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Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup Black & Creme 

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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 116 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Improves sound (7)
  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Back-up (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great all around sound

    I recently picked up an older made in Taiwan Yamaha pac412 for less than a hundred at a the pawn shop. the hardware was very solid quality the guitar was beautiful. Neck is...Read complete review

    I recently picked up an older made in Taiwan Yamaha pac412 for less than a hundred at a the pawn shop. the hardware was very solid quality the guitar was beautiful. Neck is straight, tuners, frets and bridge all work great and after I set it up the action was spot on, but the pick-ups were weak. I was very happy with it cuz I just wanted a beater that played well enough so that I didn't have to keep getting out the expensive guitar USA made JTV59 when the grand kids are here. Kids can turn an expensive toy into a broken dream in seconds. I have always had a few guitars around, but when I retired and moved into a smaller place I've sold them all or given to the kids except for the JTV. I still have boxes full of pickups and parts so I decided to upgrade the sound on this guitar. At first I just put an old Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge and it made such a difference that I wanted to get a Lil'59 for the neck and put a JB in the bridge like I used to do with my LP's. I came on musiciansfriend just looking for a push/pull pot and found out I could get the Lil'59 and the JB in white so I called up and asked about it and the sales person was so great he offered me fifteen percent off my whole order for a Black Friday deal even though it was a week before Black Friday, so I ordered both pickups and a few other little things just to take advantage of the fifteen percent deal. The pickup fit perfectly so I wouldn't have to cut the pickguard and the wiring options still let me use the coil splitting. once I got the JB in the bridge and a fender tex-mex in the middle I was set to go, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would sound. The JB blew my mind so warm and still powerful to scream and when mixed with the middle it has this amazing tele kick to it and when I split it, it sounds nice and clean like an expensive strat. With everything I put into this guitar it still cost less than two fifty and a couple ppl at church think I spent well over a grand cuz it now became my choir guitar because its so light and easy to play and sounds beautiful with the Lil'59 and JB. I've been playing everyday again because of this guitar and Lil'59 and the JB cuz when I leave church I can go home and jam out some Priest or Pantera. People if you want a great humbucking pickup for a variety of music get a Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB. You can coil tap so you can take a 5-way selector and turn it into a 9-way selection so you can go from church choir clean to an Iron Maiden scream. and buy at musiciansfriend they really know how to take care of you.

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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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    5.0

    Amazing

    By enzoab

    from Southern California

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

        The Jazz-Blues, or Jeff Beck or whatever you want to call it, kicks. I matched this up with The Jazz pick-up on my ES-175. Looking for a blues, jazz, fusion sound and that's what I got.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great all around sound

        By drrocks67

        from Hastings, MN

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

          I recently picked up an older made in Taiwan Yamaha pac412 for less than a hundred at a the pawn shop. the hardware was very solid quality the guitar was beautiful. Neck is straight, tuners, frets and bridge all work great and after I set it up the action was spot on, but the pick-ups were weak. I was very happy with it cuz I just wanted a beater that played well enough so that I didn't have to keep getting out the expensive guitar USA made JTV59 when the grand kids are here. Kids can turn an expensive toy into a broken dream in seconds. I have always had a few guitars around, but when I retired and moved into a smaller place I've sold them all or given to the kids except for the JTV. I still have boxes full of pickups and parts so I decided to upgrade the sound on this guitar. At first I just put an old Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge and it made such a difference that I wanted to get a Lil'59 for the neck and put a JB in the bridge like I used to do with my LP's. I came on musiciansfriend just looking for a push/pull pot and found out I could get the Lil'59 and the JB in white so I called up and asked about it and the sales person was so great he offered me fifteen percent off my whole order for a Black Friday deal even though it was a week before Black Friday, so I ordered both pickups and a few other little things just to take advantage of the fifteen percent deal. The pickup fit perfectly so I wouldn't have to cut the pickguard and the wiring options still let me use the coil splitting. once I got the JB in the bridge and a fender tex-mex in the middle I was set to go, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would sound. The JB blew my mind so warm and still powerful to scream and when mixed with the middle it has this amazing tele kick to it and when I split it, it sounds nice and clean like an expensive strat. With everything I put into this guitar it still cost less than two fifty and a couple ppl at church think I spent well over a grand cuz it now became my choir guitar because its so light and easy to play and sounds beautiful with the Lil'59 and JB. I've been playing everyday again because of this guitar and Lil'59 and the JB cuz when I leave church I can go home and jam out some Priest or Pantera. People if you want a great humbucking pickup for a variety of music get a Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB. You can coil tap so you can take a 5-way selector and turn it into a 9-way selection so you can go from church choir clean to an Iron Maiden scream. and buy at musiciansfriend they really know how to take care of you.

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          (2 of 2 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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          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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            JB Humbucker

            By Honey Badger

            from Bakersfield, CA.

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            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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              (9 of 10 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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                (5 of 7 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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                    (7 of 8 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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                      (2 of 4 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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                      (7 of 7 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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