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      Seymour DuncanSH-8 Invader Pickup
       
      4.8

      (based on 171 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (143)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (21)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (3)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (8)
      • Improves sound (8)
      • Easy to use (7)
      • Functional (6)
      • High output (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts (7)
        • Practicing (6)
        • Back-up (4)
        • Metal (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

        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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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        It's a good yet bad pickup

        This pickup is really good with distortion and has a nice thick tone but the feedback is hard 2 control with the volume really loud and hums 2 much plus it picks up 2 much...Read complete review

        This pickup is really good with distortion and has a nice thick tone but the feedback is hard 2 control with the volume really loud and hums 2 much plus it picks up 2 much noise besides the guitar.

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        5.0

        SH-8 Invader Pickup

        By Jski

        from Milwaukee area. Wisconsin.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None
        • No Problems

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

        I put the invader in the bridge of an RG350 maple neck.
        It opened up a whole can of Kaboom.
        Just what is needed to play metal Rhythm.
        Amps ( Marshal, Peavy, Ibanez ,Mesa. ).

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        5.0

        Amazing!

        By Flan

        from Oklahoma City

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        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.

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          (1 of 1 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.

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            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.

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

                   
                  5.0

                  a baby amp cant handle it!!

                  By wesley

                  from Ramer, TN

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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

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                  (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Lava? Magma? Interior of the Sun?

                  By replicand

                  from Hollywood, ca

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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.

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                  (3 of 4 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

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                    (3 of 3 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.

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                      (2 of 3 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.

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