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Seymour Duncan Gets Heavy With Their High Output SH-15 Alternative 8 Humbucker

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Santa Barbara, California, Monday, April 14, 2008 - Face it. Guitar tones are getting heavier and heavier. It’s just the state of modern rock music today. That’s a fact. Seymour Duncan has responded with the SH-15 Alternative 8, their first production pickup to use an Alnico 8 magnet. The Alternative 8 starts with hot coils wound for maximum output. With the addition of the Alnico 8 magnet, the output is enhanced with a huge, punchy sound, full of fat mids and present upper-mids. This is a dynamic pickup that doesn’t get sizzly or dark. The Alternative 8 is perfect for all rock styles and it’s great for use with high gain amps.

The Alternative 8 is recommended for the bridge position and it’s available uncovered, with gold or nickel covers, and in Trembucker spacing. It matches great with a moderate output neck pickup like the SH-1n ’59 or the SH-2n Jazz Model.

Duncan recommends pairing the Alternative 8 with one their distortion pedals like the SFX-04 Twin Tube Mayhem, the SFX-05 Lava Box or the SFX-08 Power Grid distortion for genre-spanning guitar tones that range from straight-ahead rock to blazing metalcore.

The SH-15 is vacuum wax potted for squeal-free performance. Mounting hardware (screws and springs) is included as is a detailed wiring diagram. The Alternative 8 is hand built in Duncan’s Santa Barbara, California factory.

Alnico 8 Specifications


  • Magnet: Alnico 8 Bar
  • DC Resistance: 17.68k
  • Resonant Peak: 4.46KHz
  • Cable: Four Conductor

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