In April 2012 I received a Seymour Duncan 59/Custom Hybrid (SH-16) production floor custom humbucker with a chrome cover for my Suhr S4, you can see and hear this pickup in action in my demo here. I was so impressed with this pickup that when it came to ordering my new custom Cilia Guitars CGA7 I decided to use the 7 string version in the bridge position and I am extremely glad that I did. Just before the guitar was finished Seymour Duncan announced the Pegasus humbucker and I was worried I should have waited for this release but I am pleased to say that my choice was spot on. The SH-16 is a very organic sounding pickup, that is it lets the natural tone of the guitar come through rather than EQing it too much. In the case of the 7 string version I think this is even more the case than the 6 string version which having done A/B tests with another pickup I found added a slight mid hump. The 7 string version seems to just amplify the tone of the guitar and the fact that it isn’t a high output pickup helps with this I believe.
As you will hear in my demo despite the SH-16 not being high output you get an excellent distortion sound, I am using a 27″ scale length CGA7 with 9-52 strings. The first example is the humbucker double tracked and panned hard left and right, the second example is exactly the same but with the humbucker split so it is in single coil mode which adds a nice djenty tone and then in the final example I blend those 4 tracks together for a very powerful rich sound.
For more information about the Seymour Duncan SH-16 7 string click here.
For more information about Cilia Guitars click here.