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Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by seppl, Oct 15, 2004.
Are they good?
Duncan or Duncan Designed?
I haven't yet, but kinda want to try a set in my next seven. What I've been told is that Dimarzios tend to sound more "modern" while Duncans sound more organic- can anyone back this up?
Of course, it depends tremendously on the models we're talking about... But I've heard that a Jazz neck and JB bridge is a pretty good match to te Dimarzio Air Norton neck and Tone Zone bridge that a lot of guys favor; similar sound, but with more od a Duncan flavor.
I like all of the Duncan Designed's I've heard (albeit I've only heard a couple, once on an ESP and once on a Schecter I bleieve).
They're considered lower end pickups, but I go by what my ear likes rather than what the guitar mags tell me I should like.
well, they're low end compared to Seymour Duncans- there's a difference between "designed by Seymour Duncan" and "designed and made by Seymour Duncan," you know?
Of course, "Designed by Seymour Duncan" is still a cut above "designed by some guy with a high school diploma we pay $4/hr to wind pickups for us in North Korea," so it's really all pretty relative...
I just bought a guitar off of Ebay, and was asking this same question last week. You guys gave me some great advice, and after playing the guitar, I concur and I'll repeat it here.
Duncan Designed pickups are not very good. The ones I have in my new ESP 7-string are very dull sounding. This guitar, which I've set up to be almost identical to my other guitars, has a much duller, less crisp sound, and it's mainly because of the pickups. I'm having new pickups put in this week, and I would strongly advise going with some high-end DiMarzio, or Seymour Duncan pickups. You might want to check out EMG pickups as well. They're not really my thing, but active pickups may suit you if you're going for a super-heavy sound.
DiMarzio Tone Zone
Seymour Duncan JB trembucker
Seymour Duncan BS trembucker (some wicked cool pole pieces and a fat, old-school sound, I have one of these in an old Ibanez, it's a perfect pickup for a de-tuned sound)
DiMarzio Air Norton (bar none, the best neck pickup IMO, it's extremely percussive and gives your fast alternate-picking lines EXTREME definition.)
I love DiMarzio neck pickups and Seymour Duncan bridge pickups.
one more thing...........
I've had Duncan Distortions in a couple of my 7-strings, and they rocked. Nice lush sound with lots of 'chunka-chunka'--but not too hot like an Invader. I greatly prefer the Distortion over the JB for playing metal--but that's just me.
I've never cared for the Duncan Design pickups. They don't really sound like Duncans to my ears.
I have a JB-7 and a '59-7 in my 7-string, and they rock. The '59 can be a bit overwhelming at times... if i were to buy again, i think i'd maybe opt for the Jazz in the neck position. But the '59+JB setup rocks. The JB has insane bite and harmonics, and the '59 just roars. Both also sound great played clean, and get some nice twang going when split or switched to parallel mode.
I completely agree.
You guys with Duncans-
How'd the Distortion for lead? Also, Darren, your Evo's a mahogany guitar, right? Have you heard them in basswood? I'm kinda curious to check a Jazz/JB set out myself, as it's supposed to match up fairly well to a Air Norton/Tone Zone setup,b ut a bit more, well... Organic, maybe... Thoughts?
I've got a '59. Love it.
Awesome. Very full-sounding with lots of harmonics anywhere you want them. Maybe not as 'crisp' as a JB, but certainly not muddy in my experience.
Now that I have nothing but basswood Ibanezs, I've switched to DiMarzios, but in any neckthru guitar you can't go wrong with a Distortion in the bridge. The Distortion fattens up a neckthru very nicely but doesn't get rid of too much clarity. I wouldn't use a Distortion in a mahogany guitar, though--that probably would be muddy sounding.
Could the JB handle death metal?
Easily, but you could play death metal with just about any humbucking pickup if you have the right amp. Just turn the gain to 11 on the amp, and the midrange to 0 and you should be fine
Hahaha, well, often that isnt the best way to get a death metal sound, especially in a band context.
But, through my new amp (IIC+) I've found myself turning the mids to virtually zero for the first time. Even with the mids dialed out its still grindy as fuck, so im looking to replace my Evo with a less mid-dominated pickup. I've been thinking of going with the Lundgren Meshuggah signature pickup, the Duncan JB, and the Anderson H2+.
man, you have a IIc+? rock on, that's an awesome amp.