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The Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker 4 conducter pickup uses a completely balanced coil configuration to produce great harmonics and a high output with just the right blend of sustain and distortion. With the Seymour Duncan Humbucker you get the best of both worlds: from sweet warm tones to raw rock-and-roll.

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Seymour DuncanSH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 122 reviews)

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    (109)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (11)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Functional (7)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

great all around sound

I recently picked up an older made in Taiwan Yamaha pac412 for less than a hundred at a the pawn shop. the hardware was very solid quality the guitar was beautiful. Neck is...Read complete review

I recently picked up an older made in Taiwan Yamaha pac412 for less than a hundred at a the pawn shop. the hardware was very solid quality the guitar was beautiful. Neck is straight, tuners, frets and bridge all work great and after I set it up the action was spot on, but the pick-ups were weak. I was very happy with it cuz I just wanted a beater that played well enough so that I didn't have to keep getting out the expensive guitar USA made JTV59 when the grand kids are here. Kids can turn an expensive toy into a broken dream in seconds. I have always had a few guitars around, but when I retired and moved into a smaller place I've sold them all or given to the kids except for the JTV. I still have boxes full of pickups and parts so I decided to upgrade the sound on this guitar. At first I just put an old Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge and it made such a difference that I wanted to get a Lil'59 for the neck and put a JB in the bridge like I used to do with my LP's. I came on musiciansfriend just looking for a push/pull pot and found out I could get the Lil'59 and the JB in white so I called up and asked about it and the sales person was so great he offered me fifteen percent off my whole order for a Black Friday deal even though it was a week before Black Friday, so I ordered both pickups and a few other little things just to take advantage of the fifteen percent deal. The pickup fit perfectly so I wouldn't have to cut the pickguard and the wiring options still let me use the coil splitting. once I got the JB in the bridge and a fender tex-mex in the middle I was set to go, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would sound. The JB blew my mind so warm and still powerful to scream and when mixed with the middle it has this amazing tele kick to it and when I split it, it sounds nice and clean like an expensive strat. With everything I put into this guitar it still cost less than two fifty and a couple ppl at church think I spent well over a grand cuz it now became my choir guitar because its so light and easy to play and sounds beautiful with the Lil'59 and JB. I've been playing everyday again because of this guitar and Lil'59 and the JB cuz when I leave church I can go home and jam out some Priest or Pantera. People if you want a great humbucking pickup for a variety of music get a Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB. You can coil tap so you can take a 5-way selector and turn it into a 9-way selection so you can go from church choir clean to an Iron Maiden scream. and buy at musiciansfriend they really know how to take care of you.

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Very Disappointed

I read that his is the most popular humbucker in the aftermarket world. For the life of me I cannot figure out why. Years ago I started replacing the pickups in my guitars....Read complete review

I read that his is the most popular humbucker in the aftermarket world. For the life of me I cannot figure out why. Years ago I started replacing the pickups in my guitars. One of the first I got was the SD JB for its legendary status. It was a improvement over the cheap stock pickup that it replaced. It was very clear and subtly responsive. I was playing it through an all tube Fender combo, a JCM 800 and a Carvin V3 half stack. In all the instances it was cold and harsh, with a brittle high end. I adjusted everything I could and though it improved it was still a very cold brittle sound. I may be crucified for daring to say that the Legendary JB is unpleasantly harsh pickup. I sold it. Then I got another and put it in a Les Paul. Same problem. Cold, harsh a brittle. Some may love this one, I know a lot of pros use it but its just not for me. I think it sounds awful.

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2.0

Very Disappointed

By 

from Washington

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Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Tone

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

      I read that his is the most popular humbucker in the aftermarket world. For the life of me I cannot figure out why. Years ago I started replacing the pickups in my guitars. One of the first I got was the SD JB for its legendary status. It was a improvement over the cheap stock pickup that it replaced. It was very clear and subtly responsive. I was playing it through an all tube Fender combo, a JCM 800 and a Carvin V3 half stack. In all the instances it was cold and harsh, with a brittle high end. I adjusted everything I could and though it improved it was still a very cold brittle sound. I may be crucified for daring to say that the Legendary JB is unpleasantly harsh pickup. I sold it. Then I got another and put it in a Les Paul. Same problem. Cold, harsh a brittle. Some may love this one, I know a lot of pros use it but its just not for me. I think it sounds awful.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      More Versatile than Expected

      By 

      from Detroit Michigan

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      Pros

      • Articulate
      • Bb King To Metallica
      • Beautiful Clean Tones
      • Heavy Overdrive Tone
      • Pushed Mids
      • Raunchy
      • Rock And Roll
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Improves A Cheap Guitar
      • Improves Expensive Guitar
      • Live
      • Recording
      • Tone Shaping

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

      What can you say about the JB that hasn't been said? I've played guitar for years but never ran into a JB until recently. I was missing out! This thing sounds amazing, and it's so versatile. It does beautiful warm clean tones with clarity on the top end. And it does heavy distorted rock and roll and metal too. Un-believable. This is the best all around pick up I've ever heard. It does push your amp into over drive, but it's not too powerful. The power is completly controlable. I guess that's why it's the Jeff Beck Model, because it really does it all! The overdrive tone can be bright and searing, or dark and moody. The cleans can be bright and snappy, or warm and silky. It does Van Halen, Metallica, and Clapton, and Page also. Amazing! If you don't have one your're missing out. Don't be like me and wait so long for one of the best pick ups ever created. Buy it!!! This is the sound on so many classic records you can't count them on all your digits. This is the pick up that started a revolution, and helped to usher in what we know know as the sound of the modern rock guitar. This pick up and the Dimarzio Super Distortion are hallmarks of rock and roll. Don't miss out!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Glad to have, Very pleased with purchase

      By 

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

        I have a ESP LTD AX-50, did my research & my humbuckers work great! Changed my guitar's sound for the better! Couldn't be more pleased, Highly recommended for the rosewood fingerboard, maple neck and basswood body guitars. My setup: ESP LTD AX-50 guitar, Peavey Vyper VIP 3 100 watt amp, Elixir nanoweb heavy gauge guitar strings. I play jazz, rock, alternative rock, emo & indie music.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a nice upgrade

        By 

        from Alsip, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

        bought this pickup for better kurt cobain tones in my jagstang and now its a WHOLE NEW BEAST of a sexy guitar. instructions weren't what i was looking for but that's why we have the internet.

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        5.0

        The King Of Humbuckers.

        By 

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

          This pickup is incredible. I put the JB in my Squier Jagmaster, and wow....You would swear that the Jagmaster was a Fender. The pickup did above and beyond for the tone of the guitar, and gave it such a voice. I play lead/rhythm guitar for my band and it gives you chugs, gain, sustain, grit, and clarity for days. If you have a cheaper guitar and want to make it sound great, I highly recommend this pick up....If you have an expensive guitar and want it to sound better, I still recommend this pick up. Great for cleans, rock, alternative, heavy metal, jazz.....it covers all the bases....

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ultra Dynamic Pickup

          By 

          from Wellington FL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Dynamic
          • Extreme Clarity
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

              This pickup has extreme clarity with a significant low end punch and it has the capability of picking up every nuance producing great harmonics. This may be the best pickup in any guitar I have ever played. For this price you can't go wrong. It is dynamic enough to shred all by itself no matter what kind of music you play. Super high output for a very low price. Can't go wrong with this one! A must have...

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing

              By 

              from Southern California

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              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                  The Jazz-Blues, or Jeff Beck or whatever you want to call it, kicks. I matched this up with The Jazz pick-up on my ES-175. Looking for a blues, jazz, fusion sound and that's what I got.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great all around sound

                  By 

                  from Hastings, MN

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                    I recently picked up an older made in Taiwan Yamaha pac412 for less than a hundred at a the pawn shop. the hardware was very solid quality the guitar was beautiful. Neck is straight, tuners, frets and bridge all work great and after I set it up the action was spot on, but the pick-ups were weak. I was very happy with it cuz I just wanted a beater that played well enough so that I didn't have to keep getting out the expensive guitar USA made JTV59 when the grand kids are here. Kids can turn an expensive toy into a broken dream in seconds. I have always had a few guitars around, but when I retired and moved into a smaller place I've sold them all or given to the kids except for the JTV. I still have boxes full of pickups and parts so I decided to upgrade the sound on this guitar. At first I just put an old Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge and it made such a difference that I wanted to get a Lil'59 for the neck and put a JB in the bridge like I used to do with my LP's. I came on musiciansfriend just looking for a push/pull pot and found out I could get the Lil'59 and the JB in white so I called up and asked about it and the sales person was so great he offered me fifteen percent off my whole order for a Black Friday deal even though it was a week before Black Friday, so I ordered both pickups and a few other little things just to take advantage of the fifteen percent deal. The pickup fit perfectly so I wouldn't have to cut the pickguard and the wiring options still let me use the coil splitting. once I got the JB in the bridge and a fender tex-mex in the middle I was set to go, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would sound. The JB blew my mind so warm and still powerful to scream and when mixed with the middle it has this amazing tele kick to it and when I split it, it sounds nice and clean like an expensive strat. With everything I put into this guitar it still cost less than two fifty and a couple ppl at church think I spent well over a grand cuz it now became my choir guitar because its so light and easy to play and sounds beautiful with the Lil'59 and JB. I've been playing everyday again because of this guitar and Lil'59 and the JB cuz when I leave church I can go home and jam out some Priest or Pantera. People if you want a great humbucking pickup for a variety of music get a Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB. You can coil tap so you can take a 5-way selector and turn it into a 9-way selection so you can go from church choir clean to an Iron Maiden scream. and buy at musiciansfriend they really know how to take care of you.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This pickup rulles.

                    By 

                    from North Carolina.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Great tone
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Gigging
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                    I installed these in my Michael Kelly Patriot, and oh boy, this pickup is AWESOME. I already had some pretty fat tone, but I wasnt getting the distortion, or the mids that I needed from my PAF's. I put this guy in the bridge and I have fallen in love with my guitar AGAIN. Great pickup.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    FIRST SD's and IMPRESSED

                    By 

                    from OREGON

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                    Pros

                    • Buttery
                    • Fat
                    • Sustain
                    • Tube Driven Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup:

                      Scored a Schecter Artist III with these pups in it. Already have a Schecter Hellraiser Deluxe with active EMG 81-85's, and a Fender Super Tele. So these are really a great contrast. They sustain for DAAAYS, and have a great warm tone that really drives. High strings sing with chording. Only critique would be a slight lack in "snappy" low string juggles to single string triplety riffs in the high frequencies - and they look a tad cheap - but, the overall bar chords more than make up for that. Very vintage and doomy in sound. The balance in mids is rediculous - and I am not a mids guy. In the neck position the "butter" is also very clear in nature, and just when you thought the warmth was good enough you switched to the neck pickup for great runs that don't require a palm mute to kill the bleed. I play drop C which matters for this review. Came pretty low, but I found the sweet spot as far as height. First Seymour's I've played, and now am really curious about this brand...

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