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Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup White Neck (Open Box)
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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 147 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (138)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

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 (5)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Great sound for single coil Strat!

By Luke

from Denver, CO

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  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

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

      I put this Hot Rails neck pickup into the Middle position of a Strat. I also have a Hot Rails Bridge in the Bridge position. That is how a Strat should be!!!! I'm never able to really get a good single coil sound out of a split or tapped humbucker, so keeping the neck pickup as the factory single coil then having two humbucker options is perfect!

       
      5.0

      Replaced factory Humbucker

      By Mr._P

      from Hammond In.

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      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

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

          Upgraded the factory pickups on my MIM Strat. Replaced pick guard. Easy swap. This was my first time swapping pickups. Everything went well. This Pickup has some punch. Really clean sound. Sustain is amazing.

           
          5.0

          Sound is very important in the life & times of guitar

          By Jaze ⚡️⚡️Vicious

          from Stockton,Ca

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          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • No batterys required ⚡️⚡️

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

              Invader ,H-rails , dimebucker's in 3 of my prized possesions ! I dont even touch the other two out of the 5 . Seymoreduncan is just like harley-davidson its sound you can rely on everytime you get your pull !! ML&R to both co.

               
              5.0

              I have several and love them. Seymour Duncan rocks.

              By DOCROC

              from Eden Valley, MN.

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              Pros

              • Easy to install
              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound
              • Many wireing selections

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                I use them in all my strats. Love the versatility and sounds.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I will always buy Seymour Duncan pickups for my Strats

                By Ise

                from Fort Myers, Florida

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

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                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  I replaced the Fender Fat 50 bridge pickup because I needed something with a bit more balls. I made the right choice since it gave me exactly what I was looking for. I kept the 250 k pot so that it wasn't so bright and I removed one of the tone controls and ordered a new pick guard and my strat plays like a whole new beast. It is quite as a church mouse and responsive like you can't imagine. I still get the traditional Strat sound with the middle and neck pick ups and even get a richer sound with the Seymour Duncan Hotrail on clean channels but when I kick on my dirty or crunch channels wow what a total difference.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just what the doctor ordered to improve my Steinberger

                  By Jack

                  from undisclosed

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

                  Hot Rails single-coil sized humbucker pickups are just what the doctor ordered for my Hohner G3T headless guitar equipped with Steinberger tremolo. This is the guitar that I take to work every day. It has every feature I need, but the stock EMG Select pickups are insipid and dull. The signal is so uneven that I couldn't even trigger my B9 organ pedal from the high E and B strings because the G, D & A strings are three times as loud as the first two strings. Don't even THINK about playing a lead guitar solo on a guitar where the first two strings are barely audible! I ripped out all three EMG pickups, and put in their place three Seymour Duncan pickups. The pickups were easy drop-in replacements. Even the spring-loaded screws lined up perfectly with the existing holes. I chose Hot Neck for the Neck position; Hot Bridge for the middle position; and a Pearly Gates TremBucker in the bridge position. Here's why. I want the neck pickup to sound like a Gibson or a Gretch Country Gentleman so that I can play jazz and country music. I want the middle pickup to sound solid body for all-around rock use, without the thin, twangy sound of a Strat. I'll use the bridge pickup to play the blues and get in yer face like Billy Gibbons. Note that all three have much more mid-range than most other pickups. The typical Strat pickup boosts highs and lows and cuts out most of the mid-range. Their peculiar EQ curve results in a more flat, full-range response when played through a Fender amp, because most Fender amps are very mid-rangy. Folks who like that sound call it "presence," but I call it "playing through the telephone" because over the phone you will only hear frequencies from 900 Hertz to 3,800 Hertz. Ok, so the usual Strat pickup compensates for the frequency response of the usual Fender amp, resulting in a high-fidelity sound. But I play through a high-fi amp so I need the pickups to supply mid-range. Moral: carefully check your EQ curves before choosing a pickup.

                  (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Will see!

                  By Axman885.

                  from Long Island New York.

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

                  Haven't installed it yet, but will be mixing it with a S.D. JB in the middle and a 1/4 lb. S.D. in the neck position. Should be interesting. Can't wait!! Gave it a 5 star based on other posts.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I did buy this item again.

                  By none

                  from Manchester , Ohio

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

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                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

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

                    The best thing that I have done to my guitar.

                     
                    5.0

                    The best

                    By Paul

                    from Ny

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

                        Was easy to install and made my guitar better than ever I would recommend this to any one trying to get a way better sound

                         
                        5.0

                        Sounds great

                        By Gary in Detroit

                        from Detroit, MI

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

                            Swapped into a G&L Legacy tribute bridge position, and I'm very happy with the result. Shreds on high gain, has a good crunch on medium gain, and sounds ok on cleaner settings.

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