SH-14 Custom 5 review by Seymour Duncan

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (8 votes)
Seymour Duncan: SH-14 Custom 5

Price paid: $ 75

Purchased from: McKnight Guitar Company

Sound — 9
I replaced a DiMarzio Suer Distortion in the bridge with this pick up and what a difference it made! Great output, clear, and well scooped. It gave me great feedback response. I use this live with my Fender Super Sonic amp and get compliments on my tone.

Overall Impression — 9
This pickup is perfect for the kind of music. I play in a 90s tribute band which requires a lot of tonal differences. I installed this in a Peavey HP Special EX with HSH configuration. I have the Custom 5 in the bridge, DiMarzio Virtual Blues in the middle, and a DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary in the neck and I can deliver any sound with this guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Seems good so far.

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    In this LTD 27 fret if I was to keep the guitar I'd get rid of it. It's got too harsh of highs. It's the first time I've ever used the tone knob. I like high output, I've got a hotter pickup in my bc rich warlock. I'd honestly rather a JB or distortion, dare I say a black winter as acoustically the 27 fret sounds fantastic.
    I tried out couple of pickups, mostly Duncans. I always thought the TB4 is the best pickup you could choose, but honestly there were a little something what I always missed. Nothing special. I thought that if one day Seymour Duncan would offer me they would do a Signature pu maybe we would customize the TB4. But then I tried out this one. Bricks were shat. It's a lot like TB4, but it has it's own character. It's very full and rich, picking attack is extremly good, and finally a moderate output pickup. But even it's not a high output, it has an agressive charater. I play metal, and some more traditional Classic rock. It's quite amazing how it can handle all this. First i play Dream Theater songs, then the classic Smoke on the water. And the coil tap... It has just one of the best coil tapped clean sounds i've ever heard.