Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set
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A signature humbucker pickup set devised for Mick Thomson's intense sounds forged in the metal band, Slipknot.
Seymour Duncan Blackouts represent the pinnacle in active guitar pickup technology. In his relentless quest for the ultimate tone, Mick Thomson of the metal band Slipknot asked Seymour Duncan for even tighter bottom and more searing top end cut, so Seymour Duncan delivered with the EMTY, a pulverizing addition to their Blackouts line.
The 9-volt Seymour Duncan AHB-3 active humbucker is designed for aggressive playing styles. It's recommended for all metal and heavy rock styles, including extreme low tunings.
AHB-3 Blackouts humbuckers are available as Mick's two-humbucker set including a neck and a bridge pickup. All guitar pickups come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.
Intended for all guitars with humbuckers. The blade magnets make this active pickup suitable for both humbucker and Trembucker spacings.
Claim Slipknot's signature sound when you order an AHB-3 pickups set today.
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- Great Ouput
- Tight Sound
- Lacking Versatility
- Rhythm Playing
- Some Lead Playing
Comments about Seymour Duncan AHB-3 Mick Thomson EMTY - Signature Blackouts Active Humbucker Set:
I actually bought a guitar with these particular pickups already installed. The guitar is an Ibanez RG, so the setup is similar to Mick's (I've tuned the guitar to dropped C). Honestly, I like these pickups. They're punchy, tight, loud, everything you'd ever want metal pickups to be. But that's about where their usefulness ends. If you listen to Mick Thompson's playing, you'll understand what these pickups were built for. Versatility isn't really a key factor here, and these are most definitely built for a one-track mind.
Like most active pickups, their output is exceptional. But that's not my kind of thing. I like to be able to roll the volume back on my guitar and clean up the sound a little when a song calls for it. These pickups don't do that. They are in-your-face tone from volume pot position 10 down to position .05, which is were they just go silent. Which could be a pro or con depending on your style of playing.
My only other true complaint is the neck pickup. I don't see a need for a neck position if the tone is almost an exact copy of the bridge. The sound is a little more rounded, but for lead playing it's not exactly ideal (but then my comparison is to DiMarzio's LiquiFire, which is by far the most versatile neck position pickup I've ever used). Cleans on the other hand, sound great through the neck. But if your end game is to play like Mick, you probably aren't touching the clean channel a whole lot.
Granted, these pickups do a lot of things well. Particularly the bridge position. I love the ease with which they produce pinch harmonics. They sound simply incredible (but that's another hallmark of Mick's playing, so I suppose that's to be expected). The bridge is dynamic enough to allow for the use of just one sound for both your lead and rhythm as it responds very well to palm muting and the sound has somewhat of a plateau where notes above a certain octave sound more appropriate for lead and vise versa.
Once all is said and done, I'm happy with the pickups when used for the purpose for which they were made. But if you're looking for versatility, look somewhere else.