holy f*cking Jesus, Odin and Jah: JB(bridge) in Neck Position.

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  1. Filipe Soares

    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    I'm restoring an old hamer blitz for a while. I have some pickups in my pickup drawer, I've tried everything and nothing was sounding good.

    Last week I've bought a parallel axis (love this pup), installed it and IT WAS AMAZING (as expected). but, the neck pickup still sucked (schaller paf style, bridge position).

    I had a JB laying around and I've read a little about people using it in neck position. It seems that some jacksons came with jb+jb and I thought "ok, 15 min of my time 2 spots of welding... let's try, it's almost free" .

    AND DUUUUUUDES.

    I think I've found my new favorite neck pickup. extremely articulated, bright enough to put you in front of the mix, but not annoying. very 80s, shred tone from hell. Soon i'll post some videos/samples.
     
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    Jon C Well-Known Member

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    Glad you like the tone …… Thread title is a bit shocking…
     
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    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    Back in 1986 when I built my first guitar, a 24 fret neck-thru-body SG-like guitar, I put a Custom Custom in the bridge and a JB in the neck. While I've sometimes questioned whether I've got the right bridge pickup, I have always liked the JB when used as a neck pickup.

    Join the club!
     
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  4. Filipe Soares

    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    It reflects my reaction to the tone
     
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    I originally tried a Dimarzio Tone Zone in the neck of a guitar I built in '92. This was on the advice of a guitar shop salesman, as that was the best mV output match he could make with the X2N he also recommended I put in the bridge.
    This is the only time I tried a bridge pup in the neck position, but it stayed for about 10 years until I couldn't stand it any more and swapped it for a lower output D Activator-X Neck model.
    The TZ was far too woolly in the neck to be useable with my setup (too muddy in the bridge for some guitars too).
    I did find out years afterwards that that is the pup preference for Michael Romeo of Symphony X, but I may have inadvertently beaten him to it by 2 years (he's welcome to the TZ/X2N set IMO).

    The JB seems on paper to be a far better bet in the neck, if lowered into the body enough to match output with a bridge pup.

    Post samples please @Filipe Soares.
     
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    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    I've a Dean straight six with that combo. I really like the x2n and I was looking for something to match, and again I had a tone zone in my drawer... The only exotic thing about these pickups in that guitar is they're dressed to a fancy party, both in gold covers
     
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    We want pics! We want pics! :fever:

    BTW! I've heard the same thing before. The JB actually sounds better in a neck position.
     
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    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    I'm out of home now, when I got back I'll post pics and samples
     
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    I find it funny several years ago I was chastised on another forum that the JB was a BRIDGE pickup. Pfff philistines, it's still in and being loved.
     
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    I was born in the 80s... So all I have heard was "jb+59" , it was a huge surprise for me. And that's the kind of situation that pushes me to keep tinkering with soldering irons.
     
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    I have put hotrails in the neck of a strat , and it’s still there, done it to 2 of them!
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    People would be surprised at how many "bridge" pu's work and sound better in the neck position...

    The DMZ Super Distortion has shocked me twice as a neck pu.

    Got a JB somewhere...good project for this winter.
     
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    DP103 Dimarzio's used to only have one pup for both spots and they worked extremely well like that, now they have the neck and bridge models but it really wasn't necessary.
     
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    I hear ya on that brother
     
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    The video sample is here!

     
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    I´ve done that too, it works very good.

    PAFs, Superdistortions, Distortions... they work everywhere. that´s truth.
     
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    I agree
     
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    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I have never understood why people accept a neck pickup that sucks specifaction wise when matching to a so called bridge type pickup.

    A pickup is a pickup and use whatever works best.
     
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    Heck yeah, and for that matter...\
    There's a lot of "neck" pu's that kill in the bridge too!
     
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    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    people usually sees the EMG 85 as a neck pickup, but this pickup is a KILLER in any guitar with floyd rose.
     
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