Seymour Duncan SH-4 and SH-2n Hot Rodded Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set

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The Seymour Duncan SH-4 and SH-2n Set appeared on our recommended list for Guitar Pickup Sets Under $150 in 2 consecutive editions from December 2019 until November 2021 when it was removed due to a price increase that made it ineligible for the list.


Seymour came up with the design of this pickup back in 1974, and up to this day, the SH-4 and SH-2n combination is still one of the most sought after.

The SH-4, also called JB Model, has an alnico 5 bar magnet and a coil that’s especially tweaked to give the pickup a mid-scooped tone with emphasis on the lows and highs that work well for many musical genres.

Used by the likes of Jeff Beck, Randy Rhoads, and many more, the SH-2n is the company’s most versatile bridge humbucker. It has and is still used in different styles of music from country, to blues to modern metal. More importantly, it is designed to complement high output bridge humbuckers, which makes it the best partner for the SH-4.


  • Position: Neck
  • Magnet Material: Alnico 5
  • String Spacing: Les Paul
  • Available Colors/Covers: Black
This was previously on our recommended list for Guitar Pickup Sets Under $150 but was removed due to a price increase.


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