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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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JB-Jazz in a RG

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Wondering if any of you replaced your pickups with duncans, specifically the JB-Jazz. Picked up the RG 655 Prestige, really like how it plays, a super nice guitar IMO... but... not wild about the Dimarzios. Don't get me wrong, they are a good quality pickup, but I'm used to the JB-Jazz sound. The Dimarzios are just WAY too hot and boarderline fizzy for what I'm looking for. Lowered them about as far as I can, I'm just not digging them. My other guitars have duncans, but they are alder, not sure how they will sound in this basswood RG... anyone out there make the swap?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 06:57 AM
 
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Re: JB-Jazz in a RG

Hi Milli :-)
I have a SH-2N Jazz in the neck position of my trusty old RG570. Paired with a TZ in the bridge and an Area 67 in the middle, this is now my favorite pickup combination...its killer!
The Jazz has a nice rich smooth tone and doesnt get too muffled. Sounds great for fast legato passages.
I cant comment on the exact pickup you mentioned or even in the bridge position but Ive been pleasantly surprised with this pickup so far. So I would give it a shot and see what happens.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: JB-Jazz in a RG

Ok, thanks a lot, I appreciate the positive feedback... Yeah, my other guitars have a jazz in the neck and a duncan jb at the bridge, so I think I will go ahead and make the switch....now, to figure out what to do with that center pickup LOL
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Re: JB-Jazz in a RG

I put the JB/Jazz combo in my RGA121 and it really brought it to life. I know that's quite different from the RG655 though.
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Re: JB-Jazz in a RG

Ok, cool thanks!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-10-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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Re: JB-Jazz in a RG

Dimarzios are a lot more *popular* in Ibanez guitars than Duncans, whereas you tend to see Duncans more often in Jacksons. But, I don't know if that's because Dimarzios are better in basswood, or if it's just because Ibanez endorsers tend to overlap pretty heavily with Dimarzio endorsers.

It's definitely worth a shot - barring that, a Dimarzio AT1 might be a good bridge pickup for you to check out, with maybe a PAF Pro in the neck.
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Re: JB-Jazz in a RG

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Dimarzios are a lot more *popular* in Ibanez guitars than Duncans, whereas you tend to see Duncans more often in Jacksons. But, I don't know if that's because Dimarzios are better in basswood, or if it's just because Ibanez endorsers tend to overlap pretty heavily with Dimarzio endorsers.

It's definitely worth a shot - barring that, a Dimarzio AT1 might be a good bridge pickup for you to check out, with maybe a PAF Pro in the neck.

Yeah, I didn't want to say it (being new here and all) but my other guitars are jacksons and charvel, all have duncans. I probably just got used to the sound. Will look into that AT1 though, thanks!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2016, 01:03 PM
 
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Re: JB-Jazz in a RG

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Yeah, I didn't want to say it (being new here and all) but my other guitars are jacksons and charvel, all have duncans. I probably just got used to the sound. Will look into that AT1 though, thanks!
As I recall, Timmons was using a vintage JB at the time he signed with Dimarzio, so it's probably reminiscent - at the very least, the Wolfetone seven string JB rewind where Wolfe was trying to cut the output back down to a vintage-spec JB reminded me a LOT of an AT1, which for me is a good thing. The AT1 has a very thick, vocal midrange, and a smooth high end with a lot of harmonic overtones. The bass isn't particularly powerful or punchy, so for fast technical rhythm playing it's probably not the way to go, but it's a KILLER bridge pickup for soloing.
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