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Old 12-13-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

Is the JB the perferct bridge pickup? I think it might be.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

In some guitars, yes, ...it is.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

Custom Custom for me, although a JB with an A2 mag swap and a 250k volume pot is pretty awesome as well..
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

Is the Custom Custom hotter than the JB?
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

I never had one till I picked up a used low-end Jackson Rhodes. It came with the JB/Jazz pups and I really like them. I may try one in a LP one day. I'm sure the're great for a strat.
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

The Custom Custom is 14.4 w/ an A2 mag & the JB is 16.4 w/ an A5. I threw an A8 in a JB and liked it. I'm seriously considering ordering a Custom Custom for my Lynch Tiger.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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Is the Custom Custom hotter than the JB?
Custom Custom = 14.4k

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Old 12-13-2013, 08:35 PM   #8
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I never had one till I picked up a used low-end Jackson Rhodes. It came with the JB/Jazz pups and I really like them. I may try one in a LP one day. I'm sure the're great for a strat.

Same here. I've had a Duncan Distortion in my Les Paul for 20 years... Bought a cheap ($500 used) LTD Eclipse with JB/59 and was really taken aback at how much I like the JB. It's brighter than the Distortions with a little tighter grunt for thrash surprisingly. It sounds more like an EMG with high gain than my Distotions which is odd.
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Custom Custom for me, although a JB with an A2 mag swap and a 250k volume pot is pretty awesome as well..
****, I have some A2's laying around, I should try that! Thinking about trying one in an asylum+ too.
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

The JB has no bottom end. If that's what you like, then it could well be...
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The JB has no bottom end. If that's what you like, then it could well be...
IYHO of course right.
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The JB has no bottom end. If that's what you like, then it could well be...

Through a Triple Rec and Mark V in stereo that may well be it. I have bass in surplus.
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IYHO of course right.
Well, it didn't last 5 minutes in my Strat...

I yanked it out right away, been sitting in it's box ever since...

I was thinking about trying it in the neck position in my LP. Maybe it will be better suited there...
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Well, it didn't last 5 minutes in my Strat...

I yanked it out right away, been sitting in it's box ever since...

I was thinking about trying it in the neck position in my LP. Maybe it will be better suited there...
See, now we know what you're talking about, so instead of a 'blanket' opinion that JB's have no bottom end, in your particular experience with the strat it didn't.
I have a couple of flying V's with JB's in the bridge and they have plenty of bottom end.
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

I'm playing it through this beauty (she's cheap but sucks a mean man bag).

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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

Well, I see on here (in this forum) people talking about turning the bass on their amp to "0" & that's what they want. There's nothing wrong w/ that, just not for me. I used it w/ a 500K pot.

It seemed that the SD site showed a different tone chart than they do now.

currently they are showing:

5 / 6 / 8 bass/mid/treble (could've swore it was 3/5/8 before)

My current p/u in my strat has this:

7 / 8 / 4

I have the same in my Tele now...

I'm currently using 1M pots. That way I get the most pure sound from the pickup. If I used thew JB w/ 1M pot, I could only imagine how trebly it would be...
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The JB has no bottom end. If that's what you like, then it could well be...
I think Dogs has something here, I lean more towards the DD but I have a JB in an old Bc Rich strat & it sounds killer but everything else in that guitar sounds ****(DD, Full Shred, Dimarzio SD, L500XL) this is a bassy guitar so....
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

& for the record...

The custom Custom says 3/7/7 currently. Not very bottom heavy.

It's all what you like & what you do w/ it that counts.

Nice guitar SonVolt ...

Post a clip if you have the JB installed in there!
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I think Dogs has something here, I lean more towards the DD but I have a JB in an old Bc Rich strat & it sounds killer but everything else in that guitar sounds ****(DD, Full Shred, Dimarzio SD, L500XL) this is a bassy guitar so....
Try a 1M volume pot. It will bring that guitar alive & you might just like those other pickups in there!
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****, I have some A2's laying around, I should try that! Thinking about trying one in an asylum+ too.
I'm running an A2 Asylum plus set in my LP and it kills!
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

All you guys talking about no bottom in the JB or CC...try an A8 in it.

Also in case you don't know. The original Custom, Custom Custom, Custom 5 and the unofficial Custom 8 are all the same pickup, just different magnets.
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

I have a SH5 Duncan Custom which uses a ceramic mag and I never really liked it too much, it was kind of sterile and uninspiring, so I swapped out the magnet for a A5 and it made it much more likeable for my tastes.
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I have a stash of all different magnets... A2, A3, A4, A5 and A8. I never give up on a pickup until I've tried all of them in it.
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

The very first forum I ever joined was SD forum. I learned so much about pickups there. It's well worth a look if you've never been over there.

I said all that to say this. I read a lot of good things over there about the Screaming Demon being an awesome neck pickup. I've never found a neck HB I really like and I really want to try one. I just put it on my 2014 GAS list.
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The very first forum I ever joined was SD forum. I learned so much about pickups there. It's well worth a look if you've never been over there.

I said all that to say this. I read a lot of good things over there about the Screaming Demon being an awesome neck pickup. I've never found a neck HB I really like and I really want to try one. I just put it on my 2014 GAS list.
yup, I go read up at the SD forum if i'm looking to get a pickup I haven't used before and want to see what others think of it. The same with the Dimarzio forum.
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I peruse the the SD forum frequently, although I'm not a member. Hey Steve, I will be replacing the Screamin' Demon in my Tiger one of these days, oops, nevermind, it's a trembucker and won't work as a neck pu... damnit.
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I have a new favorite bridge humbucker these days and it is the Suhr/Doug Aldrich. Pretty hard to beat the Aldrich.
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Re: The Official Seymour Duncan JB Thread

I can't post clips, I'm have absolutely no idea how to record clips other than my iPhone.

The closest pickup I've owned to the JB is the Hot Rails that I used to have in a strat. They were both meaty/tight without sounding too boomy/huge, if that makes sense.
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I can't post clips, I'm have absolutely no idea how to record clips other than my iPhone.

The closest pickup I've owned to the JB is the Hot Rails that I used to have in a strat. They were both meaty/tight without sounding too boomy/huge, if that makes sense.
Kind of an old demo from my old Benatar Tribute Band.

JB in a $100 Squire Strat, through a Marshall 6100:

http://tonefinder.com/files/25-Heartbreaker.mp3

http://tonefinder.com/files/69-HellIsForChildren.mp3

http://tonefinder.com/files/47-PreciousTime.mp3
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Custom Custom for me, although a JB with an A2 mag swap and a 250k volume pot is pretty awesome as well..
good info , I have JB on the shelf.

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Same here. I've had a Duncan Distortion in my Les Paul for 20 years... Bought a cheap ($500 used) LTD Eclipse with JB/59 and was really taken aback at how much I like the JB. It's brighter than the Distortions with a little tighter grunt for thrash surprisingly. It sounds more like an EMG with high gain than my Distotions which is odd.
Also good info SV, especially since I have hesitated to use the JB and very much enjoy the sound of the EMG 81 at the bridge of my BC Rich Mockingbird. Even though it is mixed with a passive at the neck. A good cure will be to swap the JB in and give it a shot.
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