#1
I'm in the market for a new geetar, and I've recently looked at the RR3/RR5 Used. I'm just wondering, can the JB handle any extremely high gain metal without getting muddy? It'll probably be played though a 6505+ 112 unless I find something better.
#2
Doesn't Wil Adler use a JB in his custom Eclipse?
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#3
Oh, yes, he does. I didn't realize that. I was looking at Mark Morton's guitar, because I thought it had a JB, but it didn't. Thanks.
#4
No problem =)
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#6
Oh yeah. Definitely. I use my JB for decently high-gain post-hardcore/metalcore. It doesn't get muddy, and it really doesn't muddy up from cranking the gain. I don't like that sound at all. Granted you EQ the pickup right with your amp, you can get the JB to play anything. It's quite articulate.

Not that great for cleans, too harsh, I find.
#7
Yeah, in my experience it's not a very fat or warm sounding pickup. I've taken it up to Exodus levels and it doesn't muddy up though.
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#8
Please note that Adler uses a Mesa Boogie Mark IV to get his tones. Always remember that a good amp will get you further than pickups will.
#9
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Please note that Adler uses a Mesa Boogie Mark IV to get his tones. Always remember that a good amp will get you further than pickups will.


He wasnt asking about tone, he was asking whether the JB would get muddy under high gain applications. But thanks anyway.
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#10
Didnt Dave Mustaine use the JB/59 combo until he got his custom Duncans?
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#11
Oh god yes. Pair it with an amp or distortion pedal that produces distinct yet fuzzy harmonics and, well, it’s just great.
#12
Yep, it'll work a treat through a 6505. I've played my Jackson (Alder body) through them a few times, and its surprisingly tight, run with cranked gain. It's definitely more 'punchy' than 'crunchy' imo though.
#13
kinda. it has enough output for it, but it's not incredibly tight, depending on the guitar it's in anyway...
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#14
I got a JB in my bridge position, and it's my favorite pu.
Also have a SD '59 but I prefer the JB for metal... it rocks and doesn't get muddy, you can always tell the notes apart.
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#15
Yes, the JB can handle high gain metal no problem. You just need to look at all of the different 'metal' guitars on the market equipped with the JB to see that it must be able to do the job.

However it seems to have a bit of a love/hate reputation going on. Lots of people think it's great, whereas others can't stand the tone. Personally I quite like it. I don't think it's fantastic, but i suppose I like it enough to not want to spend a lot of money on a replacement.
#16
yes.i have a jb 59' set in my schecter classic. it's definitely good for metal, it has a nice high mid crunch to it, and it's definitely tight. but for drop tuned A brootz, probably not.
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#17
JB is a great pickup, just use it. Spend the money you save on chicks and beer.
#18
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However it seems to have a bit of a love/hate reputation going on. Lots of people think it's great, whereas others can't stand the tone.


Guitar vendors tend to reverse the neck/bridge positions of pedals in the catalogs, web sites, and in-store hang-tags. And to make it worse, so does Schecter, and they make many ’59/JB combo guitars. This seems to have confused a lot of people into thinking that the JB gets muddy with downtuned riffing, when the ’59 is really the culprit.
#19
van halen used a PAF. end of story. yes, a JB can definitely do metal. you amp dictates more at this point.

but yeah your not going to sound like synester gates with a JB. but alot dont like that tone anyways.