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10 High-Output Humbuckers

10 High-Output Humbuckers

If you want to hit your amp hard, you’ll need some high-output humbuckers that are up to the job.

Whether you’re looking to increase the heat on a lower-output instrument or just searching for a new flavor, this list has you covered.


HABANERO PICKUPS BY GROVER JACKSON

Bonney Bridge

Handmade in California, this overwound bridge pickup has a 16.7k resistance, and comes in nickel, black, or zebra.

$110 street

groverjackson.com

FISHMAN

Fluence Richard Z Kruspe Signature

Each pickup in the Rammstein guitarist’s signature set features three selectable voices. This active set is rechargeable—a battery pack is optional. Red finish is encouraged, though stainless is also available.

$309 street (set)

fishman.com

GFS Pickups

SBS Arena Power PLUS

The most affordable alnico ’bucker on this list has a 14.5k resistance and features the company’s Kwikplug system for fast swapping.

$39 street

guitarfetish.com

SEYMOUR DUNCAN

Invader

Featuring overwound coils, a trio of ceramic magnets, and oversized metal-oxide pole pieces, these humbuckers promise heavy bass response and are available in 6-, 7-, and 8-string sizes.

$109 street

seymourduncan.com

DIMARZIO

Super Distortion


A classic since 1972! This ’bucker, with its 13.68k ohms of resistance, is intended primarily for bridge-position installation and comes in a wide range of colors.

$89 street

dimarzio.com

GIBSON

498T Hot Alnico

A hotter spin on the 490 series humbucker, this boasts a resistance of 14.2k and is spaced for bridge position.

$119 street

gibson.com

PRS

m Bridge Humbucker

The company’s house high-output humbucker comes in gloss nickel and measures 15.7 k resistance.

$200 street

prsguitars.com

LOLLAR

dB Humbucker

While these boast the lowest resistance on this list (12.7k in bridge position), they’re the pickup maker’s hottest offering. Plus, they look hip!

$200 street

lollarguitars.com

EMG

81

The classic active pickup boasts 3,000 hours of battery life and features the company’s Quick-Connect cable for easy installation.

$99 street

emgpickups.com

LINDY FRALIN

High Output Humbucker


The pickup maker’s highest output offering is a hot take on a PAF and comes in a variety of color and cover options.

$160 street

fralinpickups.com

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