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Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Active Humbucker Pickups

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Product Description

Seymour Duncan AHB1 Blackouts are the result of serious research.
These 9-volt active humbuckers deliver a less compressed tone, with a more extended frequency response. In Duncan's efforts to solve the issues involved in achieving that goal, they discovered that some of the most popular active pickups have what they consider a design flaw in their circuit architecture.

They use unbalanced inputs in a differential preamp. The problem is, an unbalanced differential preamp is not very effective at cancelling hum. Seymour Duncan engineers figured out how to capture the tone that players want in an active design, but using balanced inputs.

The result is that not only do these Seymour Duncan Blackouts active humbuckers have less hum than the competition, but they also have more lows, more highs, and more output. Simply put, the Blackouts have more tone than other active pickups. Players will notice the benefits of the reduced hum when they record, especially if they’re around computer monitors or fluorescent lighting. As for the benefits of having more tone, well those will be apparent everywhere.

Blackouts are available in individual neck and bridge models, or as a two-pickup set. All versions come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.

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Phone:  805-964-9610 Warranty:  1 Year (if not altered)

Product Specifications

Product Specifications

AHB-1 Blackout Bridge Model Specifications

  • Resonant Frequency: 530 Hz
  • Average Output Voltage: 2.00 Volts RMS (1)
  • Maximum Output Voltage: 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
  • Noise: -96dBV
  • Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
  • Current Consumption: 350 micro-amperes
  • Battery Life: 1420 hours (3)
  • Preamp Topology: Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
  • Preamp Gain: 18 dB
  • Preamp THD @ 1V: .003%

Notes:
(1) Output voltage measured under the following conditions:
a. Pickups installed in a guitar and set up for typical playing conditions.
b. Neck pickup adjusted approx. 3/16” from strings.
c. Bridge pickup adjusted approx. 1/8” from strings.
d. String gauge used - .010 to .046
e. Open E-chord strummed at moderate intensity.
f. 5 sample average reading taken using storage oscilloscope.
(2) Maximum output voltage is taken at the onset of clipping in the preamp when powered from a 9 Volt source.
Battery life computed for one pickup. Divide by two for life of set.

Customer Reviews

Angel De Santiago from piedras negras, angel_wayo@hotmail.com Submitted: 7/5/2011
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GREAT PICKUPS
Product Rating
PERFECT QUALITY
Your general opinion of this product.
i own this pickups AND ARE AWESOME
HEAVY lml its sound heavy whit big distortions
Dark and smooth
that black look are great and look great in every guitar
PERFECT
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Alex C from North Woodstock, NH, froggydogg69@gmail.com Submitted: 4/25/2010
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Subject
The cure for my ailing tone
Seymour Duncan is one of the two biggest names in pups, so it better be good!
So far so good. As well as you properly install it you should have no issues.
Your general opinion of this product.
I put this pickup in my Ibanez SZ720 to replace the Duncan designed stock pickup and it was great improvement!
From what I hear these pickups are very responsive to the guitar it's installed in. I put it in a maple-topped mahogany guitar and it definitely "filled out" the sound I had before.
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Brian S. from Broomfield, CO, USA Submitted: 9/14/2008
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Similar to EMGs, but not quite there...
The Blackout seems well-made enough. I noticed the exposed circuit board on the underside of the p/u, which makes me think they shaved a few bucks off of the price by not sealing it like EMG does. Overall, I'm sure it will last as long as you don't spill beer on it.
I've only used for a couple days, so I can't say much yet about reliability.
Your general opinion of this product.
I think Duncan has done a nice job trying to compete with EMG, but for my taste, the sound was a little too bassy for me (see Tone question).
It was very easy to wire up with the quick-connect option. Took 5 minutes to replace my EMG85 pickup.
To give a frame of reference, I'll compare with my EMG81 and EMG85. Right off, I noticed that the output of the Blackout was considerably higher than the 81 or 85. This was great for leads but broke up clean channels very easily. Overall, the tone was similar to the EMG85 except for the higher output and larger bass response. In fact, it was a little too bassy for my taste, but the other frequencies seemed almost identical to the 85.
Arrived in good condition.
I set pickup height to ~1/8" below the depressed low-E string.
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