The Guitars, body wood and current pup, and tuning
84' Kramer Baretta (Maple Body, CC) Eb
86' Charvel Model 2 (Basswood Body, DD) Standard E
99' ESP LTD (Agathis Body ?? Bridge, stock neck) Standard E and D
01' RR3 (Alder Body, DD Bridge, Pearly Gates Neck) Eb
The Bridge PUPs
Schaller Golden 50 (not in use, forever stored as OEM)
EMG 81 (not in use collecting dust)
and a bunch of A8 Mag swaps between them (none in use now on the shelf).
Music being played (tone sought)
Van Halen, Journey, Cheap Trick, Def Lepperd (High N Dry era) Ratt, Dokken, Iron Maiden, ACDC, Night Ranger, Ozzy (RR and Jake era), GNR, Rush, Metallica (nothing after Master of Puppets), Megadeth (think RIP).
The story begins in 93's when I swapped the Schaller Golden 50 into my untouched 84' Kramer Baretta. It sounded great but I had a crappy Marshall Valvestate Amp, I ended up swapping the CC for a Duncan Distortion, which was completely satisfied with and wasn't playing enough to swap back in the CC.
Started playing with a few people again and started picking up a few more guitars (the ones listed).
Conclusion and Question
I've concluded that there is really only one PUP that I own that will go into a Maple Body and that is the CC, I have heard the SD was designed for a Maple Body, but the CC after being out of my Kramer for nearly a decade has found it's way back into my Kramer and I can say that no other PUP sounds like it does in a Maple Body (HEAVY) Kramer...it is the PUP that belongs in that Guitar period.
Now for what I have not concluded...the Questions.
What should I do with the JB??? It definitely has a place in my aresnal...I just get tired of removing strings and soldering. If given a choice and Music that I am playing (the tones I prefer).
Should the JB go into the RR3 V, Charvel, or LTD? The Charvel and RR3 V have DDs in them, and the LTD has nothing it as I pulled the CC out of it to put into my Baretta.
I'm thinking the Charvel would love a JB, but the DD sounds pretty good in it...better IMO then the EMG 81 that was in it that I pulled out and put on a shelf.
The RR3 is completly bad ass sounding think all out Metal like Lamb of God or Slayer sounding. I'm thinking a JB would calm it down a bit lol. I do love Lamb of God and Slayer...just hard to pull of playing in a bar with women in it..fine if the bar has a bunch of guys in black T shirts. lol.
Where to put the JB...that is the question????