Seymour Duncan JB for Metal

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  1. kamello

    kamello DESU METARU!

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    Gojira used them for years. Personally, I prefer the Duncan Distortion (which I believe is basically the same but with ceramic instead of Alnico) but it's definitely I pickup that I wouldn't even bother to swap out
     
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    I have the JB mounted on a korina guitar, standart E tuning. Sounds really nice through my rectifire and v30. I did not dig them right the way, but it grew on me over time. I have found it responds really well to the different ways that I set my amp.
     
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    I always find it too muddy and boomy; I'm in drop C.

    It's been used on loads of albums where I really like the guitar sound though... I think it works better for standard tuning or Eb
     
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    Emperoff Hasta la vista, Baby Contributor

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    It's a very good sounding and versatile pickup, but they don't sound that great for lower tunings. The 7-string version is specially terrible in that regard.

    The Pegasus is everything the JB needs to be, IMHO.
     
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    I just put a SD Mayhem set into my SG (That's just a set of the. SH-6 Distortion pickups), really made that guitar come alive. As others have said, there are many factors in the tone of the guitar, and pickups alone are not the only factor to consider. I play mostly in dropped D, sometimes going to dropped C#, FWIW.
     
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    I've had a long-time love affair with the JB, but I actually only have one at the moment - all my other guitars have variations of the JB (Suhr Aldrich and Wolfetone Timber Wolfe).
     
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    This is the "Your Mileage May Vary" part of pickups. I had a Pegasus/Sentient set in my DR7, and I found them boring and uninspired. I replaced it with the Suhr Hot 7 set (basically a 7 string Aldrich set) and I much prefer it - it has that JB "edge" back.
     
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    Yep. That was the IMHO part. One man's "edge" is another man's "fizz", etc. Wouldn't mind to try those Suhrs, though. :yesway:
     
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    Does metal just fine, as tons of people in this thread can attest. It's probably not percussive enough for djent, but there's too much djent in this world anyway.
     
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    Yes.
    Only what is also lacking in the picker's right hand.
     
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    Yeah Drew, let's take our forum back. Apparently, BMW's are an appropriate currency.
     
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    I got curious and put a JB I had lying around in one of my guitars tuned to drop C. Had a Black Winter but that was WAY too much low end and mids. Tried an EMG H4 and that was too... weird. Too sharp and the low end felt weird.

    Got curious and tried the JB... And uh, it actually worked perfect. Balanced the guitar perfectly. Low end is tight enough, but it has plenty of grunt and attack for chuggariffic shit. And this thing is in drop C too. Legit made that guitar fun to play.

    Only reason I'm probably swapping it out is because I'm trying the DiMarzio Steve's Special out in several of my guitars. I had good luck with 2 guitars, so I wanna try it in this one as well.
     
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    Here are a couple of videos of the JB being used for metal. I think for Pete's video he's in drop C. For Keith Merrow's demo I think that song is drop a#. But it also lets you hear just about every single duncan humbucker bridge pick up as well so you can get an idea on how they all sound.

     
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    Mainly only really had experience with the 7 string version, other than one or two 6 string guitars that I happened to play for a few minutes. Seems to be one of two pickups I always come back to, it just works.. in anything from A to E. I tune some 7 strings to D standard and sometimes even E and it just works so well for basically everything. The only other pickup I constantly come back to is the Kiesel lithium bridge 7 string... I know it is quite a different pickup, much sharper in the attack(less low mids etc.). But they both seem to react very similarly to the pick attack, and both allow the same type of control of the articulation based on how I attack the strings.

    I've tried so many bridge pickups in my spare time, but give me a JB and I'm fine. It not only does the job, but makes me really enjoy doing the job if that makes sense.
     
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