#1
Hi there, I am currently looking into 2 Charvels with the same specs excepts the pickups. I'm playing instrument guitar rock and I like to make the guitar scream with harmonics and my floyd rose. Which pickup is better for this the Seymour Duncan TB-6 Distortion or JB TB-4 ?

Thanks!

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#2
There really is no such thing as the 'better' pickup in this case. Both are great.

I think the SH-6 is more scooped-sounding than the JB. And the JB has better cleans.

This video gives a decent enough comparison if what you might expect from how both sound different.

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I actually prefer the JB in this particular demo. I think the JB has a stronger low end and a midrange that can cut through a mix a lot better. Which is of particular advantage in leads.
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T00DEEPBLUE The only thing stopping me from 100% choosing the JB is that is doesn't seem to capture natural harmonics that well ... at least it doesn't on my Ibanez 1570 Prestige ... on the other hand I have a Jackson Stealth ex with stock pickups which totally screams those natural harmonics so I can very easily make the guitar scream with my floyd rose. Really don't know what to do
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fernandezstev I've never had a problem with the natural harmonic response of the JB. The JB's in my guitars scream when using my 5153.

Natural harmonics are a function of what the strings are doing, not what the pickups are doing.
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T00DEEPBLUE On my Jackson stock pickups, they come out load as hell (Same hands, amp and effects), on my Ibanez 1570 with JB they are low ... same strings too. I'm doing exactly the same on both guitars 
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fernandezstev Have you taken the JB out of the Ibanez and put it in the Jackson to confirm that the pickup is really the problem?
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fernandezstev I've never had a problem with the natural harmonic response of the JB. The JB's in my guitars scream when using my 5153.

Natural harmonics are a function of what the strings are doing, not what the pickups are doing.

The amp can also help/deter the harmonics.  I've seen modded 5150s that allow good harmonics with much more ease than a stock one.

If I had to choose between the two you have, I would definitely go with the JB.  I use both, and don't think harmonics when I think Distortion. 

 If you're willing to take other suggestions, I would go with the PATB-2B Parallel Axis Distortion.  OR if you're willing to put the $$ up, the Warren Demartini RTM out of the Custom Shop.  I think either of those would get you closer to the sound you're after.
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fernandezstev I've been googlling for the Warren Demartini RTM pickup but it's not something that I can buy on the online stores? I leave in the UK btw. Where can I get information about buying that pickup?
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i'd probably prefer the jb. as T00DEEPBLUE says, the extra mids and compression will likely help the pinches really jump out.
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#15
From your description, I'd pick the Distortion over the JB. You also might consider a Dimebucker if harmonics are a huge part of your playing. 
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T00DEEPBLUE The TB-6 seems to have more balls...and a bit more treble

You've just defined "scooped." 
#18
Thanks to all for all your advice!

I've decided to go for the Charvel San Dimas which has the JB and the 59...and no scratch plate and the pickups directly in the body.

I'll try the guitar and it is first and if i'm not happy I'll leave the 59 on the neck, which I know I like,  and swap the JB for either the Warren Demartini RTM or the Dimebucker...or even the Screaming Demon!

Good plan?
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Thanks to all for all your advice!

I've decided to go for the Charvel San Dimas which has the JB and the 59...and no scratch plate and the pickups directly in the body.

I'll try the guitar and it is first and if i'm not happy I'll leave the 59 on the neck, which I know I like,  and swap the JB for either the Warren Demartini RTM or the Dimebucker...or even the Screaming Demon!

Good plan?
It's only a good plan if your amp is up to snuff.

What is your amp?
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