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Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup Neck

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The Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup employs a combination of 3 large ceramic magnets, hot coils, and 12 black oxide cap screws to give this awesome pickup bolts of volts for an electrifying force o... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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The Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup employs a combination of 3 large ceramic magnets, hot coils, and 12 black oxide cap screws to give this awesome pickup bolts of volts for an electrifying force of energy. The wide magnetic field pumps power into your amp with unique brightness and a totally new sound. Black. 4-conductor cable.

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Seymour DuncanSH-8 Invader Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 43 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT, but not for cleans.

I use this on a customized Fender Mexi Fat Strat with the Seymour Duncan Invader at the bridge and 2 single Fender pickups. Okay, first of all, the Invader is POWER, it's great...Read complete review

I use this on a customized Fender Mexi Fat Strat with the Seymour Duncan Invader at the bridge and 2 single Fender pickups. Okay, first of all, the Invader is POWER, it's great for "Punk", any rock, even metal! It's SO loud, like when I switch from it to the Fender Single pickups, there's a dramatic decrease in volume. The only bad thing about this, though, is that it's horrible at cleans. I use the Fender singles for cleans, but when it comes to any distortion, I always switch to my Invader. MUST BUY!

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not all its cracked up too be.

i just had the sh8 invader put in my jackson and i was told it was a big power booster and high gain pickup.well i got home and the only power increase you get is...Read complete review

i just had the sh8 invader put in my jackson and i was told it was a big power booster and high gain pickup.well i got home and the only power increase you get is playing wothout distortion,if you play with any kind of gain or distortion you dont notice a difference at all. i was disapointed.

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(38 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT, but not for cleans.

By iamrad44

from Highlands Ranch,CO

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I use this on a customized Fender Mexi Fat Strat with the Seymour Duncan Invader at the bridge and 2 single Fender pickups. Okay, first of all, the Invader is POWER, it's great for "Punk", any rock, even metal! It's SO loud, like when I switch from it to the Fender Single pickups, there's a dramatic decrease in volume. The only bad thing about this, though, is that it's horrible at cleans. I use the Fender singles for cleans, but when it comes to any distortion, I always switch to my Invader. MUST BUY!

(21 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crunchy!

By Chainsawrock

from Richmond, VA

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

My guitarist finally brought his synister gates signiture schecter to practice. I noticed right away that it was sporting two invaders. Since I am building a guitar, I've been wondering what pkups to use. This pkup is serious! I've heard that it was kind of muddy sounding, but I didn't hear any king of tone short of wonderful. It brings out alot of warmth without compromising clarity. Moreover, it can handle gross amounts of overdrive. THat alone makes all the diffrence when you want a good heavy sound. The diffrence in sound between this pkup and an active set up is not what I expected. To my surprise, I perfered the passive invader to an emg 81. Check this one out!

(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds like murder

By guitarman5000

from Florida

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

yes, success, a pickup that gives me the tone that i craved. i shouldnt have to say much about this pickup that hasnt already been said. just look at lamb of god, mark and willie use them. this pickup is BAD.

(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BRUTAL !!!!!

By TREKEL

from bonney lake wash

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

i replaced my seymour duncan shr1 hotrails with this pickup in my experience it was much fatter and brighter tones. ive read that others said it sounded bad with the cleans but not in my case. all though it didnt blow my socks off i am still very happy with this pickup im using ernie ball 54-11 strings tuned B#E#A#D# sounds and looks BRUTAL!!!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I have been playing for ...

By jbwpunk

from Tempe, AZ

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I have been playing for over a decade, and have been building custom guitars for 6 years, and in my opinion, this is the best pickup I have ever played. I love the chunky, hot sound of the Invader, and couldnt be more impressed! These are the ONLY humbuckers I use in my personal guitars, as well as the guitars I build. I play Vox, Fender, and Marshall amps (no pedals), and the Invader shines with all of them. Great buy for the money!

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pickup.

By Nick

from Mason, OH

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I put one of these in my Strat (bridge), after my friend took it out of his Tom Delonge strat and put an EMG-81 in. This pickup made a huge difference in all of my sounds, the distortion was much cleaner and crisp and the cleans were high and crunchy. Just a warning though, if you want single coil tones, do not put this in your guitar, it overdrives most amps on the clean channel and sometimes using the two upper single coils on a strat doesn't sound that great. I play mostly distorted or crunchy so this is perfect for me, it's really hot, sometimes gets out of control hot though. Overall, it's an insane pickup for any musicians from punk to metal, not too great for funk or jazz and lighter music where clean tones are needed.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

SH-8 Invading metal

By Tim Grogan

from Barrington, IL

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I own a gibson sg and it had the standerd 57 classic gibson pick ups. The problem was they just didnt produce the sound i wanted.For those who want clean deep harmonics, deep tone, and really hot distortion it just doesn work. I put in a SH-8 invader at the bridge and a Dizmarrio Pro at the neck. The sound produced is amazing. The chords with distortion dont get fuzzy or messhed and is a cross between Lamb of God harmonics with Slayers heavy riffs with no channel switcheing or tone setting. The SH-8 works best with a H-MET Live wire but can only work by extensive remodification and not to mention the cost (anyone building a custom guitar should definitley use this set up. The SH-8 invaders sound alone is a very warm and crisp sound if useing it make sure to use a active pick up other wise the sound will be very muffled and will result in great disspointment.this combonation isnt just for heavy metal enthusiasts if you keep the tone turned to meduim on your amp it will produce a more AC/DC. But remember with simple amp setting tweaks, changing strings, or changing pedals you might be able to find the sound you want so look into that before you buy any pick up.

(5 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not all its cracked up too be.

By hank

from white bear lake mn

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

i just had the sh8 invader put in my jackson and i was told it was a big power booster and high gain pickup.well i got home and the only power increase you get is playing wothout distortion,if you play with any kind of gain or distortion you dont notice a difference at all. i was disapointed.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Big Sound

By Bluesman in Training

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

When I saw it described as a Seymour Ducan High-Output Humbucker, I knew it would be good, but it was good in a way that I didn't expect. Instead of sounding razor-sharp like I thought it would, it sounded big. In other words, it had more bass/low mids than high mids/treble. Its sound brought the big chunky riffs of hair metal to mind, which is awesome, but it is good for rhythm rather than lead. It is good, but I personally would prefer a set of alnico pro II's or duncan customs because of their sharper punchier sound.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Hardrock/Metal

By Matt, Daniels

from Stockton California

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I put this pickup in my Ibanez at the bridge about a year ago and I have to say, this thing is GREAT. Its extremely high output, and the sustain is real good on it too. I say its the best for Metal solos. When you turn overdrive on and switch to the invader, every note comes out crystal clear and loudly. The only downside is since all the notes come so clear, if you mess up during a solo, it'll stand out just as clear. But you gotta try to get the solos perfect for any pickup so that doesnt really matter. Id reccomend this pickup for anybody who wants to play metal or hard rock. The only thing I dont get is, on the page here, it says its a neck pickup when this thing is designed for the bridge.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Pickup!!

By kris.

from wisconsin rapids, WI

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I bought this for my B.C. Rich Warlock, and it sounds like a much more expensive guitar. The gain on this pickup is insane! I can achieve any kind of sound, and make it sound good. I can get smooth cleans and crunchy distorted tones. I can seriously get any kind of sound. If you buy this, you will not regret it. BUY IT!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great, tooth-crunching, ferocious metal tone.

By Michael

from Livermore, CA

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

This is a great pickup. I played the Schecter Synester Gates signature which had the best metal tone I've ever heard. They had Seymour Duncan Invaders. When I bought the pickups for my Jackson, I realized they looked different...but I decided they should sound the same. They sounded different, but had a similar sound. the distortion is excellent and the clean actually isn't too bad, either, but you should get this pickup if you're looking for a nasty metal tone.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

well worth the money

By Aaron V.

from Blue ridge, VA

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

i got this and a seymour duncan distortion for my b-day. i got the invader in the bridge and the distortion in the neck of my schecter sunset deluxe with a floyd rose, and its a great combination. the invader has great clarity of notes and chords and a ton of output. it isnt muddy at all and is articulate for fast riffs. if you play metalcore or anything heavy this is perfect for you. i wired this up with a DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot for both the volumes andf its a great setup.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!

By Tiffany Oeckinghaus

from New Jersey

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I recently bought this pickup and had it installed into my Gibson Les Paul BFG to replace the Burst Bucker 3 in the bridge position. The difference was immediately noticeable. Output wise, it blows away my other two guitars both of which have EMG 81s and 85s with the 18v mod. The output is so ridiculous that if I plug my Les Paul in right after having my amp, a Hughes and Kettner Switchblade 100, EQed for my other guitars that I have to turn the gain knob down a quarter of a turn just so it won't feed back at me. However, this pickup also has awseome tones. Its really crunchy with a tight low end and screaming highs which are great for leads. The only thing that I would warn you about is the cleans. It does NOT do sparkly cleans. This pickup will overdrive your clean channel making it more of a bluesy crunch. I could personally care less about cleans though, thats what the neck pickups there for, cleaner, less output, and rounder tones. To sum up, if your considering buying this pickup dont hesitate. You wont regret it!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best All-Rounder for the bridge. Period.

By Colin Giles

from Troy, MI

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I bought this pickup as a replacement for my Pearly Gates Special that came in my Fender Toronado GTHH. I went into the GC in Portage, MI without a clue of what to buy. I wanted a versatile dual-humbucking setup, as I play everything but metal. He pointed the SH-2N and SH-8 combo out to me. I haven't yet heard a better sounding guitar since. I run my Toronado through a Mustang III amp with a BD-2 Blues Driver, Swollen Pickle Fuzz Pedal, DeltaLabs Flanger, and a Classic Wah. This pickup sounds great clean, despite the nay-sayers (I use the '65 Twin Reverb setting on my Mustang) with a fat, bluesy clean tone or with any combination of effects (it sounds downright sinister with the Swollen Pickle). It offers amazing sustain, and great clarity, it's all about how you adjust it. I find it best with the tone all the way up. As part of a twin-bucker setup, the fat tones and sustain complement the sweet, smooth tone of my SH-2N perfectly, giving that pickup and added depth which really boosts the sound of the guitar. I would recommend not just this pickup, but that whole pickup combo to ANYONE with twin 'buckers. It is a do-anything, great pickup with HUGE output. Not to mention Tom Delonge used this for most of his career, before they designed his Dirty Fingers pickup, which makes it that much cooler.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Insane Power

By ZULND3R

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

This was an absolutely amazing pup. I stuck one in the Neck and Bridge positions of my Ibanez RG3EX1. I was amazed by the power of these pickups. My harmonics sound crystal clear, and my distorted power chords sound devestating. Amazing pickups. I could recommend them to anyone who plays metal, thrash or punk rock. These aren't for the weak of heart. They definitely have a lot of punch, but its worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SH-8 Invader

By LittleD20

from Oklahoma

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I recently put an Seymour Duncan Invader in my American Strat, and let me tell you, it makes a big difference. When i switch from the single coils to the Invader there is a big change in volume. If you like punk rock or any music like it, then this is the pickup for you. It's doesn't sound good on clean, but who needs it? Pricey, but totaly worth it. I highly recommend this to any rocker.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pickup, really heavy.

By Matt

from Wareham, MA

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I got this pickup as present on christmas, and since I got them installed onto my guitar, I have never regretted it. They are are great for metal and punk, and even hardcore. I think the cleans sound just fine, but I guess it depends on the amp. With distortion it is really heavy and doing pinches have never been easier. I'm definitely gonna put these in any new guitar I will buy.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

:)

By rob

from dallas,tx

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

I put this in the bridge of a mexican hss strat, it completely transformed the guitar. If your not a metal player, dont let the reviews scare you off, yes this is a great metal pickup, but to say thats all it can do would be selling it short. This works great for any high distortion rock, not just metal. It can play Boston, soundgarden, nirvana, smashing pumpkins, blink 182, thin lizzy, some pearl jam, ratm, audioslave, any 80's pop metal you could name etc etc. The only downside would be if your only gonna put this in the bridge, your missing out on the full effect of what this pup can do, in the bridge you will get that beautiful clearness at high distortion, but you will struggle to get that sweet singin tone, it has more bite in the bridge. Anyway if you have a dual humbucker guitar like a les paul or sg, put 2 of these in your guitar, the bridge and neck compliment eachother. And still if you have a hss style guitar like me, drop one of these in the bridge, just make sure you have it setup so ur 2 single coils can play cleans well because this pickup in the bridge is awful at cleans

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

update on my past review

By Timmy Turner

from Dimmsdale, Fairyland

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader Pickup:

This pickup takes alot of heat from critics who say it is a muddy pickup not great for metal. In reality i think they are right, if you want a precise shredding pickup, maybe you should go with blackouts or EMG's. What this pickup really is is a BIG sounding bridge humbucker, great for heavy riffing. It gets very good, bright, soloing tones but i would not say its the very best for that.

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