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Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Black

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The Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker is a high-output electric guitar pickup with an Alnico 8 magnet for extra output. Perfect for all rock styles and great for use with high gain amps. Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker is a high-output electric guitar pickup with an Alnico 8 magnet for extra output. Perfect for all rock styles and great for use with high gain amps.

Description

Seymour Duncan's first production guitar pickup to use an Alnico 8 magnet, the Alternative 8 starts with hot coils wound for maximum output. With the addition of the Alnico 8 magnet, output is enhanced with a huge, punchy sound, full of fat mids and present upper-mids. This is a dynamic guitar pickup that doesn't get sizzly or dark like some high-output ceramic magnet electric guitar pickups.

Complete setup

The Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Pickup recommended for the bridge position. Matches great with a moderate output neck pickup like the SH-1n '59 or the SH-2n Jazz Model. Pairs well with a distortion pedal like the SFX-05 Lava Box or the SFX-08 Power Grid distortion.

Features
  • Magnet: Alnico VIII Bar
  • Cable: Four conductor
  • Output: Moderate
  • User: Pro Shop
  • Type: Hum Canceling
  • EQ
  • Bass: 7
  • Mid: 8
Specifications
  • Bridge DC Resistance: 17.68 k
    Bridge Resonant peak: 4.46 KHz
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year replacement warranty on all pickups.


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Seymour DuncanSH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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Got mids?

If you've been looking for that upper midrange crunch in your mix, then this is the pickup for you. This is absolutely the best pup Duncan has made IMO and is exactly the sound...Read complete review

If you've been looking for that upper midrange crunch in your mix, then this is the pickup for you. This is absolutely the best pup Duncan has made IMO and is exactly the sound that I have always wanted. For me they took the best features out of their top high output pickups (or at least all the positive feature I wanted in a pup) and blended them into one. They boosted the mids from the JB, they took the low end from the Custom, the tightness and articulation of the Full Shred, and the highs and drive from the Distortion and put them all into this one pickup. So if the JB's bottom end is too loose and mids aren't enough, the Custom's mids are too scooped, the Full Shreds low end is hardly noticable, and the Distortion highs are too shrill and tinny... then this is the pickup for you. I can't speak enough about it. I own 3 of them.

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Seymour Duncan Sh-15 Alternative 8

Let me preface this by saying that I am a huge Seymour Duncan fan. However, I bought this pickup after reading reviews on this site and a few others and want to set the...Read complete review

Let me preface this by saying that I am a huge Seymour Duncan fan. However, I bought this pickup after reading reviews on this site and a few others and want to set the record straight. This is utterly and completely NOT a pickup for metal or hard rock for that matter. It is completely devoid of dynamics and tonal range and I literally had to pound my strings to get any kind of harmonic response from it. It is extremely "mid-rangy" and impossible to articulate any kind of tapping, hammer-ons, or pull-offs with any kind of cut or bite. Dull and benign, the tone is sterile and useless for anything other than a rhythm power chord or two. On a clean setting it is not much better, and it will leave you twisting your tone knob, begging for any simulance of presence. You honestly can get more frequency response from a Duncan 59 and have much more tonality. On a positive note, your dull and lifeless notes will have endless sustain.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Been using this thing for 3 years, and I love it!

By Stoic0209

from Rochester, NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clarity
  • Good Quality
  • High Gain
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Difficult to Clean up

Best Uses

  • High Gain
  • Rythym Playing

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

I bought my first Alternative 8 3 years ago, and I've been playing them since. The only thing that I have had some difficulty with is playing cleans with it, but with my setup I tend to use my rythym pickup for cleans. Not saying it's impossible, just takes a bit of tweaking.

I love the clarity, the nice mid-range, and the searing gain this pickup gives me! It sounds great for Rock, Metal, any other high-gain applications.

 
5.0

my new favorite

By justin alexander

from Richmond VA

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

the alt 8 is great for what i do. it has plenty of output and handles high gain very well. it has a well defined midrange and high treble response,which i find sounds great in drop tunings like drop C and B without getting to "Mushy" and cleans up very nicely too . i would recommend this in a guitar with a warm tonewood like Mahogany, it may not be your cup of tea if you play fenders in standard tuning. i also recommend the SH-1n 59 model as your neck pickup as it has a very tight midrange and balances out beautify. one last thing i will add, CHECK YOUR BRIDGE SPACING! don't assume because you have a hard tail, that you need humbucker spacing. i had to send mine back to get the wider trembucker spacing. guitar center was very helpful with handling my return and getting the correct pickup in a very timely manner, so bonus points for that. i would indeed recommend this pickup to anyone why likes a modern hard edge sound and still wants the more natural tone of the AlNiCo magnet.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best metal pickup for a bright guitar

By Kathryn Lacy

from Sagle Idaho

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

The Title says it all. I would not put this in an explorer or and mahogany dark sounding guiding guitar. I put it into a bolt on RR guitar I built. It is one of the best pickups for metal I have ever played. 'Nuff said.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alnico 8, clarity, punch and bulk

By wash

from Dallas TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low Tunings
    • Rythm

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    I took a gamble buying one of these not having any idea what it would sound like. Now I have 2 guitars with them. I went through a phase of changing out pickups and I have tried several different kinds, EMGs, Invaders, Drop Sonic, and none of them come close to this. If you play lower tunings and heavier strings but your pickups seem to flatten out, give one of these a try, you'll get that bulk and chunk youre looking for with amazing clarity to boot. I reccomend this pickup in the bridge position of a mahogany set neck guitar. It might seem really bright to people who use it in an alder or basswood guitar.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    New favorite pick up now

    By Rudy Pierce

    from USA

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    I have always used the SH-4 JB as a replacement bridge pick up but gave the SH-15 a try in an Epi SG and it immediately became my new favorite. It has the crunch of the JB with a lower treble. You must have the correct height to the strings for the optimum tone and once there you can achieve limitless tones with the adjustment of your volume knob. This is a very high gain pickup but actually does clean up very well. I do not play metal but think it could easily do it. I do know you can go from crystal clean to heavy duty rock with slight volume/tone pot adjustments on your guitar. I really like this pick up and have ordered more for other guitars in my arsenal. This one is a keeper.

    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    These sound like poop.

    By Henry Kovel

    from Pennsylvania

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    Okay, so I work in a guitar shop and I switch out pickups and restring blah, blah, blah. So this guy walks in and wants to have one put in the bridge for a Jackson Rhoads RR3. I wired it, cleaned the guitar, and restrung it, then I played one riff on it and I almost sent this tainted guitar into the ground, this thing had the worst tone I had ever heard and I had found nothing wrong with the instrument while I worked on it. Mid range is this pickup's real name, the mids are astonishingly high and it is near impossible to dial in a good tone, needless to say, I offered him a free wiring and his money back since he bought it from me a week or so before, then he got an Invader or a Dimebucker or something. Now I'm sending all of these stupid things back to Seymour Duncan so they can think about what they've done.

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Installed in a Les Paul, Nice

    By EAganda

    from Philippines

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    I've installed this pickup in the bridge position in my Gibson Les Paul standard with a Triple Shot mounting ring around it.The pickup will responds well to my touch. It sounds a little hotter (as it should be) than the stock LP pickup (through a Vox valve amp).Clean, it sounds like a typical humbucker in the bridge position. With high distortion, it sounds different (not necessarily better or worse, more like unique) than the stock LP pickup.It's not going to be a generation better than the LP pickup. It is more like a generation more unique.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME!!

    By ModdedTradition

    from Tuttle, OK

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    This pick-up is just as the title says AWESOME. In my Tradition S20 set up with a Push/Pull it sounds awesome clear and FAT. What's even better it doesn't lose much volume when you split it for single coil. Those who say this pick-up is devoid of tonal characteristics, and harmonic response must have had amp prob, because this pick-up loves gain and responds well to it on my 50w Tube Amp

    (9 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Seymour Duncan Sh-15 Alternative 8

    By inthecross

    from Little Rock

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    Let me preface this by saying that I am a huge Seymour Duncan fan. However, I bought this pickup after reading reviews on this site and a few others and want to set the record straight. This is utterly and completely NOT a pickup for metal or hard rock for that matter. It is completely devoid of dynamics and tonal range and I literally had to pound my strings to get any kind of harmonic response from it. It is extremely "mid-rangy" and impossible to articulate any kind of tapping, hammer-ons, or pull-offs with any kind of cut or bite. Dull and benign, the tone is sterile and useless for anything other than a rhythm power chord or two. On a clean setting it is not much better, and it will leave you twisting your tone knob, begging for any simulance of presence. You honestly can get more frequency response from a Duncan 59 and have much more tonality. On a positive note, your dull and lifeless notes will have endless sustain.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big full sound

    By RUDEDAWG

    from Stazndoghouse, MS

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    Recently purchased a couple of Epiphone '66 Ltd. Ed. SGs from MF and the bridge pickups were quiet good but took a chance on putting the SH-15nc in the Heritage Cherry one. My choice for replacement has been the JB but oh man, the SH-15 has a more full sound. Using a Fender CT SE with 2 1x12 ext. cabs loaded with Eminence Delta Pro 12As the alt. 8 gives a heavy tight bottom end; full midrange, not harsh and a really sweet top end with no shrill. The SH-15 cleans up very well also; the Delta Pros love od and the SH-15 !*!*! cranks and is my new favorite pickup; GET IT!

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