#1
I plan on buying an EC-1000 and replacing the pickups myself rather than buying one with Duncans already installed as it works out to be cheaper. I was wondering which JB I should order though; the SH-4 or TB-4.
#2
If it has a Floyd: TB-4, if not SH-4.

For that kind of guitar I wouldn't get either though.
What kind of music do you play?
There are probably better pickups for what you want out there.
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#4
(Also, just thought I'd add, the reason I was going to choose the JB is because it's the pickup that comes installed on the Duncan version of the guitar)
#5
The JB is an excellent choice for that guitar. Hard to go wrong with it.
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#6
I have a JB in a G-400. It is a good pick-up, but there are better pickups.

The Dimarzio Super Distortion, Duncan Distortion, GFS Fat Pat are all pick-ups you would probably like better.

I actually prefer the Fat Pat over the SH-4 and the Super distortion and it is a $30 pick-up.
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#7
I have to agree witth Robb. The sh4 and sh6 whilst being good pups, they aint that good. In fact in the past few years of doing a lot of pup swaps I can say that Seymore Duncan are my least favorites and usually don't "wow" me. except for the Prail set I just got since the whole idea of them is cool.

They(SD) are only marginaly if at all better than the pickups that come in that guitar. I have a Hamer that came with Duncan designed hb102 replaced the bridge with an sh6 and there was not much of a difference. And after reading the specs on the hb102 set they are a hotter sh2/sh4 set so that explains that......after I spent the time effing around

Now if the artists you want to sound like use those pups then ya, get them but there are better and cheaper out there. I personaly like Dragonfires Screamers over the sh4 or sh6 and a set of those is only $40 ....not $80 for 1
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#8
Quote by EFlatBrian
I plan on buying an EC-1000 and replacing the pickups myself rather than buying one with Duncans already installed as it works out to be cheaper. I was wondering which JB I should order though; the SH-4 or TB-4.

You should get the TB-4. Almost all modern guitars have the wider string spacing even if they don't have a trem system. Duncan's Trembucker (TB) spacing is actually slightly wider than DiMarzio's F-Spacing. Duncan's Trembucker is a closer fit for Floyd Rose bridges since it is slightly wider. DiMarzio's F-Spacing is perfect for most modern Tune-O-Matic (TOM) bridges even Gibson. SH spaced Duncans and regular spaced DiMarzios are actually spaced too narrow for most modern guitars. I am telling you this from personal experience and it even says that in the FAQ on DiMarzio's website. I have tried ALOT of pickups in the various guitars that I have owned. I currently work as a tech for my local guitar shop. And I was also a mod over in the GB&C here on UG for over 2 years.

Examples:
I had a Duncan SH-4 JB in my Gibson V and the pole pieces were too narrow.

I have a Duncan SH-PG1B Pearly Gates in my Epi SG and the pole pieces are too narrow.

I have a Duncan SH-12 Screamin' Demon in my Epiphone Korina Explorer and the pole pieces are too narrow.

My LTD EC-400VM came with a Duncan SH-4 JB and the strings and pole pieces didn't line up. It now has an F-Spaced DiMarzio Tone Zone and the strings and pole pieces line up perfectly.

My Jackson RR5 (TOM) came with a Duncan TB-4 in it and the pole pieces were spaced slightly too far apart (which is better than not far enough). It now has an F-Spaced DiMarzio Tone Zone and the strings and pole pieces line up perfectly.

My PRS SE Tremonti (non-tremolo model) has an F-Spaced DiMarzio Tone Zone and the strings and pole pieces line up perfectly.

That being said, either spacing will work. I have not really noticed any problems in my guitars were the strings and pole pieces don't line up. It's mainly just a cosmetic thing. Some players claim to be able to tell a difference but I don't know.

Here's a pic of the Gibson V that I had. Notice how both E strings just barely go over the outer edges of the pole pieces instead of crossing the center of them. With a trembucker or F-spaced pickup the string would cross the center instead of the edge.
#9
I have never been able to tell unless the whole pup its self is off center. if the E srings are a little off like that V you can crank up he poles to adjust the output/response a little on those 2 strings
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#10
Well, thanks for the response on the sizing, but the point of a good pickup was brought up and got me thinking. I want something that has punchy strong bottom end and a lot of clarity. A few I've tried out with heavy mids tended to loose that clarity so I kinda want to avoid anything with major mid boosts. I tend to pull my tone from bands like sum 41 and some hardcore styles likes saosin on occasion. I really go for a balance between American and British voicing and I want a pickup that really highlights that tone.