Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
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Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge

SH-8B Invader Bridge, Humbucker guitar pickup from Seymour Duncan belonging to the SH-8 Invader model.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 23 reviews )
 14 reviews61 %
 5 reviews22 %
 2 reviews9 %
 2 reviews9 %
Value For Money : Excellent
tjon90105/24/2011

tjon901's review"Single minded metal machine"

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
The SH-8 Invader is a metal machine that can do nothing else. It has a unique look than other Seymour Duncans. It has 12 black oxide cap screws on the top of it. If the screws are this big that tells you how big and powerful the magnets are. With these huge magnets and screws you must look out of string pull. I noticed my sustain was was not as good as it was with a lower output pickup. String pull is when the magnetics of the pickup effect the strings. The magnets tug on the strings and stop them from vibrating freely. This lowers the sustain of the note being played on the string. Even with all the histrionics with the huge screws and what not the pickup is not noisy at all. Because the screws on this pickup are so big there is no tremolo size offered. The screws can pick up the strings equally well on both sizes. The Invader is a very hot bass heavy pickup. With these features you have to make sure you are putting it in the right type of guitar. You want to put it in a guitar that will balance out the sound. With the bass heavy voicing of the Invader you may want to put it in a slightly brighter wooded guitar to make the sound neutral. If you put this bassy pickup into an already bassy guitar the sound may become un-useable. The sound will be dark and muddy and totally undefined. With these characteristics it is un-useable in the neck position also. It is far too bassy for the neck position which already produces a bass heavy sound no matter what the pickup is. If you are looking for a pickup for the bridge position of your bright guitar and you only play metal this may be the pickup for you.
nickname00903/27/2011

nickname009's review"good for super tight metal! nothing else.."

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
Oh the famed invader pickup!! Made famous most likely due to James Hetfield using it back in the day on master of puppets. Can be coil tapped if you get the 4 conductor version. I've fortunately been able to use both the neck and bridge pickups together in a Jackson Stars Rhoads V. I have not tried it tapped.

as a neck pickup (CLEAN):
Not bad. Not shimmery or clean-like either. Though it is lower output than the bridge pickup. Clean it doesn't break up if you don't want it to, depending on where you set the height. Of course the magnets are HUGE, so the pickup height should definitely be set properly.

as a neck pickup (DIRTY):
The distortion is very modern with the ceramic pickup. I guess the best way to put it is gritty and a little bit crispy, yet thick at the same time. It's a very stiff sound, not very saggy and saturated at all, which, depending on your uses, can be a good thing.

as a bridge pickup (CLEAN):
Clean this pickup is definitely no fender single coil. It breaks up depending on your right hand technique, which is good for some. Though I personally don't mind break up, this type of break up is not what I'd prefer. Again, like the neck pickup the distortion sound is very stiff, even though it's very bassy it has a very specific sound. After owning the set for over 2 years I can almost hear it distinctly on songs/records or guitars. I wouldn't say this is a dynamic pickup, it doesn't clean up well with the volume rolled down, nor does it sound very good on low/medium gain.

Overall I think these are a great metal pickup and you're looking for a very tight sound with some grit. The clean is only average and not great. So it's not a very versatile pickup. On the positive, no matter how much gain you throw at it, it will stay tight.
Alex2523003/09/2007

Alex25230's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I use this mic since December 2006, replacing my Duncan Designed hb102 Jackson Dinky DK2 my (japan). So that's three months that I use on my Line6 spider2 75 watts.

I play mainly mtal (black, industrial and melodic) and I is its prfre EHJV! A cot on HB102 is really bland. With this mic in the bridge position, the palm mute
dcollent tapestry! In clean, the sound is nice but lacks a bit of warmth and roundness. For mtal, it is perfect with its high output, despite his claret distortion leve I use.

Compar an EMG 81, I find that the harmonics clips out more easily and clearly. The sound is a little more "draft" a EMG 81 is a little colder.
I also a DiMarzio DP100 prfre.

The price is certainly a little but this micro lev Mount hand the United States is well made trs. Here we see much diffrence between the Duncan Designed and "real" Seymour Duncan.

Yes, APRS utlisation 3 months, I certainly would do choose to replace a Duncan Designed.
corpsegrinder04/09/2004

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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
J have received and the Mount micro 2semaines ago, I did not know the ceramic pickups, and I'm about to comquis.j adhre above explaining the separation of tapestry! C is exactly ca.beaucoup gain, large level output but keeps my taste has a personnalit.je do not have the essaybr /> in clean dops are saturated but thanks to my brothers this monstre.pour single metal fans !!!!( korn and slipknot and manson, the true metal gods piss on your graves impure!)
I have the pay 75euros c is a second hand affaire.j not hesitate a second if c had to be rebuilt.
ratblues07/31/2003

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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
This is a Humbucker pickups ceramic
if the point I saw her say:
distortion invasive
bright
many serious
BIG SOUND .........