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Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set Black

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The Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set honors guitar hero Slash with his first signature pickups. The tone of this pickup set will be familiar to anyone who... Read More

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The Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set honors guitar hero Slash with his first signature pickups. The tone of this pickup set will be familiar to anyone who has heard Slash's recorded tone. Though he has dozens of amazing guitars, since 1986 Slash has pretty much used one very special Les Paul for all of his recordings. The Alnico II Pro Slash was designed to give Slash's other Les Paul guitars (what he calls his "live guitars") the exact tone of his legendary guitar.

Like the standard APH-1 Alnico II Pro, which Slash has used for years, the Slash APH-2 set uses Alnico 2 magnets. However, the Alnico II Pro Slash is wound with just enough boosted output to push a stock Les Paul toward the sweet sustain and rude crunch that characterize Slash's sound. In addition, Seymour Duncan enhances the APH-2 pickups with some of the same appointments found on the Duncan pickups seen in Slash's '86 recording axe: a single-conductor cable, a long-legged bottom plate, and a wooden spacer. For true fans, or for players who want to capture Slash's recorded tone, these Seymour Duncan pickups are a critical part of the tone chain. These are same pickups found in the newest Gibson Slash model Les Paul guitar.

With the ubiquitous top hat and shades, a mop of black curls obscuring his face, and a blazing electric guitar tone blasting through a wall of amps, Slash epitomizes the very reasons we first air-strummed a low-slung tennis racquet in the privacy of our bedroom. For over 3 decades Slash has relied on Seymour Duncan pickups for his guitar tone.

Applications:
Warm, moderate-output humbucker. Recommended for jazz, blues, and classic rock.

Complete setup:
The Slash aficionado will use a pair of these pickups to capture that unmistakable tone. This pickup matches well with the SFX-11 Twin Tube Blue all-tube overdrive-distortion stompbox (sold separately) for singing leads and authoritative chording.

Guitars:
While designed for use in a Les Paul, this pickup works well in any well-balanced humbucker-equipped guitar. Also works great with hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.

The Alnico II Pro Slash is hand built in Seymour Duncan's Santa Barbara, California workshop and includes all mounting hardware. Recommended for the neck and bridge position.

Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year replacement warranty on all pickups.


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Seymour DuncanAPH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Improves sound (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
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5.0

Great PUPs, Acurate recreation of Slash's tone

By OpenBString

from Bayonne, NJ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

    These were the first pickups I ever bought and Installed in my Epi Les paul. The stock pickups were just too muddy and I was craving that Slash tone. Put on the neck pickup and play the intro to sweet child, I had the biggest smile on my face. Honestly the AP2 Slash Neck pickup is one of the best pickups ive ever heard, This pickup is very EQed to the mids and it sounds like butter to me, great for soloing and leads. not so great for upstroke ska type, but then again i would go with a overall cleaner setup. These pickups are a bit hot.

    The only thing I don't like is how much mids the bridge pickup has. Its great for slash tone, but not the best for versatility in the classic rock department IN MY OPINION. For example a Led zep riff would just be off a bit. I wound up getting a JB for the bridge, and keeping the AP2 in the neck.

     
    5.0

    Looks and sounds great on black LP

    By CRuSH Fanatic

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

      I never modded a guitar before but wanted to change the gold hardware on my black LP studio. I am not an expert and debated various pickups but decided on these because of Seymour Duncan's reputation and being a huge fan of Slash. The demo videos i saw with the variety of sweet tones out of these pickups - from hard rock crunch to Pink Floyd sweet tones. Had everything i was looking for - they look and sound great and made me love my guitar again.

       
      5.0

      I want to be these in 90% of my Les Pauls

      By carlryan321

      from South Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

        Put these in a Les Paul, wire it up with some 500k cts style pots, and throw some orange drop capacitors in, then run it through the the MXR prime distortion pedal... Mess with the knobs on the amp and you got the slash sound!!!
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        5.0

        I would buy again if I needed to. Not sure I will have to.

        By Josh

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

        great pickups! the LP sounds even better!

         
        4.0

        Surprisingly Versatile

        By Dan-gtr

        from Central Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Rock, Country, Blues, even Jazz

        Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

        I put a set of Seymour Duncan Slash pickups in my Ibanez SAS32EX. Essentially, I put a set of Slash humbuckers in a 'semi-super' Strat. They replaced the Ibanez 'Tru Duo' set that were there. The result? Fantastic. They have a upper mid-range definition and clarity - a 'voice' - that makes them stand out against the hollow, plastic, and boxy-sounding pickups that come stock in most guitars. They're not one-trick-ponies. They lend themselves to almost any style of music. I took the modded guitar to an open mic and backed up other artists playing everything from Rage Against the Machine to Linda Ronstadt and they just worked. Incredible pickups.

        Details:
        After spending a little time disconnecting all the connections from the 5-conductor pickups to the push-pull pots and other minutae in the guitar, I realized this really should be a re-wiring as well as a pickup replacement. I put in a new set of 500k mini-pots and a new Fender 3-way switch. Essentially its wired up like a Telecaster. I used a .022 cap for the tone. The tone doesn't roll off as much high end as it would do ordinarily. More on that later.

        It pays to take your time in doing this kind of work. Measure twice, cut once, solder when you're good and ready!

        Seymour Duncan supplies many different wiring diagrams that help you get the work done. They didn't make one connection very understandable (you have to either bend the lug into the pot and apply solder, or run a wire from the back of the pot to the lug) and omitted a connection (the guitar hummed badly and the controls didn't work until I put in a wire between the two pots that I found while looking around the Ibanez site and pulling up their wiring diagrams. Putting in that wire was strictly a guess on my part)

        The Fender switch doesn't really fit in the guitar. The back plate is lifted up very slightly and I had to bend the tabs down. But it worked so SCORE! The tone knob has very little effect until the last few percent.

         
        5.0

        ABSOLUTE BEST PICKUPS EVER

        By Ryan

        from Phildelphia, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

          I purchased these pickups because I am a huge fan of Slash. I absolutely love his tone and pretty much every song he has ever touched. I expected these pickups to make a slight difference in the tone of my guitar by adding a little bit of sustain and adding some "slashiness." What I didn't expect was the be absolutely blown away. There is no tone or sound that cannot be achieved with the pickups. I put them in my Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro and was shocked. You genuinely can get Slash's Appetite for Destruction tone if you use these pickups. I'm not even running my guitar through a high end amp like a Marshall. I am playing through a line6 Spider IV 120W and I am still able to get those kind of tones. I can't even imagine how good it would sound if played through a JCM 800. I would recommend these not only to every Slash fan, but to every rock fan out there. These pickups truly do give you an endless amount of possibilities regarding tone.

           
          5.0

          Supreme tone

          By Mike

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent upgrade
          • Responsive to picking dynamics
          • Versatile tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

              I replaced the stock PRS SE 245 humbuckers on a PRS SE Bernie Marsden model single cut LP-style guitar with these SD Slash pickups. The guitar itself is EXCELLENT. I recommend it to everyone... try to find one, it's well worth the search. With the Slash SD's in it, the guitar is a monster! Incredible tones and harmonics. They can drive an amp hard and clean up for some no-too-gritty blues if you want. I could not be happier. I reach for this guitar now more than several of the Gibson Les Pauls I own. Paired with an Orange OR15 or an HK Tubemeister 18 it sounds like a dream.

               
              5.0

              Excellent pickups

              By Bur Dur

              from Jacksonville, Fl

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

                I put these in my 2009 Gibson Studio and the tone that comes out of these are absolutely incredible. It feels like it's a whole new guitar with these in. Definetly try these out if you're looking for something different.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BEST PICKUPS EVER

                By Casey

                from Ann Arbor

                Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

                Put these into my 2012 Gibson Les Paul Traditional and I cant even start to say how much of a difference they have made. Out of everything from Emg's to Lace Sensors..... Nothing has come close to even touching these when it comes to the tone. Anything rock and roll especially GnR sounds unreal with these. I highly recommend buying these. $189 Is a steal for these and trust me when I say they are worth every single penny. I have nothing but good to say about these. They are Incredible.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                PICKUPS SOUNDS JUST LIKE SLASH ON APETITE

                By Remy S

                from bay area

                Comments about Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set:

                I got these pickups installed into my gibson les paul studio and once i got home and plugged it in, the pickups hummed just like slash. I definetely reccomend these pickups to someone looking for a slash sound. these pick ups were worth the money. I have a very great time playing with these.

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