Seymour Duncan SH-6 Mayhem Humbucker Pickup Set

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97 out of 100. Incorporating 300+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$159
Seymour Duncan SH-6 Mayhem Humbucker Pickup Set

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 97/100 is based on analysis of 300+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Seymour Duncan Mayhem Humbucker set consists of matched SH-6 Duncan Distortion pickups.

Meant to kick tube amps into saturation, the Duncan Distortion is a high output wind with a large ceramic magnet.

An accentuated high midrange and treble gives a strong pick attack while a broad but tight lower midrange gives heavy palm mutes, staccato riffing, and fast tremolo picking a bold and assertive sound.

Ola Englund of Feared made his early amp demo videos with Duncan Distortion equipped guitars.

Specifications:

  • Position: Neck and Bridge
  • Magnet Material: Ceramic
  • Dimensions: Not Stated
  • String Spacing: Not Applicable
  • Available Colors/Covers: 12 color variations

Pros
Users that put them into their guitars experienced a noticeable upgrade. Many guitars come stock with middle-of-the-road pickups, one said. Putting the SH-6 Mayhem set into their guitars, several users noted that they felt the guitar come alive and have the right amount of aggression, clarity, and weight for all kinds of metal tones.

Cons
Some wished that the neck pickup wasn't as aggressive. They couldn't get a clean tone without lowering the pickup.

Overall
The Mayhem set is not for the faint of heart. If all you want is a balls-to-the-wall metal tone, this is the set to go for.

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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