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  • Another JB thread....

    I have a JB in my Ibanez RG 565.

    I recently put an UOA5 in it. I find it to be an improvement in the regular A5 but I still feel it is lacking....

    I have a Custom (SH-5) in my LP which absolutely slays in that guitar. It has an amazing chunky yet tight low end that I love.

    And that is what I feel the Ibanez is lacking....the low end. Now I know the JB is not known for its low end. I like everything else I get from the JB though. The output is huge and the Ibanez sounds like itís going to rip through the speakers. The UOA5 has smoothed out the mids like I hoped it would. Itís just the lacking low end.

    My question is:
    Would a mag swap like an A8 or A2 help in any way here? Or do I just need to be using a different pickup?
    Maybe a Custom Custom?
    I also have a BKP Rebel Yell on hand that I bet would sound great. Only thing is that it is a Standard spaced pickup....which probably would still work just fine anyway..
    Thoughts?


    Also looking for recommendations for a Stratty neck pickup preferably noiseless.
    It currently has a Hot Rails in it. Which is good but not really Stratty.

    Thanks.

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    Another JB thread....

    Mods.... I misspelled ďJBĒ in the title of the thread and canít seem to correct it.
    Any possibility of correcting it for me?
    Thanks


    Edit:
    Thanks for the fix!!
    Last edited by Gtrjunior; 07-14-2020, 04:26 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Another IB thread....

      Duncan Distortion has low end the JB doesn't, IME

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      • #4
        Re: Another IB thread....

        A8 would be my suggestion here, assuming you stick with the JB wind. Alternatively, if you happen to have a double-thick Ceramic, that would put you into Distortion territory

        Seeing that you have a Rebel Yell on hand, I'd rip that JB out and try it first! The difference in spacing won't have any noticeable effect on the tone or performance.

        I think going with something like a Custom Custom is moving a bit far in the opposite direction.

        As for a noiseless "Stratty" neck pickup, there are some very solid options now. Fender's newest gen noiseless pickups are really great, better than anything they made in the past, and Kinmans are a no-brainer if you can afford them. If you're pairing a neck single with the JB or similar, you'll probably want something a bit hotter than pure vintage. Take a look at the DiMarzio Area 61 and Injector neck models. Andy Timmons also manages a semi-stratty neck tone with a Cruiser Bridge model in the neck. The Duncan stacks are also great!

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          Re: Another JB thread....

          ive never felt like the ibanez rg line had a strong bottom, at least not the ones ive owned. a8 might work for you, but itll be more aggressive than what you have now by a fair amount. a custom custom doesnt have much bottom but does have lovely low mids. the classic stack plus models are very stratty

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          • #6
            Re: Another JB thread....

            A8 or A2 would add a lot of bass to the JB compared to A5 or UOA5. A8 would be more aggressive, obviously.

            (Or I could make you some double thick mags! Lol!)
            The things that you wanted
            I bought them for you

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            • #7
              Re: Another JB thread....

              Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
              A8 or A2 would add a lot of bass to the JB compared to A5 or UOA5. A8 would be more aggressive, obviously.

              (Or I could make you some double thick mags! Lol!)
              That thought has already crossed my mind!!

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                Re: Another JB thread....

                Originally posted by jeremy View Post
                ive never felt like the ibanez rg line had a strong bottom, at least not the ones ive owned. a8 might work for you, but itll be more aggressive than what you have now by a fair amount. a custom custom doesnt have much bottom but does have lovely low mids. the classic stack plus models are very stratty
                The only example I can think of where an RG (I assume) has good low end is the guy from Firehouseís tone. Heís got a really full, thick tone. I have no idea what pickups he uses.


                https://youtu.be/caVQoAs9J1s

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                • #9
                  Re: Another JB thread....

                  Iíve also been listening to some YouTube clips of the classic stack. I think it sounds great.
                  Any reason anybody thinks it might not match output l-wise with a JB (A8 or double ceramic) or a Rebel Yell?

                  https://youtu.be/DD9qXquCut0


                  https://youtu.be/ftV9zUXSWoY

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                  • #10
                    Re: Another JB thread....

                    Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
                    A8 or A2 would add a lot of bass to the JB compared to A5 or UOA5. A8 would be more aggressive, obviously.

                    (Or I could make you some double thick mags! Lol!)
                    Ok...talk to me about whatís involved with making a double thick mag.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Another IB thread....

                      Originally posted by beaubrummels View Post
                      Duncan Distortion has low end the JB doesn't, IME
                      I hadnít thought about this pickup. Iím looking into it. Thx

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                      • #12
                        Re: Another JB thread....

                        Originally posted by Gtrjunior View Post
                        Ok...talk to me about what’s involved with making a double thick mag.
                        Epox 2 mags together and magnetize it as a full magnet.

                        The full description:

                        https://forum.seymourduncan.com/show...e-thick-mag-op
                        The things that you wanted
                        I bought them for you

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                        • #13
                          Re: Another JB thread....

                          Originally posted by Gtrjunior View Post
                          The only example I can think of where an RG (I assume) has good low end is the guy from Firehouseís tone. Heís got a really full, thick tone. I have no idea what pickups he uses.


                          https://youtu.be/caVQoAs9J1s
                          I looked on his site one time. I remember a PG and A2P being mentioned in one of his custom guitars.

                          Sent from my SM-A205U using Tapatalk
                          Formerly known as TheViewFromVenus.

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                            Re: Another JB thread....

                            Originally posted by TheViewFromVenus View Post
                            I looked on his site one time. I remember a PG and A2P being mentioned in one of his custom guitars.

                            Sent from my SM-A205U using Tapatalk
                            Iíll investigate further.....thanks

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                            • #15
                              Re: Another JB thread....

                              Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
                              Epox 2 mags together and magnetize it as a full magnet.

                              The full description:

                              https://forum.seymourduncan.com/show...e-thick-mag-op
                              How does it affect the thickness of the pickup Once the mag is installed?

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