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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Ten year guitar vet, also plays viola and French Horn, now guitar hobbyist
Alternative rock (similar to Dinosaur Jr.), experimental/progressive-rock (Chon, Pmtoday) some emo and some sludge metal (Mastod
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