SJBJ-1 JB Jr review by Seymour Duncan

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 9 (38 votes)
Seymour Duncan: SJBJ-1 JB Jr

Sound — 7
I'm using this pickup in the neck position of a Fender Jaguar, which goes into: Smallsound/Bigsound TAFM-Devi Ever Disaster Fuzz-DOD FX35-EHX Small Stone-Ibanez CS505-EHX Deluxe Memory Man-Laney VC15. I had it in the bridge position for a while, and I found it too piercing and trebly, with no real warmth. In the neck, however, it's warm and smooth, without being too bassy or muddy. It has a pretty moderate output, matched very well in level with the Seymour Duncan SJAG-2 I have in the bridge position. Both pickups together sounds nice too; reduced volume and a chimey quality. I prefer the pickup for clean tones, because with distortion it does tend to get muddy when playing chords, though single notes sound quite nice and full.

Overall Impression — 7
The sound being muddy on distorted settings is a bit annoying, and I have considered replacing it with a single coil for a brighter sound, but I do like how the pickup sounds into a clean amp, and having a big difference in tone between the neck and bridge pickups does add versatility.

Reliability & Durability — 9
It seems very well constructed, like all Seymour Duncan products I've had experience with: the casing is solid and the wires well fixed into it. The pickup came installed in my guitar when I bought it, and I've used it heavily for gigs for a year since then with no problems at all.

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