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
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.
Warm, moderate-output humbucker. Recommended for jazz, blues, and classic rock.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Let me start by saying these pickups are AWESOME!I have upgraded 2 Epihpones with Gibson pickups and an Ibanez with Steve Vai.These Slash are by far the best upgrade for me.I put these in the epiphone ultra 3 all i can say is AWESOME!If your on the fence about them get off and buy dont see how you can be dissapointed.
I have been extremely reluctant to change out my original t-tops on my 74 LPC. I shopped around and talked to a lot of people. In the end, I just bit the bullet and bought a set... not for the Slash sound, but to see what the difference was from my originals (outside of the worn off gold plating). I plugged into my JVM410 for the first time without any effects to get a feel for what these things can do. Ran through the channels, eventually adding a Wah and some modulation... then a little more front-end punch. These things are pretty flexible and dynamic. They respond well to pick attack , and sustain very well on the clean channels! As you crunch them, they seem to warm up a bit in the mid-range like my stock pickups. This tweaks out well with the instrument tone knobs. But when you really push them, the tonal quality doesn't decay (unlike my stock pickups). I highly recommend trying this set of pups out. Whether you are shooting for the Slash sound, or not. At the end of the day, there is a lot more to a gifted player's unique sound than pickups. This is a VERY GOOD set of pickups.
I have SD sets like the Hot rod JB/Jazz and Mayhem distortions as well as all other SD humbucker combos and I love them all but this set is very special. Both pickups are fantastic but I have to say the neck just shines past all my other SD necks. The sustain is incredible as well as the warmth when the tone is rolled back. It does not go flat and drop sustain or clarity it just gets fuller sounding. I love GNR and have played lots of Slash stuff but really did not get these to get that sound. I am so glad I did. The sweet solo sound I get from that pickup just makes nailing a slash solo so much easier to reach, but it is far from limited to the Slash sound. It was always so hard to get that sustain and never had that same warm tone with any other SD even the Alnico II. These are different for sure so if you ask can I save a buck and just get the Alnico II and still get the same sound I can answer from a hands on point of view "No". SD advertising on this is very accurate Even if you are not shooting for slashes sound these pickups produce many unique and very musical tones. Every musician should try a set. They are the best upgrade for the dollar I have spent in the last 20 years.
I bought an Epiphone Les Paul Ultra and I wanted a bit more than the stock pick-ups generally offer. Just what I expected......and well worth the money! You can play articulated riffs (ex: Slash, of course) and balls out raunch with the simple use of your volume and tone controls. The articulation is always there but at higher volume, tone and gain settings....the notes seem to sing a little longer or added sustain. I love the tones and flavors of notes that I can achieve with the two Semour Duncans. Now imagine the contrast that an Ultra (with the Nanomag) as a third pickup can offer. I can get acoustic clean or add some dirt with the gain..but the review is for the pickups and there is a noticeable difference with the stock and pickups that I had professionally placed for me. Great tones and added jazzy nuances. I am very happy with my choice but not surprised. Semour Duncan has been at it for a long time. Just what I expected....
What can I say? These are the greatest pickups ever! I have an epiphone les paul standard, I had the regular SD alnico 2 pro pickups on my guitar, but they were really weak, so I bought the slash ones and woah, they were alot stronger, and when you play a little bit with you're amp's settings, you can get the AFD sound with these pickups!!!
So I got these pickups mainly because I love the sound of Seymour Duncans, but to also get that great classic rock/blues rock sound like on some of the snakepit albums. WOW. I can't stop playing on them. If you have the patience to play with your eq, these pickups can create a wonderful array of tones and textures. I'm not a slash fanboy per se...but these are amazing and definitely reflect his tone and style. I play a lot of classic/blues rock and red dirt...and if I ever get another Les Paul, I am having these put in automatically. The tone, pick response, and versatility makes these a top notch pickup. You will not be disappointed from AC/DC to Cross Canadian Ragweed (providing you adjust your eq). A must have from now on.