Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model

SH-4 JB Model, Humbucker guitar pickup from Seymour Duncan in the High Output Humbuckers series.

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tjon901's review"One of the most popular aftermarket pickups"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
Seymour Ducan is probably the most popular aftermarket pickup maker in the industry and this is probably their most popular model. The JB is pretty much the standard when it comes to hot rodded humbuckers. Put this in just about anything and it will really wake it up. There is no wonder why so many guitar makers put these pickups in their guitars. From ESP to Jackson you can find models that use the Seymour Duncan JB usually paired up with its buddy the Jazz in the neck. These pickups can make just about any guitar sing. This pickup is more eq'd on the high end for clarity. Because of this these pickups work best in guitars with darker woods. The output is about 16k so this pickup will drive just about any amp. You see these pickups in a lot of Les Paul style guitars because they can add some crispness to the naturally dark sound of those guitars. Seymour Duncan even goes as far as to say mahogany guitars with rosewood fretboards. I dont think I would go this far but a darker wood like mahogany is really the best pairing of wood with this pickup. You also see these pickups in shred guitars like Jacksons because with their high end bite and tight low end you can get a metal chug yet still have singing high end with the pickup. Even with this, this is not the first pickup I would recommend for a bright guitar. A bright guitar with a bright pickup can equal painful ears when played out. It doesnt have a huge amount of bottom end but what it has its really tight. The high end is nice and crisp and you can get it to scream if you want. If you are looking for a good all around humbucker replacement for the bridge of your guitar this is what everyone else is using.
Audiofanzine FR12/15/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
(Originally written by lemondedejef/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Originally mounted on a Fernandes Monterey Elite (Les Paul-like) with mahogany body, set mahogany neck, maple top.

I added a pickup housing connected to the shield so I have no noise problems. No need for "wax potter" with modern pickups.

Sound: I had to do lots of tests to find the perfect height. I can't say it enough: height dramatically changes the response of a pickup!

The pickup produces a singing sound with superb overtones. With the housing and an average height it sounds fat and has a wide dynamic range.

Clean sounds are precise and crystal-clear but not sharp or aggressive.

With distortion it's very versatile and it sounds good from light crunch to heavy metal.

The SH-4 is quite unique because it has a strong character but also a great versatility!

Guigui3**'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent microphone!"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
I discovered this microphone when I bought my ESP Horizon NT2 because there is fitted as standard.
Playing only metal I was afraid that is not Sh4 clapped for large distortions because it is rarely presented as a suitable micro metal.
Yet it is just great in this style for its versatility.
I use it for the rhythmic distortions as Deftones, Tool, Gojira (3 groups with guitarists use or have used the sh4) and System of a Down.
It has a large output level, an exceptional grain and warm, giving it the appearance that some describe as "organic." In short an excellent microphone for metal that has nothing to envy to the EMG 81, I have also not appreciated when I compared the SH4.
I bought one to replace my bridge DiMarzio dactivator Iceman because DiMarzio was cold, too loud and lacked precision. I am very happy to have made this change, SH4 gives excellent results on the mahogany body of this guitar.

So more: - versatility
- Accuracy
- Heat and super grain, very "organic" and personal
- High output
- Good retransmission nuances of the violin
Not less.
The price / quality ratio is very good, and I would do this choice without worry.

goldorock's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" harmonics and sustain! excellent for this and big sound"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
I tested this with a micro steinberger gt pro deluxe
but I think this guitar gives her a little too cold with these pickups seymour
other than that, this micro lot higher harmonics, long and strong everywhere! the entire sleeve
harmonics last longer than a DiMarzio Fred and especially where they exit fred's hard because it lacks output level
to split, it is still quite powerful: not strat
with a single, it can be a bit of illusion to say strait (bridge + middle), but it is far
So, for super micro solos: large output level
some say it is not a precise micro
pt be compared with a DiMarzio is true or even a emg
I compared with a DiMarzio Fred and emg85
Harmonic level: it beats everyone!
try with a mahogany lp etc.
and to use vibrato whistling harmonics

setneck's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the best"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
this microphone close to perfection ... gain level and slamming equilibré.definition good without being great nonplus execive ... the old blues (volume 6) has the Mettalica this is currently my favorite porn ... that micro more ... some say compares it to the pearly gates, I see no connection between these two micro ... has donf harmonics, large output level but not too ... basically it's perfect ... can be too great for some ...

trevellin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the microphone ideal for soloists!"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
I tried several times, once on a jackson soloist USD in configuration 2 single and 1 double and again more recently on a Shecter Blackjack 7-string configuration 2 doubles.
I tried EMG 81, EMG 85, DiMarzio PAF FRED, TONE ZONE, EVOLUTION, the GFS, and others ...
I think it's the microphone ideal for those who want to stand out solo, it's really a great balance between the presence, articulation marks, grain, as it is rare ...
I find it much more accurate than any DiMarzio ...
for quality / price ratio is far too expensive when it is found in the store (between € 80 and € 100!) is better to buy abroad on ebay, you win easily see that € 30 'in France ...
this microphone will soon equip my Washburn N4, so, so much for the sequence of operations!

victhebig's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent bridge pickup!"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
Mounted in place on my Les Paul Faded (original equipped with output Burstbuckers Lead Pro 7.2 k).

In clean: it looks like super joint asset, rich in treble - to fine tune the amp or it may damage your ears! Good potato, given the power of the micro: about 16k!

In crunch: not really a class, it is clearly the weak point of the microphone, his sound is by definition modern ...

In Distortion: This is where the SH4 shines! His slight boost in the 6.5 kHz fact that even at high gain remains clear and punchy. His ideal Metallica (with my Mesa Boogie).

rounard75's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A new life for my guitar!"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
I owned a guitar with three pickups simple, first purchase a few poorly documented on the role of microphones. The guitar is of good quality (less noise Godin Triumph pickups, mahogany body) but lacking a sponsor in overruns and did not exploit the potential of the Spider Jam amp simulations that I have. Even with the pedal tube Zoom G9 something was missing ... SOLUTION FOUND: The addition of SH4 Seymour has given him a second life: more punchy! Versatility is now the appointment (best blues record), simulations of Crunch, Metal and Insane are well managed in any case lead perfectly, a little game just for the agreements in some cases (depends heavily on the preset makes ), but this is not the personality of the original guitar. The dual microphone produces a powerful, well defined, without breath in 95% of cases, the sustain is impressive, it seems to have a professional guitar now. For an investment of less than 130 euro causes included at all I changed all my stuff. Congratulations and thank you to my luthier (Eponyme / Paris 75020), but happiness in store!

Ptosh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sounds of classic rock"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
I use it for 6months

I is not tried the other models since microphones is virtually impossible to try for various obvious reasons ....

with this microphone we can play all the classics of rock. placed on a copy of Les Paul quality correct (Hagstrom Deluxe for me) we find immediately what his history ...
While there will be less than a gibson Personalities 57 but will always be more versatile. it made want to, I think it is warm and clear, so good in clear and full.
My favorite sounds are the sounds of Stratocasters, but when I want a Les Paul sound of "classic" with this mic I have is exactly what I wanted.

the ratio Q / P is good since we can find new for less than 80th, for a mic of this quality is very interaissant.


awamga's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love it"

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model
For how long have you been using it?

Purchased in December 2009 for 99 euros in the corner store.

Did you try many other models before getting this one?

I tried emg 81/85 mounted on a deluxe ltd viper 1000. I much preferred the sound duncan, emg because the lack of heat, too cold for my taste.

What thing do you like most/least about it?

Most: its power and precision! but pinaise! I love this microphone

The least I do not know, I fell in love with this microphone

What is your opinion about the value for the price?

This mic is worth its price! it is EXCELLENT.

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?

Yes eyes closed and doights in the nose =)