Hey, I installed the Custom/59' a couple of weeks ago and I must admit both of those pickups in my basswood RG2EX1 sound absolutely amazing. That is the best tone I have ever had from that guitar, those Duncans are never going to leave it!
The JB/Jazz were very thin, dry, and overall boring so I thought a DMZ AZ/AN set would thicken the sound and I would be happy. Wrong, they were too bassy and lacking in treble and muddy at times, but the Custom/59' are a very good medium. Very full and great, clear treble response. Excellent!
I've got 2 basswood guitars with SD's in them, a Dean ZX with a Distortion in the bridge, & an Ibby RG410 with a Dimebucker. I absolutely love the Dean/Distortion combo, but as I type this, the RG is in the shop getting an 85 installed in place of the Dimebucker. The original pup was too thin & trebly, & so was the Dimebucker.
My RG1550 is basswood and i love the Full Shred neck pickup.
Basswood is a warm-ish wood with emphasis on the mids, so the Full Shred works well.
Most Duncans are great in balanced to warm body woods which is (from warm to balanced):
- White Korina
- Black Korina
The group with Alder, Padauk, Poplar & Wenge are the true balanced woods- a 5/10 on the scale.
Duncans in any of those woods will sound great IMO- depedning on the quality of guitar and amp tone.
For shred, the SH-10n in a basswood body is AWESOME!!!!!
Last edited by rivera213; 12-07-2007 at 04:08 PM.