Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: Used
Sound — 8
This pickup perfectly does what it is famous for: it pushes your amplifier to the limit by producing a very strong signal. The output is very high and it has DC Resistance of 16.6k, and a ceramic bar magnet, which makes it a perfect metal pickup. However, the Duncan Distortion is not a one-trick pony: I actually like the clean sound it produces with the volume knob rolled off. This pickup's EQ isn't very balanced: high and middle frequencies are very prominent, while low frequencies are super tight. Honestly, that kind of EQ makes it sound too bright and ice-picky in standard tuning, but that also makes it Shine when tuning to C and even lower: it never gets too dark and muddy, every note is clear even on high-gain setting. Overall, this pickup is somewhat reminiscent of Lundgren M6, but not as barky and hollow-sounding.
Overall Impression — 9
All in all, I am satisfied with this pickup. I wanted something to put in the bridge position of my Fender American Standard Stratocaster when I feel like playing metal, and this high-output monster fits it almost perfectly. It can even do some blues-rock if you roll off the tone knob on your guitar. I've tried some bridge pickups before: a Seymour Duncan JB, and a DiMarzio Air Norton. I didn't really love the JB, as it had a very prominent mid "hump" which made it sound nasal in an unpleasant way. The Air Norton didn't have enough output so it wasn't the ideal metal pickup either.
Reliability & Durability — 8
There have not been any issues with reliability so far. I have had this pickup for six months, and it looks and sounds the same as it did months ago. It is super quiet, does not feedback too easily, and feels very solid overall. The only bad thing is that the cloth that protects the bobbins from dust and moisture is not as accurately and tightly wrapped as on DiMarzio or BKP pickups.