StewMac 80s Shred Humbucker Pickups

StewMac 80s Shred Humbucker Pickups, Bridge Position,  Black Exposed Coils
Bridge Position, Black Exposed Coils Item # 102049 In stock, ready to ship!
StewMac 80s Shred Humbucker Pickups, Bridge Position, Zebra Exposed Coils
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StewMac 80s Shred Humbucker Pickups

Love Alnico tone but need more power? The 80s Shred has all of the clarity and balance you want, but with the output to drive your amp hard.

More than just high output
The players of the 1980s needed a powerful pickup that also had the clarity to showcase their lightning fast playing. Some high output pickups sacrifice tone for power, resulting in a harsh, brittle sound. Once the high output design was modded with a traditional Alnico 5 magnet, it was the perfect combination of rich tone and amp punishing power.

The 80s Shred's 12 hex socket pole pieces are adjustable, giving you precise control over the volume of each string. The Alnico 5 magnet produces a clear tone with more pronounced highs and a tighter low end. It's the ideal balance for beautiful clean tones and overdriven sounds that don't get muddy. The versatile 4-conductor wiring allows for split and out of phase tones as well.

Originally designed for the bridge position, you can also use it in the neck if you're using a high-headroom amp.


  • High output humbucker pickup
  • Polepiece spread: 1.97" (50mm)
  • Poly-coated 43 AWG coil wire
  • Potted to suppress noise
  • Alnico 5 magnet
  • Four-conductor insulated lead wire


  • 13K ohm range


  • Length including mounting tabs: 3.307" (84mm)
  • Length not including mounting tabs: 2.750" (70mm)
  • Mounting screw spacing: 3.007" (76.4mm)

Height adjustment screws, springs, and wiring diagrams included.

Looking for a 70s-style high output humbucker? Our 70s Distortion Humbucker Pickups have the same construction with a ceramic magnet.

Color-matching Cream Parts and Bindings
There have always been slight variations in the color of the cream plastic parts used on Gibson and other guitars. It's not uncommon to see brand new and vintage guitars with bindings, pickup rings, toggle switch rings and pickguards that don't perfectly match in color. We do our best to match all our cream products, but there's no absolute control from batch to batch, or from supplier to supplier.
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