#1
okay so i'm considering jb's because i want to play stuff from sublime and around that tone but also want to play high gainy stuff
I'll mainly be playing the harder stuff but do once in a while play sublime and the strokes stuff
will it be able to play stuff like the ones listed below but also sublime?

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#2
I have a JB in the bridge of my G-400 and it will do a wide range of tones from classic-rock/blues to modern metal. It will work well for what you want it to do, but if you want a great hi-gain pickup get something else.
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#3
If you are looking for a metal pickup, the JB isn't that great.
The JB is good for 80's tones and maybe medium to heavy rock genres.
Of course with the right rig about any guitar will do balls-out metal, but as already said, if you are looking for a pickup that's great for metal, look elsewhere.

In your place I'd take a look at the Duncan Custom, Distortion, Full Shred, Alternative 8 or Dimarzio Crunch Lab, Dominion or Evo 2 for bridge.

For the other 2 positions I have no idea and even the bridge suggestions are kinda vague as you didn't tell anything but that you play heavy stuff but want something that sounds good with less distortion as well.
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#4
The JB (in my ltd mh 1000nt) is the "jack of all trades but master of none" it'll do everything but it's not the king of any genre

It CAN do metal, but once you start comparing it to a dimarzio d activator, d sonic (in my tele) and duncan distortion you will hear the lack of oomph

Then again, the jb will do better cleans than any of those. Consider the JB a "safe pick"
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#5
it can, but it wouldn't be my first choice. it's a bit loose on the bass, and the alnico magnet means it's a little soft-sounding for metal, too.

depends on what you mean by metal, of course.
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#6
I hate the JB for metal, but it's also lacking in all areas, imo. As was already said, "Jack of all trades, master of none".

The Duncan Distortion is pretty good, but both Duncan and Dimarzio have many different pickups that focus more on playing metal.
#9
Similar to other posts... JB is a great, versatile Hot Pickup... But there are better pickups for high gain that have more definition. Duncan Distortion. DiMarzio Super Distortion.. Gibson 500T... Most of your Ceramic based pups from major manufacturers will be better suited for high gain.
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#12
Personally, I love the JB. It is great for hard rock, or 80's glam oriented metal. I have it in the bridge position of a Jackson RR5, and in a Charvel San Dimas.

Dave Mustaine has been known to use the Seymour Ducan JB.
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#14
My Eclipse has a JB in the bridge and I love it for metal. It's fantastic for standard tuning but gets muddy for lower tunings (in my experience). I play it through a Peavey 6505 with a boost pedal and get great mid to high gain tones. Plus it cleans up very nicely with the volume rolled back, making it versatile (as mentioned above).

EDIT: I also have a JB7 in my RG321 and can't stand it. I think the basswood does not work well with the JB. I would recommend a Dimarzio Evolution or something of that nature for a basswood guitar.
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#15
yes. the jb will do just fine. i have never seen anything that the jb cant do.
#16
Depends on the amp. A Dimarzio super distortion would be way better for high gain, not so much for clean although it will do clean if you roll back the volume on the guitar. And I have found for high gain Seymore Duncan is lacking until you get past the sh6. I have a sh6 and its kinda flubby, I don't like it.. I had a sh8 and want to get another one.

Also I personaly prefer series/parallel over series/tap. It cuts the output but still retains the humbucking ability of the pickup.
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#17
The JB lacks so much attack and definition.

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#18
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to sum it all up for you... The JB will do the job, but if you want it spot-on, get a pickup with a ceramic magnet. I had the JB in my LTD Eclipse for a while and it sounded a bit thin and airy to me when I would play with high gain settings. The Gibson 500T I have now sounds so much more full and has much more definition.
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#20
^ that's probably worth a try, good call. never tried it myself (i swapped pickups before i heard about it ) but as you say, you have little to lose.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#21
Yes.

However for what you want to play an EMG 81 / 60 or 85 would be a lot better, I think. All of those bands actually have EMGs in common.
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