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Old 11-15-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Swapping the magnet in a Duncan JB

After doing some reading/research, this seems pretty simple. Any suggestions on what type of magnet to use? I mostly play hard rock and metal. I'm not looking for vintage tones.

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Re: Swapping the magnet in a Duncan JB

[QUOTE=csplayer089;4483923]After doing some reading/research, this seems pretty simple. Any suggestions on what type of magnet to use? I mostly play hard rock and metal. I'm not looking for vintage tones.

Alnico 8?[/QUOTE

From the reading i've done, a UOA5 seems popular for the bridge position.
I don't believe there's a right or wrong magnet, just a magnet you like the "sound" of.
I'd suggest getting a few different ones & try them.
They're pretty cheap, & it's easy to do.
Start with the A8, & if you like it, you're set.
If you don't, try a ceramic 8, or a uoa5, or an a4.....
Several on the forum have a good grasp of what magnet will get you which sound.
I just started swapping mags myself recently & it's quite suprising what a little $2 or $3 magnet swap will do to the characteristics of a p'up.
Enjoy, & don't let others influence Your tone. In the end, the only person who has to be happy, is You
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:16 PM   #3
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Re: Swapping the magnet in a Duncan JB

Do the 8 and never look back.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:23 PM   #4
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Re: Swapping the magnet in a Duncan JB

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Do the 8 and never look back.
Just ordered an A8. We'll see how it goes!
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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Re: Swapping the magnet in a Duncan JB

Magnet swap successful! Sweet jesus. You're right about never looking back. The midrange has been smoothed out so much. And it's a LOT more crunchier; i.e. doing heavy palm mutes and percussive techniques sound and feel a lot more powerful. Also, I put it in reverse to get an out of phase sound when using both pickups. I did this mainly because I don't have push pull pots on the guitar I put it in. Out of phase sounds really cool. Good ****.

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Re: Swapping the magnet in a Duncan JB

Glad to hear it worked out for ya.
Now, the next time you run into a p'up you can't get along with, you know what to do.
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