#1
howdy there

great guitar for the price (i got mine at $160), but the pickups definitely need to go

does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions for replacements? will be playing mostly metal, and in d tuning (so, think a mastodon sound haha)

FYI, i've been looking at a seymound duncan 59/ jb set
#2
59/JB is a pretty standard set. Some people like the Custom Custom in the bridge as well.

What amp are you running?
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#3
At least one of the guitarists in Mastodon uses a Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge. So there's that.

What amp are you running into?
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#4
a vox vt50, so i'm quite versatile in terms of what sounds i can achieve
#5
Personally, I wouldn't bother with a pickup upgrade for a modelling amp. There won't be too much distinction between the two in all honestly.

I would save your money for now.
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#6
Pick-ups would help on a JS series.

They aren't horrible but not on the SD level. Even through his modeler he could probably hear the difference. It just wont be a ton.
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#7
"They aren't horrible but not on the SD level."

sorry, but what do you mean by that?
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#8
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Pick-ups would help on a JS series.

They aren't horrible but not on the SD level. Even through his modeler he could probably hear the difference. It just wont be a ton.

I dunno. To me it seems like if he's not happy with the sound, it might be his amp. VT's weren't really renowned for their metal tones.

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"They aren't horrible but not on the SD level."

sorry, but what do you mean by that?

He means that the stock pickups in the JS are no where near as good as SD's.
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#9
na, i'm definitely happy with the amp, can get some really nice sounds with an epi les paul

if i use a boost pedal and certain channels the jackson sounds decent, but you can tell it's quite clearly an inferior guitar compared to a few of my others

so, beside the SDs, any other pups people like or recommend? thoughts on the full shreds or customs SH-5 and TB-5?
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#11
As some that owns a JS guitar, I would save the money for a better guitar or better amp.
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#12
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As some that owns a JS guitar, I would save the money for a better guitar or better amp.


If the guitar feels good to play why not upgrade it? TS is happy with his guitar, maybe he got a good one. Pup change is always reversable too, so when he buys a better guitar he can always take the new pup from the old guitar and put the original back in.

I think Seymour Duncan Distortion SD-6 is a safe choice for metal pickup.
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#13
haha thanks, i was just watching that

funnily enough i thinked i enjoyed the JBs the most - they had a distinct quality to them, without going into gimmicky or strange compressed / fuzzy territory (ie the alternatives)
#14
jb wouldn't be my first choice for metal, i'd rather have a distortion or custom or custom 5

59 is good in the neck. maybe a jazz if you play more distorted leads, it's slightly smoother (but there's not much in it, both will work and work well).
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#15
If you want a mastodon type tone, the JB will work great. I have a JB in my G-400 and we do some Mastodon type songs and it sounds great.
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I love the pickups in my JS32RR.
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I had a JS- I fact it's the one I sent you- pickups were better than I expected. However he can get ones more suited to his style.
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