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

SH-8B Invader Bridge, Humbucker guitar pickup from Seymour Duncan in the High Output Humbuckers series.

wwhhhaatt 06/22/2011

Seymour Duncan SH-8B Invader Bridge : wwhhhaatt's user review

"Not for me"

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I'm only going to review the sound I got by using this pickup through my distortion channel as I hardly ever use a bridge pickup clean. My main amp is a framus cobra 100 watt tube amp and I also use a peavey 5150 as well as a hughes & ketteer triamp

I tried this pickup in two different guitars and got similar results. I first tried it out in a epiphone LP custom which is one of the nicer Epi guitars and A great deal if you don't want to spend the gibson bucks. It has the typical LP construction with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fret board. In this guitar it was just muddy and grainy sounding. Normally a muddy pickup will just be overly bass heavy and can sometimes be corrected with a bass cut on the amp but this had flubby bass and shrill highs. Working the EQ controls to overcome one problem only seemed to accentuate the other. Metal playing friends of mine suggested I give it a shot but it was not at all like I expected. I thought maybe that guitar just wasn't the right kind for this pickup.

Next I tried it in my Carvin DC127 which has an alder and mahogany body with a maple neck and ebony fret board. This guitar is normally very tight sounding but even it was a bit undefined in the low end with the invader. The ebony board also adds to the brightness of the guitar so the high end from the invader was even more accentuated. Once again I could not use any amount of EQing to get a sound out of it that I liked.

Some people get great results with this pickup so maybe I got a dud or maybe it's just very picky about the woods and set up you have.