All user reviews for the Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Model
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ejendres's review"Not for me"
Personally, I fall more towards the latter category. I hated almost everything about this pickup. The clean tones were thin and flat. It was a completely uninspiring and muddy tone. I don’t expect a bridge pickup to have amazing cleans, but I expect them to at least be decent. The JB did not meet that expectation.
With high gain the muddiness is just amplified. There is so little punch and definition in the low end, its useless. On top of the muddiness it’s just thin. This makes the pickup completely useless for modern metal. The only redeeming quality is the midrange, its nice and crunchy.
That midrange crunchiness is the only thing that makes the pickup useful. It does very well for those classic LP into Marshall style crunch tone. I could easily nail those classic AC/DC style tones. It sounded good enough that I actually thought about keeping it.
The pickup really lends itself to 80’s style power metal tones too. I’d say it handles them pretty well, but that is just an extension of that mid-gain crunchiness in my opinion.
Really though, it’s a one trick pony. It only does one thing well, and that’s mid-high gain 80's style crunch. If you boost the amp it does a very convincing eighties power metal tone. So overall this pickup sucks in my opinion. I hated it and I'll never own one again. However, if you're looking for a pickup to play hair metal on your super Strat or you want an LP to nail the classic eighties crunch, definitely check this pickup out. It'll probably be right up you're alley.
The pickup really excels at classic rock tones and metal. With coil tapping, it's pretty good for country/chicken pickin', and in the neck position with the tone control rolled off, it can make a pretty nice convincing jazz tone.
In building guitars, this makes a good "calibration" pickup, as many luthiers are familiar with its inherent tones, and it can allow the builder to really hear what contributions the wood and hardware are making to the overall tone before settling on the perfect pickup to complement the guitar. Many times, this pickup still ends up being the final choice!
So many guitars come stock with this pickup nowadays, and with good reason. I've owned a Parker PM-20 Pro that came with this pickup, as well as an LTD M-1000, and I've played a great variety of guitars in music stores where the stock bridge pickup was a JB. I also bought one of these pickups ala carte and put it in a Fender Telecaster - that was a great sound and feel! Oftentimes, the JB pickup is paired with a Jazz (Seymour's personal favorite combination) or a '59 in the neck, and either choice is good. I am a big fan of Seymour Duncan pickups, and I've never really heard a bad one. This pickup is no exception, and I'd certainly recommend it as a good all-around workhorse pickup for anyone.
Brainbuster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Big armony"
The sound is very rich and gives a big part of his character in my Charvel.
A full ball, on any amp lamp, it reeks of Slash. I also love playing the big Texas blues.
In middle position with 59 ', it leaves the big eye on the funk that his Red Hot.
Most is stored by the Sustain Jumbo guitar and harmonics much fat coming out of everywhere.
For the sound, and beautiful harmonics
All the guitars of the song "West" out live on an AC30, a hot rod III and a simulated dual grinder.
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SlapKid's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
First, the spacing of the studs do not play with a fender, too strait so the E string cot pads are, thank you seymour.
Then I can not imagine what gives a clear round with a duffer as aggressive as hell is this microphone! It was hard to bite Graille is dcoiffant! But quickly boring, every time I removed after one week so I could more. If so. And I like to play heavy.
There is something magical about this microphone with which I have not encountered elsewhere, the sustain it produces. As if it was vibrating the strings alone, is pretty trs.
So I will install it on a scratch rather dull, a strat's really not possible any Clinque everything starts all over the place, and I have a trs prpare good marriage.
In short a good mic, especially, but not on a layer or so should be angry ...
There's who want ...
MJ end of May: Do install this gem on my Fidler HarleyBenton tbl 300, and indeed the all-that-ct motion layers is no longer against by the sound of the JB is still best, matris more with a little polish so to speak. TRS is a good marriage, and splitter (single coil bridge cot) in combination with the microphone is serious royal funk as it is packed prcis. This mic is really amazing with a guitar round al-fixed bridge.
Cel said, even on a micro epi les paul std trsmdium is more ac / dc rhythm that satch / solos while on the Harley (see my opinion) is the reverse. Like what impdance despite its large and large output levels it meets trs guitar uses well, congratulations!
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Charles974's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I did not test a lot of micro to get it before: some EMGs but I prfrer this microphone that sounds a lot less rough!
The report price is trs good quality, one of pro gear for about 70.
I would do without this choice hsiter one second!
gwenael.jehanno's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
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