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  • SweetClyde99
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    I read the title and assumed you made a hybrid out of a JB and 498t (one coil from each pickup) and was excited to see how that turned out. Now that I’ve read your post, it sounds like you haven’t yet but should. Hell, I’ve got one of each around the house somewhere and could whip one up.
    Last edited by SweetClyde99; 09-16-2020, 10:37 AM.

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  • Rex_Rocker
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    I was thinking maybe the Perpetual Burn?

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  • ItsaBass
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    Originally posted by stm113 View Post

    Why Custom 5? What do you like about it?
    I didn't say I like it. I don't. It's too hot for me. But I know its characteristics. I was trying to say it might be a good match to your criteria.

    It's warm on the bottom end, but because it is mid scooped, it still has articulation and grit, if you use an amp with plenty of headroom to be able to control it. I use low headroom amps mostly, so I can't deal with higher output pickups.

    IME, the JB is a little bit tighter on the very low end, and more piercing on the very top, but it's nasal and harder to keep from being mushy, due to its intense midrange. It's like it just has too much of everything. The Custom 5 is like a JB with the blanket taken off of it, but it still manages to have just enough warmth to not sound brittle. Much more tasty pickup IMO.

    If you can imagine the what could be described as both a "Diet JB" and a "'59 on steroids," that's a Custom 5.

    And, it sits right in the neighborhood of what you're talking about wanting/liking.
    Last edited by ItsaBass; 09-15-2020, 04:53 PM.

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  • eclecticsynergy
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    Originally posted by stm113 View Post

    I have a Custom Custom, should I maybe try that? I haven’t had it in a guitar in years but I didn’t like what I had it in, it was too “clanky” but I can’t be sure I ever had it wired right.
    If you already have a CustomCustom, I'd definitely try it. It's warmer and looser than the 498 or JB, but it's a wonderful pickup. If you want something with more bite and sparkle, you could try an A5 magnet in it. (The 489T and the JB both use A5 magnets.)

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  • beaubrummels
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    Doesn't need to remain fantasy. Just hit the local electronics store.

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  • stm113
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    Originally posted by hamerfan View Post
    To the OP: I am a big Fan of the Distortion in a Les Paul, i like the Custom more for Strats. And i have a LP Classic, too. There is Forum member here who showed how to convert the 500t to more Distortion like.
    He changed one (or you can do both) of the side magnets to wood spacers. I had the chance to compare them side to side. Both spacers changed are really close with a little less highs, only one spacer changed is a milder and less granier 500T and still close to the Distortion.
    I am going to be putting a Distortion in an different guitar, an Ibanez SCA 220 it’s a mahogany saber style body but with a hard tail and 2 hums, no single.

    I wanna put something different in the LP. But I do have a longer term fantasy about maybe figuring out some “quick connect” harnesses so I could easily swap pickups during recording projects.

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  • stm113
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    Originally posted by ItsaBass View Post
    You should try the Custom 5 as your first step, IMO.
    Why Custom 5? What do you like about it?

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  • ItsaBass
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    You should try the Custom 5 as your first step, IMO.

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  • hamerfan
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    To the OP: I am a big Fan of the Distortion in a Les Paul, i like the Custom more for Strats. And i have a LP Classic, too. There is Forum member here who showed how to convert the 500t to more Distortion like.
    He changed one (or you can do both) of the side magnets to wood spacers. I had the chance to compare them side to side. Both spacers changed are really close with a little less highs, only one spacer changed is a milder and less granier 500T and still close to the Distortion.

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  • Clint 55
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    Make a hybrid of the 2.

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  • beaubrummels
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    Duncan Distortion is like a 500T with something warmer/thicker on the bottom IME. Could be an option.
    With an A5 I've heard the Distortion is like a nice JB variant (but I haven't tried this, so YMMV)
    A JB with an A2 mag might be an option if the Custom Custom doesn't serve. It's sounds like a really loud Whole Lotta Humbucker.
    A Slash bridge is a good all around rock pickup, thick and full, some top end, would be an improvement over a 498, has some heat to it, but not as much as JB/500T, but in the neighborhood of a 498 IME.

    Like has been said, there isn't really something in directly between, just other variations that might be nice alternatives.

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  • Masta' C
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    By the way, I think of the 498T as being sort of half-way between the Custom 5 and the JB tonally, but with that Gibson edge to it. Compared to the JB, the 498T is a little more muscular in the low-midrange and a little more open sounding up top, not quite as compressed as the JB can be.

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  • stm113
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    Originally posted by Demanic View Post
    Why do need a perfect compromise? The difference between the two can be a source of dynamics on the fly.

    Sent from my SM-A115A using Tapatalk
    What I mean to say is I’d like a pickup that falls as close to as right in the middle of those 2 pickups as possible.

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  • Masta' C
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    Originally posted by Demanic View Post
    Why do need a perfect compromise? The difference between the two can be a source of dynamics on the fly.

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    I was also thinking that an EQ could easily make either pickup sound pretty close to the other. Just didn't mention it in my earlier post

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  • Demanic
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    Why do need a perfect compromise? The difference between the two can be a source of dynamics on the fly.

    Sent from my SM-A115A using Tapatalk

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