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Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup  

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      The Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker 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 112 reviews)

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        (100)

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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

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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

          JB Humbucker

          By Honey Badger

          from Bakersfield, CA.

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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:

            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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            (7 of 8 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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                  (3 of 4 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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                    (0 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Boo!

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                    Fuzzy! Brittle! Harsh! These are the words I use to describe the SD JB. I have tried so hard to like Duncans.....but I don't. I think they sound good when others play them but not when I do. I personally like Dimarzios. I get compliments every gig I play about my (Dimarzio) guitar tone.

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good, but doesn't beat the Custom

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                    Title really sums it up. I have it in my Schecter C-1 classic and it sounds awesome. However I don't think it beats the Custom SH-5. Just saying.

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