here is a quick clip of both pickups with a guitar riff that hits the "quackiness" of the pickups. Ironically, when recording with the same settings, the TB-5 is slightly less quacky but its still has some of the quack but its not as prominent in the low mids, which is what i think was annoying me. I am quite happy with the pickup change but there isnt as much of a massive difference and I would eq pickups completely differently both on the amp and in the captor x. To keep the clip as unbiased as possible, i just ran the settings on the amp and with the captor x.
For the clip, the first 42 seconds are of the black winter pickups with both isolated guitars and in a quick mix (super quick and dirty) and after 42 seconds, the Custom TB-5 comes in. The only post processing for guitar is some compression on the palm mutes and a high/low pass. The custom has less low end than the black winter, so i would use a lower threshold on there, but i used the same compression settings for both, which may be why the custom sounds a tad thinner. Each riff was recorded twice, but with 2 tracks each performance that is panned to right and left.
Glad the TB-5 is working out for you. Funny that my go-to pickups lately for C-tuning and lower has been the Black Winter and the Duncan Custom.yeah, so far i am still loving the SH-5 (or TB-5 in my case for the F spacing). It really fits the tone i am going for and is quite high output when adjusting the pickup height quite close to the strings. I am able to put more mids on the amp and scoop less of the 750hz-800hz region.
I have actually ordered all new electronics for this guitar, as i have a good friend of mine who is into vintage guitar gear and has a lot of experience soldering. My jackson was made in india so swapping out all of the electronics for american CTS pots, a quality tone cap, german 3 way switch, an american made output jack, and high quality wiring should be a nice upgrade. I will wire it with a push/pull volume pot to split the coil of the Custom and the Black Winter neck pickup, just to see how those sound to give me some more tone variations.
Pretty excited about all of that and curious to see how it will effect the tone/how much my current electronics are holding the pickups back.
The original plan was to do the electronics swap yesterday but my friend had something come up so we will do it tomorrow. I will make some comparison clips of the before/after/split coil tones that I am getting.Glad the TB-5 is working out for you. Funny that my go-to pickups lately for C-tuning and lower has been the Black Winter and the Duncan Custom.
I like them both, perhaps equally, but they really depend on the guitar and the rig & pedal configuration.
Doesn't surprise me that the BW didn't work out for you in that guitar based on your setup and what you're after. I definitely think the Custom is a much better choice.
Honestly I've found myself lately really leaning more towards liking the medium-output pickups for low tunings and aggressive alternate picking/chugging stuff.
Interesting that you're using the BW neck pickup with the TB-5, that's a combination I think I'd like to check out myself.
I'd love to hear how it ends up working out and sounding once you've replaced the electronics and add the push-pull etc.
Definitely report back on that if you can!