The Seymour Duncan Blackouts 7-string Phase II set features the same amazing 9V active pickup setup as 6-string Blackouts humbuckers. The Duncan AHB-1s Phase I set is a direct retrofit for EMG 707 pic... Read More
The Seymour Duncan Blackouts 7-string Phase II set features the same amazing 9V active pickup setup as 6-string Blackouts humbuckers. The Duncan AHB-1s Phase I set is a direct retrofit for EMG 707 pickups. Like 6-string Blackouts, Duncan 7-string Blackouts pickups use balanced inputs with a differential preamp for reduced noise. These Seymour Duncan guitar pickups are voiced for heavy rock with greater dynamic range, less scooped mids, and less compression than other active pickups for electric guitars.
The 7-string Blackouts are available here as a calibrated neck and bridge set. Seymour Duncan includes 25K pots, stereo jack, battery clip and other mounting hardware.
Duncan Blackouts noiseless pickups are perfect for old school metal, garage, punk, thrash, drop tunings, and other heavy rock styles.
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Comments about Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1s 7-String Phase II Active Humbucker neck & bridge set:
I've always thought that the EMG 81-7 and 707 combo was the best out there. After playing this in multiple Schecters and not having my tone cravings satisfied, I began to do research on the Seymour Duncan Blackouts. I've watched countless review and play-through videos on the internet and came to the conclusion that these pickups will DEFINITELY sound better than EMGs, but if and ONLY if your guitar is made of specific wood types. All the videos showcasing the Blackouts had them in guitars made of either mahogany, maple, walnut, or some combination of either two or all three of these woods. Putting these pickups in a guitar with a basswood body (i.e. most Ibanez 7 strings) wouldn't be a good choice--they tend to react oddly with the basswood and get muddy at lower notes. In another light, people who put these pickups in a Schecter Jeff Loomis signature model (ash body) said that they eventually switched back to the EMGs, saying they just matched the guitar better. In short, do some research on the characteristics of the wood your guitar is made of. If your guitar is made of ash, basswood, or any woods similar in how they react in a guitar, go with either EMGs or passive pickups. If your guitar is constructed with mahogany, maple, walnut, any combination of these woods, or any similar woods, I strongly recommend going with Blackouts. I put these pickups in a Jackson SLATXMG3-7 that came with 707s. The Blackouts are leagues cleaner on the clean channel. Same margin of victory with distortion. Much fuller sounding eq, they're actually louder (the EMGs sounded really weak in comparison), and each note rings through much more clearly. Blackouts for maple/mahogany are by far the superior pickups
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