New Gear Review: Sheptone 6T8 Humbucker


The Sheptone 6T8 humbucker set is designed for hollow or semi-hollow body guitars. The set provides a clear but slightly grittier T-Top tone, or a livelier tone when installed in solid body guitars.

The 6T8 set uses a long rough-cast Alnico 5 magnet and winds #42 poly wire on butyrate bobbins. The neck pickup averages 7.4k-ohms DC resistance while the bridge pickup averages 7.8k-ohms.

Sheptone’s Jeff Shepherd says his pickups are “transparent and allow the primary tones of the wood to come through.” Customers include well-respected musicians such as: Keith Scott (Bryan Adams), Danny Kortchmar, John Norum, Al Di Meola, Brian Kahanek, Shawn Tubbs (Carrie Underwood) and Keith Nelson (Buckcherry).

The 6T8 sets sell for $19.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.