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  • #76
    This one is pretty easy for me...one that everyone loves but I can't stand? the JB...all day long. Every time I hear them, they sound so "sloppy" in the mids! I bought a '59 this summer (without having much knowledge of magnet types) and it's a great pickup, but came to realize polished A5s are too stiff on lead tones. That lead me to the Pearly Gates--I dropped it in my bridge the other night and it was THE pickup my guitar needed. It's actually crunchier than the '59 at the same 1/16" height I set my bridge pups at, while still exuding that A2 gushy quality. Very Van Halen/Thin Lizzy and--obviously--BFG. It's a 70s time machine! Now my ESP sounds absolutely FAT.

    One that everyone hates but I love? Dimarzio Super Distortion! Very underrated pup that is actually seeing a bit of a renaissance lately. It's perfect for amps like Plexis that run a bit dark. People forget how many people were using them in the 70s. It was THE pickup to have. I might pull an EVH and stick an A8 in it, maybe an A4, to see how it responds.

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    • #77
      I can never get into the Custom or Custom 5 for some reason. Just pretty plain sounding to my ears with no real character

      A pickup I LOVE in the right guitar is the Screamin' Demon, a very "controversial" pickup it seems.
      Charvel, Kramer, Gibson, Fender, MIJ/US Epiphone, BC Rich
      Full Shred, Distortion, JB, Custom (Custom), Screamin' Demon, Cool Rails, Alternative 8, Mini Humbucker, Lil 59, 59, APH-1, Black Winter, Silverbird, SP90, PATB1,2,3, YJM, 59/custom hybrid, SSL-1 AH1BJ, Jazz, Antiquity JB/Jazz, Alpha/Omega

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      • #78
        Normal JB and normal 59n are not great for me. I really dig the Dimebucker for non-metal applications.
        Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Benjy_26 View Post
          Normal JB and normal 59n are not great for me. I really dig the Dimebucker for non-metal applications.
          I want to try this combo in a screw on neck superstrat with a Floyd before I write it off.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Demanic View Post
            I want to try this combo in a screw on neck superstrat with a Floyd before I write it off.

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            Which combo? The Dime?
            Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Benjy_26 View Post

              Which combo? The Dime?
              No, stock 59n with JB. But 4 conductor pups into a 5 way switch with push/pulls on the volume and tone.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by Demanic View Post
                No, stock 59n with JB. But 4 conductor pups into a 5 way switch with push/pulls on the volume and tone.

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                Oh. Well, I hope you like it. For me, that's a cursed combo.
                Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by Benjy_26 View Post

                  Oh. Well, I hope you like it. For me, that's a cursed combo.
                  Well, you know what's said about one person's poison.


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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by Demanic View Post
                    Well, you know what's said about one person's poison.


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                    Indeed.
                    Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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                    • #85
                      I truly like my Jazz necks; which do not seem to get a lot of love around here. I cannot say there is anything I am using for what I play, which I do not like.
                      I miss the 80's (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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                      • #86
                        Dimebucker was specifically designed for his full-mahogany neck/body short-scale with the rosewood board and loose tension strings.

                        On the old Duncan website it was highly recommended for guitars with basswood bodies and rosewood boards, and after trying mine in several hosts over the years I strongly agree.

                        It really needs the combing effect on the highs that basswood can contribute, otherwise it can indeed get shrill in a hurry, especially with a floyd as intended.

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                        • #87
                          Stag Mag. Bought it. Sold it. Bought it. Sold it. Bought it. Sold it. Love the concept, but I just never got it to work for me.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
                            Stag Mag. Bought it. Sold it. Bought it. Sold it. Bought it. Sold it. Love the concept, but I just never got it to work for me.
                            If you were trying it for the bridge, look into the Rio Grande Muy Grande.

                            It's got a very good single coil tone and in full series mode it is THICCCCCC....
                            Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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                            • #89
                              Originally posted by Benjy_26 View Post

                              If you were trying it for the bridge, look into the Rio Grande Muy Grande.

                              It's got a very good single coil tone and in full series mode it is THICCCCCC....
                              Sounds interesting... how's the treble bite?

                              I love THICC tones, but I also need need need that bit of bite on the top end. That's why I've become such a big fan of A6 and A9 magnet swaps – I need that treble ZING that an A5 gives you, but I hate scooping the mids out, because I'm down with the thiccness
                              Gibson LP, Burstbucker 3 A6/ 490R A4
                              Gibson LP, 61T A8 / 57 Classic A6
                              Gibson SG special, GFS Mini/ Gibson Rhythm mini
                              Strat SSS, STK-6 /SSL1/ Bootstrap sparkle
                              Strat HSS hardtail, Perpetual Burn A6, Bootstrap sparkle middle/neck
                              Tele, DMZ Area Hot T / Gibson Mini A3
                              Tele, DMZ Transition A6 / Gibson Mini A3
                              Jackson V, SD Pegasus Ceramic / Gibson 490R A5
                              JEM hardtail, DMZ Evo2 A8 / DMZ Fred
                              PRS SE CU24: DMZ Air Norton A9 / SD Pearly Gates A6

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by zizyphus View Post

                                Sounds interesting... how's the treble bite?

                                I love THICC tones, but I also need need need that bit of bite on the top end. That's why I've become such a big fan of A6 and A9 magnet swaps – I need that treble ZING that an A5 gives you, but I hate scooping the mids out, because I'm down with the thiccness
                                It still bites pretty hard. IDK if it's the top end or the very high upper mids, but pinch harmonics jump out of this thing and it has plenty of grind through a Marshall style amp. The bottom end is also tighter than, say, a JB, which is in the same ballpark as far as resistance, goes. It could be the wind, or the alnico poles, but it's an interesting pickup for sure.
                                Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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