Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts (vid up now)

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Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts (vid up now)

Postby noob_pwn » Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:16 am

These are the pickups dubbed "EMG Killers" and they sure live up to their name. My new favourites, i have chosen these over all other high gain pickups to arm my axes. If theres anything else you would like to know about blackouts from me just leave me a question.

theyre definately worth straying the beaten path for guys, they are just perfect for me and great pickups to use live, they have an incredible amount of prescence to them and therefore cut through the mix like "a knife through butter". Because of this unmatched prescence and clarity blackouts are ideal for dropped tunings.

leads on the neck are super-creamy and the most harmonically rich pickups ive ever heard. The bridge is extremely crunchy and clear but with so much output it's surprising it does. They are extremely revealing to poor playing and super sensitive not only to your left hand's accuracy but also your right hand technique, much more so than any other pickup with this amount of output. Harmonics on the bridge are absoultely ridiculous and blackouts work exceptionally well if you drive either the front or rear end of your amp. They are very responisve to every little nuance in your setup and very low on noise although have a very sweet feedback response.

They sustain similar to other actives pickups, extremely well. If you didnt like other active duncans dont be put off, blackouts to me are a leap ahead of all competition.
You could liken the neck/ bridge sound combination to that of an EMG81/85 combo in principle but not tone.

I have mine wired on all guitars with 2 volumes which is very useful for cleans as you can bias between neck and bridge with your switch in the middle and roll off the volume to rid any breakup, but because of their design dynamics and tone are retained. They seem to be one of the only pickup combos ive used where the neck and bridge in unison is useable to the same degree as each pickup individually for high gain leads,

Dynamics and tone are what sets blackouts ahead of the rest, they really leave nothing to be desired, they sound absoutely huge but are still warm and natural...

in all, if you choose these they will really challenge you to tighten up your playing in all aspects and aren't the right pickup for beginners. If you have the skills and the rig they will absolutely blow your mind, especially in live applications. I would reccomend them to you all a head over every other active pickup on the market.
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Postby Justinschut » Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:54 am

any clips ?

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Postby Guy in Latvia » Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:13 pm

good review, now i gotta wait till feb. to order mine...

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Postby hermz » Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:52 pm

I'll have to try these out at some point.

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Postby Spin » Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:30 pm

must post clips.

Do you have guitars with EMGs? I'd like to see some sort of comparison clip. That would help everyone heaps here.

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Postby noob_pwn » Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:31 pm

Justinschut wrote:any clips ?

no but i am using them in the studio to record my band's demo at the moment, in fact i used them today.
You will be able to hear these in about 2 weeks or so.
i dont have gear to record with that will give you a true tonal representation, seymour have their return policy so if you buy them to test out you could always swap them back for something more conventional.

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Postby noob_pwn » Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:34 pm

Spin wrote:must post clips.

Do you have guitars with EMGs? I'd like to see some sort of comparison clip. That would help everyone heaps here.
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nup sorry, i was going to put an 81/85 set in a guitar im putting together for some tonal variety but i liked the blackouts so much better than EMG's i didnt see the point.

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Postby Justinschut » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:29 am

hmm, not much of a demo :? thanks for the link tho

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Postby Spirit Crusher » Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:31 pm

Indeed. Less talking and more playing lol.

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Postby noob_pwn » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:26 pm

haha be nice no making fun of my crappy lead attempts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcj_56a1His

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Postby guitarsatbmusic » Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:34 pm

Nice video. I guess we can blame YouTube compression for them sounding like any ol' EMG set :?
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Postby Spin » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:56 am

Nice. I can hear the difference in the presence. I see what you mean when you say it's good for staccato, because it sounds awesome that way, but if you don't staccato and just keep stroking, the presence would go out of control.

Nice and relaxed as always. Thanks for the clip.

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Postby Justinschut » Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:39 am

sounds good to me 8)

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Postby TLITD69 » Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:42 pm

noob_pwn wrote:haha be nice no making fun of my crappy lead attempts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcj_56a1His


Nice playing, but that's nothing any EMG can't do imo.


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