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Bring new life to your guitar with the Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set. SH-2 Jazz model at the neck and SH-4 model at the bridge....Read More

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      Seymour's favorite humbucker set. Great for everything from blues/rock to metal.

      Bring new life to your guitar with the Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set. SH-2 Jazz model at the neck and SH-4 model at the bridge.

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      Seymour DuncanHot Rodded Humbucker Set
       
      4.9

      (based on 95 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (86)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 3 Stars

         

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      • 2 Stars

         

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      90%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Improves sound (19)
      • Good quality (15)
      • Functional (11)
      • Easy to use (9)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts (10)
      • Practicing (10)
      • Back-up (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Duncan Hot Rodded Set

      These are my first duncans but im going to definately get more for my other les pauls. Great buy, sound, and build.
      these pickups are excellent in the ease of installation...Read complete review

      These are my first duncans but im going to definately get more for my other les pauls. Great buy, sound, and build.
      these pickups are excellent in the ease of installation aspect. 5 wire leads along with the wiring diagram was pretty sweet, and if you are into having a lot of variation, the duncan website features a huge archive of wiring diagrams for virtually any configuration.
      I only wish they included covers on the pickups.
      Duncan pickups are some of the best pickups for a mahogany bodied guitar. I prefer them to gibson pickups just do the the supported midtones. I replaced the stock gibson pickups in my les paul and it really boosted my favorite aspects of the guitar; it had plenty of bass naturally but boosted the mids and highs.
      I wouldn't reccommend them for a basswood or alder body though, dimarzios are a bit better choice.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Quit Reading, go buy them!

      It almost isnt fair: When you buy an inexpensive guitar, you are supposed to suffer the consequences. Supposed to, unless you decide to buy these pickups. I bought an epiphone les paul...Read complete review

      It almost isnt fair: When you buy an inexpensive guitar, you are supposed to suffer the consequences. Supposed to, unless you decide to buy these pickups. I bought an epiphone les paul studio. Nice looking guitar, good quality, but the sound was lacking. It is like a whole new guitar. I play rhythm guitar, so I am on the neck pickup most of the time. It has a great little snarl at a lower volume, and if you turn it up, you are going to get that great bluesy tone that you are probably lacking. The bridge pickup is where I really notice the difference. I was running through a hybrid blues scale up and down the neck and thought something magical must have happened. The bite this guitar now has is out of this world. Now I have a great sounding, great looking guitar, that I am happy to gig with, and not worried some drunken idiot is going to knock something into it (like what happened to my buddies Gibson)

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      5.0

      You need at least one guitar with these pickups!

      By ASH

      from FL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anything

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

        Great sound. Go to YouTube and listen to demos.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again.

        By The Wizard

        from Indiana

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • High Quality
        • No Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

        Very smooth Tonality

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for me

        By 3-Instrument Musician

        from Pittsburgh, PA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

            I play in a number of bands, with genres ranging from jazz to metal, and these handle almost any job you can throw at them. I say almost because they do fall a bit short when it comes to playing those big, chunky rhythms that make metal what it is, but they do a great job when it comes to leads. The neck pickup really kills it in regard to jazz, where its warmth really livens up those dissonant extended chords that the genre is known for, and it handles low-gain stuff like blues pretty well. Doesn't sound too great on high gain. The bridge pickup is incredibly versatile, and provides an incredible amount of clarity that really punches through for use as anything from the purest clean lead to crazy high-gain metal leads. I also have them wired to do coil splits, which really improves the versatility of my guitar.

            If you're a big metal-head, these aren't right for you, but if you play anything else (especially prog, blues, jazz, or classic rock) then these are everything you need.

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            5.0

            Awesome pups!

            By Bro

            from Little rock, ar

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Live shows
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

              These pickups have such a clear bright sound and can be toned down when you need to. Definitely a great buy!

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              5.0

              A GREAT SET OF PICKUPS

              By Thump 54

              from Waukegan,IL

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                  I brought these pickups for a much needed upgrade for my Epiphone Les Paul Studio along with an upgraded wiring harness. These were easy to install and they sure improved my sound in every conceivable way. They can be sweet,they can crunch and everywhere in between and they are quiet Personally I found these less harsh than the DiMarzio's I have had in the past. These just have a certain sweetness to them. I'm really happy with these.

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                  5.0

                  Yup... Super-Duper Set of Pup's!!!

                  By Sonny6String

                  from schenectady, ny

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Great tone
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Classic To Modren Rock
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                    I bought a PRS Single Cut in '09, nice guitar but the stock pup's were lacking... tried the Gibson '57/'57+ set in it but didn't care for it all that much, not bad just not hot enough when needed, so i replaced them with a SD JB/Jazz set and that did the trick.

                    Now i have the extra gain when needed, they clean up nicely with the volume knob and have that full body chug-a-chug-a thing going on that moves the air coming out of my amp/cabinet when playing rhythm and the solo tones are perfect, great sustain that breaks up into harmonic overtones nicely... please stand back or you may get hurt!

                    I've been playing electric guitar since the early 80's, don't know why i waited so long to try Seymours favorite set, tried the Distortion, Hot Rails, Lynch SD pup's and they all sounded good, but somehow to my ears this set is a heaven sent.

                    Hope this helped in the Great Tone Quest!
                    :)

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                    5.0

                    Great sounding and versatile

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                    By Billy Blutone

                    from Poughkeepsie, NY

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                      I purchased this matched set to upgrade an Epiphone Les Paul Std. The stock pickups were muddy in the 200-400Hz range, and lacked top end sizzle. Bridge and Neck sounded lousy by themselves - only the center position was accepable to me. Even then I had to use an EQ pedal in front of my amp to get a good tone.

                      I considered Gibson USA pups, and listened online to samples from Gibson and Seymore Duncan. The Seymore's sounded just as good (online) and were priced better.

                      These pups are MUCH clearer than the originals while still delivering the fat humbucker "bark". The matched set was a bonus, as I would have chosen these two models anyway. I also installed two push-pull pots to take advantage of coil-splitting, and replaced the stock caps with .022 Orange Drops. The difference is amazing! I have greater clarity and definition, and the pups sound fantastic together or separately. Splitting coils just allows the guitar to be that much more versatile. I highly recommend this upgrade to those considering upgrading from the stock Epiphone pickups.

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                      5.0

                      The perfect set of Humbuckers

                      By Rich W

                      from Upstate NY

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                      Pros

                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                      • None

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                        Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                        This set of humbuckers is my go to set for any LP style guitar. The neck is clear and articulate and never gets muddy, yet it is not too bright. The Bridge is meaty and powerful, yet doesn't get overbearing and you can still dial in some spank.

                        They are a very rich set of pickups that bring out the best in your instrument. A lot of tonal nuance there. They are also perfectly balanced to each other so all settings on the switch give you what you need.

                        I recommend wiring the neck with a .22 cap and the bridge with a .47 cap with 500K pots for volume and tone.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent tone

                        By BlackBelt

                        from Memphis TN

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

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                            Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                            I bought these to replace the stock pickups in my Gibson Studio Les Paul. The Gibsons were just too dark sounding for my tastes. I have used these pickups as replacements in other guitars in the past and have always been happy with their tone. I play a variety of music, from country to rock to metal...and these pickups are able to articulate the tones I need for each genre of music. There are so many types and manufacturers of pickups out there that it can be hard to know what to get, but this particular setup is a pro-quality set that will improve any guitars sound.

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                            (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Didn't work for me

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                            By Rich

                            from Denver, CO

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                            Comments about Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set:

                            First there's the little annoying things like the slotted screws for the pup height adjustment they use on all their models (I've bought anyway). Why slotted screws I have no idea, it's easy to slip and gouge something. Phillips head is the only screw I want near my pride and joy.

                            And there's the mess of wax any time you touch it anywhere. And poor wiring that is so tiny you can't strip it without ripping it. And the wire color inconsistencies in their diagrams, fortunately I can figure it out myself.

                            The reasons these didn't work out, the neck pup wouldn't fit because the pole screws are too long, making it impossible to lower the pup to the right height. I would have had to drill into the freshly set neck to make room and I'm not doing that for a pickup.

                            Then the bridge pup had a bad hum I couldn't fix, it was a defect internal to the pup but there's a lot of possibilities you have to rule out in the process, which took a lot of my time. I put the original pup back in, works fine.

                            This isn't the first time I've had problems with S-D pups. I've never had issues with DiMarzio so they get my business from here on out. But don't take my Hot Rail away from me, I love that one!

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