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    Default Best Pickup for basswood? Need opinions!

    Picked up a new gunslinger, newer model made in China. Basswood body, maple neck and board. Duncan designed pup has to go!!!! I love my seymours and can't figure which way to go here. Custom Custom? Or maybe a wolfgang pup? Opinions needed please
    BTW: Lookin for the glam rock sound of course!
    LONG LIVE THE 80'S

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    JB. nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kramerpacer View Post
    JB. nuff said.
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    I heard an LTD the other day at the shop that had a Parallel Axis in it. Was very impressed with it. Nailed the 80's Hairmetal sound.

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    jb, of course, is the safe way to go...

    lately i've been experimenting with other pups? basswood is pretty predictable. i'd check out the sound clips at the sd website and see which you like better.
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    I had a basswood Charvel Model 1 with a Seymour Duncan Distortion in it. That guitar sounded amazing.
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    I'd recommend a JB or something with higher output like a Distortion or Dimarzio X2N. Basswood really opens up with a highoutput humbucker!

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    I've just finished an ibby with parts collected here and there. The body is basswood and I've put these ones:

    Neck: DiMarzio Bluesbucker DP163 (active coil located towards neck)
    Middle: Seymour Duncan SSL-1
    Bridge: DiMarzio ToneZone DP155

    The result is really good and well balanced too. Definition is not as good as hand wired pups but that works correctly to get a gret tone and versatility.

    A choice to consider too.

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    Depends on which sound you're after, for me personally it'd be ToneZone and Air Norton for the heavier sound or a set of Duncan Pearly Gates for the "do-it-all" sound with a good amp.

    JB will also do fine if you're after that scooped 80's sound and harmonics, a set of PAF's will do great for rock, Distortion and similar will do great for dry, compressed Metal sound etc.
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    A few alternatives.....

    Suhr Doug Aldridge bridge pickup http://suhrguitars.com/pickups.aspx#DA
    DiMarzio Super Distortion
    Seymour Duncan SH-11 Custom Custom
    Martin

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    The JB is one of my favorite pups and it is an obvious choice but I thought I'd see what everyone thought about the wood combination. Thanks for the input bros!
    LONG LIVE THE 80'S

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    Dimarzio Evolution is a good option for a very 80s sound in Basswood.

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    Depends on what you like. Personally I can't stand JBs

    You mentioned a Wolfgang. Try that one. Wolfs are basswood (and if you don't like it I'll buy the pickup from you)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmmtacos View Post
    Depends on what you like. Personally I can't stand JBs

    You mentioned a Wolfgang. Try that one. Wolfs are basswood (and if you don't like it I'll buy the pickup from you)
    ....... Thats what I was thinkin! I had a Wolfgang several years back. Basswood,maple top,maple neck and board. I loved the sound! Hell, I loved the guitar! Wish I still had it
    LONG LIVE THE 80'S

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    I've really dug the Tone Zone i put in my ibanez 560 build.

    I also really enjoyed an old Screamin Demon in a stop tailed small body ibanez destroyer (also basswood)

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