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The Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker gives a high output and retains clarity. A massive ceramic magnet and hot symmetrical coils deliver tremendous power and raw distorted rock sound. 4 conduc... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker gives a high output and retains clarity. A massive ceramic magnet and hot symmetrical coils deliver tremendous power and raw distorted rock sound. 4 conductor.

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Seymour DuncanSH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (106)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (12)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My favorite pickup

like i said it answer all my need and my expectation of a pickup . way better than the stock Diamondback humbucker of the HSS strat and better for rythm heavy stuff than the Alnico...Read complete review

like i said it answer all my need and my expectation of a pickup . way better than the stock Diamondback humbucker of the HSS strat and better for rythm heavy stuff than the Alnico type v ( 8.9 dc resistance ) of my agile 3200 ( nice pickup but not for metal ) .

its my answer to all my need as a bridge pickup . give me high ouput while retianing clarity or being muddy .
if you read this you are probably searching for the right pickup .if your like me your looking for the right humbucker . i have this humbucker in both of my guitar .. a Strat HSS and a Agile 3200 ( les paul copy )

duncan sh-4 / dimarzio superdistortion ?? they are wonderful for classic rock , the are "icon" of the genre ..but they reach the metal heavyly and are more vintage pickup for the KISS / van halen sound .

duncan sh-8 invader or dimarzio super 3 .????. they are speciality pickup .. the invader feedback is easy to get out of control and the super 3 wont sound good in les paul .. its design more for strats , and those are high ouput mayhem humbucker . they are darker and turn your axe into brutal machine and forget versatility or clean

but what about thrash metal , nu-metal , punk rock .. i want that chunky palmuting to play megadeth holywars / metallica -creeping death .. but at the same time , i want to roll back and handle Acdc , van halen , kiss .


IMO the Duncan sh-6 is the perfect "inbetween" the brutal dimebucker , invader , super 3 and all those " out of control gain freak pickup" and the classic hot rod humbucker like Dimarzio super distortion and jeff beck sh-4 whom you would like mor eof it for metal .

this thing has high ouput , but clarity and its not dark like my invader .. it doesnt feedback like crazy or get out of control . you want a pick up that handle metal , punk rock and other high gain stuff and also classic rock .. but you dont want your guitar to overwhelm on your amp . the sh-6 is the perfect do-it-all metal/hard rock etc.. humbucker . its high ouput .. handle thrash metal , punk rock and also good for drop tuning while staying "forgiven" to your amp . its not dark at all .. great high output and c-l-a-r-i-t-y . the most balanced humbucker i heard . only downside .. the pinch harmonic are "good" but will never be the same as a emg 81 active or an invader . they still scream but never as much as active pickup like an emg 81 . but thats to expect . but rest assure that it will sound if you throw the right amount of gain in your amp .

This pick up let your amp speak for itself ( the foundation of sound really start from the amp ) so the duncan will respond to what your throw at him . so if you expect to bring your vox ac30 into metal territory with a humbucker .. thats not it . use a metal/rock amp and the sh-6 will make it scream .

your guitar will become a good do it all hard rock , thrash metal, punk rock etc.. with the right eq of your amp . thats what you want from a pickup if your want that kind of versatility . the rythm palmuting is outstanding .i play metallica early stuff also punk rock like nofx ( those 16x powerchord ) and it sound great .
The quality of this pickup is fantastic . its seymour duncan .. what do you expect?
great quality at reasonable price . without going "boutique " and paying a lot for a pick up .

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sounds okay

Not a horrible sound. If you are upgrading from something out of a mid-high end guitar I wouldn't recommend it. The distorion on it has kind of a edgy rasp to it. I...Read complete review

Not a horrible sound. If you are upgrading from something out of a mid-high end guitar I wouldn't recommend it. The distorion on it has kind of a edgy rasp to it. I have it in the bridge position. Good for low chugs, bad for leads. My stock pickup in my Warlock NJ sounded better. Sorry for the negative review, I just don't see how it's 5 stars across the board. I mean 5 stars would be like duncan blackouts or invaders. 3 stars for this item.

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5.0

One mean pickup

By GT

from Ottawa

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

    I've had mine for almost 20 years, it's been in an 82 Les Paul Custom, 2004 MIM Strat, Kramer Baretta, and a custom made super-strat. I keep coming back to this pickup because it really has a distinctive voice compared to other high output pickups.

    There is something very aggressive in the upper mids that just wants to tear your face off (in a musical way). Listen to George Lynch's tone on Back for the Attack. That's the tone of this pickup.

    In a world of ultra-bassy, flubby, undefined pickups and music, this is like a surgeon's scalpel: razor sharp, aggressive, and with that signature Duncan voicing. My favorite thing about this pickup is the way chords that are left to ring out will pick up a certain dry 'snarl' - it just sounds so mean. It has a very strong high end that lets harmonics really scream.

    I guess if it had a downside, to me, no matter the guitar I had it in, it always begged to sound 'mean'. I wouldn't call it a smooth pickup. But to me that is what makes it so cool

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For a more versatile set-up

    By Hank

    from Charleston Sc

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Best Humbucking For Strat
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

    Wow, This pick-up is everything it is said to be and more. To begin with my 70's Ibanez strat copy was outfitted with 2 seymour Hot Stack strat pick-ups with
    pearly gates in the bridge position, I loved the quietness of the hot stacks and they performed as advertised. It was the pearly gates in the bride position that I was not satified with, too much treble. I had a lutheir route out my neck position slot and install the pearly gates in the neck position and ordered a seymour distortion humbucking pick-up and put it in the treble position. My strat copy had more single coil quack in the out of phase position than it had with the hot stack strat pickups and more quack with the distortion pick-up in the bridge position. When switched to full humbucker in the bridge position, the distortion is so much better and smoother than the pearly gates was in the bridge position. The treble is not overwhelming. For Strat players who really want a more versatile set-up with any kind of music try this set-up: Pearly Gates in neck position, Hot Stack Strat in middle and Distortion in bridge position. You will be amazed at how versatile your strat will become and have more bite and quack at the same time.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SH-6 Review

    By Robert Doback

    from LV

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Not for everyone

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

    So after having one of these in my main Strat for a year paired with a '59 in the neck I feel I can make a fair assessment. This thing is LOUD and it is named aptly. I figured it was going to be good with gain but it blew me out of the water. The distortion, not surprisingly, shines when it's played with any amount of gain, in my opinion, anyway. I'm not a guitar wizard or anything but it is surprisingly versatile. I like to play a good variety of music but my favorites are definitely anything 70's (disco, soul, classic rock, reggae, etc.) This pickup can do it, IF you know how to use it. I will admit, the cleans can be harsh when the pickup is at full volume but depending on your attack you can make it shimmer. I also have it coil tapped and can get a nice amount of different tones. Now I will say this pickup is probably not for everyone, because it's primarily made for more aggressive styles and high gain settings, but it can nail alot of classic rock and old school tones at the same time. I wouldn't say it's the best PU for metal, but it does very, very well. Overall, I love it and if anything happened I'd probably replace it or just get another Seymour Duncan. Very, very good pickup for the price.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SH-6 In The Bridge

    By Guitarguy765

    from Indiana

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

        I used to use SH-5 on stage with all my guitars but my leads were missing just a little. So I put the SH-6 in all my stage guitars and they worked really well. I had all kinds of compliments (by several professional guitar players) with my sound on stage the first time I used them. They said my sounds was very smooth and creamy. I still use the SH-5s with my practice guitars and recordings.

        (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Pickups

        By Holden97

        from Vancouver, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

          These are some great pickups for clean to heavy punk. I would not recommend these for metal, they would do fine for metal but there are better pickups for metal. All around these pickups are great pickups for a wide variety of music. I use mine for rock and pop punk.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The "Muscle" humbucker

          By Vic Metal

          from Jakarta, Indonesia

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

            Bought this pickup 2 weeks ago, used it as the bridge pickup on my re-painted Jackson guitar. I describe this pickup as "very muscular", it has the power, sustain, and clarity, the distortion/overdrive came out very smoothly, very good for hardrock/blues rock. Here's a link for you who are wondering how it might sound like:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwMa5GC9qJA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUQarzZpFI-hu9petPHrmkhA

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Heavy yet Articulate

            By Whammer Jammer

            from MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clarity
            • Great Note Articulation
            • Great Value
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rockin' Out

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

              I bought the "Distortion Mayhem" set hoping that they would warm up a Schecter Tempest. I later sold that guitar and have been itching for that tone ever since. I got much more than I bargained for.

              I own much more expensive Gibsons now, but I am sure that I will put these into another guitar again someday soon as I really miss the tone.

              They are warm and punchy while maintaining excellent note separation. I have used several of Seymour's pickups: JB's, '59's, Jazz, Seth Lover's, A2P's, Slash A2P's - they are all good. As my brother once told me, and he is a much better guitarist than me, "You may not get a perfect Duncan pickup for what you want, but you'll never get a bad one." I agree, and the SH-6 is my favorite Duncan.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SH-6 Distortion Pickup Rules!

              By Flamio

              from Ohio

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

              This turned my underpowered PRS SE 245 bridge p/u from a Ford to a Ferrari. It really added a lot of power for Rock and Metal. It really works well combined with the stock neck 245 pick up. It gave it a whole new dimension together that never existed. If you get it installed, spend the extra and add an orange drop capacitor, it adds added tone and is highley recommended by seymour duncan sites as well. Love this p/u!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Surprisingly good!

              By Xyrium-UjsXj

              from NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Cuts Through
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • It Wasn't Free

              Best Uses

              • Anything

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

              I was rather surprised to find that this pickup, which is rated as a high output unit, actually has tons of tone, and doesn't just sound like metal. I'd say this is close to the most flexible pup in Seymour's line. Very happy with this.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Dirty!!

              By AARRKK

              from the Mitten

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Lots Of Distortion
              • Responds To Volume Knob

              Cons

              • Distorts Clean Channel
              • Will Distort Cleans

              Best Uses

              • Heavy Metal
              • Metal
              • Very Heavy Metal

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker Pickup:

              Picked this p/u to use in my Epi LP for heavier sounds and drop tunings. Although the SH-6 definitely delivers what I was searching for, it can be a little too much at times. The biggest con is having the volume knob rolled to 10 on a clean channel and overdriving the amp!! It will clean up however by rolling the volume knob back.....but then you will lose possibly needed volume.

              Great for deep, chunky, crunchy metal but that's (in my opinion) all its good for. Originally, I had changed the stock Epi p/u with an SH-4 which now resides in my HSS Strat. Once I get around to ordering one, another SH-4 it will be. They're my favorite.

              All in all, the SH-6 is a good p/u that will satisfy your metal needs. If you're like me and don't like active pickups, give this one a try or the Invader. Seymour-Duncan makes great products so whatever your taste is, be confident in buying any SD pickup.

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