Seymour Duncan Black Winter Humbucker Pickup

For extreme playing styles requiring brutal distortion and aggressive saturation, the demonic Black Winter humbucker has the most cruel tone around.
The Seymour Duncan Black Winter is a passive high output humbucker for 6-string electric guitar designed for extreme playing styles. It features unique cosmetic appointments such as a black bottom plate, black poles and screws, red wire, and most notably the Seymour Duncan logo in Old English font. Black Winter (OTC) is offered as an individual Neck humbucker pickup. Black Winter is 4-conductor and only available in black.

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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black, Bridge
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SEY BWBRIDGEBK
Black, Bridge and Neck
Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SEY BWSETBK
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Phone: 805-964-9610
(6 ratings)
Submitted April 6, 2015 by Oliver S in Harlingen, TX
"Black Winter = Awesomeness"
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I was always interested in these pickups after seeing tons of videos about it. I am not really a "metalhead" but when I get pumped up from listening to Mastodon or Stick to Your Guns or whoever, these pickups did the trick.

Sound
The sound from these pickups are INCREDIBLE. You can get a nice tight attack for 80's metal, do some sludge metal, do some chugga-chugga-woo-woo metal, a bunch of nice high-output metal; or if you want to dampen the sound a bit, just roll the tone a bit (or a lot as I do) and you still get a nice overdrive/distortion Gibson sound. But overall (since i only have one HH guitar that have these pickup in them) I just mostly use these to get a nice output sound whenever I want to play a similar metal-style.

Features
These are Seymour Duncans. They can have a very easy setup (straight to a volume and tone potentiometes) or you can use these pickups for a high blowout metal sound AND set it up with coil-split/coil-tap thanks to the extra wires SD puts with most of their humbuckers. I just used the normal wires as I used these pickups for my first guitar modification (on a Flying V copy - it sounds x1000 better with these).

Ease of Use
I'm not use to using 500k pots (I prefer 250k since I get a bunch of different sounds with a small turn from my strat, also loaded with SD Hot Rails) since you either leave the volume around 8-10 to get the best from the high output or 2-7 read more to stop getting that nice chug sound. I know most chugga-chugga-woo-woo players just keep all of the knobs at 10; but with a little experimenting you can still get a nice chunky sound if you roll the tone knob to about 3-6 without losing sound. I think everyone knows that, but it's just a fun fact just in case you would think these pickups are only made for metal.

Quality
I got what I paid for - super high quality, made in 'Murica, great sounding pickups that I do not regret getting. I've poked the magnets (my dog started to lick the pickups when I wasn't paying attention to the guitar) and everything and I am pretty sure these pickups will last years, maybe even forever.

Value
These pickups are worth the $179.95. I mostly go to zZounds since I'm a rebel and hate paying for tax and shipping (sorry Guitar Center) and this has been my best purchase yet!

Manufacturer Support
I haven't had to deal with zZounds or Seymour Duncan about support, but I know zZounds has helped me when I have returned many things (which I am sorry about) but these I don't think I will ever need to return these - nor do I think I can return pickups? I'll have to read about returns (but I'm not returning these).

The Wow Factor
The wow factor are these pickups in general - the fancy fancy yet brutal Seymour Duncan logo, the versatility of the pickups and the great chugga-chugga-woo-woo sound that this pickup creates.

Musical Background:
Ten year guitar vet, also plays viola and French Horn, now guitar hobbyist

Musical Style:
Alternative rock (similar to Dinosaur Jr.), experimental/progressive-rock (Chon, Pmtoday) some emo and some sludge metal (Mastod
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