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Unread 01-04-2010, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Seymour Duncan Distortion?

Anyone use it? Thinking about putting it into one of my SG's (tuned down to C# with 12's). I'm hoping it will keep the bass tight since I'm tuned so low. I'm mainly using it to play Sabbath and some other harder rock. Thanks!
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

It's a great pickup. It is basically a JB with 2 ceramic magnets. It's a tight pickup and will do well for downtuned stuff.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

It does NOT have 2 ceramic magnets, it has 1 double thick ceramic magnet. Other than that, Eef is basically correct, the Distortion and JB are the same coils, and the bass response is nice and tight.

Does great to get E-flat Alice in Chains chunk. A little heavy to get an accurate Sabbath tone, but sounds great for a modern take on Sabbath tone. Worked for Randy Rhoads, at least in the Concorde. The Distortion is, much to my surprise, one of my very favorite pickups. Little hint, you can get cool vintage humbucker tones in split mode with the DD, too
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

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It does NOT have 2 ceramic magnets, it has 1 double thick ceramic magnet. Other than that, Eef is basically correct, the Distortion and JB are the same coils, and the bass response is nice and tight.

Does great to get E-flat Alice in Chains chunk. A little heavy to get an accurate Sabbath tone, but sounds great for a modern take on Sabbath tone. Worked for Randy Rhoads, at least in the Concorde. The Distortion is, much to my surprise, one of my very favorite pickups. Little hint, you can get cool vintage humbucker tones in split mode with the DD, too
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

What iīve heard itīs different coils from the JB and itīs wound with 44 gauge wire insted of the 43 gauge which is used for the JB
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

Thanks for the responses everyone. Yeah I'm definitely going for a modern take on the Sabbath sound (I'm also using this set-up to play stuff from the band Down, mainly their first album, NOLA. They tune to C# as well).

I just want something that's gonna stay tight with my guitar and amp set-up, and I think the Duncan Distortion may do the trick.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

I have one on my SG , it's a good match for that guitar. I don't agree with the "it's basically a JB" statement, if it is a jb with different magnets and different coils then is not a JB. besides JB has nasty high mids and the bottom end is loose. The DD is pretty tight on the bottom end, and it's a nice overall PU for most high gain stuff.

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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

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It does NOT have 2 ceramic magnets, it has 1 double thick ceramic magnet. Other than that, Eef is basically correct, the Distortion and JB are the same coils, and the bass response is nice and tight.

Does great to get E-flat Alice in Chains chunk. A little heavy to get an accurate Sabbath tone, but sounds great for a modern take on Sabbath tone. Worked for Randy Rhoads, at least in the Concorde. The Distortion is, much to my surprise, one of my very favorite pickups. Little hint, you can get cool vintage humbucker tones in split mode with the DD, too
I was thinking about the Invader, but the Invader has 3.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

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What iīve heard itīs different coils from the JB and itīs wound with 44 gauge wire insted of the 43 gauge which is used for the JB
No, same coils, different magnet. Same principle as the "Custom" series of pickups. SH-5, SH-11 and SH-14 are all the same coils, different magnets. Magnet changes can make a huge difference in how a pickup sounds.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

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No, same coils, different magnet. Same principle as the "Custom" series of pickups. SH-5, SH-11 and SH-14 are all the same coils, different magnets. Magnet changes can make a huge difference in how a pickup sounds.
Have you compared the coils between the SH-4 JB and SH-6 Distortion?
I think i read somewhere on MLP that the Distortion has slightly taller bobbins/coils.
Iīve tried finding this post but havenīt had any luck yet but iīll keep searching and see.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

According to the Seymour Duncan staff, they are the same coils. The coils on a distortion stand taller because the magnet underneath is twice as thick.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

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According to the Seymour Duncan staff, they are the same coils. The coils on a distortion stand taller because the magnet underneath is twice as thick.
Ah, that could be the case
I canīt find anything about taller bobbins so the thicker magnet settles it
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

Yeah, it is a really thick magnet, twice as thick as the ceramics used in the Custom and other pickups. I've heard of some guys using a smaller ceramic on either the DD or the JB that gives kind of a 'best of both worlds' sound, the tight chunk of the DD with the cut of the JB. Haven't tried it myself, tho, I'm happy with the DD, especially the older ones.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

That's what I have on my Custom--and they work for other stuff as well.
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Re: Seymour Duncan Distortion?

I have all 3 in different guitars and they do just about what SD says they will. Still learning this tone thing (like tight) so I am not the greatest source of info.
With the JB you can feel a little diff from an OEM pup.
The Distortion is noticable in the distortion dept. I like it. Not (muddy?) in drop D to me?
The Invader hardly needs a box to get it over the top, think Pantera razor sound.
They all sound good to me, but Im tone deaf, so go figure?
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