need some serious high output, that will kick other pickups tail. I know there's a lot of other active and passive choices out there, but nothing is as good as the JB. Love it way better than Custom 5 and APH-1B. This pickups sounds exactly like 80's rock, metal, heavy sounds, Nivrana, etc., that you are trying to achieve. Its a little trebly, but hey you want that that in a high-output bridge pickup to cut through. I played Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, AC/DC, Judas Priest, etc., all sounds good on this pickup. I started years ago on this pickup, tried many others (including EMG) in between, now I'm back baybe and i'm lovin it. You can try the rest, but then come back to the best, nothing compares.

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                SH-4 for the most versatility ..

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                The PU in humbucking, esp if you want choices when you're actuallly playing ... this will do it all .. someone mentioned a viocal quality .. very true with the right setup
                Works great rolled off, cranked and 'pedal enhanced' ... I use these in Strats/bridge and esp split for pos 2, its the most versatile of any SD ...
                Never had an issue with the many SD's I've ourchsed
                Price is competitive ...

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                SH4 Bridge

                By RayP

                from Central MA.

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                Overall I couldn't be more pleased with this pickup. Installation as a snap. Compared to the stock bridge Burst Bucker pickup, which in it's own right, is a decent sounding pickup, the SH4 JB is a superior bridge pickup for rock and modern hi gain tones. I use a marshall as my main rig, but also have a Goldtone GA30RS and a Deville 4x10. The SH4 JB definitely does not get away from that traditional les paul sound, just gives you more of it. Comparing the SH4 JB to the 498T in my other LP Standard, the JB does have noticably more bite, clarity and output.
                Easy to instsall, the Duncan site has all the necessary diagrams as well as includes them in the packaging and the build quality is excellent. Duncan really does take this to another level than the major makers like Fender/Gibson, etc)
                Compared to the cost of USA Gibson pickups, the Duncan SH4 is a great buy. I bought a SH4 (and an SH1) to replace the pickups in a 2002 LP Standard with the original Burst Buckers. The only other pickup I would have opted for from Gibson was the more expensive 498T, which are good, but I already have a set of 498s in another Les Paul,

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great all around pickup.

                By Ethan Simpson

                from Oregon, USA

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                I bought an epiphone les paul standard, and liked the guitar, but the bridge pickup wasnt bright enough, it was good but just didnt have the striking, juicy, saturated tone, that i was looking for. i bought this little bad boy, and man, it sings. the mid range is hot and juicy and very vocal. the tonality is very slash-esque, bluesy, hot and expressive. roll back the volume and little settle down and add a little verb and delay and the pick up takes on a whole new dimension.

                Also i played in a little deathcore band for a little while, when i scooped out the mids and took the gain up, it managed to stay very articulate, while still aggressive and thrashy.

                Incredible pick-up, smooth, aggressive, articulate, and sexy. definately a great pickup that i would reccommend for any genre that likes a dynamic responsive pickup.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                JB Great for Metal in my humble opinion

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                This pickup is not extremely articulate and scooped out, so if that's what you want, then try the Sh-6, but if you need a vocal mid hump and an otherwise more balanced response, this pickup will do wonders for your solos AND metal rhythms.
                The 4-conductor wiring is a pretty standard feature, but is also a very nice feature to have.
                The Sh-4 replaced an Sh-6 in my RG. What I didn't like about the Sh-6 is that it was especially articulate... almost harsh on the top end and the smoothness I generally need out of a bridge pickup for solos just wasn't there. The JB has much more of a vocal quality, but needs some very careful height adjustments to get the best sound. Contrary to popular opinion, I find that the JB is perfect for metal and nabs artificial harmonics with ease. I get plenty of tight low end chug and the highs are shimmering without being harsh or overbearring. In my overall opinion, this pickup is much more versatile a pickup than the Sh-6.
                It's a standard price, but it does seem a little high for such a popular product.

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