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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 06-05-2010, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

Hi. I recentley purchased a Custom Shop Jackson "Jack Butler" guitar. The guitar is amazing, but the pickups came with Seymour Duncan JB on the bridge and S. Duncan 59 on the neck which I believe it´s not the pickups which was installed at the Vai´s Charvel Green Meanie. I love the Jack Butler tone and wish to put the right pickups to get that tone. I´ve receive an email from Steve Blucher from DiMarzio saying he doesn´t know what pickups was installed during movie recording.
Anybody could help me ?

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post #2 of 69 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

I think they were custom-wound Dimarzios, but in ads, he said he was using PAF Pros. Take that for what it's worth.
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Just a suggestion - If I were you I would save the money and leave the pickups - the SD JB & 59 is one of the best pup combos ever and the JB should definietly be able to get you that Jack Butler sound you're looking for. IMHO the critical path to getting the Jack Butler sound is going to depend more on the amp, gain and eq settings. Save your money and put it towards amp, quality distortion pedal, which I believe are more critical to your tone quest and will make a bigger difference than the difference between a JB and a PAF Pro.
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

ditto on that.
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post #5 of 69 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

Thank all of you folks !!! Anyway, if could be possile to ask Steve Vai someday I will be happy. Thank you !!
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

I would ditch the Duncans and try the PAF Pros. They would surely come closer to that tone. Not to mention you should easily be able to pick up a PAF Pro set for about $100 and easily sell the JB/Jazz set for at least $90. Really not much cost involved at all.
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

Thank you Riverdragon. Steve Blucher sent an recent email to me telling me he do not believe that Steve Vai used the Paf Pros in the movie but just after the movie. Stevie Blucher said he cant say what pickups were just by hearing them, but he guess they probably was the Super Distortion or X2N.

That is my Jackson Jack Butler:



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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

That guitar looks sensational

I vote for PAF Pros, as that will really help you get the mid 80's tone. Even if Steve was using teh X2N in his green meanie at teh time, don't forget that amps and effects have moved on a lot in the last 25 years but the PAF Pros really do epitomise that "sort" of tone

and again,

the guitar looks great
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

If you had a replica of Clapton's The Fool SG, and you wanted to nail those sounds from Cream, you'd look for some sort of PAF replica, right?

The good news is that in this case you don't have to look for a replica. Both DiMarzio and Duncan still make those pickups. I'd say PAF Pro, but the JB you already have probably isn't too far off the mark either. The JB was another popular pickup in the 80s. Think DeMartini. I'd also bet money on the Screamin' Demon bridge getting you close too. I've heard those are sorta close to the FRED (total heresay, never compared the two myself) which is 1/2 PAF Pro anyway.

I'd just go with the PAF Pro.

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post #10 of 69 (permalink) Old 06-09-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

If I could find the right neck, I'd be on building one of those very quickly. That's the guitar (and movie sequence) that brought buying a decent guitar to the front burner for me.

That thing have a floating bridge?

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post #11 of 69 (permalink) Old 06-09-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

I bet you aint gonna drop it on the floor like Jack Butler did, That part of the film always makes me laugh.
Real nice looking guitar btw. :-)
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

Thank all of you gize ! Yeah, it has a floating bridge, but don´t have the recess rout !
I will test the Paf Pro on it !! Thanks !!
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

Thing about the JB is that it's a much changed pickup since the 80's. The old 80's JB's were pretty awesome. The new ones are honky and trebly and just too hot.
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

Hello folks !

I had an opportunity to talk to Steve Vai about that. Firstly he told me he does´nt remember what pickups he used. But I insisted, talking that the Jack Butler´s tone is my top one guitar dirtorted sound at all. So, he told me to buy a Carvin X100B...and when I was almost finishing the talking he say he was not sure but he thinks he used a DiMARZIO PAF !! Not a Paf Pro !!
If this was true, I believe the PAF should be considered the best humbucker of time...great for clean and amazing for distorted tone...
And... of course I asked Steve to sign my guitar as Steve Vai and Jack Butler !! Was a very great moment to me !!
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Re: Steve Vai Jackson "Jack Butler" Guitar

very nice guitar, love that movie.
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