Change Screamin 'Demon to JB.

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  1. Tchello

    Tchello Member

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    I have posted on another thread that I have a guitar with Seymour Duncan Screamin 'Demon, that pickup never satisfies me. Weak output, too much mids, etc.
    I have a Seymour Duncan JB in my closet that never gets use. My guitar is a Brian Moore C90F, with mahogany body and a maple top.
    What you think about the JB? It combines well with a mahogany body?
    My neck pickup is a Seymour Duncan 59.
     
  2. wwit

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    IMHO the Screamin Demon is better suited to a light weight shred guitar then to a mahogony bodied.

    The JB is a realy nice pup and should be very articulate. I have a JB in my Dot and love it. no muddiness what so ever and responds nicely to volume changes. Kind of a does it all pickup.
     
  3. analogsystem

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    JB and '59 in a mahogany guitar with a maple top is pretty classic.
     
  4. GrecoVee

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    That is the classic setup but also try a Duncan Custom 5 in the bridge or even the C5 with a Dimarzio PAF in the neck.
     
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    not a massive fan of the jb

    not trying to second guess the guys who have posted here, but i think it's worth adding some balance. I find it can be muddy (while also piercing), has a massive mid spike, and very much suffers from "jack of all trades, master of none" syndrome. IMO
     
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    I had a JB and it didn't do a whole lot for me. I actually felt it was more of a one trick pony myself, too much mids. I do however still have my SH-5 and love it. A great rock humbucker. The cleans are good and it responds very well to whatever gain you throw at it. IMHO.
     
  7. charveldan

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    JB to me can be fizzy and has a spongy bottom, for mahogany you should try an SH-5 Duncan Custom, it has a tight bottom with pronounced midrange attack and nice highs.

    I've posted about the SH-5 twice in your other thread and got no reponse, the voice of reason has spoken.............:munch
     
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    yep, i should have clarified- although it claims to be able to handle anything, it has this weird thing going on where it's actually less versatile than pickups which, on paper, should be less versatile.

    it's like it's never quite right for anything.

    it's got a metal output but a rock voicing
     
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    I have a SD and the mids are pretty scooped compared to any of the other humbuckers I have. On Seymore Duncan's website it shows the Bass/middle/treble as 5 / 4 / 9. I couldn't find the JB rating on Duncan's website but on another forum I saw a post where someone posted a JB is B/M/T of 5/9/8, and everything I read says the JB is pretty mid heavy.
    I think you are going to have a hard time finding a hotter pickup with less mids than a Screamin' Demon.
     
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    If you think the Screamin Demon has too much midrange, then you will hate the JB. I agree with the others that find that JB fizzy, middy, and unsatisfying....yet anytime someone asks for a pickup for their Strat or LP, people always say JB.
     
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    Since you already have it go for it. No money out of your pocket. I have had mixed results with the JB...sometimes it works sometimes it dont. If you want something different try the Screamin Demon in the neck position. I kind of dig it there.
     
  12. stratplexi

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    JB is definitely mid heavy and I don't love it in short scale guitars. I had it in several Hamers years ago and as I say...I didn't love it...I just thought it was acceptable. It may be a lot better in long scale guitars such as superstrats. The Charvels sound pretty awesome on youtube that are using JBs as stock but I suspect the Floyd and longer scale may balance things out some...not sure.
     
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    Ya got it, try it. Worst that can happen is you don't like it.
     
  14. Felix Leclerc

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    this
     
  15. Tchello

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    You have convinced me. I'll try a SH-5 Duncan Custom. The store near my house have one, so let's try it.
     
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    The SH-5 is a great pickup. I bought a screamin demon years ago and it must have passed through about 5 of my guitars and never sounded great in any of them.
     
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    I dropped an alnico 8 magnet into a Screamin Demon and added screw top pole pieces to fatten it up a bit, Quite a nice pickup now. It's in a PRS SC250.
     
  18. charveldan

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    Kewl, give it a go, when you wire it, do it this way..........


    Red & white...........twist & solder together
    Green & Bare.........solder to back of volume pot
    Black.....................hot wire goes to switch [or hot leg of volume pot].
     
  19. paulscape

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    Out of interest, what does this do?
     
  20. EADGBE

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    The JB may be the best pickup made. It's not overly compressed sounding like some of the others. It lets all of the notes ring out.
     

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