Seymour Duncan JB for Metal

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  1. alexanderhelling

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    Hi guys, i recently bought a mayones regius 6. It came loaded with a jb and and jazz pickup. While not being as hot as the nazgul in my duvell, i think the sound quite nice and are much clearer. Took me a bit to get used to the alnico sound. Any of you guys like them for metal and if not what do you think they lack?
     
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    I like ‘em. But I like high gain heads, so I don’t need to drive the amp from the pickup.
     
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    TheShreddinHand Uber Stringer

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    JB is awesome for metal. It’s the megadeth rhthym tone through and through.
     
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    Seems to have always worked for Mustaine and Amott.
     
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    Arch Enemy digs'em
     
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    Humbuck Can't stop, won't stop

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    I could never gel with the JB.
     
  7. Chris Bowsman

    Chris Bowsman Nu-Metal Apologist Contributor

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    Like the JB, but love the second voicing in the Abasi Fluence bridge, which is based on a particularly great early JB.
     
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    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Nope, but I’m in drop B and don’t like how they sound that low.
     
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    Ben Burnley's signature guitar has a JB in the bridge and he plays in Drop A sharp if that helps give an idea of how they sound in low tunings.
     
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    The JB is one of if not my favorite bridge pick up of all time. I've not heard it sound bad in any tuning so far (heard it in E standard down to Drop A). Like mentioned megadeath used it, Zacky Vengence of Avenged Sevenfold has one in his guitar. Ben Burnley has one in his baritone guitar. Just an all around great pick up.
     
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    It does depend on the guitar and how it sits sonically with it but I liked it in guitars it came in, especially for E standard.
     
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    I like it a lot, but it’s not good for baritones.
     
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    I just think the JB lack of low end tightness if you want a thick sound. If you are turning down the bass knob on the amp then it's great because it's thick in the mids, nice articulation, rolled of highs to not sound piercing BUT with that nice high-mids spike to sound definied and percussive and those mids and harmonics for soloing are just amazing...

    But if you want a modern tons of low end but tight for fast stacatto riffs on the low strings then the JB it's not a good option.

    It really depends on what you are playing and thru what also because there are amps and amps.
     
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    has the output, but not aggressive enough, not tight enough, too warm of a character better suited for hard rock
     
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    Yet somehow it's done metal for decades :yesway:
     
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    Stephen Carpenter from Deftones used it on the first couple Deftones records before moving to active pickups, and Willie Adler used one for a real long time in Lamb of God before switching to the Distortion and Fluence stuff.

    The JB sounds great IMO. Some people criticize it for sounding congested due to the upper mids spike it has. It's sort of lacking in the lowend, but that can be compensated for on the amp. The mids help it sit nicely in a mix, and it can pump out fantastic lead tones.
     
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    One of my favourite pickups. Able to handle lower tunings well while being awesome in e standard. Whereas I only like the Nazgul in D standard and lower.
     
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    I have found few pickups that with the right amp or setting can't sound tight. Sure, it's easier to sound tight with a BKP aftermath or an active pickup like the fluence modern, but unless you're doing a technical death metal thing with a very specific sound in mind - you're probably OK with a more general good pickup.

    The JB is popular for a reason. It has a very present upper mid spike that just sounds good in a lot of applications. It's kind of a cocked wah thing to my ears (subtly). Not everyone likes that thing, so ymmv.
     
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    One of my favorite pickups. It sounds plenty heavy. It's my favorite pickup to record with, it just sits so well in the context of other instruments.
     
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    johnucol New album out now: https://goo.gl/PdPVYh

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    Personally, I hate the JB and I believe there are better options across the board regardless of budget, especially in lower tunings though specific choices would still depend on guitar/amp/rig. Even if others swear by it/insist on using it.
     

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