Seymour Duncan SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickup - Black Set

High-output British-flavored Humbucker Set - Black
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Big British Tones

Hot rod your guitar with the Seymour Duncan SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker pickup. Needless to say, this is the ultimate in vintage rock tone. Inspired by Seymour's stint in London in the early '70s, the SH-18 pulls from his experience working with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Who, Jimmy Page, and many more. Wound with 42-gauge plain-enamel wire and sporting sand-cast alnico magnets, the Whole Lotta Humbucker is an exact replica of the custom pickups Seymour made for those legendary players. The massive output and higher frequency response will make your amp sing like never before. Seymour Duncan's SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker pickup delivers the warmth, intensity, and character that you've come to expect from a British-rock humbucker. Call Sweetwater and order yours today!

Seymour Duncan SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickup at a Glance:
  • Sound
  • Complete setup

The Seymour Duncan SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker is chock-full of British-rock tones. This beefed up vintage PAF tone provides a hard-driving, kickin' sound with the right balance of power, sustain, and output. This pickup cuts through with a distinctive high end and midrange attack. The alnico magnets and vintage coil design give it higher frequency response and massive output to drive your amp. The SH-18 comes with four-conductor hookup cable to facilitate complex pickup switching configurations.

Complete setup

The Seymour Duncan SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker is available for both neck and bridge positions. Great for classic rock tones. Perfect for mahogany-bodied guitars with maple tops.

Seymour Duncan SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickup Features:
  • Humbucking pickup design delivers big output with higher frequency response
  • Sand-cast alnico magnets for a balanced magnetic field
  • Wrapped using 42-gauge plain-enamel wire
  • Four-conductor wire for access to all possible phase-reversal and coil tap options
Capture that classic British-rock sound with the Seymour Duncan SH-18 Whole Lotta Humbucker!

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Multiple
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Uncovered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 11102-89-B

Customer Reviews

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Thank you

Thank you Mr Ducan for making the pickup I have been looking for, for a long, long time. Now that the search is over, I don't know what I'll do now. Guess I'll get some fish or a dog.
Music background: playing 27 years, everywhere and anywhere.

Whole Lotta Humbucker!

I recently bought a set of the double black Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickups. WOW!!!! These pickups have to be one of the best Seymour Duncan makes. A few weeks after I received them in the mail my guitar tech installed them in my new Epiphone Les Paul Custom Silverburst. First let me say that an experienced guitar tech should install them if you want coil tapping and the out of phase options on your guitar. Now for the good stuff. These humbuckers are clear as a bell regardless of clean or over drive settings. No muddy sound here. Add coil tapping and out of phase and you have about 13 or 14 sound possibilities. So if your thinking of buying a set call Sweetwater Sound and get ready to be seriously blown away by how great they sound. My sales Rep Derek Senestraro is always helpful with seeing that my orders are sent without any problems.
Music background: Hobbyist

Wish I Had Tried These Sooner...

Yes - more output, but not more mud. Nice, across the board response. If I had to choose one word to describe these pickups, it would be 'articulate'. Beautiful clean, but even when driven to dismay retain clarity and definition without sounding dry or sterile... not these lovelies. Besides testing the favorites, I've had pickups custom wound for certain qualities for decades. These were a perfect fit right out of the box. Want to bring some clarity to your Les Paul, and keep the heart and soul? Give these a go.For my sound, I rely upon the natural drive of a cranked tube amp; the woods of my guitars and pickups that will let all that tonal goodness shine through. Really happy with these. Been jammin' them awhile now with no disappointments. I'll be keeping these in my main player.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician, Life long player

Strong upper mids

The guitar I tried these in is pretty bright and snappy to begin with. (Carvin Holdsworth headless with mahogany neck and body instead of the stock maple neck and alder body with birch cap) These pickups almost sound like they have a built-in Rangemaster treble boost. So not for that guitar, for my purposes. I was careful not to damage them and took advantage of Seymour Duncan's exchange policy. This guitar is much better for me with the APH-2 Alnico Slash set. Warmer, smoother, still plenty of top end. Sometimes it takes trying a few different pickups before I find the guitar's voice that works for me.
See also: Guitar Pickups, Seymour Duncan, Seymour Duncan Electric Guitar Pickups