#1
My guitar is ESP Eclipse I CTM FT (Mahagony body / Maple top / Mahagony neck / Ebony fretboard, same thickness as LP Custom) with JB/'59 set. I mainly play classic 70's/80s' rock (GNR, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top etc...) through my Yamaha THR 10.

Problem is that JB is sounding very bright / treblish and kinda harsh through my ears. Rolling down tone knob / treble is not really helping either. I like the idea of a hotter bridge pickup (not super hot) so if I replace JB with DiMarzio's Super Distortion will that get rid of brightness/harshness I'm experiencing now?
#2
The SD will be higher output and i believe as it is a clone of the duncan distortion it will be pretty harsh as well. (i have only tried the Dimarzio in the neck of a tele)

The Crunch Lab might be a better choice.
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#4
it may have a higher resistance, but that does not completely relate to output.

The Duncan Distortion is only .2 ohm more but has a much higher output than the JB.
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#6
Dude the Super Distortion is NOT a Duncan Distortion clone. The Duncan Distoriton is really a tigher, brighter, hotter JB. The Super Distortion has more low end and a flatter high end.

Though to be honest, you will not see a "leaps and bounds" type of difference through your current amp. Try replacing that if applicable.
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Quote by Maidenheadsteve
Dude the Super Distortion is NOT a Duncan Distortion clone. The Duncan Distoriton is really a tigher, brighter, hotter JB. The Super Distortion has more low end and a flatter high end.

Though to be honest, you will not see a "leaps and bounds" type of difference through your current amp. Try replacing that if applicable.

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the JB and Duncan Distortion are basically the same pickup with different magnet types. The JB has an Alnico V magnet and the Distortion has a Ceramic magnet. The Super Distortion has a warmer fatter type tone.

I have owned the Super Distortion for 20+ yrs and I have owned a JB for 6-7 they are both decent pickups but do have slightly different sounds.
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#8
Quote by Maidenheadsteve
Dude the Super Distortion is NOT a Duncan Distortion clone. The Duncan Distoriton is really a tigher, brighter, hotter JB. The Super Distortion has more low end and a flatter high end.

Though to be honest, you will not see a "leaps and bounds" type of difference through your current amp. Try replacing that if applicable.


I don't need a pickup that will make "leaps and bounds" sound wise. I think JB is way to bright/harsh in my guitar since I believe that is a bright guitar in the first place. I need something that will smooth out that high end and add some fatness to the tone.

So, since Super Distortion won't make any difference (and amp changing is out of the question) what can I do? Get some PAF type bridge, like APH-1 or Pearly Gates?
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Quote by loki_lulamen
The SD will be higher output and i believe as it is a clone of the duncan distortion it will be pretty harsh as well. (i have only tried the Dimarzio in the neck of a tele)

The Crunch Lab might be a better choice.


The Super Distortion was on the market before Seymour Duncan were even in business so it's certainly not a clone of the SH6!

The Duncan Distortion is well known for being trebly, the Super Distortion has a fairly balanced tone by comparison. However if fatness and warmth are what you're looking for the The Breed is probably the best fit from Dimarzio's range.
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The Super Distortion was on the market before Seymour Duncan were even in business so it's certainly not a clone of the SH6!



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#12
I had a Duncan Distortion in my Strat. Didn't really like it. Have a DiMarzio Super Distortion in my Jag & it sounds much better to me. Tighter and less messy with a good bass response.
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Quote by Maidenheadsteve
Dude the Super Distortion is NOT a Duncan Distortion clone. The Duncan Distoriton is really a tigher, brighter, hotter JB. The Super Distortion has more low end and a flatter high end.

Though to be honest, you will not see a "leaps and bounds" type of difference through your current amp. Try replacing that if applicable.


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#15
It's funny, I have this same problem with my LP Standard. Sounds FAR too bright in it, I was looking for a good pickup to tame the treble as well..
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#16
I just put a super distortion into one of my guitars. Humbucker to humbucker, there won't be $80 worth of difference.
#17
Quote by Noisembryo
I don't need a pickup that will make "leaps and bounds" sound wise. I think JB is way to bright/harsh in my guitar since I believe that is a bright guitar in the first place. I need something that will smooth out that high end and add some fatness to the tone.

So, since Super Distortion won't make any difference (and amp changing is out of the question) what can I do? Get some PAF type bridge, like APH-1 or Pearly Gates?

Maybe look at the Duncan Custom/Custom it has decent output but it is deff not a bright sound, darker than what you have been looking at
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#18
Quote by Robbgnarly
Maybe look at the Duncan Custom/Custom it has decent output but it is deff not a bright sound, darker than what you have been looking at

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The Custom Custom (TB-11) is great for a strat type guitar for the reasons Rob mentioned. I recommend it. I replaced a JB in my strat for a TB-11.