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Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup  Neck

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Sounds as powerful as it looks.

The combination of 3 large ceramic magnets, hot coils, and 12 black oxide cap screws give the awesome Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup bolts of volts for an electrifying force of energy. The wide magnetic field pumps power into your amp with unique brightness and a totally new sound. Black. Seymour Duncan includes a 4-conductor cable with the SH-8 pickup.


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Seymour DuncanSH-8 Invader Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 174 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (145)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (10)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • High output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Metal (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great neck complement for bridge version

The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being...Read complete review

The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being overdriven/distorted, they are truly an amazing feat of electronics. They retain individual note clarity and chord clarity even at the highest levels of gain. I usually use them in my custom B.C. Rich JR V with a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone through a combination of a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini-stack and Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps get equal input. Install is very simple if you use the included instructions, or easily customizable for advanced technicians/luthiers or people who have good general electronics knowledge. Truly amazing alternative to active pickups. All the benefits (clarity, high output, etc.) with no batteries or complex installations. Great product.

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Eh

2 of these came on my Jackson KE-3 Kelly. It's the only thing I don't like about my guitar. They're loud as hell, but have really high gain, which is good...Read complete review

2 of these came on my Jackson KE-3 Kelly. It's the only thing I don't like about my guitar. They're loud as hell, but have really high gain, which is good sometimes. It picks up a lot of backround noise, and if you hit the body you get a really hollow sounding ring. It sucks for recording. If you get these I suggest you invest in a noise gate.

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst pickups I have ever used.

By 

from PORTLAND

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Great Paper Weight

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Paper Weight

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

If u play metal don't waste your time with these. They are super weak and sound horrible turned up. Real thin sounding. Noisy. Hands down the best metal pup out there and the one I ALWAYS go back to is the lace alumitone deathbucker/deathbar. The death bars have the most defined harmonics of any pickup. They are passive but loud like actives. But they are completely silent. Tons of EQ all across the board. Super tight lows. Very defined. U can hear every note separate in a chord. They are so heavy sounding yet so clear. There is a reason they are one hundred and twenty bones . Worth every penny. Check the reviews and samples on jewtube. Anyone who is an experienced player in metal would never use these invaders. They are garbage. Worst pup Duncan has ever made. Trust me.

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5.0

Nice Replacement

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from Boise

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Metal

Cons

  • Treb Not As Good As Rev's

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

Used this pickup to replace a stock pickup on a cheap Dean and couldn't be happier. The wiring was a bit tricky for me cause it was my first time. But the diagram that came with it was definately helpful. It doesn't have quite as much treble as some of the reviews say in my opinion. But you'll be happy none the less, cause it does sound pretty good. I feel it's a bit pricey for what it is. 60 dol would probably be more in tune with it's performance. I wouldn't use this pickup to replace emgs or something I got on a guitar worth 400 dol and up. Odds are your pickups on a 300 dol guitar are comparable.

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5.0

Great and solid power

By 

from Tyler, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

      I put this pickup as well as the neck version in a very inexpensive Jackson Kelly guitar and the improvement is astounding. Seymour Duncan is known as the best balanced sound you can get. These provide a lot of power for a passive pickup so I backed the position lower than usual and there is no line distortion (can't think of the correct term) what so ever.

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      5.0

      SH-8 Invader Pickup

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      from Milwaukee area. Wisconsin.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • None
      • No Problems

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

      I put the invader in the bridge of an RG350 maple neck.
      It opened up a whole can of Kaboom.
      Just what is needed to play metal Rhythm.
      Amps ( Marshal, Peavy, Ibanez ,Mesa. ).

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      5.0

      Amazing!

      By 

      from Oklahoma City

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Amazing Tone
      • Silent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

        This is truly a great pickup that exudes versatility. For my purposes both live and in the studio, it takes the place of my Strat's bridge pickup for a tone that has enough low end and punch to provide great palm muting and rhythm guitar while at the same time giving you the character and tone for lead parts. Versatile, and completely SILENT. That buzz that you get with a lot of pickups when you add the slightest amount of distortion doesn't exist with the Invader. It's a steal and worth the time an money, and this was my third Invader to date, it's going in every Strat I buy. One thing I wouldn't recommend: putting this one in a Gibson probably wouldn't bode as well as it does with a Fender.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great neck complement for bridge version

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        from Stafford, VA

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        Pros

        • Easy install
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • High output
        • Improves Sound
        • Tonal Clarity

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Blues
          • Concerts
          • Metal
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

          The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being overdriven/distorted, they are truly an amazing feat of electronics. They retain individual note clarity and chord clarity even at the highest levels of gain. I usually use them in my custom B.C. Rich JR V with a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone through a combination of a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini-stack and Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps get equal input. Install is very simple if you use the included instructions, or easily customizable for advanced technicians/luthiers or people who have good general electronics knowledge. Truly amazing alternative to active pickups. All the benefits (clarity, high output, etc.) with no batteries or complex installations. Great product.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing output for a passive pickup

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          from Stafford, VA

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          Pros

          • Clear Tone
          • Easy to install
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • High output
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Alternative
            • Concerts
            • Metal
            • Practicing
            • Punk
            • Recording
            • Rock

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

            The Invader pickups (both bridge and neck) are amazingly powerful for passive pickups while retaining clarity for both individual strings and very good clean tones. Using them for their intended purpose of being overdriven/distorted, they are truly an amazing feat of electronics. They retain individual note clarity and chord clarity even at the highest levels of gain. I usually use them in my custom B.C. Rich JR V with a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone through a combination of a Marshall Zakk Wylde mini-stack and Fender Roc-Pro 1000 combo using a signal splitter so both amps get equal input. Install is very simple if you use the included instructions, or easily customizable for advanced technicians/luthiers or people who have good general electronics knowledge. Truly amazing alternative to active pickups. All the benefits (clarity, high output, etc.) with no batteries or complex installations. Great product.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            buy it try it

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            from fort stockton TX

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

                it a grate pick up, good crunch a nice kick for fast riffing,i installed it in my ESP m-100FM guitar never sounded so good. :D \m/

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                (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                a baby amp cant handle it!!

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                from Ramer, TN

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                Pros

                • Crushing Tones
                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Heavy
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • None at all

                Best Uses

                • Crushing Souls

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

                when i got my les paul black beauty, the pickups were like, 57 classics er something. they sucked. even with this fender amp i had. i thought maybe it was the amp, so i bought a randall half and it still sounded too light. so i invested in these and now my floor shakes in D-tuneing. the seymore duncan sh-8 is what you need. they have so much out put that if you have a practice amp, and played these pickups through it, it would probly start smokeing and catch on fire. get them

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                (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Lava? Magma? Interior of the Sun?

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                from Hollywood, ca

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                Pros

                • Distortion

                Cons

                • Distortion

                Best Uses

                • Conquest
                • Domination

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

                This pickup is loved and hated for the same reason: DISTORTION!!! If you're into a clean sound you will not like this pickup since it overdrives an amp's clean channel. Its sound is imposing; it is not subtle and not for the timid. But if you're into distortion, read on.

                I installed a bridge Invader into the bridge position of "Stunt Guitar", an HH Strat with the modern non-locking tremolo. It's output is nearly twice that of the factory pickup. This pickup is perfectly suited for Stunt Guitar, whose primary purpose is face-melting improvisational dive-bombing feedback solos.

                It's designed for modern styles that require loads of crunch, and in that aspect is quite versatile when used in conjunction with the tone control. Any sound from 70s era King Crimson to Blink 182 is possible using only guitar and amp - the Pedalboard of Doom has five distortion pedals ranging from mild to extreme, though I rarely use them with this guitar.

                Surprisingly, when the Invader is used with the neck pickup and the tone controls are set fully opposite of each other, Stunt Guitar nails Randy Rhodes' Crazy Train tone - pleasantly nasal, mid-rangey without the clucky sound which is characteristic of using both pickups together.

                I'm tempted to find a neck Invader (the impedance and resonant frequencies are different than the bridge model) to see how much more lethal Stunt Guitar can become. As befitting of its output, the Invader gets a six-star rating from me.

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