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Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set   

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Seymour Duncan Blackouts are 9-volt active neck and bridge humbuckers that provide more extended frequency response with less compression. Seymour Du...Read More

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Blackout the bad hum, crank up the tone.

Seymour Duncan Blackouts are 9-volt active neck and bridge humbuckers that provide more extended frequency response with less compression. Seymour Duncan engineers have captured the tone players want in an active design with the benefits of balanced inputs.

Not only do Seymour Duncan Blackouts active humbuckers have less hum than most active humbuckers, they also have more lows, more highs, and more output. Simply put, the Blackouts have more tone than most active pickups. Players will find far fewer problems with hum, especially near computer monitors and fluorescent lighting.

Blackouts come as a two-pickup set of neck and bridge humbuckers. All versions come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.


SPECIFICATIONS

Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set

  • AHB-1 Blackout Neck Model Specifications

    Resonant Frequency: 750 Hz
    Average Output Voltage: 0.65 Volts RMS (1)
    Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
    Noise: -97dBV
    Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
    Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
    Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
    Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
    Preamp Gain: 16 dB
    Preamp THD at 1V: .003%

    AHB-1 Blackout Bridge Model Specifications

    Resonant Frequency: 530 Hz
    Average Output Voltage: 2.00 Volts RMS (1)
    Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
    Noise: -96dBV
    Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
    Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
    Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
    Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
    Preamp Gain: 18 dB
    Preamp THD at 1V: .003%

    Notes:
    (1) Output voltage measured under the following conditions:
    a. Pickups installed in a guitar and set up for typical playing conditions.
    b. Neck pickup adjusted approx. 3/16" from strings.
    c. Bridge pickup adjusted approx. 1/8" from strings.
    d. String gauge used - .010 to .046
    e. Open E-chord strummed at moderate intensity.
    f. 5 sample average reading taken using storage oscilloscope.
    (2) Maximum output voltage is taken at the onset of clipping in the preamp when powered from a 9 Volt source.
    Battery life computed for one pickup. Divide by two for life of set.
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Seymour DuncanBlackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

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  • Good quality (3)

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Best pickups ever

Simply the best pickups for heavy metal. These pups came in my Schecter Blackjack ATX Avenger. My previous guitar was a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6, which has emg 81/60 in it. Lets...Read complete review

Simply the best pickups for heavy metal. These pups came in my Schecter Blackjack ATX Avenger. My previous guitar was a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6, which has emg 81/60 in it. Lets just say that I have to turn the gain all the way up on my amp when i'm using that guitar to even come close to the sound of the Blackouts, and the Blackouts still sound better. As for clean, the emg's have the advantage, but if your wanting the best sound out of your guitar for metal, these pickups are for you.

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Uhh...whatever...

Seymour Duncan straight up ripped off EMG with these "Blackouts". They sound decent, but it would be great if Duncan could just do their own thing. These are good for...Read complete review

Seymour Duncan straight up ripped off EMG with these "Blackouts". They sound decent, but it would be great if Duncan could just do their own thing. These are good for modern/hard rock and nu metal stuff, but not real METAL. They're way to "middy" and not nearly enough treble. And honestly, look at who plays EMGs: Metallica, In Flames, Jeff Loomis, Chimaira, Nickelback, TBDM, BFMV, Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, Machine Head, Stephen Carpenter, Killswitch Engage, The Haunted, Unearth, Coheed and Cambria...everyone). Who plays Blackouts...like, three artists (who used to play EMGs). These have a better balance of tone than EMGs, but if you want that real "cathedral-crumbling, shake the bowels of hell, summon Oden to your side" metal power, EMGs are still king.

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4.0

Dark sounding pickup for Metal or Jazz!

By Cirtus

from East TX

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Quiet

Cons

  • No chime from neck for clean runs

Best Uses

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

    Replaced the EMG's in my Jackson with these.
    - The EMG's are (excessively) bright and crunchy, requiring a drop in highs and presence on my amp (Randall Diavlo) and palm mutes don't allow the bottom to ring through due to low bass output.

    - The Blackouts are dark, still crunchy, looser bottom (compared to the EMG's).
    I had to re-eq the tone. It needed a lot more treb and presence compared to the EMG's.
    Palm mutes leave a lovely or sustain on the bottom, that adds a nice dark finish to a crunched palm mute.

    These are tighter than my Duncan Invaders in my other guitar.
    Tone is similar to the Invaders, but tighter, more balanced, and SOOO much quieter!

    The neck pickup well... great for shreds, but I miss the highs a little for clean work. If you need some bottom AND top heavy sounds for your clean runs, the neck will disappoint you. Its missing the "chime" on top that a lot of other neck slots have. So I have to say the neck is a one trick pony here. Still great, but not versatile.

    A lot of folks don't realize where the tone comes from.
    Its two things: Its gain in the low/mid/highs, then EQ of the low/mid/highs.

    High gain in lows has a looser sound. Mids give that crunch. Highs - fizz and crunch to a lesser effect.

    Your EQ on your amp is after the gain. This balances your sound, but cannot do much to change the gainstack tone.
    It cannot do much to add a long hard crunch sound if its not already there from the gain. just make it brighter
    It cannot really tighten an overly loose bottom end, just make it quieter.

    These pickups act on the gainstack - and give a lot of gain to the bottom mids and high mids.
    You get more sustain in the bass, (Think Iommi) but not the drop-deep bass, so it doesn't become loose.
    Plenty of crunch in the middle, which makes solos sustain well too.
    Less fizz up top - for less gritty highs.

    Cleans - these were originally jazz pickups, and give jazz style cleans imo.

    Don't overlook the EMTY's for something between Blackouts and EMG's

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    4.0

    Blackouts

    By ONSET

    from Allegan, Mi

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Tight Low End Nice Highs

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

        Great for low drop tunings, super tight bottom end and searing highs, compared to EMG 81-85's its just simply newer better technology.

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        4.0

        Should have went with EMG

        By Torchy

        from Tucson, AZ

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        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            These aren't bad pickups if you want metal all the time. The tone is good and the pickups would be great if they would cleanup. If you want a one dimensional guitar then the Blackouts are for you

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best pickups ever

            By Gavin Hall

            from Kentucky

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            Simply the best pickups for heavy metal. These pups came in my Schecter Blackjack ATX Avenger. My previous guitar was a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6, which has emg 81/60 in it. Lets just say that I have to turn the gain all the way up on my amp when i'm using that guitar to even come close to the sound of the Blackouts, and the Blackouts still sound better. As for clean, the emg's have the advantage, but if your wanting the best sound out of your guitar for metal, these pickups are for you.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very surprised,great tone

            By Benjamin Dover

            from Bahgdad, Ca.

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            I got a new guitar recently schecter she-devil and it came with blackouts, I could'nt figure out why they sounded so poor, I put a fresh 9 volt battery in the holder and Holy bejesus belts,I've been using EMG's for over 15 years in a les paul, and all i gotta say, these pickups are insanely good, will get another set for another guitar soon. G

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best purchase ever!

            By SGguy-HOZE2

            from Bristol, TN

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            I had a LTD with EMG's in it at one point, and it wasn't for me (dont get me wrong, sounded awesome when playing metal. However, the sound was too processed and soulless for me). I wound up getting rid of the LTD and buying my Gibson Gothic SG. Much to my chagrin, the passive pickups just didn't have the "oomph" for metal, so I had to get some actives...Right before I was going to buy a set of EMG's, one of my friends told me about these Blackouts. Now I swear by them. They were by far the best purchase I've ever made. You can get the perfect sweet sound you would get from a passive, while having the power of an active set. All the while it still sounds pure. No processed sound like you get from EMG's.long story short: Blackouts > EMG. 'Nuff Said.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Blackout

            By Wesleyy

            from Albertville Alabama

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            I recently bought a set of these blackouts, and had them installed into my Ibanez, They made a huge difference, The clean tone not to be compared to the tight attack of emgs is still quite nice I personally like the clean better than emg because it sounds more real and less processed. But the distorted sound is amazing they are super hot but they aren't noisy like emgs or other high gain pups they deliver harmonics and palm mutes like you wouldn't believe if you are looking for active pups with some versatility, do not go with Emgs , these blackouts make emgs look like kid stuff

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            5.0

            Hot Pickups!

            By Isaac-SqJ66

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            My Wife bought me these as a wedding gift. I put them on my Jackson Dinky. I was torn between the blackouts and EMGs. I am glad I chose the Blackouts. These things have great tone and high output. I have to dial the volume back when playing clean to avoid overdriving my amp. When playing overdriven, I also dial them back unless I want crazy harmonics and feedback! These things are versatile. Installation took some time. My Jackson was a three pickup guitar with a 5 way selector switch. I figured it out looking at wiring diagrams. I cracked open a few cold ones and took my time.I have EMGs on my ESP LTD and I think these Blackouts have them beat. Highly Recommended!!

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            5.0

            The EMG Killers

            By Negative 13

            from St Cloud MN

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            I've tried a lot of hi gain passives and used the 81/85 EMG set before, also tried flipping around and doing a 85/81 combo and these AHB-1s are the clear winner to my ears. Super tight lows, much more pleasant highs than the EMGs, much more organic and less compressed sounding too. I did kinda like the DiMarzio D-activator for passive though. That is a pretty good alternative if you dont want to do a lot of wiring or replace batteries ever. But, they still arent quite what you'll get with these guys. If I had one gripe about them, it would be this however non applicable to me and non affective to their sound. Unlike the emg's, these only came with 4 of the same size posts for the pots (short). I did not have the need for longer posts, but some of you might be dissappointed by that aspect. And nothing was pre-wired except the quik connect plugs. You have to put the entire input assembly together yourself as well but its easy and they give you all the wires you need for that. Or, just take it to a shop and let them worry about all that. Overall, a great value and can really be used by anyone. Less than EMG's and sounding much much better in this users personal opinion.

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By duskman

            from Bogotá D.C, Colombia

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

            Well, I'd never likes EMG Actives (Very compresed and artificial to my taste), and I always have pasive pickups guitars. Once I have EMG HZ pickups and I liked but not too much. When I knew Seymour Duncan's JB/Jazz pickups and Ibanez pickups, my life changes. The Ibanez pickups are very close to Di'marzio I think and they are very organic and dinamic to play since death metal to soft rock or even pop. (I don't like pop by the way). That is amazing, wide range of music gengers with the same guitar pickups.But my favorites ones are SD, I love it some much. Thats the reason why I decide to try it's active pickups. Blackouts are Awesome, one of the best pickups I'd ever had. Good clean, Good distortion, very warm, very organic a high output. I'm installed it on a Epi Explorer Goth (Korean Made on 2005, very close to gibson sound, not like the chinese new ones that are very amateur). I have some fear to lose the gibson characteristic sound. But with these pickupts the guitar preserves it's sound and improve it at the same time.

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