Beef up the sound of the Patent Applied For pickup and you get a hard-driving, kicking sound with just the right balance of power, sustain, and distortion. This pickup cuts through with a distinctive ... Read More
Beef up the sound of the Patent Applied For pickup and you get a hard-driving, kicking sound with just the right balance of power, sustain, and distortion. This pickup cuts through with a distinctive high end and midrange attack. Recommended for bridge position. 4-conductor cable.
Reviewed by 12 customers
Amazing cleans, great distorted tones, great for any type of rock music (probably not good for extreme music. Had a blend knob installed instead of the coil-tap, glad i did it sounds great half rolled off instead of taken all the way out.
I put a SH-5 on my Mexican strat and it sounds super hot! I love it. It sounds better then the "so famous" JB (which I have on my Les Paul). If you want some fat hard rock sounds, that's the pickup to buy it!
I'm just gonna start by saying this is a pretty nice pickup. Seems very well built, and was definitely an improvement over the stock pickups in my Epiphone. I'll admit the improvement wasn't as great as I had hoped though, reading all the 5 star reviews this has gotten. I did a side by side comparison between this and the stock pickup (recorded with a Zoom H2). The most noticeable difference with the SH-5 was a slight volume increase and a slightly stronger midrange. Didn't really "bring my guitar to life," if you know what I mean. Of course I'm guessing part of the problem is Epiphone's cheap electronics.
I bought the SH-5 Custom to replace the stock Alnico II humbuckers I had on my Epiphone Firebird Studio hoping for something hot with lots of gain and power, and this pickup delivers! I got it open without the nickel plate covering and there is no hum and it doesn't pick up any extra sounds that much, so I would recommend going for those if you prefer a brighter sound over appearance. The original Alnico pickups on my Firebird had absolutely no sustain or gain whatsoever, and the sh-5 was the perfect solution. Notes and chords will ring for just about as long as you hold them, making pinch harmonics sound amazing. I like to play with lots of distortion, and this pickup is good for that. Palm-muting sounds nice and deep with the sh-5, and open notes and chords sound clear and distinct. Although the SH-5 is very hot and has the perfect tone for the kind of music I like to play, I still feel that it could have even more gain and an even hotter sound overall, which is why I rated it 4 stars. Next time, I will probably go for the SH-8 Invader or Hot Rails instead as I've heard that these are hotter than the Custom. This pickup works just fine tho if you're looking for something with lots of distortion and high energy such as punk, hardcore or metal (which are the styles that I like to play) and I'm sure that buying a better amp with higher gain and distortion will make it sound just perfect! Nonetheless, I am very pleased with this purchase and plan on keeping it forever.
I can honestly say, it sounds amazing. I own an Ibanez SZR720. The stock pickups just weren't cutting it, so i put this in the bridge! This added just the right amount of punch without sacraficing a nice clean sound. It really has amazing tone! Its a nice mixture of Bass, mids, and highs all together, with a main focus on the mids and highs but still no sacrifice in bass for those metal riffs. In detail, the lead channel is tight with definition in every string in each chord. Depending on the amp and distortion you use, it gives you a great heavy rock to metal sound. For the clean, it doesnt really distort or give you too much crunch. It's actually pretty clean. Coil-split its good for country, otherwise, its good for anything. Its really a great pickup all around, you wont be dissappointed no matter what you put it in! The SH-5 sounds amazing ANYWHERE in ANYTHING! I highly suggest it to anyone!
I wanted to get more saturation out of my 6505+ for lead playing. My friends worned me that my amp might be to strong for the pickup on the lead channel. I put it in my Gibson SG 61' reissue. Well, they were 100 % correct. I use a noise suppressor (G string) and even with the pickup volume down to 6, which is the lowest I can go without sacrificing tone, and the amp volume down to 1, it squeels for a second when I stop playing! That is with the G string on at half way!!! AND, i set the height of the pickup very low. Its sunk into the guitar!!! HOWEVER, I will say on my crunch channel it works beautifully. It breaks up when I dig in and doesn't squeel or feedback the way it does with high gain the high gain channel. AND, with my Blues Jr. it is awesome! Very responsive. good for rock and blues. But I was looking for a heavey high gain sound with this guitar. Oh well, Im gonna swap it into my epiphone and put the 59' humbuckers back in...
I installed a pair of these in the bridge position of a Schecter Tempest Custom and I am very pleased with the results. I mainly play progressive styles of metal and this pickup has just the right amount of gain to where its got a good kick, but isnt overbearing and muddy. I have some SH-6 Distortions in another guitar of mine, but it was a bit much so I went down to the SH-5 and found exactly what I was looking for.
I installed this pup into the bridge position of my 77 les paul. Although the guitar already sounded great, it just was missing something, a little more edge. This pup gave it exactly what I was looking for. And, ordering online saved the hassle and flood of arrogant attidudes when shopping at my local G.C. All in all, the pickup is great, and the online service is just as good. Shopping in person, not so good.
Wow, I installed this thing in my Fender HSS and this pickup rocks! The out put is just enough, but not crazy and over the top. The tone is nice and thick, harmonics are awesome, and the sustain seems to go on forever. I own a Les Paul, Ibanez, and Fender and two have Duncan pickups, and one DiMarzio(Ibanez). It's just an opinion, but I think Duncan makes the best PUP's out there. DiMarzios are quite good, but I plan on putting Duncans in that Ibanez soon! The Alnico Pro II's in my LP are just as awesome as this SH-5. Way to go Duncan, you guys builq awesome stuff!! Thanks!!
I bought it in 1985 & got it fixed at the bridge position of my Yamaha Studio Lord SL400S (Les Paul copy 1980). After replaceng it with the stock Yamaha pickup I noticed a remarkable change in the overall sound quality of my guitar. The sound became very much pronounced, punchier and penetrating. I got its wiring arranged in the Parallel/Series manner by drilling a hole near the guitar pots cavity area & installed a small toggle switch. In the Series mode its gives elevated midrange boost perfect for solo with lot of sustain and punchier chord work as well. In parrallel mode its sound becomes more clear and bright with a little decrease in power and I again found it very useful for both solo and chord works if you need more presence and crispy bright sound. This pickup has a cermaic magnet and so its sound is not that warm and creamy as compare to Alnico magnet but it is not harsh & I find it very impressive for any style of playing. Its works very well with any amp at clean or dirty sound settings and especially do wonders with the overdrive and distortion effect pedals.
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