Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck
Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck

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

Hatsubai 03/29/2011

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Model Neck : Hatsubai's user review

« Clear and precise »

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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.