10 Best Humbucker Pickups
for December 2022

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Humbucker pickups, or single-coil pickups, have four coils in each string. These pickups are known for its midrange and treble tones, with a slightly fuller sound than single coils. Humbuckers are also known for their versatile tones, which can range from warm, mellow tones to bright and percussive.

Humbucker pickups are used by guitarists and bassists because of their versatile tones. They're also popular in electric guitars, where the humbucker's dual coils provide extra highs. Humbuckers are also popular in acoustics, where the dual coils provide extra highs.

Humbucker pickups are easy to install, and installation requires only basic guitar skills. Most guitar pickups are pre-wired, so all you need to do is connect your wires to your guitar's volume and tone controls and your humbucker pickup is ready to use.

We test guitar pickups for performance, including output, noise, and volume. We also look at how easy pickups are to install and whether they work with other guitar electronics. Here are the best humbucker pickups to buy in 2022:

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

Seymour Duncan SH-6b Distortion Duncan Humbucker Pickup

by Seymour Duncan

The Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion Humbucker gives a high output and retains clarity

The Seymour Duncan SH-6b Distortion Humbucker delivers more than enough power through a 9-14-16-18-20 string guitar to deliver tremendous distortion. This pickup is one for rock and metal players, and for guitarists who want to explore distortion and biting rock sounds. The pickup's ceramic magnet and hot symmetrical coils (which have the same resistance throughout the coil) allow raw distortion to be produced. The pickup has an alnico 5 rod magnet, which gives the pickup more output and a higher frequency response than magnetic pickups. The pickup's output sounds a bit louder than our previous pick, the EMG 81/85/85 Plus, and the volume knob provides enough control for guitarists to adjust the pickup's volume from sound to sound. The Seymour Duncan SH-6b Distortion Humbucker has a 4 conductor cable, which makes it easy to connect it to a mixing board and pedal board. The pickup has a 5-1/2 inch mounting hole pattern and measures 6-1/2 inches long by 3-1/2 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick. The pickup's output is slightly low, so we recommend using an external preamp if you wish to boost the output. This pickup uses 4 conductor cable, so guitarists who want to run a ground wire from the pickup to the guitar's ground plate should purchase the 4 conductor cable separately.

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Wilkinson Vintage Tone Alnico 5 Overwound Open Style Humbucker Pickups Set for Electric Guitar, Black

Wilkinson Vintage Tone Alnico 5 Overwound Open Humbucker Style Pickups Set for Electric Guitar

by Wilkinson

Vintage tone, a big fat sound, with tons of harmonics and character. Alnico V magnets provide incredible focus and dynamics

The Wilkinson Vintage Tone Alnico 5 pickups set comes with a set of 2 pickups. The Alnico 5 magnets are known for their clarity, volume, and tone. The Alnico 5 is a softer sounding magnet, and with the overwound strings, it produces a stronger, more percussive tone. The Vintage Tone Alnico 5 set has flat 50mm pole spacing for neck and bridge, and wax potted. This pickup set is perfect for those who like to overdrive their guitars, and for that, they sound great. The pickups are very quiet, and switching from the bridge to the neck position has almost no effect on the tone of your guitar. The set comes with four conductor wires, black is ground, yellow is for output, red and white is for splitting coil.

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This pickup set is an absolute bargain. It's cheaper than many single coil pickups, yet it offers much better sound. The tone is clean and rich, and the bridge pickup has rich mids and punchy highs. The neck pickup has nice midrange, but it's a little thin and screechy for strumming chords, so it's often used for solos. The pickups are easy to install, and while they don't come with wire, the connections are solderless, so it's a snap to replace them. The pickups are wax potted, so they're able to withstand months of use without sounding dull. The pickups are well built, and they don't creak or get loose after many months of use. Overall, these pickups are an excellent value.

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Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model Humbucker Pickup, White

Seymour Duncan SH-4 Model JB Humbucker Pickup

by Seymour Duncan

Package Dimensions : 20.0L x 10.0W x 5.0H (centimeters)

The SH-4 JB is a humbucker pickup that Seymour Duncan has designed for the bridge position. The pickup is housed in an 8-hole mount, which is especially suited for humbucker bridge positions. The pickup is self-tapping, and the hex screws that secure the pickup to the mount are Torx T-25. The pickup has covers that snap on and off, which protects the pickup's magnet from damage. The pickup has a 4-conductor lead and is 4-5/8 inches (122 mm) long. The pickup's Alnico V magnet is 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) long and 0.94 inches (2.4 cm) wide. The pickup has a 5-pole blade, and it has a coil-tap switch. The pickup has a frequency range of 45-140 Hz, and it has a 10 mV max output. The pickup has a ceramic magnet, and it weighs 1.26 ounces (34 grams). The pickup's Duncan logo is stamped into the pickup's cover.

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Wilkinson Vintage Tone Alnico 5 PAF Style Humbucker Pickups Set for Les Paul Style Electric Guitar, Chrome

Wilkinson Vintage Tone Alnico 5 PAF Style Humbucker Set Pickups for Les Paul Style Electric Guitar

by Wilkinson

Classic PAF vintage tone. Alnico V magnets provide incredible focus and dynamics

The Wilkinson Vintage Tone Alnico 5 pickups are a nice upgrade from standard humbuckers. Like the Wilkinson Vintage Tone PAF style pickups, these pickups sound great, with rich, full tone that's easy to live with. The pickups are a little brighter than the PAFs, which is a good thing for jazz and blues players, but if you're looking for a pickup that sounds great no matter what you play, the PAFs are better. The Vintage Tone Alnico 5s have a lot more clarity than standard humbuckers, and since they have a higher output, they sound better plugged into a tube amp. The pickups are a little more costly than standard humbuckers, but the quality of Wilkinson pickups is very good, and the microphone quality sound reproduction is top-notch. These pickups are well worth their cost, and for most players, they sound even better with real PAF-style covers, which you can get from Wilkinson.

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Metallor Humbucker Double Coil Pickups Neck and Bridge Compatible with LP Style Electric Guitar for Guitar Parts Replacement Set of 2Pcs Chrome.

Metallor Humbucker Double Coil Pickups Neck and Bridge Compatible with LP Electric Style Guitar for Guitar Parts Replacement Set of 2Pcs Chrome.

by Sunsmile

Ideal for general or LP style double coil pickup replacement. Neck pickup pole spacing: 50mm; Bridge pickup pole spacing: 52mm.

The Metallor Humbucker Double Coil Pickups Neck and Bridge are replacement pickups for LP style electric guitar. The pickups are easy to install, simply remove the old pickup, then screw the replacement pickup in and replace the screws and springs. The pickups are chrome covered and have a black frame. The pickups are 1 inch high and 0.6 inch wide and have aluminum cover and ceramic magnets. The pickups are 3 conductor and come with two electrodes. The pickups are 4.02 inches long and come with 10.5 inches of wire. The pickups are 0.5 inch deep and come with 2 mounting screws. The pickups are ready to use and will sound great on LP style electric guitar.

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The Rocket HZ5 pickups are one of Gibson's most popular replacement pickups. The HZ5s are warm, clear, and punchy, and the HZ5s expand on those characteristics without adding a nasal midrange or too much brightness. The HZ5s excel in a wide variety of music, from rock to blues to country to jazz, and they produce a strong, clean tone that is well-suited to singing. The HZ5s also produce a strong, thick, low end, which is well-suited to blues and rock. The HZ5s perform well across all frequencies, but the pickups are brighter and have more mid range than the Gibson humbuckers that come installed on the Les Paul. The HZ5s also produce a strong, clean sound with great vitality, and they produce a natural harmonics and a smooth, natural response. The HZ5s are best-suited for guitars that require a more Celestion-like sound, such as blues and classic rock.

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The Vintage Blues humbucker set from Seymour Duncan is an ideal choice for players looking for a classic-sounding pickup set that offers good lows, mids, and highs, along with a nice balance of output. These pickups are as close as you can get to the sound of vintage Fenders, with a slightly brighter tone than a vintage Fender set, and with the same output. The Vintage Blues set produces a tight, punchy tone with plenty of clarity, and it's ideal for any style of music, from blues and classic rock to country and metal. The set also includes two calibrated 59 Model humbuckers for the neck and bridge positions, which come pre-mounted in Duncan's vintage-style chrome covers. The floating humbucker bridge pickup offers a bit of a boost at 9.25kHz, but that's the only pickup that benefits from a 9.25kHz boost. The neck pickup offers good lows, but the highs are too bright, and the high boost at 4.5kHz is too much. The Vintage Blues set is a good choice for players who like the sound of vintage Fenders, but need a pickup set that can deliver more output.

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ASCENDAS HS2 Electric Guitar Double Coil Alnico 5 Humbucker Pickups Neck and Bridge Set for Gibson Les Paul Replacement

ASCENDAS HS2 Electric Guitar Double Coil Alnico 5 Humbucker Neck Pickups and Bridge Set for Gibson Les Paul Replacement

Tonal Quality: strong and powerful, as if emotive tiny grains of sand are surrounding the edge of the tone.

The ASCENDAS HS2 Electric Guitar Double Coil Alnico 5 Humbucker Pickups Neck and Bridge Set for Gibson Les Paul Replacement is a high-quality replacement set that's ideal for anyone who's looking for more tonal options than a standard single-coil pickups. The pickups are wired with double-conductor wire, and each has a C-shaped magnet, which aligns each pickup's magnetic field with the bridge pickup. This makes for a more balanced tonal range that maximizes your tone range. The pickups are wired with 42 AWG enamel wire, and each pickup has a custom etched nickel silve baseplate. The pickups are easy to install, and they come with a diagram and instructions. The pickups are built to last, and they offer reliable, long-lasting performance.

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Yibuy 50/52mm Rose Wood Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickups & Black Screws & Wrench Set of 2

Yibuy 50/52mm Rose Wood Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickups Black & Screws & Wrench Set of 2

by etfshop

Comes with a mini wrench to help you loosen or tighten the screws.

The Yibuy 50/52mm Rose Wood Electric Guitar Humbucker Pickups & Black Screws & Wrench Set of 2 is a great option for electric guitar parts replacement. The pickups are of good quality, and the sound quality is good. The pickups are easy to set up, and the wires are long enough. The pickups are a good replacement for broken or old pickups. The pickups are a good choice for beginners.

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