SH-8 Invader review by Seymour Duncan

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (67 votes)
Seymour Duncan: SH-8 Invader

Price paid: $ 40

Purchased from: A friend

Sound — 8
The output on this pickup is amazing. I put into a Fender Stratocaster HSS and didn't really expect much from it. But once I managed to get it all wired in and ready to be played. I cringed when I turned on the amp. Not, because this pickup is bad. it's the fact that my ultimate test is to do a pinch harmonic on the 3rd fret of the g string. Then turn up the volume on my amp. It was the most ear splitting sound that I have heard in a long time. The last time I heard something close to this is when I plugged a Jackson DKMG dinky with EMG's into the Peavey XXX amp and performed the same test. The output is actually a just muddy enough that it in not perfectly clean but will do the job. It has an insane amount of bass coupled with some amazing clarity in the treble region over-all I would say that this pickup is well balanced.

Overall Impression — 9
I love everything about this pickup. There is absolutely nothing that I could possibly hate about. And if you knew me then you should be amazed. I am nit picky about anything and everything. Down to how easy it is to install or why kind of box it came in. And it was all perfect. I have this in a Fender Stratocaster HSS American made and it is in the bridge position.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I am hoping that this pickup will last and I am assuming it will since it is a Seymour Duncan. I can most definately depend on this pickup, I have had it installed in the Fender for almost 9 months and it plays just as it did out of the box. It still even looks Brand New. Everytime I plug my guitar in I still can't get over the fact that my Fender can sound like a true metal guitar. Not, saying a Fender can not sound like a metal guitar, it is just usually they do not. I think that I will have this pickup installed in my guitar until I either can afford a new guitar and put it in that or somehow for some strange reason I no longer own this guitar.

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    Lance Verinto wrote: Convictionless is an idiot. Anyone that hates EMGs has to be either brain damaged from lack of metal or just a country ****er.
    He has a point actually, EMG's aren't the epitome of active pickups like some people say. In my opinion the EMG 81/85's are quite shallow sounding.
    I'd take DiMarzio anyday, but EMG's are damn good even though they sound exactly the same on any guitar/wood etc.... but still the Invader's are still pretty good
    Listen you stupid metalhead, why don't you stop bashing other people and go cut yourself? And yea EMGs are quite one dimensional, cleans arent even that great. I'd go with a DiMArzio, they are the epitome of expressive pickups.
    Explorer Man
    agree, some EMGs do sound shallow. I reckon the best EMGs are the EMG 60s they have such a nice crunchy sound and with a dimebucker in the bridge, Its a sweet combo it works great on my ESP Explorer.Though on my Gibson Explorer 90 i swapped gibson the pick-up to a duncan invader and it rules and i think its a much heavier sound the my ESP.
    Lance Verinto
    Convictionless is an idiot. Anyone that hates EMGs has to be either brain damaged or a country ****er.
    Lance Verinto
    Convictionless is an idiot. Anyone that hates EMGs has to be either brain damaged from lack of metal or just a country ****er.
    I tried these pickups in a custom strat & they sound great , but EMG fricken rules , all the big bands use EMG-81 & 85 & both my axes have them...And that dude that says he hates EMG-s has to be whacked or a banjo picker!
    mr. ...
    whatever u f***ers say nothing beats bill lawrence. even dimebag used it. HAIL DIME R.I.P.
    Uncleretard is a confirmed banjopicker , disregard any of his comments, cuz he plays a wal-mart guitar :p
    any one know anything about seymnour dees custom 5's ?? i hear they like alnico's on crack .
    petey gunnz
    ive only heard good things about these bad boys,only downside these on clean is complete garbage
    actually this pickup is considered one of seymour duncans worst pickups ever made. id rather put a emg in my guitar it has better tone...and i hate emgs. this review was probly made within the week of you using these.