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Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup  White Bridge

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The Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rail Stacked Single Coil Pickup is one of the highest output pickups made. It's a humbucker that fits into a normal single-coil pickup slot, so you get noise canceling without cutting a large hole in your guitar. The 2 thin blades with powerful coil windings give you the incredible sustain and fat, full sound that's needed for playing heavier rock music. This Seymour Duncan SHR-1 pickup responds to the subtlest finger movements.



One of the highest output pickups made.


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Seymour DuncanSHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 136 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (9)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

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  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
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Every strat needs one!

Completely transforms your Strat, I put one in the bridge position and it's amazing. It sounds like a humbucker in all it's glory, but still has a little Strat to it. Quiet as...Read complete review

Completely transforms your Strat, I put one in the bridge position and it's amazing. It sounds like a humbucker in all it's glory, but still has a little Strat to it. Quiet as a mouse though, even in extreme high-gain settings. I'm not a big SD guy but this pickup is a must-have.

I also installed a mini-toggle switch to go from humbucker to single coil on the hot rail, and series/paralell in other switch positions. Seymour shows you how in the diagram. It's worth the trouble. I don't like push-pull knobs but you can do it that way too.

Important to note, it's in the back of the instructions if you are mixing SD pups with other brands, then you may have to reverse the black and green wires from the diagram to get them in phase. If they sound real thin and nasal, switch to the black or green wire as the hot wire, whatever the reverse of what you have is.

Put a couple DiMarzio 'area' pups in the other slots and this thing is loaded for bar. Fearlessly crank it up with a lot of overdrive, tube screamer, the whole nine yards and it won't make any noise, just music.

Wish they had these 40 years ago, we had terrible power boxes, flourescent lighting, aluminum wiring, dimmers, all kinds of horrors faced us at gigs and when we cranked up our amps it sounded like the generators at Hoover Dam firing up! But this and the DiMarzio "area" pups fix this for good.

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One trick pony

I used the SHR-1 (neck version) in the neck position of my Fender Strat (alder body, rosewood fingerboard, 500k pots). First let's talk about the clean sound. It's very dark...Read complete review

I used the SHR-1 (neck version) in the neck position of my Fender Strat (alder body, rosewood fingerboard, 500k pots). First let's talk about the clean sound. It's very dark and muddy. Lacks versatility. Don't expect any sparkle out of it. I can't say the tone is poor - it's just limited. Paradoxically, SHR-1's character ecouraged me to use my guitar's clean sound in an interesting, unconventional way. Great discovery, but surely accessible with other pickups as well. So no nice & beautiful clean chords or single notes. Let's go to the distorted sound. That's what the pickup was made for. Very usable for hard rock/metal rhythms and solos. But again, dark and muddy. That's OK with heavy music but if it could get a bit brighter I would be happier. Remember, I used it with 500k pots and it was still dark. If you use it with 250k pots (standard single coil pickups guitar's pots) the sound is even darker. This pickup will please you only if you play mostly heavy music and don't need bright clean sound. Or if you look for something untypical, but this will bore you very soon. Coil splitting doesn't work good in this pickup - it was too quiet. All in all, if you need versatility the SHR-1 is not for you. If you play metal I think you'll like it. I replaced SHR-1n with SSL-7 Quarter Pound, very good choice in my opinion (powerful single coil pickup).

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5.0

Installed in Fender Strat Bridge. Kept other 2 Fenders pups

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from Buffalo, NY

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Confusing to install at first.

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

I bought this for my Fender MIM Stratocaster. I wanted a Humbucker in the bridge position and I wanted to keep the Fender single coils in the middle and neck position. At first, I was confused by the wiring as to whether or not to switch certain wires since forums seemed to contradict themselves. I did the switch and it worked out great. For anyone looking for the simple installation instructions for a situation like mine:

Solder and tape the Duncan Red and White wires together.
Solder Black and Gold (bare) wire to the ground
Solder Green wire to the pickup selector switch.

Note that other guitars and setups will wire like the diagram. This worked out very well for me to create a versatile guitar that with both humbucker and single coil without having to purchase another guitar.

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5.0

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Very happy with the product

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5.0

Awesome!

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Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

So I do a lot of pickup testing instead of reading about them...I find this is the only real way to see if you like something and if it will fit into your setup. I play both les Paul's and Strats but only use marshall and Orange amp heads for recording. Every now and then I have a need for a Strat tone when recording. I have purchased every set of high end boutique single coil Strat pickups you can think of and I keep taking them back out and putting in the Duncan rails! I just can't take the single coil buzz when recording. I have an American Vintage 70s swamp ash Strat that has the hot rail in the bridge, the vintage rail in the middle and the cool rail in the neck and this has become my go to Strat when recording. I also keep another American Deluxe Strat handy, loaded with straight vintage rails in all three positions. It's simple....if you want great Strat tone that a bit more aggressive and without the buzz then buy the hot rail for the bridge and the cool rail for the neck. If you want a more natural Strat tone that's a bit more vintage and authentic sounding then get the vintage rails and put them in whatever positions you want the more vintage sounding tone. Regardless, you absolutely can not go wrong with the Duncan rails. Like I said, at first there was no way I was going to put rail pickups in a 2000.00 stratocaster. I thought that might be a joke....boy was I wrong!

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5.0

Best SCHB on the market

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from VA

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

      This is the very best single coil humbucker available. Fat, smooth sound with great sustain. I have this PU in most of my strats.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply Outstanding Sound

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      from Marina Del Rey, CA

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

        Thia pickup is amazing. It does take some skill to install as soldering is required and basic wire diagram reading skills but my guitar sounds monster now. One inexpensive Squier Strat + SHR1 Hot Rail = one awesome sounding guitar that easily stacks up against much more expensive guitars in sound quality. Very pleased with this purchase!

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        5.0

        Highly rcommend!!

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        from Dallas, TX

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • Great Sound Attitude
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Back Ordered

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Blue Rock -alt Metal
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

        Great pickup with enough poise to strum it out, but enough bite to peel people's faces too. Very adaptable, and so far, I love it

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        5.0

        Nice high output in a small package

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        • Fits Strat Sized Spaces

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

            I'm putting this in the neck position of a guitar I'm building.

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            5.0

            great for distortion

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            from Boston, MA

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

            Cons

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                Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

                I put this in my 2012 American Strat bridge position. I was not satisfied with the single coil for heavier sounds. I put this in and my guitar is so much more versatile, I can get the great clean sounds from the 2 single coils and awesome distortion from the hot rails in the bridge.

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                5.0

                Every strat needs one!

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Eliminates Hum
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Harder Rock And Roll

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

                  Completely transforms your Strat, I put one in the bridge position and it's amazing. It sounds like a humbucker in all it's glory, but still has a little Strat to it. Quiet as a mouse though, even in extreme high-gain settings. I'm not a big SD guy but this pickup is a must-have.

                  I also installed a mini-toggle switch to go from humbucker to single coil on the hot rail, and series/paralell in other switch positions. Seymour shows you how in the diagram. It's worth the trouble. I don't like push-pull knobs but you can do it that way too.

                  Important to note, it's in the back of the instructions if you are mixing SD pups with other brands, then you may have to reverse the black and green wires from the diagram to get them in phase. If they sound real thin and nasal, switch to the black or green wire as the hot wire, whatever the reverse of what you have is.

                  Put a couple DiMarzio 'area' pups in the other slots and this thing is loaded for bar. Fearlessly crank it up with a lot of overdrive, tube screamer, the whole nine yards and it won't make any noise, just music.

                  Wish they had these 40 years ago, we had terrible power boxes, flourescent lighting, aluminum wiring, dimmers, all kinds of horrors faced us at gigs and when we cranked up our amps it sounded like the generators at Hoover Dam firing up! But this and the DiMarzio "area" pups fix this for good.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing!

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                  from Belton, TX

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rails Single-Coil Sized Humbucker Pickup:

                    I'm bringing a squier strat to life by ripping it apart and making it pretty with new parts, new pickups, and such. The first thing I decided to do was put rail pickups on the guitar. (Cool Rails in the neck, VIntage Rails in the middle, Hot Rails in the bridge.)
                    The sheer power coming out of this pickup is astounding. Pieces like these put other companies to shame. It is very articulate, very powerful, and the casing looks very sleek. i'm now a proud owner of a set of Seymour Duncan Rails pickups.

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