Great set of pickups!!!
My other set of SD pickups are the SH-6 Meyham, which are in my Les Paul, which I love the way they sound, but I wanted something a little different that can really bring my covers of the 70s, 80s, and 90s alive, and yet can also voice today's metal sound with ease. So I took a chance and placed an order on this set....and I tell you, YouTube demos just don't do it justice. The pickups really shine as the SH-4 really brings out the fat sound out of my S Series Ibanez, which the thin body typically doesn't project well. Compared to my SH-6, the SH-4 is slightly less aggressive...or perhaps I should say, it is not as harsh sounding when in overdrive. While the SH-6 is slightly mid-scooped sounding the SH-4 is warmer in the mids. While my SH-6 is loser in the bottom end, the SH-4 is tighter. But both are great for different purposes. I noticed that when playing songs like, Crazy Train, Bark At The Moon, or other tunes along Dream Theater, VH, White Snake, Journey, Aerosmith, or Iron Maiden, the SH-4 sounds better in that it offers a slightly tighter rhythm with a little more mid, which allows it to mimic the sound of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s a lot better. But of course, for drop-D playing or 7 strings metal, my SH-6's slightly scooped mid and harsher upper makes it a better metal ax without a doubt. Both can do anything really....and they both do sound great no matter what style of music you play. AND the SH-2 (neck pickup), WOW, it's just amazing sounding. Though it's a humbucker, man, it really makes my Ibanez (when switched to the neck PU) sound a lot like a single coil pickup. My ax was sounding like I was using a Fender strat. Overall, this is a super nice set to add to my collection of sound - ranging from my 498 and 490T (in my LP), Classic 57 PUs (in my other LP), and to my SH-6 Meyhams (in another one of my LP)....now with this set, all my sounds are covered. Thanks SD and many thanks to Sweetwater for sending this out to me super quick.