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 ... Read More
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.
Reviewed by 16 customers
I had an ibanez s920 that came with emg 81 in the bridge and the neck. I was satisfied for a while. I hate to sound clich? but they did sound lifeless. The only way to give them any tone was to use an eq pedal or to dial in the bass all the way on my amp. (peavey jsx) The distortion on the emg's was good, no matter what I plugged the guitar into the distortion was good, but the tone had no soul no bass or low end. it always had to be dialed in via some external source. I put a passive invader in another Ibanez I had and was blown away by the tone and the sound so I bought the blackouts for my Ibanez s920 and there was a world of difference. There are more lows and more mids and the treble comes through clear as a bell and the distortion is face ripping! depending on your strumming style and how hard your pick hits the strings, the clean comes through nicely as well. It will also depend on how you raise or lower your pickups. Also since emg's were already in my guitar, the pickup swap was a piece of cake, just make sure you line up the red wire. As popular as these are, guitar center doesn't sell them in store so you will have to purchase them online, but it's worth it if you don't like that lifeless tone of the emg's. get some blackouts and add some tone and color to your sound!
Im a big metal guy but also love playing blues and ill tell you right now these are the perfect pickups. The distortion sound these boys give is on another level, its just perfect. It took time to find the exact settings to get a good clean sound but once i found it i was blown away. You can really play anywhere from light chords to heavy metal, from simon and Garfunkel to avenged sevenfold. These pickups really do the job i cant believe it took me this long to install them. I put them in a schecter omen extreme 6 and it sounds like a real guitar should sound. I would definitely recommend buying these. If you have trouble finding the right settings for clean try lowering your bass all the way it should do the trick.
Don't get me wrong these pick ups do sound good, but I feel that the output is too high for me. With EMG's you get a nice crunchy heavy sound and it sounds clean. The blackouts, however, sound really dirty when in a metal channel which is good for anyone that likes a really heavy tone but I feel that it is just too much. I swapped the EMG's from my Jackson Warrior and tried to see if there would be a difference but in my opinion it didnt sound all that amazing. I couldnt believe how much I had to lower the gain on my amp just to get that tone that I got from the EMG's which is nice but I really don't need that much output. Overall, really good pickups but I am still sticking with the EMG's. I recommend them to anyone who wants alot more gain than what the EMG's offer, because I know that these pickups will satisfy those players.
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/
These pickups are incredible. There is really no other way to describe them. I put them in my Les Paul Studio, and it gives you a insane tone. With distortion, it sounds HUGE, and on a clean setting, it gives out perfect, warm tones. I have never heard better pickups, and will never use other pickups again.
I have these in a Gibson SG with a very fast, tight action. They catch articulation and attack extremely well, and the response time is practically perfect. Tight playing becomes much easier with these monsters. The reason I installed these is to counter the lightness of my SG. Such a light guitar sounds less aggressive, and these pickups close that margin entirely. They also sound very dark, and to some players this would be a problem. One guitarist i played with couldn't get over it, but I like it. My one big complaint is that they aren't as strong in pinched harmonics. Overall, I would recommend these in a heartbeat.
every guitar ive played with that have had emg in them have sucked.i played the emgs threw a mesa oversized cab with a 6505 head and they sounded terrible. i play heavy hard core music and i need that chugchug sound and emg just doesnt do it for me. seymour duncan gives me amazingly clean lows and highs while i play in drop A. this pick up is definitly the best u can buy for metal/hardcore/blues
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!
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.
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!
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