Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck

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SH-2N Jazz Model Neck, Humbucker guitar pickup from Seymour Duncan in the Vintage Output Humbuckers series.

22 user reviews
Prices starting at $78 Average price: $86

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Seymour Duncan
  • Model: SH-2N Jazz Model Neck
  • Series: Vintage Output Humbuckers
  • Category: Humbucker guitar pickups
  • Added in our database on: 03/25/2004

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Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 22 reviews )
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tjon901's review"Brighter alternative to the 59"

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck
The Jazz is another hugely popular neck pickup in the Seymour Duncan brand. It is pretty much the alternative to the 59 in the neck position. It matches up well with just about any bridge pickup but the Jazz and the JB are just about as popular a set as the 59 and the JB. The Jazz features four conductor wiring like most every pickup made in the last 20 years and it comes with an alnico 5 magnet the same as the 59. The Jazz is similar to the 59 but with more bite on the high end. The 59 is so vintage and smooth on some guitars it can get pretty muddy. The Jazz fixes that by added some more treble to the voicing of the pickup. When playing fast leads in the neck position the Jazz will have a clearer sound than the 59. The 59 is more voiced towards slower bluesy leads while the Jazz is better for fast shredding or even jazz. Having slightly less low end than the 59 means the Jazz is less boomy and will have more clarity when it comes to playing. This also means the clean tones are very good. With less low end the high strings in the clean tones will really ring out and do not get overpowered by the bass end strings. This pickup is ideal for people with darker sounding guitars that want a smooth neck pickup but not so smooth it gets a muddy sound. The 59 is so super smooth it can get muddy in the low end. With the Jazz's dialed back lows and increased highs you get the same basic sound as the 59 but with more clarity. If you are looking for a nice clear neck pickup for your dark guitar this matches well with most anything.
King Loudness04/28/2011

King Loudness's review"Excellent neck pickup!"

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck
The Seymour Duncan Jazz, along with its sister pickup the JB, makes up one half of what is possibly the most widely used pickup set from Seymour Duncan. I purchased a 2009 Jackson King V Select (USA made) that had this pickup combo. I was less than impressed with the JB in this particular guitar, but the Jazz was a different story. It really had a nice clear sound that was neither muddy nor thin. The nice thing about this pickup is that it is able to go from very clean jazzy tones to very high gain applications for rock/metal/shred and not lose any clarity or definition. I often would channel switch on my amplifier to a very fat sounding clean tone and the Jazz was great for comping and single note lead lines. Playing complex chord voicings on a clean tone were a breeze, as the clarity that this pickup has allowed each note to ring through clearly.

The dirty tones were great as well. In my opinion, this pickup has a very tight response that is wonderful for shred type lead work. I was using it in conjunction with a Mesa Boogie Mark Five and got very thick and tight lead tones a la John Petrucci or Steve Vai. Again though, even on dirtier tones, the sound has a killer clarity that allows even the most blindingly fast passages to cut through a mix very well.

This pickup suffers from none of the inconsistency of the JB either, which is a plus. I've tried it in a few guitars over the years and noticed a great set of tones regardless of guitar brand, construction type, or woods used. There obviously will be some differences from guitar to guitar but it is a much more consistent pickup than the JB to me.

If you're looking for nice, thick neck position tones that still have good clarity with both clean and dirty tones, give the Jazz a shot for sure!

Hatsubai's review"Clear and precise"

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck
The Seymour Duncan Jazz is probably the second most popular neck pickup in the Duncan lineup. It features slugs on one coil, adjustable screw heads on another, four conductor wiring and an Alnico 5 magnet.

This pickup is very similar to the ’59. The biggest difference is that the treble on this is extended, and it has more of a cleaner quality to it. This helps really keep those fast lines clear and precise sounding. The low end is fat enough to where it keeps things thick but isn’t too muddy. The midrange is fairly even to maybe being a little scooped. This allows it to stay clear and prevent overdriving the amp more than necessary. The treble on this is extended and fairly crisp. It can get a bit piercing in certain guitars, but it’s generally not too bad.

I find this pickup works best with clean tones. Under gain, it’s not too bad, but I think the ’59 sounds better under midgain and high gain. It’s just that this pickup sounds a bit more sterile than the ’59. However, some people love that quality. This pickup sounds awesome both split and in parallel.

I generally recommend this pickup if you have a fatter sounding guitar. Therefore, I find it to be better suited for mahogany or basswood. However, every piece of wood is different. Don’t assume that just because you have a certain wood, it’ll sound a certain way. They’re all just general characteristics.

If you’re not satisfied with the ’59 and find yourself wanting a clearer, brighter sound, I recommend this pickup. It’s a very nice pickup, and lead tones just sing when it’s installed in, say, a Gibson Les Paul. If you find yourself wanting something a bit more vintage, give the ’59 a look and see how that works out for you.

vox06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck
I just mount the microphone (+ prcisement ZBR model SH-2B) handle, a Gibson SG Standard 1995. In this configuration, it is perfect. Originally there was a Gibson 490R that ultimately, this SG is trsdcevant. A Introduced, more attack, a good distortion, over the definition signal and a better frquence spectrum.
"And I m'clate in Senegal" .... (Martin Circus to Oldest) !!!

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