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Open Box Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers Black Chrome

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With this set you get 2 Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 9-volt active humbuckers with metal covers for the heavy tone of a high-output bridge pickup and screaming leads from the neck.

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With this set you get 2 Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 9-volt active humbuckers with metal covers for the heavy tone of a high-output bridge pickup and screaming leads from the neck.

Voiced for extreme heaviness, the Blackouts are perfect for all styles of old school metal, punk, garage, thrash, drop tunings, and heavy rock. They have a screaming voice with amazing midrange punch, producing thick, dark chords and hard-hitting leads.

Use Blackouts pickups in any humbucker-routed electric guitar. Includes 25K pots, stereo jack, battery clip, pin jumper, and other mounting hardware.

The "other" USA-made active humbuckers use unbalanced inputs in a differential preamp. The problem is, an unbalanced differential preamp is not very effective at canceling hum. Seymour Duncan engineers figured out how to capture the tone that players want in an active design, while using balanced inputs. The result is 12dB to 14dB less noise, plus more lows, more highs, and more output. Simply put, Blackouts have more tone than other active pickups.

Features
  • AHB-1 active humbuckers with metal covers
  • Compatible in both bridge and neck position (jumper unattached at neck)
  • Updated preamps and voicing
  • Voiced for metal, punk, garage, thrash, drop tunings, and heavy rock
  • Allows switching between output levels
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Seymour DuncanAHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice

I changed out the pick ups in a Gibson Les Paul Classic with this set in nickle. The original 500t pickup sounded muddy in my recent Mesa aqusition. My other LP sounded sweet,...Read complete review

I changed out the pick ups in a Gibson Les Paul Classic with this set in nickle. The original 500t pickup sounded muddy in my recent Mesa aqusition. My other LP sounded sweet, so I figured it was the pickups holding me back.

2 of the pots didn't fit in my Les Paul, the shafts where not long enough to clear the top. Fortunately the shop I took it to get them changed at, had experience and parts selection. Knob indicators didn't fit either. Then the knobs wouldn't fit without minor persuasion... If your fitting these on a Les Paul, prepare for battle. Not exactly sure what values of pots are needed, but the ones I have now work. And work well they do!

I understand these where most likely not set up for a LP, but they should have an option to. They sound awesome. Now both my Mesa and Peavey 5150 love the tone. Lots of sustain, plenty of tone on tap. I rolled the vol and tone knobs back, and very distinct clear changes in the sound.

Set backs aside, they sound really good. They should have a LP set, with long shaft pots, or just sell them with out-just tell you the values you should get.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent

Ordered them online, read the reviews and thought it was going to be a refresher from playing 81/60 EMGs. To my surprise they were not very refreshing. They had a good tone,...Read complete review

Ordered them online, read the reviews and thought it was going to be a refresher from playing 81/60 EMGs. To my surprise they were not very refreshing. They had a good tone, but became too muddy when it came down to running the same amount of gain through them that I would on my 81/60 EMGs. In the end the Seymour Duncans didn't compare with the EMGs because the great high gain, chugs, and ear piecing squeals were not there for me on the Blackouts like the EMGs. One thing I would give the Blackouts is a good hard rock sound, but that is it. People might say EMGs are a one trick pony and don't sound that great at low levels. Well they do and do you really never plan on turning your volume up? 81/60 EMGs > Seymour Duncan Blackouts

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5.0

Excellent pickups, gold looks good on Alpine White Les Paul

By Mitchell

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

I had these installed in my Alpine White, Epiphone Les Paul Studio by my local music shop. I've had the Les Paul Studio for 8 years. The stock pickups on the Studio are uninspiring. The Seymour Duncan, AHB-1 Blackouts, active pickups are better than I expected. I have EMG active pickups in a couple of guitars and I love them. The Blackouts are a different flavor of active pickups. They sound a little jazzy, like an archtop or ES335 in clean mode; and really rock with high gain.

 
5.0

These pickups work great!

By Fast Eddy

from Lancaster Pa

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

    These pickups were put in Squier Stagemaster, and turned a good looking guitar with a very humdrum sound into a great looking guitar with a great sound. These pickups vastly improved the sound, and the black chrome covers added a great touch to the look. These pickups have a great metal sound with great sustain.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    something pure

    By simple sam

    from ohio

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • best sound ive ever heard

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

      this is one of the purest sounding active pickups ive ever heard! i dont think i will be looking back.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Whoa!!!

      By Fretpirate1

      from Fort Worth,Tx

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

        First off, let me say Musicians Friend cs is top notch, never had a problem in the 10 years I've ordered from them. Their staff are friendly and professional and have always taken care of my purchasing needs. Now, on to the pickups. These things are monstrous!!! Put a set of these in an old Esp and wow!!! Massive distortion, screaming harmonics, and extremely clear cleans!!! Very smooth sound over all frequencies and improved sustain. I've used Duncan JB before and I must say they are very nice, but I play mostly METAL, so actives are really the way to go. Blackouts are pure METAL DESTRUCTION!!! My favorite pickup of all time will always be the Emg 81, but these are a wonderful compliment to them for a change. Nothing wrong with using both. Keep jamming, cheers!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Warm and great sounding

        By Jon WERNER

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

        I like these pickups. I've had EMG actives in a lot of other guitars of mine over the years like my Jackson and BC Rich's. I put these in a 2000 Gibson Les Paul Classic. I didn't have time to wait for new pots(the included ones don't fit Les Pauls, shafts wont clear the top, you need at least 2 long shaft pots) I bought new ones, vs waiting for the ones from SD to show up. No foam is included and is helpful in keeping the battery away from the wiring. I initially used pure nickle DR strings, don't. I did this out of habit when I brought my LP in. There isn't enough pull in the magnets and it affects your tone, and not in a good way. I almost swapped these back to passive because of this. I strapped on a set of Gibson re-issue strings, and there was a huge difference over the pure nickle string. I can shoulder this LP now and and drop the tuning and you get a nice chug, keep them in E and they are very warm and I usually keep this in D. These are not sterile like EMGs. I've had these since early Oct. Put this guitar in front of a Mesa or a 5150, and just smile... I got the nickel ones. and they match pretty close to a LP. On the Classic it looks good against the creme binding.

         
        3.0

        Decent

        By ALEXANDER ESTERLEY

        from CA

        Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

        Ordered them online, read the reviews and thought it was going to be a refresher from playing 81/60 EMGs. To my surprise they were not very refreshing. They had a good tone, but became too muddy when it came down to running the same amount of gain through them that I would on my 81/60 EMGs. In the end the Seymour Duncans didn't compare with the EMGs because the great high gain, chugs, and ear piecing squeals were not there for me on the Blackouts like the EMGs. One thing I would give the Blackouts is a good hard rock sound, but that is it. People might say EMGs are a one trick pony and don't sound that great at low levels. Well they do and do you really never plan on turning your volume up? 81/60 EMGs > Seymour Duncan Blackouts

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice

        By Ralphnaderchop

        from Chicago Area

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Looks good

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

          I changed out the pick ups in a Gibson Les Paul Classic with this set in nickle. The original 500t pickup sounded muddy in my recent Mesa aqusition. My other LP sounded sweet, so I figured it was the pickups holding me back.

          2 of the pots didn't fit in my Les Paul, the shafts where not long enough to clear the top. Fortunately the shop I took it to get them changed at, had experience and parts selection. Knob indicators didn't fit either. Then the knobs wouldn't fit without minor persuasion... If your fitting these on a Les Paul, prepare for battle. Not exactly sure what values of pots are needed, but the ones I have now work. And work well they do!

          I understand these where most likely not set up for a LP, but they should have an option to. They sound awesome. Now both my Mesa and Peavey 5150 love the tone. Lots of sustain, plenty of tone on tap. I rolled the vol and tone knobs back, and very distinct clear changes in the sound.

          Set backs aside, they sound really good. They should have a LP set, with long shaft pots, or just sell them with out-just tell you the values you should get.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Blackouts w/ metal covers

          By Seth Pogoda

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

          I've been playing metal for about 20 years and most metal players are most interested in the sound in the bridge....I would put it somewhere between an sh-14 (custom 5) and an sh-6 (duncan distortion).
          I only gave 9 for features because these things pick up smudges worse than anything I've ever seen, and they seem tarnished a bit as a result. Otherwise all aces for parts. Everything is included but wire (go with 22 gauge) and the toggle.
          Duncans quality has always been the best in my opinion.
          Some people will tell you that the clean sound is a bit "crunchy". It's not, the install requires a little bit of wiring knowlege. There is a feedback loop in the diagram, don't connect it until the capaciter has been charged first (plug it in to a non-stereo amp) then attach the feedback loop. It'll be clear as a bell.
          I got this kit for less than it would cost for the collection of parts.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great sound

          By Desmond Saubel

          from Beaumont, California

          Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

          I have wanted these for a little while now and when I got them i was so hyped just to hear them, after they were installed I played even on a clean channel and the sound real nice. The pick-ups are the best I've ever played through and really there is no word to describe how wonderful they are. You should check them out!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wow!!!! Great Pickups

          By Boss Almafuerte

          from Colombia

          Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers:

          Just installed these on my Ibanez RGA72QM to replace the originals Ibanez LZ3B/ LZ3N, I bought the black chrome set and they looks great with the Cosmo black hardware.I have EMG?s 81 ? 85 on my other guitars but this time I decided to try this set to confirm all the good comments I heard about them. When I bought them I was afraid about the installation since this set does not comes with a solderless kit like the EMG?s, any ways there is always a first time, so I took the time to set all the tools required and after one hour everything was done. Put new strings then I plugged my guitar and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great sound the difference is amazing, high output and rich in harmonics. This is a great upgrade for your guitar, little bit painful installation but if you follow the diagrams you can do it yourself, of course you need the right tools also.I?m giving them three stars on features just because they have only one disadvantage??the lack of a quick connection kit.

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