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.

wwhhhaatt 05/18/2011

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model : wwhhhaatt's user review

« Maybe just not for me »

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This pickup came stock in my ESP Stephen Carpenter 6 string which has an alder/maple body with a maple neck and ebony fret board and my ESP Eclipse which has a Mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fret board. My main amp is a framus cobra 100 watt tube amp and I also used a peavey 5150 and hughes & kettner triamp. I mainly play a mix of rock, metal, and very pedal effected looping.

When I first plugged in my SC6 I thought there was something wrong with it. The sound was just thin with tons of irritating treble and no real meat to the sound. The attack is great for cutting in a mix but the lack of fullness behind it just makes it sound like a stuck wah pedal to me. I tried a lot of different EQ settings on my amp to compensate but never really got a sound I liked. The wood combination of alder and ebony is a bit bright so I figured maybe it just wasn't a good match for this guitar. Using lower tunings made the pickup sound a little better to me but I never go below a c# so it had to go.

I replaced it with an Anderson H3

A few years later I bought the eclipse. The eclipse having the standard LP woods I figured the pickup would sound much better than my experience with the sc6. It was slightly better but still not for me. Fast leads sound good and it had a bit more low end compared to the SC but I still found it overly bright with a kind of stuck wah "quack" sound and not very full. Also as with the SC6 I thought the pickup sounded pretty good with real low tunings.

I replaced it with a Duncan Distortion