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Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set  

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Seymour Duncan Blackouts are 9-volt active neck and bridge humbuckers that provide more extended frequency response with less compression. Seymour Duncan engineers have captured the tone players want ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

Seymour Duncan Blackouts are 9-volt active neck and bridge humbuckers that provide more extended frequency response with less compression. Seymour Duncan engineers have captured the tone players want in an active 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 come as a two-pickup set of neck and bridge humbuckers. All versions come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.

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


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Seymour DuncanBlackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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(24 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

where are the other models?

By johnny rocketfingers

from denver

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

i love love love these pickups. its everything great about emgs but they don't have that sterile soulless sound. they have...more. they're just fuller and more organic sounding. the best part is that the phase 1's don't require any routing since they're rounded like reglar pickups and not squared like emgs. i bought mine from a store and not online becausethey don't tell you what you're getting. the pictures are of the phase 1's but theres no option for the 2's or the sevenstring models.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Hot!

By Shanobi

from Houston, TX

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

Here's the deal. These pickups are great. Super hot! When they say you may need to adjust your amp's gain, they're not kidding. Noticeably more gain compared to my other Les Paul with EMG 81. It'll take some re-tweaking of your amp's settings to dial them in to your liking. Best bet is to put these in all your guitars so you can leave your amp settings untouched. They have a slightly warmer and deeper tone than the EMG and like I said, hotter as well. It's hard to get used to turning the gain down on the amp but it is useful to avoid excess feedback. I'm not saying they're better than EMG, but do give you a different sound. The one gripe I have, and be forewarned Les Paul owners, they DON'T COME WITH THE LONG SHAFT POTS! They require you to call and order them (I recommend calling. I didn't get a response from email). They send them free of charge, but it's the fact that you have to wait to get them that sucks. So don't expect to buy the set and drop 'em in your Les Paul that day. Plan ahead. If you order online, then order the pots when you receive them, it could take nearly 2 weeks before you can install them (depending on your location). So plan ahead and call customer service (ext. 501). But I do recommend these pickups.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These are amazing

By Brandon Sweeney

from Seattle, Wa

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

I threw these on my ESP about 2 weeks ago, and ever since i've been playin as much metal as I can handle. The Blackouts are amazing when it comes to the clarity of fast open notes and especially pinch harmonics because the're such high output. Totally worth the money, good choice for any metal player.

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

killer tone

By Russell Kinnison

from missouri

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

as soon as i played through my blackouts, i could tell that there was a huge difference. pinch harmonics are killer with these. no hum. very pleased with my purchase. RK

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy Now!

By Jon Cervoni

from El Paso TX.

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

These are AMAZING pickups!! I spent about 2 months debating on which pickups i should choose to replace my EMG 81/89 set, and I don't think i could have made a better choice! They are so hot! and great sustain! very loud, crispy tone, surprisingly great cleans, and pretty easy installation... it only took an hour or two... Buy them now, I assure you, you won't regret it!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

woooooow

By sean

from minneapolis

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

i purchased these after much research. I spent about 2 hours soldering and wireing up everything. Some what doubtfull they were going to work as expected... Much to my surprise they were more then i ever expected. I played the new stup through a solidstate keyboard amp to make sure everything was ok. Wow .....wow wow.. not used to active guitar pickups ..... I am a tone freak and have played through many amazing set ups but this.. I played through a keyboard amp and wow.. I then switched to my marshall jcm 800 and wow wow wow....if you know anything about electronics ,,you wont be disapointed...

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Steven C.

from Miami, FL

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

These pick ups are truely the best of both worlds.. Has passive qualities for solos, leads etc and powerful like actives. Very happy with these... I played with EMG's before and in my opinion these blackouts are better than EMG's. I replaced my passive gibsons for these.. And couldn't be happier.. End of story..

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blackout Set

By Ian

from Kalamazoo, MI

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

If you are currently up in the air about choosing between a set of these and a set of comparable EMG's, let me help you. Forget the EMG's !! I've just replaced my EMG 81 and 85 with a set and they just blow the EMG's away. They give a much fatter all round sound with an output that puts the EMG's to shame. I guarantee anyone who buys these will NOT be disappointed. Awesome pickups !!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Wicked

By Steven

from lima, Ohio

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

These pickups are pretty sweet, i just put them in my 2000 Gibson SG. Since it's such a light guitar, i wanted gainier pickups to sort of compensate and give me the extra growl to counter the SG's natural give. Now, my SG (on the Bridge) sounds crisp, nasty and it still has all the low end. I feel like putting them in a Les Paul might give it a little too much bass, but I don't know for sure. On the Neck, it's creamy on the leads and screams real nicely. Overall, they sound fantastic and tight. (fantastic for blues if you roll back a little!) They look nice, weren't very hard to put in as long as you know what you're doing. My only complaint is that Seymour Duncan made the springs to adjust the pickups too long. I had to cut the Bridge Pickup's spring about the third of the way down to get the pickup high enough. Just a little nuisance. I wish it came with full sized pots too, not wimpy little mini pots. They also come with everything you will need to install them (wiring, pots, stereo jack, battery clip) except for a switch. Don't throw away your switch!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great power, but limited

By Jesse

from Ok

Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 Humbucker Set:

These pickups sound very well. I put them in a jackson dk2m, wiring wasn't bad, anyone with a little soldering experience could do it. They will drive a clean channel and give you a lot of crunch for a 70s sound, on a dirty channel be prepared to roll back the gain a bit to get good tone. They have a lot of low end crunch and can produce some brutal sounds, while remaining very crisp for alternate picking. Harmonics scream like you've never heard, and power chords are very punchy and aggressive sounding with great sustain. They do however limit you from ever getting a clean sound. The neck is very warm but lacks in the upper mid section. Good pickups, if you're interested in them I recommend giving them a shot, just be prepared for what they are. I would not recommend them unless you're looking for a specific sound, otherwise, get a duncan custom. \m/

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