From the manufacturer:
High output tone for heavy rhythms and speed riffs. Used for classic rock, heavy rock, hip hop, fusion and aggressive solo playing.
Double rows of Allen screw pole pieces help fine tune the high end, leaving a tone that's fat and chunky, yet perfectly defined for speed riffs. Gives tonal control in high-gain situation. Less aggressive than an SH-6 Distortion. More articulate than an SH-5 Custom. Comes with four-conductor hookup cable.
Available in both neck and bridge models-- most commonly used in the bridge position. The Full Shred neck pickup has reduced output and more treble for tonal versatility.
For balanced and warm instruments. Works especially well with rosewood fingerboards.
Trembucker. Available in 7-string.
Riggs/Rob Zombie (bridge), Phil Campbell/Motorhead (bridge), Chris Rest/Lagwagon (bridge)
Magnet type: alnico 5 bar, D.C. Resistance 7.4k-neck, 14.6k-bridge
Best videos/sound clips:
Here we have the positively epic 2014 Seymour Duncan 12-way bridge metal pickup shootout in all its glory! The top video is the "rapid fire" comparison (2 min total), and the bottom video is the 15 minute in-depth comparison. I've included these videos here as the SH-10 is in the video (bottom row second from the left). What's great is that you get to hear the same song being played on the same guitar by the same player. The licks are tasteful and it's mic'd well. Now as a critique, the mix is pretty heavy and with the bass and kick drum I find it hard to tell much about the quantity/quality of the bass output of these pickups. My take on this video though: All of these pickups do a good job – really you could play metal with any of these and be happy. Note: As this is an older video it is missing the Black Winter, Pegasus, and Nazgul bridge humbuckers.
The player is Keith Merrow and the song is "Pillars of Creation". Keith is playing a Strictly 7 Guitars "Cobra" Baritone 6-string 27.5" scale guitar through a Rhodes Colossus H-100 head.
Check out this metal demo featuring the Seymour Duncan Full Shred pickup. This pup has the ability to handle massive saturation while staying incredibly clear and articulate. Low chords sound full, with plenty of throaty growl and sustain for powerful metal tones. Around 1:13 you can hear a bit of the clean and lead tones you can get with this pup, although I think it sounds a little better in a rhythm context. The leads sound a bit thin and digital, lacking the depth and character that kind of tone needs (this could also be the amp configuration). If you’re looking to chug and play full, rich chords with heavy distortion, the full shred is a nice choice.
The player is Pete Cottrell and he is using an Ibanez RG2610E through a Line 6 POD XT.
Here we have another clip of the Seymour Duncan Full Shred pickup in a metal context. This pup does an excellent job articulating low notes with pretty good clarity and captures pick attack with absolute precision. Overall, you get a very powerful tone that is extremely full and balanced. Skip to 1:00 to hear some solo lead tones on the neck pickup. It sounds very nice for tapping riffs, giving you that melodic lead metal tone with perfect precision and rich harmonics; and with the middle pickup engaged (1:23) you pick up a nice bite in the tone for a cutting lead sound.
The player is “Annie Shred” and she is using an Ibanez RG7.
This is a solo clip of the Full Shred pickup taken from the Seymour Duncan Shootout pickup video. This quick video demonstrates just how tight and precise this pickup sounds in a high-gain context. There is just the right amount of treble response for a very articulate pick attack, giving you plenty of bite and cut in the mix. Individual notes slice with edge without sounding muddy or harsh; instead, you get a very smooth saturation with low-end warmth, focused mids, and sharp highs. The tone is extremely controlled and the gain is hot, but not overly aggressive. This pup is great for heavy rhythms and sweeping leads.
The player is Keith Merrow and he is using a Strictly 7 guitar through a Peavey 5150 amp.
Here is a demonstration of the Full Shred pickup with a cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”. The Full Shred does a fantastic job capturing the definition and detail of those quick thrash riffs. Power chords sound fat and chunky and individual notes cut with clarity. Skip to 1:35 to hear the lead tones during the solo section of this song. These pups have plenty of rich harmonics and overtones that make for a sweet lead sound. The tone is incredibly smooth and has a nice melodic sound that makes for a great shred tone. For aggressive metal rhythms and sweet leads, you can’t go wrong with a Seymour Duncan Full Shred!
The player is Serge Tabachnikov and he is using a Warmoth Strat through an Axe FX II (Marshall Silver Jubilee, Mesa Boogie Rectifier).