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  • Is the HB-103 neck based on the 59?

    Just installed the HB-103 set in my RG. I really like them. Just wondering if the neck is based on the 59? It sure sounds like a 59 to me.

  • #2
    The HB-103 is based on the Distortion.

    This Topic has a link to some of the Duncan Designed equivalents:

    https://forum.seymourduncan.com/foru...85#post6040385
    I miss the '80s (girls) !!!

    Seymour Duncans currently in use - In Les Pauls: Custom(b)/Jazz(n), Distortion(b)/Jazz(n), '59(b)/'59(n) w/A4 mag, P-Rails(b)/P-Rails(n); In a Bullet S-3: P-Rails(b)/stock/Vintage Stack Tele(n); In a Dot: Seth Lover(b)/Seth Lover(n); In a Del Mar: Mag Mic; In a Lead II: Custom Shop Fender X-1(b)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JamesPaul View Post
      The HB-103 is based on the Distortion.

      This Topic has a link to some of the Duncan Designed equivalents:

      https://forum.seymourduncan.com/foru...85#post6040385
      Thanks for the link - I was hoping there was something like this out there.

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      • #4
        bridge mybe, but the neck hb103 is nothing like the Sh-6n distortion neck.
        definitely more 59 than sh-6n

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        • #5
          The HB-103 Neck is Alnico-equipped with a DCR around 7.5K, so definitely not based on the SH-6n

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          • #6
            Definitely not what was was listed on the SD website, but it does look like '59 specs. Now I'm curious if the HB-101n also is Alnico 5 with 7.5k DCR?

            I miss the '80s (girls) !!!

            Seymour Duncans currently in use - In Les Pauls: Custom(b)/Jazz(n), Distortion(b)/Jazz(n), '59(b)/'59(n) w/A4 mag, P-Rails(b)/P-Rails(n); In a Bullet S-3: P-Rails(b)/stock/Vintage Stack Tele(n); In a Dot: Seth Lover(b)/Seth Lover(n); In a Del Mar: Mag Mic; In a Lead II: Custom Shop Fender X-1(b)

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            • #7
              The Duncan Website has never been a paragon of clear and easy to understand, or even sensible info sometimes.

              Its a 59/Distortion SET

              The Bridge is a distortion.
              Originally posted by Bad City
              He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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              • #8
                I know people use the Distortion/'59 combination, so that set does makes sense. I searched the Forum, looked at some Duncan Designed measured specs and better understand how the sets are coming together.
                Last edited by JamesPaul; 04-12-2021, 02:35 PM.
                I miss the '80s (girls) !!!

                Seymour Duncans currently in use - In Les Pauls: Custom(b)/Jazz(n), Distortion(b)/Jazz(n), '59(b)/'59(n) w/A4 mag, P-Rails(b)/P-Rails(n); In a Bullet S-3: P-Rails(b)/stock/Vintage Stack Tele(n); In a Dot: Seth Lover(b)/Seth Lover(n); In a Del Mar: Mag Mic; In a Lead II: Custom Shop Fender X-1(b)

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                • #9
                  Again - no hate on Duncan for them. I mean, it is obviously a lower cost, and probably lower margin item by far. They make up for that in volume.
                  Originally posted by Bad City
                  He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                  • #10
                    Agreed, no negatives here! I can see where my previous post might read a little different. I'll edit it accordingly.
                    I miss the '80s (girls) !!!

                    Seymour Duncans currently in use - In Les Pauls: Custom(b)/Jazz(n), Distortion(b)/Jazz(n), '59(b)/'59(n) w/A4 mag, P-Rails(b)/P-Rails(n); In a Bullet S-3: P-Rails(b)/stock/Vintage Stack Tele(n); In a Dot: Seth Lover(b)/Seth Lover(n); In a Del Mar: Mag Mic; In a Lead II: Custom Shop Fender X-1(b)

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                    • #11
                      I think it might be a Jazz. The set in my Jackson Kelly sounds great. Then neck seems cleaner than the multiple real 59n's I have, and the HB103B just sounds better (I don't know why) than the real DD I have in a Charvel Model 3A.

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                      • #12
                        I put an Alnico 5 magnet in mine...also took a hair dryer to it to get rid of the excess wax.....sounds like a Jazz
                        “The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.” - Edward Van Halen

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                        • #13
                          Where doe you put the A5 - in the neck or bridge? To be sure we need a 102 set which is a JB/Jazz import.

                          So 102 vs 103. Neck only.

                          59/JB
                          59/Distortion
                          Jazz/JB
                          Jazz/Distortion

                          Are all legit combos. The Jazz Distortion would bright/tight in the neck which would work...
                          I prefer the bass/scoop of a 59 to pair with the Distortion low bass high mids
                          Originally posted by Bad City
                          He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Aceman View Post
                            Where doe you put the A5 - in the neck or bridge? To be sure we need a 102 set which is a JB/Jazz import.

                            So 102 vs 103. Neck only.

                            59/JB
                            59/Distortion
                            Jazz/JB
                            Jazz/Distortion

                            Are all legit combos. The Jazz Distortion would bright/tight in the neck which would work...
                            I prefer the bass/scoop of a 59 to pair with the Distortion low bass high mids
                            Im not sire I understand the wuestion but I had an Hb103-A5 neck and an HB103-A2 ridge in an HH stratocaster and it Sounded great.
                            “The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.” - Edward Van Halen

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