Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
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

rarson's review

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I've been using this pickup for a few weeks now. I installed it into a Switch Wild One guitar, which is a solid body guitar made out of "Vibracell" material (plastic) with a single humbucking pickup in the bridge. I had planned on changing the pickup before I even got the guitar because I'm a pretty big fan of Seymour Duncan pickups, but the Switch pickup sounded pretty good, better than I was expecting, so I waited a while to change it out which turned out to be a good thing, as I had gotten used to the sound of the old pickup.

The first thing I noticed is that the output of this pickup is much higher. That is to be expected, as the Invader is designed to be a high output passive pickup. Despite the higher output, it sounds as if the noise that this pickup makes is actually lower. Perhaps the noise is masked somewhat by the higher output, but I've listened closely to the pickup without playing it, and I can't hear anything.

I wired the pickup to the coil tap switch just like the old one, and what I've noticed is that, when playing the guitar clean, the output drop from humbucker to single-coil is more than it was with the old pickup. This makes sense to me though; if there are two coils and both have hotter outputs, then obviously dropping one out will make a bigger difference because you're losing more output. Anyway, I say this is noticeable when playing clean because when you throw a couple effects into the mix, it becomes a moot point.

One of the great things about this pickup is that it seems to be more flexible because of the higher output. Some of my effects change their character quite a bit when I use the volume knob on the guitar, and when I tried the new pickup, it immediately threw the pedals into overdrive, almost a bit too much. The range of the volume knob has basically been extended.

Some hot humbuckers seem to get a bit dirty at full volume, even when played clean, but this pickup sounds clean to me. Cleaner than the Hot Rails for Strat that I have in my other guitar (which isn't very dirty at all). Even when playing hard, it's just not dirty, just nice and loud. Traits like this are what always impressed me and made me come back to Duncan pickups again and again.

This pickup at full volume thrashes the Little Big Muff and tears my Synth Mangler a new one. Sometimes I have to dial it down a bit for the Synth Mangler, but it's always been useful to adjust the volume knob with the Mangler; now it is even more so. And yet the pickup is good for just about anything. It's got a great, full clean sound.

I've heard some people say that once you put an Invader into your guitar, you won't want to play another guitar without one. I can see why they say that. It's a fantastic pickup. For me personally though, I'm not going to be replacing every pickup in every guitar with an Invader, because that's just not my style. If I didn't like trying new pickups, this would be a good one to stick with though. I'm pretty sure I like it a little more than the Hot Rails, which I already loved. Duncan is simply the brand I go to when I look for pickups, and this is another example why.

The pickup was a bit of a surprise to me, for the reason that I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. You can read about the pickup and Duncan's recommendations for applications of it on their website, but from reading that, I was almost expecting this hot humbucker to be dirty. I'd say it's as clean as a humbucker gets, which is a great thing. It's simply LOUD. I think the only hotter pickup you could get from Duncan would be an active.

I can't say enough about how much I like this pickup. It's just great. It almost seems a shame that Seymour Duncan recommends it for heavier styles of music, because I feel it could be suitable for just about anything with a simple tweak of the volume knob.

Oh, I almost forgot: the single-coil sound is great! It sounds pretty much exactly like a nice Strat on the bridge, very bright and yet full. Crystal clear sound. The old pickup was good but didn't sound too great as a single-coil. But this pickup sounds fantastic!

I can't ask for anything more from such a reasonable priced pickup. No real flaws at all.

MGR/BLAIR PORTER's review"Seymour Duncan Invader Humbucker"

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I ordered it from America early this year, because i needed a more powerfull sound for the music i play , i payed $300 for it.

I like the fullness of the tone it gives and the power of it and it has large harmonics which i really like, and also the way it looks

there is nothing i really dislike about the invader because its perfect for the type of music i play , mainly punk and metal.

it is very good quality its a top of the range pickup. it looks like a normal Humbucker but is a bit funny looking.

the invader is used by Tom Delonge from Blink 182 , but if ur a heavy freak dont let that put you it off , the invader is also ideal for playing metal.

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Ju13090's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Large blocks / Big Sound!"

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I use it for 4 years

The micro paté en croute sending, 510 or 520 millivolts, Bass Treble 7 8 Medium 4.

A big gain, a mic to thrash or death nothing else.

There is not much to say about a micro knowing that his report will depend on the wood of the guitar.

Mine has a mahogany body and the guitar on which I played before was also mahogany, the sound is very low load and medium, absolutely no acute loud with this microphone.

It can also be mounted on a body with a maple table to win in acute and clarity.

To take full advantage I recommend playing with a big pull.

It blows very easily, palm mutes are also of grave sustain like a gogo.

But do not forget to use Death or Thrash only.

It suits me personally for several years.

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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
How long you use it?

It's been since I bought my first Fender Tom Delonge Signature Strat on which it was originally fitted, therefore, about 8 years ...

Did you tried many other models before buying it?

Some yes. Mainly simple microphones at the time ... Today, I also have a '57 ES335 with classic fitted as original, obviously nothing to do with the HS-8. They have the name of humbuckers in common, we can not compare them. But I've tried other humbuckers of different brands and manufacturers and it is he who I like best!

What is so special that you love the most, least?

I love her look already! Especially white with black dots! Sends it on my strats like no other! Then of course its her! It is powerful, warm, full of harmonics ... It blends perfectly with alder and rosewood! It looks better than a maple fingerboard I think (I own a Strat equipped microphone with a maple fingerboard).
Contrary to what some say, playing with its volume (at least one connection with "treble bleed"), we arrive at much the sound and nuance to get sounds from the same country, although crunch. It's really beautiful little we know well the mic and we have the proper gear. This mic is a formidable weapon even in areas where we think "not suitable". For the less I find it ...

How would you rate the quality / price?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...

quality / price excellent!
I would do this choice even 1000 times in a row!

Freke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Too many say they gain?"

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
This is a high gain microphone to play mainly metal. After this point, we stop complaining like "too much gain, too rough, not prcis, I can not get my shovel struck a 3000 euros to play sounds clear etc etc

But p. .. B ... In this case do not buy High gain pickups that run only for the distortion. they are like microphones or sh13 Dimarzio102x2n
conus who itches for cheveulu grimey old riffs and violent pack of beer between his cellar.

When you want a versatile micro cares not be 100 euros into a microphone to complain mtal APRS 2 days of being able to play the brassens. There are the sites of manufacturers has.

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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I tried a microphone with a particular grain, a big win for fat saturation well. Not wanting to fall into the coldness of an EMG active or other micro surgery, I began a search for a little passive microwave Vellu so to speak.
To summarize I needed a powerful bridge pickup, hot, passive, making the rounds of all manufacturers of micro, in SeymourDuncan minterpelle something "like he has a name of this killer mike: Invader".

I mount the mic to replace the bridge pickup in my Gibson LP Gothic.
my config is simple, just plug into a Les Paul Bogner Alchemist 112
Sound clear: powerful micro crunh easily on the clean, ultimately the sound is aggressive, in some case can be intressant. well I have to buy for crystal clear sound so clear sound correct.

the crunch, then it's magical, micro well sought not to attack more or less VLOC on the ropes. It happens easily move from its hard rock "old school" a little mushy, warm, has its type blues.

The first finding its saturated with EQ while at noon, the sound is really low load, few rglage APRS, I find a loud, bold, warm, and quite specific on. for those interested in "neo metal" I do not think this is great. that is either a riff or solo the mic is awesome, for the "mad shredder" was going to lack some precision, but that's not what I want.

- Good value quality price (purchase less than 80 new at ThoTho
- Clear sound correct (even when it is not his first goal)
- A saturation killer
- To do again I repeat this microphone.

I will pair it with a Duncan Jazz neck pickup to see what history has given.


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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I have this mic for 1 year and a half white version. Used to upgrade the sound of my little Washburn WI 14 (comfortable handle but its not top top). He filled his role well, super powerful, it can be used with a distortion. My little guitar can be taken SERIOUS!
experience with this choice I would do! very good value for money for the upgrade but beware, only suitable for distorted sound!

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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
Hi I use this microphone for the past 6 months is that of happiness as there disent.quand I mounted my viper I have not followed santi the difference but I got to use a slap is my game that would adapt to the microphones and powerful sound is wonderful, a fire attack. it sounds to death so I needed to mic the sound of scratching I was looking for. on my peavey express 112 NewGen and 4x12 cabinet is "my sound" I would change so much that his work I used without modification. I'm looking for too long!

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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I use this mic for a year, it is mounted original signature on my strat T. Delonge.

I love the sound it makes, both in clear that big crunch or distortion.
After, it depends on the guitar on which it is mounted. The wood of my guitar is sparse (alder, just bring the guitar to realize that Gibson is too heavy for a human), the clean sounds (well clear ... if there were ) are wonderful.
For obtaining a "clean" with this microphone is virtually impossible. on the other hand, we get downright mind-blowing sounds in the crunch and slight distortion-overdrive. Rockabilly and blues sound is then your friend

But it is on this microphone is made for distortion. Serious when it sends the gain of my amp is over 6 (and yet, I have a Laney VC-30). With a distortion pedal worthy of the name is ecstasy.

A very good micro so I do not regret my choice. In addition, it has a tendency to produce a typed his "TV" (the famous twang) on ​​my guitar ... not bad

The only downside to this microphone is probably its output level that would raise a Burstbucker a microphone girl ... if not, is that good, as long as you do not play jazz

If you need a micro typed "big sound", playing everything from rock (red hot, muse, the metal (in good taste, like RATM or SOAD), and comfortable enough to play the blues or OBN old rock 60's-70's (Hendrix, AC / DC) and the blues or rockabilly (beautiful by reducing the volume of the microphone), this microphone is for you. on the other hand, fans of jazzy sounds, go your way.

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

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge
I did install for quite some time this microphone (7-string version) on my BC Rich Warlock NJ-7 (7 Strings) in the bridge position. For several days I did install the same microphone in the neck position. ARGGGGGGGGGG why I'm not her instead!! Fuck the two microphones set it sounds good Metal and nothing else ... Anyway why do they (the guitar too)!

In the neck position (tested with a POD Pro and AmpliTube) there are serious! Careful not to abuse it down anyway (low cut required in the console), but the solos there is no limit! I was surprised at the intermediate position that I never use. A huge sound that emerges in this position, a mix between the two microphones very consistent and very powerful. Passed a microphone to the other keeps the same tone color, I personally find it convenient because I do not change the preset, no difference in level ...

In the clear (neck position) the sound is ok for arpeggios but nothing special.
With experience, you do again this choice? ... YES