Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Bridge Electric Guitar Pickup

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Gearank Recommendation

The Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB appeared on our recommended list for Budget Guitar Pickups in our first edition from November 2017 until December 2019.


The SH-4 JB has been one of Seymour Duncan’s most popular pickups for almost four decades, and is a perfect example of the quality that Seymour Duncan is known for. The pickup is what we would call a moderate/high output humbucker, hotter than a standard pickup but not quite into the bone crushing territory you find with true high output pickups.

The cool thing about this pickup is that even though it’s a bit hotter than standard pickups, you can still get really convincing clean and jazz tones (though the if you use this pickup in the bridge position jazz tones may be a bit harder to reach).

Like other Seymour Duncan pickups, the SH-4 JB is wax potted to help reduce microphonic feedback. This well come in handy if you’re going to be using this pickup at high volumes or with large amounts of gain.


  • Position: Bridge (Recommended)
  • Magnet Material: Alnico 5
  • Available Colors/Covers: Gold, Nickel
To see which pickups are currently on our recommended list go to our guide: The Best Budget Guitar Pickups.


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