#1
On paper they sound like what I am looking for but I am wondering if they would actually pair up well with the particular body/wood of my guitars. For example I have EMGs in my ESP MH-1000 and they sound great but when i put them in my Ibanez S they sounded very thin and trebly. As far as tone goes I am pretty much looking for that big 80"s distortion tone. The EMGs are not bad in my ESP but I am looking for something a little warmer to handle cleans and solos. I am a big fan of the tone the guitarist from Steel Panther gets. I know he uses JBs so I am thinking they might do the trick in my guitars.

The two guitars in question:
#2
what amp(s) are you using? and any pedals?

unfortunately the answer is "maybe". the JB does pretty decently for that 80s type of tone, but it seems to be a bit random as to which guitars it sounds good in for some reason.

EDIT: It might be a bit muddy in the bass for the PRS. it's mahogany, right?

I find the JB works best (in my limited experience) for those 80s type of tones in alder superstrats. mahogany thickens them up but as i said, can get too muddy on the bass.
Last edited by Dave_Mc at Nov 2, 2014,
#3
I'd put the JB in the PRS and a Custom custom or Dimarzio Super distortion in the Ibanez
#4
Definitely think the Ibanez would be a better fit for the JB, and I'd even take a step further to say a JB/59' classic combo. Agreed with Dave_Mc on the PRS bit. The only JB I've really dug in a guitar of that style is the ESP EC-1000.
#5
^ The one in my edwards LP sounds pretty good, but its bass isn't super-tight, and it just sounds more like a generic hard rock type of tone, rather than 80s/hair metal. A duncan distortion might be a better call for the PRS (though there are probably better options than it, it's not super-versatile).
#6
I have EMGs in my ESP MH-1000 and they sound great but when i put them in my Ibanez S they sounded very thin and trebly
This sounds more like a wiring problem.
#7
Quote by Danustar
This sounds more like a wiring problem.


I was thinking this as well ....... I have found emgs make every guitar sound pretty much the same with only shades of difference
#8
Yeah that does sound like wiring. Also, remember if your using different pots and caps it will make a big difference.
#9
Quote by conanwarrior
Yeah that does sound like wiring. Also, remember if your using different pots and caps it will make a big difference.

caps will only make a difference when the tone control is actually being used. When the tone knob is all the way on 10, the tone control is more or less bypassed.