Hello everybody! Recently I’ve been getting a lot of private questions about what do Duncan Solar pickups sound and some people seem to be going little nuts online, trying to buy a pair of them taken out from a Solar guitar (which may seem a bit awkward and detrimental). For these reasons I wanted to make a comparison between the Duncan Solars and my Jackson Soloist stock pickups, which are a very well balanced pair of humbuckers perfect for rock and metal. Quick tech specs of thw two guitars: Jackson Soloist SL-2h https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/shape/soloist/usa-select-soloist-sl2h/2803071803 Body = Alder Neck = Maple (neck-trhough) Fretboard = Ebony Neck Pickup = Seymour Duncan ‘59 SH-1N https://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/59-neck?__uuid_ref=5ccd90545d9aa Bridge Pickup = Seymour Duncan JB TB4 https://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/jb-trembucker?__uuid_ref=5ccd90aee3797 Solar A2.6W https://www.solar-guitars.com/product/a2-6w-white-matte/ Body = Mahogany Neck = Maple (Set Through) Fretboard = Ebony Neck pickup = Duncan Solar / Neck (seems like a tweaked Duncan 59) https://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/59-neck?__uuid_ref=5ccd93d818678 Bridge pickup = Duncan Solar / Bridge (seems like a tweaked Custom 5 and TB-14) https://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/custom-5?__uuid_ref=5ccd942dbf22c https://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/custom-5-trembucker?__uuid_ref=5ccd9371153fb My comparison: I’m going to play some clean stuff first and make things a little bit heavier riff after riff! My signal chain will be my guitars (tone and volume knobs at maximum) straight into my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 straight into Reaper. And in both of my guitar tracks I’ve just loaded an instance of the Neural DSP Fortin NTS Suite without any EQ or post processing. My conclusions: I believe both guitars have a very powerful sound, but what really surprised me is that the Duncan Solar pickups sound like a tweaked version of the 59/tb4 pair: they sound both grainy and warm, glassy but still powerful. Also, the Soloist is made of Alder which may give a little bit of more sustain. All in all, though, the Solars are my favourite, especially the bridge one, for it's *ver* high output, but still has a lot of clarity. What's your opinion about this? I'm adding some pictures of the VST plugin Voxengo SPAN, which is a great free spectrum analyser, so you'll see the frequency differences from both guitars. I'm not sponsored by Jackson or Solar guitars, I'm just a metalhead videoeditor who likes to make videos testing gear. I hope you'll like my comparison, here's the link to the full video where you can see and hear in detail how the pickups sound.