#1
So, I have a Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set in my Gibson SG. I picked 'em out on a snap decision, as I had a gig coming up and my old ones were going microphonic. They're very good pickups, but there's just something about them I don't like. So, with Christmas coming up, I'm considering getting a new set.

As far as my bridge pickup goes, the JB seems a little honky and slightly thin. In the neck, the Jazz feels a bit muddy and underpowered compared to the JB.

They don't balance well in the middle position, either, oddly enough, the Jazz seems to overpower the JB, despite the fact that I have the pickup heights set properly and everything.

So, basically, I'm looking for a more articulate, fatter bridge pickup and a clearer neck. I'd also like them to balance well so that I get a useable tone in the middle position. I'd like them to be versatile, as well, because I play everything from blues to pop-punk to hardcore.


Any suggestions?
#2
I assume you had the 490R and 498T originally?

Was there something you didn't like about them - or were they just micophonic?
If it was just microphonic you can pot the old pickups and put them back in.

I suggest this because I like the stock pickups and they seem suited to the versatility you need.
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I assume you had the 490R and 498T originally?

Was there something you didn't like about them - or were they just micophonic?
If it was just microphonic you can pot the old pickups and put them back in.

I suggest this because I like the stock pickups and they seem suited to the versatility you need.
They weren't bad, but I always thought they were somewhat muddy, aside from the microphonics. In my opinion, the JB and Jazz are an improvement, but they still don't nail what I want.

Any more suggestions?
#4
DiMarzio Humbucker from Hell in the neck if you want a very clear, Strat-type pickup, and a Super Distortion for the bridge. I run these in my Schecter, and I love them both.
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#5
if you want a fatter bridge pickup i'd be checking out a Dimarzio Tone Zone

not too sure about the neck but an Air Norton is a common combo with the tone zone.

mind you i dont know what type of music you play so these pickups might be inappropriate but IMO they do fit your descriptions of fatter and clearer respectively
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So, I have a Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set in my Gibson SG. I picked 'em out on a snap decision, as I had a gig coming up and my old ones were going microphonic. They're very good pickups, but there's just something about them I don't like. So, with Christmas coming up, I'm considering getting a new set.

As far as my bridge pickup goes, the JB seems a little honky and slightly thin. In the neck, the Jazz feels a bit muddy and underpowered compared to the JB.

They don't balance well in the middle position, either, oddly enough, the Jazz seems to overpower the JB, despite the fact that I have the pickup heights set properly and everything.

So, basically, I'm looking for a more articulate, fatter bridge pickup and a clearer neck. I'd also like them to balance well so that I get a useable tone in the middle position. I'd like them to be versatile, as well, because I play everything from blues to pop-punk to hardcore.


Any suggestions?

Dimarzio Norton in the bridge, Humbucker from Hell in the neck, or a pair of Breeds.

Tone Zone will be too full-on and I wouldn't trust it in mahogany, the Air Norton will probably give you the same problems the Jazz did.
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from what i hear, medium output pickups can be muddy in sgs... i could be wrong, but it'd be worth considering.

do you feel that the JB is too hot?
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from what i hear, medium output pickups can be muddy in sgs... i could be wrong, but it'd be worth considering.

do you feel that the JB is too hot?
No, the JB isn't too hot, it just doesn't sound... full enough. Does that make sense?
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yeah, sure. it's quite a trebly pickup.

so something around the same output as the JB?

what's your budget?
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yeah, sure. it's quite a trebly pickup.

so something around the same output as the JB?

what's your budget?
I'd like the whole set to come in under $175-ish if possible.

I also do a lot of stuff in Drop D, so something that responds well to dropped tunings would be lovely.
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DiMarzio Drop Sonic.
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ok... if you want to keep it under $175, you're probably stuck to dimarzio, duncan etc. (though high order or bg pickups might be worth considering).

i'm not really sure about any specific recommendations, sorry. i'd rather say nothing than tell you something which may be wrong...
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I think the $175 budget had something to do with that...unless the TS only needs 3/4 of a pickup
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^ yeah. also i don't only mention BKPs...
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#16
god i have this same exact problem i was just about to make a new thread!!! i put a JB/59 combo in my SG and the 59 is really nice, but the JB definitely doesnt help. its just so thin and brittle and twangy and i hate it!

does this also have to do with the fact that its an sg and thats how they sound? my stock ibanez w/ cheap pickups sounds better than my SG. maybe scale length has a lot to do with it?
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#17
it might be partly to do with how the sg sounds.

i'd have thought the smaller scale length would have made things less twangy/snappy, though. i suspect the problem is that the JB kinda sounds like that, and may be accentuating things which you don't like about the SG's sound...
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