Is it any wonder why this is Seymour Duncan's best selling pickup, and has been for many years? This pickup has just the right amount of mids poking through the signal, nice highs without the "icepick in the ear" effect (with the right potentiometers), and nice tight bass. The JB is Duncan's best selling pickup because it sounds good whether you're doing hard rock, funk, chicken pickin', or blues!
Really picky about the guitar it's in...
I've tried this pup in 4 different guitars...a cheap basswood Ibanez, a PRS SE Custom 24 a PRS SE245,, and an Ibanez Prestige RG Mahogany. I thought it was horrendous in all but the cheap basswood Ibanez. In that guitar, it was a huge improvement and sound very large and powerful. In the other guitars, it lacked bite and clarity and seemed to be wanting for low end. Compared to the SH-5 Custom that SD offers, this isn't even in the same league. I've yet to hear a guitar that the Custom sounded bad in.
Outstanding Bridge Pickup
This took my black Ibanez SAS32EX to bridge sound as good as any Les Paul I have owned. I rewired as split coil with no tone and the results exceeding all of my expectations.
I had high hopes for this pick up. I've been a fan of Duncan's pups for years and this is no exception. Overall it handles all styles you can throw its way very well ie: metal, jazz, funk, blues, fusion, pop, etc. I thought they all sounded great. This went into a blacktop strat in the bridge position and with the 5 way switch the first 2 positions are for lack of a better term are split and full humbucker. Again I was every impressed with this pick up and if you're looking for something to cover several styles and do it smoothly this would be the pup for you.
this is a great pickup for a great price, my guitar, which i bought used and came with very poor stock pickups, sounds infinitely better. my squire stratocaster that i installed the pickup on sounds a lot more crisp and well toned, especially when i turn on the distortion. if youre looking to noticeably improve the sound of your guitar for a reasonable price, this is the pickup for you
Sweetwater Goes Above and Beyond
I'm going to give you a simple math equation:
JB Trembucker + Little '59 Mini PAF + SH-2 Jazz Neck Humbucker = A killer combination for my Ibanez 350RG!
The JB here is one of the most popular pickups on the market, and for good reason. The sonic hums you get out of this thing are unreal, and the tone is indescribably awesome. Definitely a higher-output pickup, but it's also a jack of all trades - Does rock, metal, blues, jazz, and even pop very well! This thing is incapable of making a bad sound.
Keep in mind that the model sold here is Gibson spaced, so the poles will not fit a guitar with a Floyd Rose or Floyd Rose variant properly. For that you need a Duncan TB-4, or Trembucker, which Sweetwater doesn't normally stock. HOWEVER...
+1000 to Sweetwater's service for this one! Like I mentioned they don't normally stock the TB-4, but my awesome Sales Engineer, Brandon Eden, special ordered one just for me at no extra cost straight from Seymour Duncan. Now THAT is exceptional customer service!
Whoa, what a difference.
I stuck this along with a Seymour Duncan Jazz Neck in my Epiphone Les Paul. Output is a bit higher than the Jazz but easily handled by the pots. The JB has just enough heat, and is easily adjustable.
Had one installed in my Ibanez and it is great. Even the coil tap sounds good like a real single coil. The pickup is crunchy and cleans up during solos.
I installed this into an Epiphone Dot and my guitar just came alive.It makes the old pickups sound incredibly dull, like they were covered with pillows! It's got a full tone that is clear and harmonically rich. Great for rock or blues with attitude. It loves overdrives, fuzzes and distortions. It can also clean up well. It is a pretty versatile pickup. A great place to start with your hot-rodding antics!