Seymour Duncan SH-6b Duncan Distortion Humbucker Pickup - Black

High-output Bridge Humbucker - Black
Seymour Duncan SH-6b Duncan Distortion Humbucker Pickup - Black image 1
Seymour Duncan SH-6b Duncan Distortion Humbucker Pickup - Black image 1
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Seymour Duncan Pickups - It's all about the tone!

As the name implies, the SH-6 Distortion is perfect for driving - or overdriving - your amp's input, yielding a ton of crunch while maintaining clarity. This high output humbucker is perfect for metal of any flavor, and also fares well in other styles of high-aggression music. This power/clarity combination comes from the enormous ceramic magnet and hot coil windings that merge to create a sound full of rawness. For punchy tones that cut through the mix - even in drop tunings - the SH-6 Distortion certainly delivers.

Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion at a Glance:
  • Sound
  • Complete setup

The SH-6 Distortion is a high-output humbucker built for aggressive playing styles. It's recommended for old school metal, nu-metal, gothic, garage, punk, thrash, and other heavy rock styles, and is great for drop tunings. The SH-6 yields high output while retaining clarity. The massive ceramic magnet and hot coil windings deliver tremendous power and raw distorted rock sounds, and create more aggressive tones than the SH-5 Duncan Custom. The SH-6 comes with four-conductor hookup cable to facilitate complex pickup switching setups.
Complete setup
The SH-6 Distortion is available for both neck and bridge positions, and often a Distortion bridge is paired with an SH-2n Jazz Model in the neck for good clean tones and versatility. The SH-6 is for balanced and warm instruments, and works especially well with rosewood fingerboards.

Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Features:
  • High output
  • Humbucker
  • Standard spacing, Learn more...
  • Color: Black
  • Bridge position
  • Ceramic magnets
  • Hot coil windings
  • Raw and aggressive tones
Your tone begins with Seymour Duncan pickups!

Why Choose Seymour Duncan?
Quite simply, it boils down to tone. Seymour Duncan has spent the majority of his life refining the art of creating pickups. Seymour Duncan is dedicated to getting the best tone possible from his pickups, from modern metal monsters to faithful reproductions of gems from the '50s and '60s. We know tone is important to you which is why we choose to carry Seymour Duncan pickups. With the massive amount of pickups available from Seymour Duncan, you're certain to find the sound you've been looking for.

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Ceramic
Position Bridge
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Uncovered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 11102-21-B

Customer Reviews

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This pickup is awesome. Really brought my guitar to life. Perfect for great 80's metal tones.

Duncan SH-6B / Humbucker Happy!

I swapped out the stock pickups on my HSS Mexican Strat with Seymour Duncan's. In the neck and middle pickup positions I installed two Quarter Pounders and in the bridge position the SH-6b. The result, a wonderfully balanced guitar. The single coils give me the classic Fender tone with attitude and the SH - 6b more growl than you can image. Truly the best of both worlds! As is custom with Sweetwater, fantastic customer service with a special shout out to my sales rep Randy Akins.
Music background: Serious hobbyist

Duncan Distortion

great pickup for metal, hardcore, maybe rock
Music background: hardcore

Duncan Distortion

I put a Duncan Distortion in my '78 SG back in 1985, and it's still residing there to this day. I fell in love with the sweet harmonic content, the way it screams, the crunch that feels like it's pulling your face off, and the way it can turn buttery smooth when you roll off the tone a bit. There will never be another pickup in that guitar. I bought a Duncan Invader a few years ago to put in a different guitar. While the Invader is a beast in its own right, in my opinion, it doesn't compare to the Distortion. If you play hard rock or heavy metal, you owe it to yourself to try this pickup. You will absolutely not be disappointed.
Music background: Guitarist for 33+ years

modern blues and pop .

I love tthis pickup for blues. It really drives vintage tube amps and gives them a very modern high end .great sound!
Music background: playing guitar for 36 years live and in studio sessions.
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