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Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup   

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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 wi...Read More

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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 125 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (112)

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    (5)

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    (4)

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    (2)

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    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (13)
  • Improves sound (12)
  • Functional (8)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (5)
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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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Very Disappointed

I read that his is the most popular humbucker in the aftermarket world. For the life of me I cannot figure out why. Years ago I started replacing the pickups in my guitars....Read complete review

I read that his is the most popular humbucker in the aftermarket world. For the life of me I cannot figure out why. Years ago I started replacing the pickups in my guitars. One of the first I got was the SD JB for its legendary status. It was a improvement over the cheap stock pickup that it replaced. It was very clear and subtly responsive. I was playing it through an all tube Fender combo, a JCM 800 and a Carvin V3 half stack. In all the instances it was cold and harsh, with a brittle high end. I adjusted everything I could and though it improved it was still a very cold brittle sound. I may be crucified for daring to say that the Legendary JB is unpleasantly harsh pickup. I sold it. Then I got another and put it in a Les Paul. Same problem. Cold, harsh a brittle. Some may love this one, I know a lot of pros use it but its just not for me. I think it sounds awful.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't go wrong..

By Ryant73

from AZ/AK

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

    I've been playing since early/mid 80's. Been doing pup swaps the past 20+ years. I stuck with Dimarzio for quite some time, cause my hero's..Gilbert, Vai, Timmons, Satch, Petrucci etc etc all used them.. They got a huge push in the later 80's thanks to those guys among many more. However, that being said, a few years ago I tried Seymour. My first set was the JB and the Jazz set up. Never went back to Dimarzio, matter of fact took some out and replaced w/ Seymours. You can't go wrong w/ the pup in the bridge for just about any style or genre. It is probably the most versatile pup out there. I play everything from classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal. this covers it all. Not muddy at all, clean or heavy distortion. Highly recommend this pup for any type of guitar. I have one in an LP, one in a RG, and one in a guitar I built. Doesn't matter this is an amazing pup.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Seymour Duncan Pick up

    By Paul

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

    GREAT Pick UP

     
    5.0

    Classic Hard Rock

    By P. Cook

    from Carlisle, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

      Just had the local guitar guy put this in my Eclipse and I couldn't stop smiling. It sounds amazing, like it was meant to be. It really adds a lot to the tone for being a passive pickup. Highly recommended.

      (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Very Disappointed

      By Spiff

      from WA

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Tone

        Best Uses

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

          I read that his is the most popular humbucker in the aftermarket world. For the life of me I cannot figure out why. Years ago I started replacing the pickups in my guitars. One of the first I got was the SD JB for its legendary status. It was a improvement over the cheap stock pickup that it replaced. It was very clear and subtly responsive. I was playing it through an all tube Fender combo, a JCM 800 and a Carvin V3 half stack. In all the instances it was cold and harsh, with a brittle high end. I adjusted everything I could and though it improved it was still a very cold brittle sound. I may be crucified for daring to say that the Legendary JB is unpleasantly harsh pickup. I sold it. Then I got another and put it in a Les Paul. Same problem. Cold, harsh a brittle. Some may love this one, I know a lot of pros use it but its just not for me. I think it sounds awful.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          More Versatile than Expected

          By Gitfiddle76

          from Detroit

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Articulate
          • Bb King To Metallica
          • Beautiful Clean Tones
          • Heavy Overdrive Tone
          • Pushed Mids
          • Raunchy
          • Rock And Roll
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Improves A Cheap Guitar
          • Improves Expensive Guitar
          • Live
          • Recording
          • Tone Shaping

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

          What can you say about the JB that hasn't been said? I've played guitar for years but never ran into a JB until recently. I was missing out! This thing sounds amazing, and it's so versatile. It does beautiful warm clean tones with clarity on the top end. And it does heavy distorted rock and roll and metal too. Un-believable. This is the best all around pick up I've ever heard. It does push your amp into over drive, but it's not too powerful. The power is completly controlable. I guess that's why it's the Jeff Beck Model, because it really does it all! The overdrive tone can be bright and searing, or dark and moody. The cleans can be bright and snappy, or warm and silky. It does Van Halen, Metallica, and Clapton, and Page also. Amazing! If you don't have one your're missing out. Don't be like me and wait so long for one of the best pick ups ever created. Buy it!!! This is the sound on so many classic records you can't count them on all your digits. This is the pick up that started a revolution, and helped to usher in what we know know as the sound of the modern rock guitar. This pick up and the Dimarzio Super Distortion are hallmarks of rock and roll. Don't miss out!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Glad to have, Very pleased with purchase

          By xerious1

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Novice

          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 have a ESP LTD AX-50, did my research & my humbuckers work great! Changed my guitar's sound for the better! Couldn't be more pleased, Highly recommended for the rosewood fingerboard, maple neck and basswood body guitars. My setup: ESP LTD AX-50 guitar, Peavey Vyper VIP 3 100 watt amp, Elixir nanoweb heavy gauge guitar strings. I play jazz, rock, alternative rock, emo & indie music.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            a nice upgrade

            By Mjr61388

            from Alsip, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

            bought this pickup for better kurt cobain tones in my jagstang and now its a WHOLE NEW BEAST of a sexy guitar. instructions weren't what i was looking for but that's why we have the internet.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The King Of Humbuckers.

            By ThatGuy

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

              This pickup is incredible. I put the JB in my Squier Jagmaster, and wow....You would swear that the Jagmaster was a Fender. The pickup did above and beyond for the tone of the guitar, and gave it such a voice. I play lead/rhythm guitar for my band and it gives you chugs, gain, sustain, grit, and clarity for days. If you have a cheaper guitar and want to make it sound great, I highly recommend this pick up....If you have an expensive guitar and want it to sound better, I still recommend this pick up. Great for cleans, rock, alternative, heavy metal, jazz.....it covers all the bases....

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ultra Dynamic Pickup

              By Huge Fender Fan

              from Wellington Fl

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Dynamic
              • Extreme Clarity
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                  This pickup has extreme clarity with a significant low end punch and it has the capability of picking up every nuance producing great harmonics. This may be the best pickup in any guitar I have ever played. For this price you can't go wrong. It is dynamic enough to shred all by itself no matter what kind of music you play. Super high output for a very low price. Can't go wrong with this one! A must have...

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By Enzoab

                  from Riverside. CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  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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