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Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup

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Sounds as powerful as it looks.

The combination of 3 large ceramic magnets, hot coils, and 12 black oxide cap screws give the awesome Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup bolts of volts for an electrifying force of energy. The wide magnetic field pumps power into your amp with unique brightness and a totally new sound. Black. Seymour Duncan includes a 4-conductor cable with the SH-8 pickup.


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Seymour DuncanSH-8 Invader Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 175 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (147)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (12)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (7)
  • High output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (6)
  • Metal (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great neck complement for bridge version

The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being...Read complete review

The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being overdriven/distorted, they are truly an amazing feat of electronics. They retain individual note clarity and chord clarity even at the highest levels of gain. I usually use them in my custom B.C. Rich JR V with a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone through a combination of a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini-stack and Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps get equal input. Install is very simple if you use the included instructions, or easily customizable for advanced technicians/luthiers or people who have good general electronics knowledge. Truly amazing alternative to active pickups. All the benefits (clarity, high output, etc.) with no batteries or complex installations. Great product.

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Eh

2 of these came on my Jackson KE-3 Kelly. It's the only thing I don't like about my guitar. They're loud as hell, but have really high gain, which is good...Read complete review

2 of these came on my Jackson KE-3 Kelly. It's the only thing I don't like about my guitar. They're loud as hell, but have really high gain, which is good sometimes. It picks up a lot of backround noise, and if you hit the body you get a really hollow sounding ring. It sucks for recording. If you get these I suggest you invest in a noise gate.

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(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lava? Magma? Interior of the Sun?

By replicand

from Tokyo

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Pros

  • Distortion

Cons

  • Distortion

Best Uses

  • Conquest
  • Domination

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

This pickup is loved and hated for the same reason: DISTORTION!!! If you're into a clean sound you will not like this pickup since it overdrives an amp's clean channel. Its sound is imposing; it is not subtle and not for the timid. But if you're into distortion, read on.

I installed a bridge Invader into the bridge position of "Stunt Guitar", an HH Strat with the modern non-locking tremolo. It's output is nearly twice that of the factory pickup. This pickup is perfectly suited for Stunt Guitar, whose primary purpose is face-melting improvisational dive-bombing feedback solos.

It's designed for modern styles that require loads of crunch, and in that aspect is quite versatile when used in conjunction with the tone control. Any sound from 70s era King Crimson to Blink 182 is possible using only guitar and amp - the Pedalboard of Doom has five distortion pedals ranging from mild to extreme, though I rarely use them with this guitar.

Surprisingly, when the Invader is used with the neck pickup and the tone controls are set fully opposite of each other, Stunt Guitar nails Randy Rhodes' Crazy Train tone - pleasantly nasal, mid-rangey without the clucky sound which is characteristic of using both pickups together.

I'm tempted to find a neck Invader (the impedance and resonant frequencies are different than the bridge model) to see how much more lethal Stunt Guitar can become. As befitting of its output, the Invader gets a six-star rating from me.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lots of output, awful tone

By MarshallDude

from Virginia

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

Whether or not you like this pickup depends on what you're into. If you want a serious heavy metal pickup with crazy amount of output, then you'll like this. If you like to play clean once in a while (and most people do), you'll hate yourself for buying it. The clean tone is trebly, shrill, and IMHO useless. I put one of those in my 91 Gibson Les Paul and thought it was the baddest pickup on earth. Playing clean was really disappointing, however. So useless that I took it out and replaced it with one of those Duncan PAF replicas, which had almost as much gain and lots more tone. I'll admit it's the loudest passive PU I've ever heard, but once you back off the gain a bit you really hear its shortcomings. Again, if you never play clean and all you want is total overdrive meltdown, then you'll probably like this.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING !!PLEASE READ!! (I own it)

By JP

from Massachusetts

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Metal
    • Pop
    • Practicing
    • Punk

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

    To All the Musicians that gave it below a 4 because of

    a) Hiss or

    b) bassy tonality.

    The hiss means your guitar is not properly grounded, specifically if it happens while you are playing it with no distortion, go get that fixed and do not blame the pick-up, also it could mean that whoever put the pick-ups in did not do it the right way.

    The bassy tonality or (Too much distortion) means you have your guitar volume blasting at 10 lol this pick up is HEAVY you need to volume down to 9 or 8 for perfect sound/tone and you will get more attack than 99% of the pick ups out there;

    Depending on the volume of your guitar this pick-up changes tonality, it is EXTREMELY flexible and can be used anywhere from metal to punk to pop or pop-punk, which is really amazing due to its flexibility. Not to mention Acoustically this pick-ups can give you an extreme amount of beautiful tone

    Another tip, these pick ups work best on the bridge section!

    I owned 3 different pick-ups in my life and this has been the quietest , the heaviest, the poppiest and overall the best sounding.

    my rig =>> Mexican Fender Strat with Invader Humbuckers(bridge) and 2 single coils and a Mesa Tripple Rectifer + 4x12 Mesa Cab

    (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a baby amp cant handle it!!

    By Diesel Mechanic

    from Selmer, Tennessee

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    Pros

    • Crushing Tones
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Heavy
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • None at all

    Best Uses

    • Crushing Souls

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

    when i got my les paul black beauty, the pickups were like, 57 classics er something. they sucked. even with this fender amp i had. i thought maybe it was the amp, so i bought a randall half and it still sounded too light. so i invested in these and now my floor shakes in D-tuneing. the seymore duncan sh-8 is what you need. they have so much out put that if you have a practice amp, and played these pickups through it, it would probly start smokeing and catch on fire. get them

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    heavy but versatile bridge pu

    By Pointy-Guitar-Mogul

    from Spokane

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    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

    I put this in a Dean ZX with a Duncan AlnicoII pro neck pu (both volume pots have a treble-bleed circuit too), and I'm convinced this is the pickup that was meant for basswood guitars. Run into a Fender hybrid amp, it beefs up the bottom on this bright guitar, and gets a nice hot-Tele bridge pu sound when split. I like this pu clean as well as dirty, but it does take some EQ twiddling for best sound. Once you do though, you'll get gnarly harmonics, killer thump and a lot more cruncy mids than I ever thought I'd like. Brighter pu's may be better for warmer/darker-sounding guitars, but for a bolt-on I think this one rules. Head-turning tone >:-)

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing output for a passive pickup

    By uglyfish42

    from Stafford, VA

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    Pros

    • Clear Tone
    • Easy to install
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • High output
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Alternative
      • Concerts
      • Metal
      • Practicing
      • Punk
      • Recording
      • Rock

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

      The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being overdriven/distorted, they are truly an amazing feat of electronics. They retain individual note clarity and chord clarity even at the highest levels of gain. I usually use them in my custom B.C. Rich JR V with a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone through a combination of a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini-stack and Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps get equal input. Install is very simple if you use the included instructions, or easily customizable for advanced technicians/luthiers or people who have good general electronics knowledge. Truly amazing alternative to active pickups. All the benefits (clarity, high output, etc.) with no batteries or complex installations. Great product.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great hot output humbuckers

      By David L.

      from El Cerrito, CA

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      Pros

      • Good distorted tone
      • Good Quality
      • High output
      • Improves Sound
      • Split coil clean tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • In the studio
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

        I bought a set of these for my ESP Horizon, which was used and came with a 5 way switch and 2 EMH H1 style pickups. The EMG pickups were very weak and only sounded slightly distorted with the distortion on full blast. Although I later found out the previous owner miswired the EMG pickups to the non original 5 way switch after selling them, I was happy I got the Duncan Invaders all the same. They SCREAM with distortion, great rhythm and lead tones. The clean tones were lacking a bit on one pickup by itself, but here's the kicker: the 5 way switch is for coil splitting, and these pickups actually have a nice clean tone with the coils split. The tone using the inner coil on each pickup was nice and sparkly, and bridge full and neck split also had more high end sparkle than just one pickup on full by itself. The neck pickup is a little noisier than the bridge pickup, not sure why that is. Although I miswired them when I first got them, rewiring them properly fixed that problem. If you're into metal, get these. If you also want to do some clean stuff for some more rock oriented stuff but also do some metal, get a 5 way switch or some other way of coil splitting and that will solve the problem with the sparkle lacking clean tone. In addition to the sounds I got out of them, these pickups are well constructed here in the US, California to be exact. I'd recommend this for metalheads and rockers alike.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great neck complement for bridge version

        By uglyfish42

        from Stafford, VA

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        Pros

        • Easy install
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • High output
        • Improves Sound
        • Tonal Clarity

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Blues
          • Concerts
          • Metal
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

          The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being overdriven/distorted, they are truly an amazing feat of electronics. They retain individual note clarity and chord clarity even at the highest levels of gain. I usually use them in my custom B.C. Rich JR V with a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone through a combination of a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini-stack and Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps get equal input. Install is very simple if you use the included instructions, or easily customizable for advanced technicians/luthiers or people who have good general electronics knowledge. Truly amazing alternative to active pickups. All the benefits (clarity, high output, etc.) with no batteries or complex installations. Great product.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Massive Crunch!!

          By Michael Glass

          from Wilkesboro NC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

            I placed this pickup in a 1983 Gibson Corvus. Yes, I know lots of people hate these but I don't care. Anyways, The factory pickups were beyond weak and didn't have any harmonics to them. Weak crunch and very little bass..

            Well the Invader solved all that! The low end is huge and I didn't have any problem cutting over my hard hitting drummer. Nails that grindcore sound and I would say this pickup is super aggressive. In fact, I had to dial back the low end and gain on my amp. The Gibson Corvus is alder bodied and it works in it, but for mahogany, it maybe a bit to much unless it's a thinner body like an SG or something similar.

            I have been playing since the mid '90s and have played several pickups. This is probably the hottest thing I've jammed on. Playing clean tones are a let down though. I reccomend you putting in a warm sounding neck pickup and using it during clean moments. The Invader is NOT a pickup that you buy for clean tones!!

            I did swap out for the Duncan Distortion because I have a little more versatility with it.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome!!!

            By Nic-BAR7z

            from Columbia, MO

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

            This pickup crushes. Works best for hard hard overdriven rock or great for METAL! I like the clean sound with a little delay, but alone can sound kinda flat with a touch too much of treble, but sounds good witha decent neck pickup (Air Norton in mine). Overall, heavy pickup and super easy to install.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A bad ass pickup

            By GuitarPunk420

            from Venice FL

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

            this pickup is by far themost heaviest and fattest pickup made by seymour duncanyet.i have one on an americandouble fat strat, and one on my tom delonge strat.If ur lookin for fat distortion pickup and totally amazingtone,this pickup is for u.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing!

            By Flan

            from Oklahoma City

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            Pros

            • Amazing Tone
            • Silent

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              This is truly a great pickup that exudes versatility. For my purposes both live and in the studio, it takes the place of my Strat's bridge pickup for a tone that has enough low end and punch to provide great palm muting and rhythm guitar while at the same time giving you the character and tone for lead parts. Versatile, and completely SILENT. That buzz that you get with a lot of pickups when you add the slightest amount of distortion doesn't exist with the Invader. It's a steal and worth the time an money, and this was my third Invader to date, it's going in every Strat I buy. One thing I wouldn't recommend: putting this one in a Gibson probably wouldn't bode as well as it does with a Fender.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              a good choice

              By dirtboy

              from PA

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              OK lets start out by saying, this pick up is not for everyone. That does not make it a bad pick up. Unlike what others have said. I had this set up in my fender esquire gt. and it sounded awesome. Like everyone else who plays it it's best suited for distorted tones, metal, punk, ect ect. Don't expect to get every sound in the guitar world out of this. Look to the JB for that, but if you want a good metal or punk or what ever type of music you like to play with heavy amounts of distortion. you will be very happy with this.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A MUST HAVE

              By Doofy-ubKQA

              from Richmond Va

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              i got one of these baby's in my Tom Delonge Strat (which is tottaly awesome). and its amazing. its got good distortion and good clean. and well lets just say. Tom Used to use it so it has to be awesomeIm fixing up another strat of mine so i can hang my delonge on the wall and im gettin this baby put in as my only pick up.i mean it really is that good

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Been using this for years!

              By MasterInvader27

              from Port Charlotte, FL

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              i have an Epiphone LP (i forget which model but its basicly their top of the line back in 2000/2001) 1st thing i did was swap out the stock pick-ups and dropped this in and i haven't looked back since. i will say it took a few weeks to get this bad boy set in the right spot. THIS IS A VERY HOT pick up!!! so instead of sitting the pick up in the normal spot close to the strings i loosen the springs and let it sit lower in the body. this pick up is perfect for metal/hardrock.not so much for clean parts. use it in the bridge and maybe a pearly gates or a "59 in the neck and your guitar will have the best of both worlds.

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              EPIC!!!!!!

              By LTDFAn

              from Winona MN

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              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              Just bought and installed this pick-up in my ltd mh 250 and was blown away. This pick-up has everything a metal player could ask for. It has a very high output but i love it. I definantly recomend this pick-up to anyone who is looking at this pick-up, definantly worth the money.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What Ziggy thinks.

              By Ziggy-uTF_p

              from Walter Hill TN

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              This is a really good pick-up, if your playing metal of course. The clean sound of this pick-up is a bit twangy, but the crunchy distirtion you get from this humbucker is crazy. I have to turn the gain down to 6 on my amp. I play with an Ibanez RG series guitar. I got tired of the stock ''EMGS''that was in the guitar. So i got the Seymour Duncan Invader I like the tone, it sounds good if your tuned really deep like ''white chapel'', but it also sounds good in standard.If your lookin to give your guitar some balls, this is the pick-up you want!!!

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              ****!

              By Kyle-OoRUo

              from mass

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              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              this pickup is great. I have one in my fender custom esquire GT and it is amazing! Of course It has the versitility issue, but thats what my strat with EMG's is for. just dont put it in a crappy guitar and it'll be nice

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Replacement

              By FateBringer

              from Boise

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound
              • Metal

              Cons

              • Treb Not As Good As Rev's

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

              Used this pickup to replace a stock pickup on a cheap Dean and couldn't be happier. The wiring was a bit tricky for me cause it was my first time. But the diagram that came with it was definately helpful. It doesn't have quite as much treble as some of the reviews say in my opinion. But you'll be happy none the less, cause it does sound pretty good. I feel it's a bit pricey for what it is. 60 dol would probably be more in tune with it's performance. I wouldn't use this pickup to replace emgs or something I got on a guitar worth 400 dol and up. Odds are your pickups on a 300 dol guitar are comparable.

              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              buy it try it

              By thefro

              from fort stockton TX

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

                  it a grate pick up, good crunch a nice kick for fast riffing,i installed it in my ESP m-100FM guitar never sounded so good. :D \m/

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