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Swapping out a Dimarzio Super Distortion for a Duncan JB

Bman

Experienced
Just got back and plugged in with the JB. First impressions after 10 minutes without changing anything on my preset. It does sound a little thin when playing chords and it's not as 'dirty' as the Super D. There is some girth missing. The trade off is that when solo-ing, it is more articulate and fluid. It also takes boosts and even a stacked boost better. The JB is notorious for being mid-voiced and it is. I will most likely go back to the Super D because it seems to fit the guitars tone better. But I'm only 10 minutes into it and I've yet to tweak my preset to fit. I may flip-flop after I change the input EQ curve's range and boost and dial in a 'fuller' tone.....assuming I can. I think anything is possible with the AxeFx3 so this pickup chasing thing is sort of not needed. But I wanted to know. I may end up throwing the JB into one of my other guitars for fun.
 

darrenw5094

Certified Bug Hunter
Just got back and plugged in with the JB. First impressions after 10 minutes without changing anything on my preset. It does sound a little thin when playing chords and it's not as 'dirty' as the Super D. There is some girth missing. The trade off is that when solo-ing, it is more articulate and fluid. It also takes boosts and even a stacked boost better. The JB is notorious for being mid-voiced and it is. I will most likely go back to the Super D because it seems to fit the guitars tone better. But I'm only 10 minutes into it and I've yet to tweak my preset to fit. I may flip-flop after I change the input EQ curve's range and boost and dial in a 'fuller' tone.....assuming I can. I think anything is possible with the AxeFx3 so this pickup chasing thing is sort of not needed. But I wanted to know. I may end up throwing the JB into one of my other guitars for fun.
I swapped out my JB for a Bare Knuckle Holy Diver and it's the business
 

Bman

Experienced
Been playing tonight on the JB. I think it has more playability when soloing. I can get a lot of expression out of it even though it's a tad thinner. I didn't mess with the preset yet. I'll probably tweak one to fit it tomorrow. Thicken up the bottom and see if I can maintain the mojo it has going on in the midrange. It's missing the low end crunch, which may be fixed at the input EQ or simply rotate the bass knob to the right on the amp. Or PEQ.. lots of options.
 

don_joe

Experienced
I got my Mayones Regius Core 7 with JBs. Never played or had any JBs before. I planned to try them out first and then to swap them if I don't like them.

First they sounded like a mess, definitely too hot and without any definition at all. I thought ok, the Mayones guys don't put JB in their high quality hand crafted guitars for no reason. I emailed the guy from the music store who sold me the guitar and he said he messed with my guitar upon arrival before forwarding it to me, cause he had tuned it "better" than the guys from Mayones (a very decent guy BTW). Then I thought ok, since there can no harm be done now, whatever it was that the optimal original factory setup was, it's gone. Then I started tweaking it to my taste and ended up with the distance of pickups to strings around 6 mm instead of 2,5 mm as I read somewhere as a starting point. It looks strange so low but I found it the best sounding, with right balance between headroom, definition and power.

I can hit the bass strings harder without them sounding harsh, with nice vintage alnico kind of dynamics. Almost like my old '79 Gibson SG. I noticed that palm muting even sounds the best when hit harder. Then it sounds round, full and punchy. The middle and treble were a bit too much until I lowered the bridge pup some more on the higher strings side.

The neck pup sounds almost like an acoustic guitar with this lower setup but nice and even when played through clean presets.

I can say that this is the best 7 string guitar and pickup combination that I ever had. I play also a lot of metal and it works well. Without muddiness that is often mentioned in JB discussions. I know now that a few turns with a screwdriver can make the whole difference and I would suggest doing this with any set of pickups.
 
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Bman

Experienced
I think I might be loving these. I'm comparing the recordings I did with the Super D and the JB. There is not much notable difference but playing the JB's makes me play better or makes it easier. The focused mid makes it feel like the notes jump off. But the recordings sound very close. Just for funs, I played my Les Paul w/ 57 classic plus with the same setup -preset/recording. The lower output pick does have 'thing' going on too. I feel like you get more of the guitar. But for leads it never gets to where the guitar sings. All 3 are great tones. Ironically they all sound like me 🧐.

I did move the Input EQ from... lol. I just looked for the values and it appears I didn't save the EQ adjustment. It's the same preset. My ears must change from moment to moment...lol. Yesterday it didn't sound this good.
 

Bman

Experienced
I haven’t played this much in a long time. The JB is inspiring after dialing it in. I used the EQ input on the Fractal to find a sweet spot for a slight mid boost and I almost felt like I was cheating. The gain felt so good and controllable and I felt I was able to play with more dynamics and articulation. For a while I was thinking my ears must be tired. But every time I came back over the 4 day weekend. I’d compare my old recordings to this tone and I’m loving it.
 
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