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Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup  Black Bridge

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One of the highest output pickups made.

The Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rail Stacked Single Coil Pickup is one of the highest output pickups made. It's a humbucker that fits into a normal single-coil pickup slot, so you get noise canceling without cutting a large hole in your guitar. The 2 thin blades with powerful coil windings give you the incredible sustain and fat, full sound that's needed for playing heavier rock music. This Seymour Duncan SHR-1 pickup responds to the subtlest finger movements.




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Seymour DuncanSHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 149 reviews)

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    (140)

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    (5)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (18)
  • Good quality (17)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Functional (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Every strat needs one!

Completely transforms your Strat, I put one in the bridge position and it's amazing. It sounds like a humbucker in all it's glory, but still has a little Strat to it. Quiet as...Read complete review

Completely transforms your Strat, I put one in the bridge position and it's amazing. It sounds like a humbucker in all it's glory, but still has a little Strat to it. Quiet as a mouse though, even in extreme high-gain settings. I'm not a big SD guy but this pickup is a must-have.

I also installed a mini-toggle switch to go from humbucker to single coil on the hot rail, and series/paralell in other switch positions. Seymour shows you how in the diagram. It's worth the trouble. I don't like push-pull knobs but you can do it that way too.

Important to note, it's in the back of the instructions if you are mixing SD pups with other brands, then you may have to reverse the black and green wires from the diagram to get them in phase. If they sound real thin and nasal, switch to the black or green wire as the hot wire, whatever the reverse of what you have is.

Put a couple DiMarzio 'area' pups in the other slots and this thing is loaded for bar. Fearlessly crank it up with a lot of overdrive, tube screamer, the whole nine yards and it won't make any noise, just music.

Wish they had these 40 years ago, we had terrible power boxes, flourescent lighting, aluminum wiring, dimmers, all kinds of horrors faced us at gigs and when we cranked up our amps it sounded like the generators at Hoover Dam firing up! But this and the DiMarzio "area" pups fix this for good.

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One trick pony

I used the SHR-1 (neck version) in the neck position of my Fender Strat (alder body, rosewood fingerboard, 500k pots). First let's talk about the clean sound. It's very dark...Read complete review

I used the SHR-1 (neck version) in the neck position of my Fender Strat (alder body, rosewood fingerboard, 500k pots). First let's talk about the clean sound. It's very dark and muddy. Lacks versatility. Don't expect any sparkle out of it. I can't say the tone is poor - it's just limited. Paradoxically, SHR-1's character ecouraged me to use my guitar's clean sound in an interesting, unconventional way. Great discovery, but surely accessible with other pickups as well. So no nice & beautiful clean chords or single notes. Let's go to the distorted sound. That's what the pickup was made for. Very usable for hard rock/metal rhythms and solos. But again, dark and muddy. That's OK with heavy music but if it could get a bit brighter I would be happier. Remember, I used it with 500k pots and it was still dark. If you use it with 250k pots (standard single coil pickups guitar's pots) the sound is even darker. This pickup will please you only if you play mostly heavy music and don't need bright clean sound. Or if you look for something untypical, but this will bore you very soon. Coil splitting doesn't work good in this pickup - it was too quiet. All in all, if you need versatility the SHR-1 is not for you. If you play metal I think you'll like it. I replaced SHR-1n with SSL-7 Quarter Pound, very good choice in my opinion (powerful single coil pickup).

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow !!!!

By John G Cunningham Sr.

from Brockwell , AR

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Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

The gain you get from this unit is very intense . The pinch harmonics and tap harmonics are yours to command , but you need to take your time getting on them.
The packaging of the unit is very good , and the instructions are easy to follow.
The wires are tiny , and you need a 75 watt soldering iron to make a good solder joint , and this is not for someone without experiance at soldering.
How about a wake-up call in your studio from your Strat with Hot Rails????
Yes I am impressed at the gain and the kick of this SHR-1 Hot rails unit I installed at the bridge.
I have been playing since the 1950's and I have heard a lot of guitar talk and fluff.

This is the best thing I have ever used in all my years.
This unit is beautifuly designed , and it is easy to install ( providing you know how to work on guitars ), and the instructions are great.
The packaging is top of the line and the unit is Ultra Quality.
If you are not handy with this type of work , you need to get professional help from your local music store.
You won't see another unit as well made , and for what you get in performance , this is a real bargain.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Outstanding Sound

By RockinJoe

from Marina Del Rey, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

    Thia pickup is amazing. It does take some skill to install as soldering is required and basic wire diagram reading skills but my guitar sounds monster now. One inexpensive Squier Strat + SHR1 Hot Rail = one awesome sounding guitar that easily stacks up against much more expensive guitars in sound quality. Very pleased with this purchase!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Every strat needs one!

    By Rich

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Eliminates Hum
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Harder Rock And Roll

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

      Completely transforms your Strat, I put one in the bridge position and it's amazing. It sounds like a humbucker in all it's glory, but still has a little Strat to it. Quiet as a mouse though, even in extreme high-gain settings. I'm not a big SD guy but this pickup is a must-have.

      I also installed a mini-toggle switch to go from humbucker to single coil on the hot rail, and series/paralell in other switch positions. Seymour shows you how in the diagram. It's worth the trouble. I don't like push-pull knobs but you can do it that way too.

      Important to note, it's in the back of the instructions if you are mixing SD pups with other brands, then you may have to reverse the black and green wires from the diagram to get them in phase. If they sound real thin and nasal, switch to the black or green wire as the hot wire, whatever the reverse of what you have is.

      Put a couple DiMarzio 'area' pups in the other slots and this thing is loaded for bar. Fearlessly crank it up with a lot of overdrive, tube screamer, the whole nine yards and it won't make any noise, just music.

      Wish they had these 40 years ago, we had terrible power boxes, flourescent lighting, aluminum wiring, dimmers, all kinds of horrors faced us at gigs and when we cranked up our amps it sounded like the generators at Hoover Dam firing up! But this and the DiMarzio "area" pups fix this for good.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing!

      By patangyal

      from Belton, TX

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

        I'm bringing a squier strat to life by ripping it apart and making it pretty with new parts, new pickups, and such. The first thing I decided to do was put rail pickups on the guitar. (Cool Rails in the neck, VIntage Rails in the middle, Hot Rails in the bridge.)
        The sheer power coming out of this pickup is astounding. Pieces like these put other companies to shame. It is very articulate, very powerful, and the casing looks very sleek. i'm now a proud owner of a set of Seymour Duncan Rails pickups.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BEST EVER!

        By Jordan Stowell

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

        10
        This is the best pickup on the market. No matter what you play or what amp you play through this will turn your guitar into the more expensive guitar it wishes it was. WELL WORTH THE EXPENSE!!!!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great for distortion

        By joe

        from Boston, MA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

            I put this in my 2012 American Strat bridge position. I was not satisfied with the single coil for heavier sounds. I put this in and my guitar is so much more versatile, I can get the great clean sounds from the 2 single coils and awesome distortion from the hot rails in the bridge.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Stacked above the rest

            By Moonshield 42

            from Drexel Hill PA

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

                I have had tons of guitars and many different pickups over my years of playing, but the best tone and sound I have ever gotten out of any of my guitars came from the Seymour Duncan hot rails pickup in the bridge of a standard Mexican Stratocaster I owned many years ago. Im going back to hot rails. You can do iron maiden, 80s hair metal, thrash and more. Once you play one of these, it will change you forever.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome!

                By Roy

                from Baltimore Maryland

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

                So I do a lot of pickup testing instead of reading about them...I find this is the only real way to see if you like something and if it will fit into your setup. I play both les Paul's and Strats but only use marshall and Orange amp heads for recording. Every now and then I have a need for a Strat tone when recording. I have purchased every set of high end boutique single coil Strat pickups you can think of and I keep taking them back out and putting in the Duncan rails! I just can't take the single coil buzz when recording. I have an American Vintage 70s swamp ash Strat that has the hot rail in the bridge, the vintage rail in the middle and the cool rail in the neck and this has become my go to Strat when recording. I also keep another American Deluxe Strat handy, loaded with straight vintage rails in all three positions. It's simple....if you want great Strat tone that a bit more aggressive and without the buzz then buy the hot rail for the bridge and the cool rail for the neck. If you want a more natural Strat tone that's a bit more vintage and authentic sounding then get the vintage rails and put them in whatever positions you want the more vintage sounding tone. Regardless, you absolutely can not go wrong with the Duncan rails. Like I said, at first there was no way I was going to put rail pickups in a 2000.00 stratocaster. I thought that might be a joke....boy was I wrong!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best SCHB on the market

                By Jerry Lee Vondell

                from VA

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

                    This is the very best single coil humbucker available. Fat, smooth sound with great sustain. I have this PU in most of my strats.

                    (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Not what I was expecting

                    By jeff

                    from massachusetts

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                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

                    The tone quality is pretty boring. It has a good vintage sound which comes in handy for playing old dirty blues, and the output is ok, but next to my Dimarzio D-activator it is really weak and I barely find any use for it. Dimarzio seems to be the tone kings thus far, I also highly recomend the paul gilbert injector set...WOW!! Amazing tone and output.

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