Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model : tjon901's user review
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Seymour Ducan is probably the most popular aftermarket pickup maker in the industry and this is probably their most popular model. The JB is pretty much the standard when it comes to hot rodded humbuckers. Put this in just about anything and it will really wake it up. There is no wonder why so many guitar makers put these pickups in their guitars. From ESP to Jackson you can find models that use the Seymour Duncan JB usually paired up with its buddy the Jazz in the neck. These pickups can make just about any guitar sing. This pickup is more eq'd on the high end for clarity. Because of this these pickups work best in guitars with darker woods. The output is about 16k so this pickup will drive just about any amp. You see these pickups in a lot of Les Paul style guitars because they can add some crispness to the naturally dark sound of those guitars. Seymour Duncan even goes as far as to say mahogany guitars with rosewood fretboards. I dont think I would go this far but a darker wood like mahogany is really the best pairing of wood with this pickup. You also see these pickups in shred guitars like Jacksons because with their high end bite and tight low end you can get a metal chug yet still have singing high end with the pickup. Even with this, this is not the first pickup I would recommend for a bright guitar. A bright guitar with a bright pickup can equal painful ears when played out. It doesnt have a huge amount of bottom end but what it has its really tight. The high end is nice and crisp and you can get it to scream if you want. If you are looking for a good all around humbucker replacement for the bridge of your guitar this is what everyone else is using.