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Seymour Duncan SH-5 Duncan Custom Guitar Pickup   

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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 26 reviews)

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    (25)

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  • Improves sound (6)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

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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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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

Great replacement pickup!

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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

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    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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      5.0

      Not for the faint at heart!

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      from New York

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          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

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          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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          5.0

          Play metal but need versatility?

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          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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            from Neuschwabenland, AO

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                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.
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                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!!!!!

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                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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                5.0

                what a difference...

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                from atlanta ga

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

                This is a great pick up. I bought this from MF based on reviews from other users. I installed it on a Schecter C1+, but wired it standard with no coil split in the bridge position. I play through an Egnater 30 watt tube combo, and this pickup has really made this guitar. the cleans are excellent, but where this shines (in my opinion) is on the gain channel. I have a Fulltone Fulldrive in the signal chain, and am finding that it is not needed as much. very pleased with the tone!

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                5.0

                TONE!!!!!!

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                from Missoula, MT

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

                I recently put this pickup in my Ibanez Iceman and i was really blown away. The stock pickups in the Iceman were very limited as far as tone was concerned. They could only do distortion (very trebly distortion at that). The SH-5 has an amazing clean sound as well as distorted. I also play in drop C tuning, and the lows sound very tight. Not mushy at all. I have this pickup paired with a SH-2n in the neck, and they really work well together. Very art rock/metal sound (like Tool)

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