Seymour Duncan SHR-1B Hot Rails Bridge - Black
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Seymour Duncan SHR-1B Hot Rails Bridge - Black

SHR-1B Hot Rails Bridge - Black, Pickup chitarra from Seymour Duncan belonging to the SHR-1 Hot Rails model.

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Hatsubai 29/03/2011

Seymour Duncan SHR-1B Hot Rails Bridge - Black : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Very huge and fat sounding"
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The Seymour Duncan Hot Rails is a single coil sized humbucker that features two blade rails, a ceramic magnet and four conductor wiring.

This is my favorite single coil sized humbucker in the Seymour Duncan lineup. It’s very fat, has tons of output and works awesome in the neck and bridge positions. When it’s in the neck, it’s a very warm, fairly focused sounding hotrodded PAF-esque pickup. It’s great for lead tones, especially in guitars like the Caparison Horus where the neck pickup is moved back a bit due to there being 27 frets. In a 22 fret guitar, it can sometimes get a bit too fat, but it all depends on what tone you’re going for. In the bridge, it’s tight, focused, yet still retains that fat and powerful sound. It works awesome in the bridge of strats.

Split coil tones are all right on this, and parallel is all right as well. It’s nothing I use too often with this pickup as I feel it sounds best in series. The Hot Rails has actually gone through a change in terms of looks. However, there has been no difference in terms of tone. It sounds the same, and Seymour Duncan has links on their website A/Bing both pickups. I have both versions, and they sound the exact same to me as well. I prefer the newer housing as it prevents the high e string from snagging the coils during crazy vibratos.

If you’re looking for a very fat sounding single coil sized humbucking pickup in the Seymour Duncan line, I highly recommend you check this out. It works in most any wood, but it sounds especially awesome in alder where the neutrality of the wood helps make the pickup sing a bit more. If it’s too hot for you, try lowering the pickup height. I don’t really recommend trying out the Cool Rails if you’re looking for a lower output version of this.