Organic sounding Super Distortion, does it exists?

50WPLEXI

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I'm really digging the sound/output of the Super Distortion. If I had to make an improvement on it, I'd make it just a bit more organic/PAF sounding. Is there a pickup out there that combines both well?
 

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My vote would be for the Seymour Duncan Screamin' Demon. Similar to the SD but based on the Pearly Gates.
 

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The old DP-90s from the 70s/80s. Have a set in my Custom, a little on the quieter side, but sound great.
 

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Might not be the pickup. ..Change the bridge to a nickel plated steel bridge with brass saddles & to a aluminum tailpiece ..that will make some of the woodiness come out
 

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Might not be the pickup. ..Change the bridge to a nickel plated steel bridge with brass saddles & to a aluminum tailpiece ..that will make some of the woodiness come out

Kinda have that already, plus when I use a PAF type pickup it's there. I love the SD, just looking for something with a twist!
 

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Find an old one from the 70s without wax. Manlius makes a clone.
 

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I've always wondered what the Manlius would sound and feel like. I like the current Super Distortion but would like to explore the Manlius.
 

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A "More organic super d" would be the duncan custom SH-5
 

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One trick I heard is to replace the ceramic magnet with an Alnico 8.
 

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One trick I heard is to replace the ceramic magnet with an Alnico 8.

This is a real good inexpensive way to work with what you have:dude:
the only slight issue is dimarzio's glues the magnets on the super d
with a strange rubbery glue??
I still prefer the duncan sh5 with its ceramic or a A8
 

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I'm really digging the sound/output of the Super Distortion. If I had to make an improvement on it, I'd make it just a bit more organic/PAF sounding. Is there a pickup out there that combines both well?
Why don't you email Dimarzio and see what they say
I've emailed them a few times and they've been really helpful
 

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talk to James at rewind.

I bought his version of a 70s super distortion set and they are simply amazing. They are very organic sounding
 

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Why don't you email Dimarzio and see what they say
I've emailed them a few times and they've been really helpful

That is actually a good idea! steve blucher will have a idea or two
here is their number,
Phone:(718) 981-9286
 

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Pretty sure the amp will have a big effect on the final tone. What are you using?
 

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Talk to James at Rewind. He has great service and can fix you up with anything you need as far as pickups goes.
 

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talk to James at rewind.

I bought his version of a 70s super distortion set and they are simply amazing. They are very organic sounding

Thanks, man! It's funny because I actually tried to talk 50WPlexi into trying those same pickups before you bought them!

Wire/alloys have a great deal to do with the treble and midrange profiles of the Super Distortion style pickup voicing. I've never found an easy mod to make a new SD sound like an old SD or even to make an old SD have a more open/breathy clarity. Ground-up-build seems to be the solution.
 

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Thanks, man! It's funny because I actually tried to talk 50WPlexi into trying those same pickups before you bought them!

Wire/alloys have a great deal to do with the treble and midrange profiles of the Super Distortion style pickup voicing. I've never found an easy mod to make a new SD sound like an old SD or even to make an old SD have a more open/breathy clarity. Ground-up-build seems to be the solution.

Well I am glad that I got them! I love super distortions. They just fit what I expect to hear. That being said your version exceeds any expectation that I have ever had for a SD pup. These are so organic and 3d sounding. It's truly everything I have ever wanted in a pickup.
 

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