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    Hi there everyone. So I bought a used TB-5 pu because I want more lows, low mids that my Jb couldn't do and yes I did try an A8 and ceramic in it. Now that I have the DC installed and been tweeking it I'm noticing that I'm really starting to miss the mids my Jb had. Do you guys think that an A8 mag would help with this or should I do a Jb/C hybrid?????? I really like the lows that the Custom has and would like to retain as much of them as possible. Oh yeh the guitar is a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 Floydrose.
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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    Just add some mids on your amp. What are those knobs for after all?
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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    Yes, try an A8 in the Custom first. Great PU.

    As far as your amp settings, most amps are passive and only attenuate, they don't 'add' anything. With all the EQ's set on '10' you're hearing what the PU's delivering.

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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    @Chuck Norris turning the mids up on the amp does help but then it starts affecting the neck tone in a bad way.

    @Blueman335 Will give that a try and report back.

    Just to ask is there a different pu that sounds like it would be morew ideal for what I'm trying to acheive?????????????
    Also still curious about a comparison between the Jb/C hydrid and the Dc, C8 pu's
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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    the 8 reshapes the eq so it may get you back what you miss? you really have to try it to find out though

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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    Definitely try the Custom 8 first. If you don't like it you might look into the Distortion. It has lots of mids and a very punchy bass.
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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    I say go for the hybrid. I like the Custom, but in my experience, it cannot get that sharp cutting midrange of a JB/Distortion.

    The Custom is a very even sounding pickup to my ears. Clear sounding through out the EQ register, not exceptionally pronounced anywhere. The JB and Distortion winds definitely have a really strong, focused upper mid thing going on.

    I haven't yet tried a Custom8, but my gut feel says that you still won't be able to get that JBish voicing in the mids, even with the A8 mag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConvoysToNothingness View Post
    I say go for the hybrid. I like the Custom, but in my experience, it cannot get that sharp cutting midrange of a JB/Distortion.

    The Custom is a very even sounding pickup to my ears. Clear sounding through out the EQ register, not exceptionally pronounced anywhere. The JB and Distortion winds definitely have a really strong, focused upper mid thing going on.

    I haven't yet tried a Custom8, but my gut feel says that you still won't be able to get that JBish voicing in the mids, even with the A8 mag.
    I agree! thats what makes a jb a JB that unique midrange it has.
    Maybe try the PG, if you dont need a butt load of output from the pup, the PG is kind of like a vintage version of the JB,both have that cool mid range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConvoysToNothingness View Post
    I say go for the hybrid. I like the Custom, but in my experience, it cannot get that sharp cutting midrange of a JB/Distortion.

    The Custom is a very even sounding pickup to my ears. Clear sounding through out the EQ register, not exceptionally pronounced anywhere. The JB and Distortion winds definitely have a really strong, focused upper mid thing going on.

    I haven't yet tried a Custom8, but my gut feel says that you still won't be able to get that JBish voicing in the mids, even with the A8 mag.
    How does JB/Custom hybrid sounds with ceramic and alnico 5?

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    the custom 8 is BALLS, you shouldn't move forward with anything else until you've tried it
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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    being big on the JB and having tried a few other Duncan bridge pups, the Custom is one I've never gotten around to. I tried the Custom 5 and didn't like it.

    there's been a lot of talk about the C8 and I may be getting ready to drink the kool-aid on this concept. I've got my eye on a DC TB-5 and will get the A8 for it. for a guy that has been a JB fanatic for 27 years, what can I expect out out of a C8 and what woods work best with it? or... should I go a Custom/JB hybrid and throw an A8 in that (semi-joking)?

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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    Just a thought , you could go back to the JB

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    I understand where you're coming from. I've played the JB, Custom and Custom 8. You will miss the singing leads with the JB as the Custom doesn't have the high mids that it does. The trade off is that the Custom has a thicker, stronger and tigher bass and a more classic overall sound and feel. The C8 is really a different animal. While retaining some characteristics of the Custom, the bottom end loses the aggressiveness and tightness, (partially but not really corrected by hex pole pieces for the bass strings) the top end is a bit rounder and not as biting or defined but the mids are more singing and it is a sweeter sounding pick up overall.

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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    What guitar?

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    @uOpt- It is a Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 Floydrose tuned to D standard/drop C. I use this guitar for stuff like from motley crue to 90's metal heavy rythym rip your face off type stuff.
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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    get a brass big block for the floyd, that'll give you mids..

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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    Quote Originally Posted by Maynardo View Post
    get a brass big block for the floyd, that'll give you mids..


    tonally, brass sustain blocks seem to give me just a little bit more of everything... in all the good ways. I've been getting mine from guitarupgrades on ebay and he really takes care of me. defininte good guy.

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    Allready have the brass big block. the biggest one they make and a trem stop
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    I'm starting to think you need blackouts maybe BO metal, 'cause you have a mahogany axe tuned down two whole steps, with big brass block, and yet you still want a lot more of mids and lows.

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    Default Re: Trying to like the Duncan Custom

    Since you're down tuning I would not recommend anything with a looser feel. Stick with pick ups wih Cermaic or A5 magnets if you can. It sounds like you kind of like the Custom and JB, so maybe try a cermaic hybrid of the two. I've never done it and have no idea how it would sound though.

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