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Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup  Black

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Beef up the sound of the Patent Applied For pickup and you get a hard-driving, kicking sound with just the right balance of power, sustain, and disto...Read More

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Beef up the sound of the Patent Applied For pickup and you get a hard-driving, kicking sound with just the right balance of power, sustain, and distortion. This pickup cuts through with a distinctive high end and midrange attack. Recommended for bridge position. 4-conductor cable.

One of the most sought-after pickups in the world.

FEATURES
  • Hard-driving, kicking sound
  • Cuts with a distinctive high end and midrange attack
  • Best for bridge position
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Seymour DuncanSH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

TIght, crunchy, rock tone for days

I put this pickup in the bridge of my Petrucci JP6 Music Man after trying and hating the stock Dimarzio D-Sonic, a Tone Zone, a JB and a Suhr Aldrich and it transformed my...Read complete review

I put this pickup in the bridge of my Petrucci JP6 Music Man after trying and hating the stock Dimarzio D-Sonic, a Tone Zone, a JB and a Suhr Aldrich and it transformed my axe into a classic rock tone machine. Now I realize the JP6 is a shredder guitar but I wanted more of a classic, chunky full, tight rock feel because I play in a cover band that covers a lot of ground from classic rock to new stuff to chick music. This pickup can cover it all but especially excels at eighties hard rock and even a darker AC/DC. Tight, tight low end but not overwhelming. Emphasis on the dirty mids (think growl) and a clean, penetrating high that doesn't annoy the ear like a JB can in some instruments. Very, very responsive to volume changes. It also cleaned up the sound of my JP6 which, to be honest, felt sterile to me until I put this pickup in. For cleans it's so-so but I never use my bridge pickup for clean tones so it doesn't matter to me. If you like the JB vibe but the JB isn't working in your axe, give the Custom a try. You won't regret it. All of this is through a tube amp, by the way, so if you're using solid state results my differ.
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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good pickup for leads, no low end

I replaced my Gibson 498r bridge with this pickup and I did not like the sound. I use alot of low end crunch in my sound and the pickup could not bring out my...Read complete review

I replaced my Gibson 498r bridge with this pickup and I did not like the sound. I use alot of low end crunch in my sound and the pickup could not bring out my recto/progressive metal core sound on the lows to give it any balls. So, i put my 498r back in. But in all fairness, if you like alot of midrange sound with good clear highs and good sustain, this is the pickup for you. It just didn't work for me.

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5.0

Hard Edge With a Fat Crunch

By Randingo

from Corpus Christi, TX

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

    I swapped this with the Probucker in the bridge position on my Epi LP Standard, and I've been very impressed. It's an incredibly versatile pickup. I can crank the guitar volume and get aggressive, hot tones with a lot of edge. The pickup also has some really fat mid tones. It's fatter than I was expecting, but I'm not mad about it. On the contrary, I've grown to appreciate it. It really thickens up the metal songs I'm playing. I can also roll the volume control back and get some great classic rock and hard rock tones. It's a breeze going from AC/DC to Metallica and everything in between. Very clear sound for being so hot and fat. It works awesome with palm mutes. Also has great sustain. The clean tone isn't the greatest, but it's still quite good. It's a pretty fat clean tone, with a bit of "pop" to the notes, but it actually works pretty well. You can get some cool blues tones this way. I'm very satisfied overall, and if you like playing both hard rock and metal, this pickup can get you a lot of different tones easily.

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    5.0

    Oh Yeah Seymour Duncan Strikes Again!

    By Gitfiddle76

    from Detroit MI

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    Pros

    • Great cleans
    • Powerful
    • Tight Focused Overdrive
    • Tight Low End
    • Warm and Bright or Dark and Moody

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

      I dropped this guy into a Gibson SG and now it's a monster. The original pickups were good, but they lacked power and they were a bit on the dark side. I guess I'm just not a fan of weaker pickups. This thing; whoa! It's not as bright and glassy as the JB. It's also tighter and more focused too. The highs are nice and clean and clear but not piercing. And the low end thumps and is very defined. It's got the same EQ as a PAF but more power and definition. The mids are powerful enough to cut through but not too much (and I love me some mids). If the JB is making your ears bleed because it's too glassy and piercing try this guy on for size. Love it.

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      5.0

      Great replacement pickup!

      By Rob

      from Westchester, NY

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bridge

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

        Got this to replace the stock bridge pickup in a Jackson JS32. Wow what a difference. Turned the guitar into a beast! This pickup may not be as hot as a JB or some other pickups, but its still great for rock and metal. I would encourage you to consider this pickup if you are already thinking about a JB. Both great.

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        5.0

        Duncan SH-5 Pickup

        By Andy

        from Columbia,S.C.

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Live Or Studio

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

          Have used Duncan pickups for years. Always been happy with their sound. This pickup is best for that dark sounding guitar that needs a brighter edge.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Not for the faint at heart!

          By ThreeG

          from New York

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

              Love this pickup!!! Have it in my Les Paul, ESP EC and my Charvell SD. Aggressive enough for hard rock and metal, great tone for classic rock and blues. Does it all! I've been playing for over 20 years and would say that this is hands down the best pickup ever!! If you can't get it right with this thing.... It's probably you.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SH-5

              By loonybin-guitfiddle

              from New England

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Highs
              • Improved
              • Improves Sound
              • Mids
              • Sustain

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Classic Rock

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

              I have purchased an Epiphone Les Paul to offset my Strat and Tele and wasn't liking the sound until I installed the SH-5 on the bridge. What a difference!! Tons of crunch and sustain when I need it. Clean sounds awesomr too. Now I'm considering an SH-1 '59 on the neck because the stock one doesn't compare with the SD pickup. You'll love this in your copy LP or LP for that matter.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Play metal but need versatility?

              By kvltwalter

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Cleans Up Nicely
              • Good For Drop-tunings
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Classic Rock
                • Metalhard Rock

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

                I was in need of a high-output ceramic magnet pickup that could do more than just extreme metal to replace the stock pickups in my Epiphone SG, and this is the pickup that gave that to me. The SH-5 gives my guitar a burly, powerful and full-bodied sound that's perfect for hard rock and metal, but without the pulverizing output of some other ceramic magnet pickups. The low end is decent and the midrange is crunchy and delicious, and the highs shrill and shred. I tune down to C# standard and this pickup has by back on those low tunings. Plug your guitar into a fender and you'll notice that the pickup is just as adept at clean than it is with the distortion cranked. Awesome sustain too. Love this pickup!

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                5.0

                Tasty rock tones!

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                By BenJammin

                from Neuschwabenland, AO

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                Pros

                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

                    I've used this pickup in two of my Fender guitars, and I am very happy with the performance and tone.

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                    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    TIght, crunchy, rock tone for days

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

                    I put this pickup in the bridge of my Petrucci JP6 Music Man after trying and hating the stock Dimarzio D-Sonic, a Tone Zone, a JB and a Suhr Aldrich and it transformed my axe into a classic rock tone machine. Now I realize the JP6 is a shredder guitar but I wanted more of a classic, chunky full, tight rock feel because I play in a cover band that covers a lot of ground from classic rock to new stuff to chick music. This pickup can cover it all but especially excels at eighties hard rock and even a darker AC/DC. Tight, tight low end but not overwhelming. Emphasis on the dirty mids (think growl) and a clean, penetrating high that doesn't annoy the ear like a JB can in some instruments. Very, very responsive to volume changes. It also cleaned up the sound of my JP6 which, to be honest, felt sterile to me until I put this pickup in. For cleans it's so-so but I never use my bridge pickup for clean tones so it doesn't matter to me. If you like the JB vibe but the JB isn't working in your axe, give the Custom a try. You won't regret it. All of this is through a tube amp, by the way, so if you're using solid state results my differ.
                    Seymour Duncan rules
                    It should be illegal to sell this much tone for this much

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Pickup!!!!!

                    By MS864602722

                    from TEXAS

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup:

                    great sounding pickup for the price!!! really happy.
                    replaced my stock burstbuckers with a sh-4 jeff beck and had used one in another guitar but it wasn't quite right in this one. decided to go back to a ceramic magnet with the sh-5 and it sounds perfect now. really crisp rythm definition with no sacrifice for the lead sounds. tight but with good sustain. love it.

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