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Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker Black

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The Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackouts Metal Bridge Humbucker is an updated, redesigned, and re-launched version of LiveWires Metal humbucker with new p...Click To Read More About This Product

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A super high-output active pickup perfect for metal and heavy rock.

The Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackouts Metal Bridge Humbucker is an updated, redesigned, and re-launched version of LiveWires Metal humbucker with new preamp, new voicing, and ability to switch between output levels. This guitar pickup is perfect for all styles of metal, punk, garage, thrash, drop tunings, and heavy rock.

Blackouts Metal pickups are voiced for extreme heaviness. They are Seymour Duncan's highest output electric guitar pickups. Period. They have a screaming voice with amazing mid-range punch and they produce thick, dark chords, and hard-hitting leads. When you play extreme aggressive styles and you have to cut through above the other instruments in your band, Blackouts Metal pickups are the call.

There's only one version of Blackouts Metal, but you can dial up two very different output levels. In high-output mode, they're so extreme, so brutal, and so vicious, you might want to check with local law enforcement to make sure they're legal!

This Seymour Duncan pickup can be used in any humbucker-routed electric guitar. Includes 25K pots, stereo jack, battery clip, pin jumper, and other mounting hardware.

AHB-2b Blackouts Metals have a unique dual pin configuration on the underside of the pickup for two modes of output: loud and louder. With the same aggressive tonality in each mode, you now have a choice in output. With the jumper removed, you have a high output bridge humbucker pickup that's still compatible with a neck pickup or the clean channel on your amp. However, with the jumper in place, you unleash all the raw power, incredible output, and untamed aggression. The pins can also be wired to a mini-switch or push/pull, for an on board boost! Not splitable.

  • Active Humbucking Pickup
  • Voice for Extreme heaviness
  • Two different output levels
  • Fits any humbucker-routed electric guitar
  • Can also be wired to a mini-switch or push/pull
  • Black cover
  • Includes 25K pots, stereo jack, battery clip, pin jumper, and other mounting hardware

Get the extreme tone you want now.

  • Cable: 3-Con Shielded
  • DC Resistance: N/A
  • Resonant Peak (Bridge): 1.2 KHz
  • Magnet: Alnico V Bar
  • EQ: (B/M/T): 7/9/5
  • Output: High
  • User: Professional
  • Type: Humbucker

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Seymour DuncanAHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome METAL pickup

By metaldude63

from Oklahoma

Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker:

The tone, response, and clarity on this thing is amazing. It almost eliminates the need for pedals. The guitar tech in a local guitar shop played this pickup and an EMG 81, and this pickup won hands down. A lot of good treble without sounding harsh or nasally, and the low end was far more deep sounding than the 81. Ive found the perfect palm muting sound i always wanted. It is also fantastic in lead applications as well. It is very distinctive when playing single notes, and does arpeggios and finger tapping like a dream. It is extremely hot, so i would recommend this pickup only if you are going to be playing metal with it and nothing else. (P.S. To be truly heavy, have the jumper on when the pickup is installed, you can thank me later.)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great METAL pickup!!!

By Xntrick

from chicago

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Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker:

I was very skeptical when i heard the claims that the Blackouts were better than EMG pickups as i have been a using an EMG 81 for the past 15 years and recently switched to the EMG 60 running at 18 volts. The AHB-2b was impressive from the very first chord i played. WOW is all i can say, this thing just cranks!!! Has a great modern metal sound and it covers the tonal spectrum very well. Palm muting sound so full and it has a very aggressive mid-range bite and the high notes just cut right through you, I don't recall the EMG 81 having that kind of range.It reminds me of the tone on Disturbs-Indestructible cd but 2 notches higher in terms of aggression!!! I wish i had a full stack to play as this pickup has plenty of output yet is very quiet for a high gain monster. It is also quieter than my EMG 60 but no where near the 18db claim by SD, that is just marketing hype.The big downside is it won't do a clean sound at all when the jumper is engaged, the tone breaks up even with the cleanest amp. Removing the jumper gives you a useable clean tone while still retaining that great metal tone. Another plus is it cleans up very well with your volume control for some nice hard rock tones. It plugs into the EMG harness but the Blackout has a different layout for the tone control(my tone control wasn't useable) and it also has a ground connection which i don't understand at all. I have never used a ground connection with my EMG setup so i don't understand why Seymour Duncan uses one with the AHB-2b. I take my hat off to SD, they did a great job with this pickup.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By Jett Black

from Oklahoma City

Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker:

I have a Gibson 500T and was looking for something stronger. Reading that the AHB-2b was marketed toward the heavy, dark metal tone I was looking for, I bought it. When I compared the two pickups, I found the AHB-2b just doesn't hold a candle to the Gibson. The Blackout sounds thin and nasaly. All it seems to produce is a narrow frequency of upper midrange as if it were EQed to cut everything but 1000 Hz or so. The highs and lows are anywhere from weak to abscent. If it were possible, I would have thought I had wired it out of phase. Also, I used a push-pull for the loud/less loud and found the difference between the two so slight it wasn't worth the trouble. On the positive side, it is well made, it comes with everything you need and probably more for the installation, and it is very hot. I'm after deep, dark, thunderous tones, and after buying the AHB-2b, the 500T suites my needs far better. The Gibson is also much warmer, fuller and brighter for less agressive styles.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from Central, NY

Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker:

Well I received the shipment on time (a good start.) Pretty easy to install with some soldering experience. Having 2 voicings for the pickup is a very nice feature loud and LOUDER. A two way switch and the right wire, you can switch between the two. The sound is something else, if you like it heavy this is definitely the way to go! I was surprised at the tonal range! Over all its a very good buy!

(1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)



By Matthew93

from Whiteland, IN

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Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker:

Good only if you want death metal. If you play anything technical, don't buy. It's not clear and crisp enough for technicality
I bought this pickup, hoping it would be heavier than my EMG 81..honestly, it sounds like crap. It's way too fat, and not enough clarity for what an active pickup should be. I use a Crate XT120R 120 watt combo amp, and I can't get a good EQ with it, no matter what I do. I wanted this pickup to sound heavier than my 81, not worse. My clean tone with it sucks too. It has WAY too much bass to it, even with my bass at 3 on my amp. Seymour Duncan did NOT do a good job on this pickup.
Doesn't have a good tone at all
Being Seymour Duncan, it's good value, but sucks other than that.


Take your eyebrows off flame thrower!

By G-Wrath

from OR

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  • Easy To Use
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      Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker:

      Ok let me start this off with: I hate emgs (the 57/66 are really good). I own a lot of guitars with passive pickups. Those being Bare Knuckle Ceramic War Pigs, Bare Knuckle Ragnaroks, Seymour Duncan Invader, Nazgul, Sentient, and one with a set of Black Winters. The guitars I like typically come loaded with emgs and those are the first thing I scrap...with the exception of the 57/66. I play a lot of metal, tune to C#, and use big ol' Honkin' Strings (.11-.70). Play through a Mesa Dual Rec, Mesa Mark V, a Peavy 6505+, and have a little cruddy line 6 spider for the bedroom/late night. I wasn't discouraged at all when I plugged these into a ESP Ltd f400-fm because I'm familiar with the Seymour Duncan Invader which these sound to me the most like. So I dialed back the bass till it tightened up, dialed the mids back a hair, turned up the treble just a hair and turned the gain down a little till the sound tightened up and I had what I believe to be the best sounding active pickup I have ever heard. I had to do this on all of my amps especially the Dual Rec and the Peavy. For the Peavey it was a matter of not just the bass but the resonance and fine tuning the presence knobs. I played with it jumped and detached. I like it with the jump the most. I also played with 9volt and the 24 volt mod. 9 volt is nice and a good place to start, but for volume and power the 24 volt is where it's at, kind of brought it to life more. I am very familiar with emg 81, 85, 60, and the 57/66 set, this is way different. Like I said it sounds the most like the Invader with out harsh mids (could be attributed to the fact that the Blackout Metal uses alnico V magnets and the Invader uses ceramic magnets). In fact I like the Blackout Metal more than the Invader. I was worried I was going to get "honky hollow" mids but this surprised me. I like the Seymour Duncan JB but I don't like the mids in it. This wasn't like that. I genuinely love this pickup!


      For the old headbanger of yesteryear.

      By V.G.II

      from WV

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      • Easy To Use
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      • The Jumper Pin


      • Nothing like it's roots of the 18v lw-hmet

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-2b Blackout Metal Bridge Humbucker:

      I have been using Duncan livewire metal humbuckers for 20yrs. I have a stash of them ranging from the first batch in the 80's up until they discontinued them mid 2000's. Before this "BLACKOUT" line they use to run on 18v instead of 9v. They also didn't use the quick connect & if you wanted less output you had to mess around with putting a resistor with it. They also used a ground wire which allowed you to mix them with passive pickups. Not that it was practical for live because of output levels, but was nice for a studio guitar.

      I purchased a new guitar that came with active, meaning it had no ground. I didn't want to modify my new guitar to use my old Duncan Metal's so I tried out these BLACKOUT AB2's. Since they now use the quick connect I was able to pull out the EMG & pop in the BLACKOUT without any modifying.

      Right out of the gate it obvious that they were nothing like the old Duncans. They have less output, less highs, less mid bite, and muddy compared to the old ones. If people think the BLACKOUTS suck at doing cleans then they should hear the old lw-met, there is nothing close to clean with them.

      BUT! If your looking for a pickup that puts out more oomph than other active pickups this might be for you. And if your the guy who almost like the old 18v livewire but wished it wasn't so harsh & overpowering then this may also be an option for you.

      Final thought is they sound just like the old Duncan 18v CLASSIC livewires, which in the day was a lower alternative to the 18v lw-met. I am very biased on my opinion because I am stuck on the original 18v pickups and was hoping these would satisfy, but they don't. I'll still keep the AB2 around, but as soon as my new guitar gets some battle scars I will drill a hole for a ground wire and put the old pups in it.

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