Guitar Pups bridge replacement - Seymour Duncan "Distortion" or "JB"

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Mister Grimm, Apr 18, 2020.

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Seymour Duncan bridge "Distortion" or "JB" ???

  1. Distortion SH-6

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  2. JB SH-4

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  1. Mister Grimm

    Mister Grimm Ultrasonic

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    Hi all, recently a buddy sold me 2 guitars:
    Schecter Omen extreme 6 diamond series FR (from 2008 if i'm correct) with a flight case and an Epiphone SG (2006 model , i'm not 100% sure) with an emg 81 installed in bridge.
    All those goodies for 200 euros and in great condition! It was a friendly price so i stood lucky...

    NOW ON TOPIC !

    The schecter guitar is marvelous ! Really heavy 'cause its mahogany with maple top
    but it feels like a great instrument,and playes like one! With just a little twiking, minor trush rod rotation i got to set it up and got it in great shape! It feels solid and i m into invest some more euros to it for even better sound.

    And now the question , i m about to change the pups , i think the ones it already "wears" are not bad but anyway i m thinking of upgrading and i'm between Seymour Duncan JB or Distortion, heard that mahogany pairs great with both of these in bridge possition, any recomendations ? Which one is more ballanced in a mahogany gutiar with maple top? I'm mostly recording and mixing rock, heavy rock, metal !

    Also any recomendation for pickups that pair with them for neck replacement?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. n0xin

    n0xin Rock Star

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    I really don't think that You should replace that PUP if your preferences are heavy rock and metal. My 2 cents would be, try to sett up PUP height against strings, and enjoy! (they are active PUPs so don't worry about "wearing" them)
    Also a great price for that guitar! :thumbsup:
     
  4. AudioTee

    AudioTee Kapellmeister

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    I don't know if SD offers this feature on their website, but I would listen to both before you make your decision and compare with what you have now.
     
  5. ThrashHead

    ThrashHead Producer

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    You're right, those SD pickups sound much better in heavy bodied guitars. Put them in a light body and they are really "tinny" thin sounding. I just got rid of one in a PRS tremonti because it sounded like playing through a soda can.

    What don't you like about the EMG pups though? They are kickass for hard rock and metal.
     
  6. Mister Grimm

    Mister Grimm Ultrasonic

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    My schecter does not wear emgs, just schecter passive pups (which are nice tbh) but i want to upgrade my setup for better recording features, cleaner tone, better responce !
    Iown a bc-rich assassin with 81-85 and i m not happy, actually i am a bassist and did not had many guitars to compare ....Now that i have i really know that i m not a huge fan (imho emgs 81-85 is good for drop tuning but i play in standard and drop D)
     
  7. Torrao

    Torrao Platinum Record

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    OK, if you play in standard tuning ANYTHING will work to record hard rock or metal. So if you don't like EMGs (and I don't blame you), the Seymour Duncans will work just fine. I prefer alnico pickups so my vote goes to the JB.

    The JB and the Distortion are the same pickup with a different magnet, so if you end up not liking it you can just buy another magnet and change it. It's pretty easy.
     
  8. Bent

    Bent Noisemaker

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    I've used both in numerous guitars. The JB distorts better across a range of tones, the distortion is more treble focused.
     
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