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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 preamp, new voicing, and ability to switch between o... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
  • 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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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Clear as a bell

By Francisco James

from Des Moines, IA

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

I've wanted to do a test to see which pickup sounded better so I installed this pickup into a gibson SG VOS (cream, 3 gold pickups, etc.)and it sounds AMAZING cleans are clear as a bell, notes come through beautifully it beats my emg 85 in that aspect (by the way both pickups were tested in bridge with and w/o emg after burner)and its great for drop tunings, HOWEVER it did lack that brutal eat-your-face low end that the emgs provide (by the way these pickups are 100% compatible with all EMG parts and acessories) overall both pickups were great if your lookin for aggressive tones with heavy bass stick with emg if your lookin for clarity of an angel and more "organic" metal sound without overly heavy bass stick with this pickup

(1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)



By Matthew Horn

from Indiana

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.

(1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


great while it lasted...

By steven clark

from Seattle, Washington

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

I got this pickup new from a friend to test, and install it in some guitar that i had. after installing it with an emg 85 neck pickup, i tried it out for the first time. i was seriously impressed! i played like nonstop for 10 minutes, and stopped to try the 85. it then immediately went downhill from there. there was this annoying buzzing sound coming from my amp, and only for the blackout. it was like it had a grounding issue. i tried it in three other guitars that i know are perfectly set up, with no luck. so i decided to start playing the guitar on the blackout again, to see if there was any effect of the buzzing. as i started truly listened to the pickup, i realized how awful it sounded. it had a lot of clarity, and had definition galore, due to its piercing, overbearing treble frequencies. it was the harsh, sterile, and cold sounding high end, that you cant get rid of. it amplified that annoying squealing from the pick while tremolo picking as the pick brushed over the strings. it was disgusting. plus it has way too much gain. it overdrives the clean channel, you cant balance it with the any neck pickup, and it's overbearing with distortion. and this is on the normal setting. i didn't bother with the boost; i figured it would be even worse. i would go for the EMG 81, or the original blackouts. the 81 sounds overall better, yes with a tad less clarity, but it sounds a ton better. i can say that i will never buy this pickup again.

(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.

(3 of 3 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

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.

(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!

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