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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-13-2008, 12:22 AM
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

I like Duncan and DiMarzio I think they both make good pickups. I would use either depending on what I am looking for. If I had a sig pickup I would go with DiMarzio however, simply because mine would be called the DiMarzio 'Creation' pickup. Just to through a bit of rivalry with Steve Vai.

I think that DiMarzio has more options of tone, not more pickups, but more of a tone selection from trebelly to bassy and everything in between. I think this is aparent with their devotion to hum canceling single coil pickups. I wish that DiMarzio was more honest on their soundclips, I mean, of course the pickup sounds amazing on that super quality recording of an amazing player.

On SDs side of things I think they are better at giving a pickup that covers a lot of tones. Like the JB, it does many sounds well. I dislike how they don't have very much selection of a true single coil toned hum cancelling single. Also, I wish they were more direct with their descriptions, they don't really tell you the output in a clear way nor do they tell you the things the DiMarzio tech tips do (my lack of understanding may be the problem however).

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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

Im really digging the tone I get with a Seymour Duncan in my Charvel, makes me want to try one in a JEM now.
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

I think individual pickups should be judged on their own merits, not on the brand name printed on them. Another huge factor is the guitar you put 'em in.

Earlier in the thread I said I didn't like the Duncan JB in any of the guitars I had tried it with, but I recently played a Les Paul (through my gear) with one fitted and it sounded great, so, who knows?

Personally, I just play what feels, sounds and looks good to me, no matter what brand is printed on it. Just my 2 cents.

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post #34 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-11-2008, 09:29 AM
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

I have had the Alt 8 sh-15 since last august!! yes i know someone at duncan!! It sounds great. i have it in the bridge and a pearly gates in the neck!!! This pickup is very versatile. I dont think there is a type of music it wouldnt sound good for!! it got a perfect array of tone!!
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post #35 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-11-2008, 11:50 AM
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

That's like askin' vanilla or chocolate, but for me its Dimarzios all the way. Nothing sounds better to my ears than a Steve Special in the bridge of a basswood bodied axe (and an air norton or cruiser in the neck )
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post #36 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-14-2008, 06:25 PM
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

Definately Duncan - both my ibanez are fitted with them neck and bridge
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post #37 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-14-2008, 07:24 PM
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

Originally Posted by buddroyce View Post
Although I am a bit biased towards Dimarzio's myself as I run the Dimarzio forum, I do like the tones I got off the Duncan JB/59 combo that came stock in my ESP MII. If you want to try something similar to the JB without the nasally tone that some people love and some people hate, you can always try the Dimarzio Norton in the bridge.

If you want more crunch you can scour the net to see if you can find a Caparison PH-R bridge pickup. It kinda has that JB tone with the EMG81 crunch going on.
But good luck on finding a PH-R, I've been looking for one for a few months, no luck. I have tried quite a few places too. It's about time to give up maybe I should just go for a duncan.
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

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duncans are built better and use better components
How so?? I've used both companies and they're all of great quality. I like Dimarzio's in basswood bodies, because they just sound the best in my opinion. Duncans in mahogany or maple/alder sound great as well. Depends on what guitar it is and what wood its made out of from my experiences.
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

I had no complaints about the JB and Jazz pickups in my previous DK2M, and neither do I have complaints about all the DiMarzios I've tested.
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Re: Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio

for me, it's all dependant on the guitar. i have duncans and dimarzios loaded in different ibanez's. most of my mahogany ibanez trem axes get the air norton tone zone combo. most of the mahogany hardtails get duncans, alnico 2 pro, jazz, 59, distortion, jb, or custom. the basswood ones get the super3 for dimarzios, duncans are usually the 59 and distortion so far. in my alder/ash ibanez's, i have the duncan stag mag and far as single coils go, the can range from the stock s1, c1, c2, c3's, to the virtual vintage blues to duncan ssl-1, ssl-3, or ssl-5. it all depends on the axe.

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