Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge
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Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge

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SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge, Humbucker guitar pickup from Seymour Duncan in the High Output Humbuckers series.


23 user reviews

Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Seymour Duncan
  • Model:SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge
  • Series:High Output Humbuckers
  • Category:Humbucker guitar pickups
  • Added in our database on: 03/25/2004

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Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 23 reviews )
 13 reviews57 %
 7 reviews30 %
 2 reviews9 %
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jkessel05/01/2012

jkessel's review"Very tight, great metal pickup!!!"

Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge
I bought this in black, G spaced, and installed it in an ibanez xiphos XPT750. These have a ceramic magnet and have 6 slugs on one side and 6 flat head screws on the other. Slugs give off more low end and thickness while flat heads give more aggressiveness, along with some brightness. Ceramic magnets make them brighter and more modern sounding. They are a higher output pickup designed for hard rock and metal (hence the name, duncan distortion). They have very tight low end, which is crucial for faster metal styles. Some complain they are a bit too bright but I thought they were great. I had them in a mahogany guitar so that smoothed out the high end a bit. These are very tight and have great grind to them. They're aggressive but still smooth enough to sound great for bluesy leads and cleans. They also work great for low tunings. I had the xiphos at times tuned to B standard and these remained tight and articulate. Didn't flub out or get muddy. I play mostly modern metal similar to Machine Head and this works great for that. It handles the low tuning great, very clear with good definition. It’s thick sounding, although not as thick as a Duncan Invader, but still thick. It’s rumored that Kirk Hammett had one in the bridge of his black Gibson Flying V in the early to mid 80s with MetallicA. I can’t verify that so I’m not stating it as a fact. But regardless this pickup is great for all styles of music but really shines for metal. Also Dimebag Darrell of Pantera had one of these in his 1979 Dean ML standard, nicknamed “rock n roll over”, but more commonly known now as the FBD (far beyond driven) ML. He had a L500XL in there for a while but currently it sits with a Duncan Distortion.
I'd recommend these to anyone, even outside metal, looking for a very tight pickup that excels at high gain and low tunings.
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Hatsubai03/29/2011

Hatsubai's review"Very tight and bitey"

Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge
The Seymour Duncan Distortion is a new take on the JB. It features the same slugs on one coil, adjustable screw heads on the other and four conductor wiring. However, it has a ceramic magnet installed inside of it. This is what gives it its tone.

The Distortion is one of the tighter pickups that Seymour Duncan offers. The bass on this is ample enough to be fat but without being flubby. The midrange on this is fairly even sounding, and the treble is extended a bit thanks to the ceramic magnet. In reality, it’s just a JB with a ceramic (or maybe two or three of them stacked on top of each other) magnet(s) installed.

This is a very polarizing pickup as it depends on what you’re going for. Some metal guys love it for its very tight and searing quality. I’m generally one of those people. However, some find the treble to be a bit too much. I’ve experienced that in certain guitars as well. Like all Seymour Duncan pickups, it really depends on how the guitar sounds before you install the pickup. I’ve had good and bad luck in both mahogany and alder. My number one go-to pickup is the Duncan Custom, but the Duncan Distortion is currently in my number one guitar at the moment. Go figure. It just matched so perfectly that I have absolutely no desire to pull it out.

If you’re a metal player and looking for a tight pickup, I recommend checking this out. It’s a really good pickup for those machine gun riffs. However, just be aware that it can be bright if you’re not careful. If your guitar is already bright, you might want to try out the Custom instead. The nice thing is that Seymour Duncan has a return policy where they’ll let you swap out a pickup if you’re not satisfied with it.
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Audiofanzine FR12/05/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge
(Originally written by astronomicon/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Perfect for the music I play: extreme heavy metal, hard rock and blues... The sound character is very close to an SH-8 but brighter, with tighter lows and low-mids... This pickup is very powerful and is a good compromise between the SH-8 and an SH-5!!!

The clean sound is ok and even good if you split the coils... But don't expect much more, it's a Duncan DISTORTION!
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Audiofanzine FR12/04/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Seymour Duncan SH-6B Duncan Distortion Bridge
(Originally written by Revan#/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
I installed it on an Ibanez RG321 (a mid-range instrument).

I wanted to upgrade the original pickups because they didn't match my tuning (drop B) and the sound was not accurate enough with distortion...

I searched a long time for the right pickup and I think I found it! In the beginning I was surprised by the very present mids...

But after a while I understood that this strong mid frequency response makes my guitar cut through the mix. The sound is more dynamic and the gain higher... The sound precision is stunning and this pickup can easily compete with active models.

The output level is also very high and with many overtones... The sound is warm and has a strong character!

The sound versatility is stunning regardless of the tuning. The sound is always clear and dynamic. Your amp will come to life. Even with drop B tuning the sound remains clean and accurate and the pickup doesn't generate any noise.

The SH-6 can be split, which is a great for clean sounds, and even though it's not the best pickup for clean sounds it does perform better than a 81...

I've had it for three months and I would certainly buy it again.

I recommend it first and foremost to people looking for an alternative to the characterless EMG pickups. If you want a warm, aggressive, accurate and dynamic sound, this pickup is made for you.

Update: a lot of people suggest, rightfully, that you should use it with a heavy string set... Which is normal considering the pickup is conceived for down tuning fans
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