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Lose the bad hum, crank up the tone!

Seymour Duncan Blackouts are 9-volt active humbuckers that provide more extended frequency response with less compression. Seymour Duncan engineers have captured the tone players want in an active guitar pickup design with the benefits of balanced inputs.

Not only do Seymour Duncan Blackouts active humbuckers have less hum than most active humbuckers, they also have more lows, more highs, and more output. Simply put, the Blackouts have more tone than most active pickups. Players will find far fewer problems with hum, especially near computer monitors and fluorescent lighting.

Blackouts are available in individual neck and bridge models, or as a two-pickup set. All versions come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.



Seymour Duncan Original HB-1 Blackouts Active Humbucker Specifications:

  • AHB-1 Blackout Neck Model Specifications

    Resonant Frequency: 750 Hz
    Average Output Voltage: 0.65 Volts RMS (1)
    Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
    Noise: -97dBV
    Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
    Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
    Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
    Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
    Preamp Gain: 16 dB
    Preamp THD at 1V: .003%

    AHB-1 Blackout Bridge Model Specifications

    Resonant Frequency: 530 Hz
    Average Output Voltage: 2.00 Volts RMS (1)
    Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
    Noise: -96dBV
    Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
    Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
    Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
    Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
    Preamp Gain: 18 dB
    Preamp THD at 1V: .003%

    Notes:
    (1) Output voltage measured under the following conditions:
    a. Pickups installed in a guitar and set up for typical playing conditions.
    b. Neck pickup adjusted approx. 3/16" from strings.
    c. Bridge pickup adjusted approx. 1/8" from strings.
    d. String gauge used - .010 to .046
    e. Open E-chord strummed at moderate intensity.
    f. 5 sample average reading taken using storage oscilloscope.
    (2) Maximum output voltage is taken at the onset of clipping in the preamp when powered from a 9 Volt source.
    Battery life computed for one pickup. Divide by two for life of set.


Seymour Duncan Original HB-1 Blackouts Active Humbucker

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  • You'll like EMG till you try one of these!

    As reviewed by Ryan A. on 3/9/2011

    Once I decided to look into active pickups, I began asking questions, doing research, trying guitars, etc., to see what I wanted and what they were capable of. Everyone I've asked has recommended EMGs, particularly an 81 for the neck and an 85 for the bridge. I played a Schecter with EMGs through a Marshall, then I tried another Schecter of a similar make with a pair of Blackouts. Not only did they have a more powerful sound (I had the amp at full gain with the bass and treble at about 8 and the mid range at less than 1. I did not tweak the amp between guitars), but there was less hum and MUCH more clarity in the tone. EMGs always sound a little hazy. The Blackouts sounded crystal clear. Don't jump on the EMG bandwagon. Use these!

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  • Blackouts Rock

    As reviewed by KTC on 8/15/2010

    As a hardcore punk player I need a really overdriven sound without the hum and this humbucker takes the hum right out of it. It's perfect! These have such a great sound too them. I dropped one in my HSS strat and this guitar gets a better sound than any guitar I've ever played. It was an eargasm the second I started playing with it! If you want a loud sound without the buzz get this now!

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  • bringing metal to the masses

    As reviewed by charlie on 5/29/2008

    i've been a diehard active pickup fan for 5 years now, and EMG had been the only manufacturer that sounded the way i wanted to play, after trying my friends ESP DV8 with blackouts that became the point of no return, switched 1 axe to AHB1 blackouts and now i cant wait to get my hands on an AHB2 for a bridge pick up on another one, simply more of everything that EMG 81's have (or lack there of) and way less noise

    31 of 37 people found this review helpful.
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