Alnico V Humbucker Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between our Alnico V Humbucker guitar pickups


JB Model

Bridge DCR: 16.6k

Our most popular pickup of all time, the JB features a full and powerful low end, crisp and detailed highs, and an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords but translates to a singing, vocal-like quality when you play single notes or solos.

59 Model

Neck DCR: 7.6k // Bridge DCR: 8.2k

A full sounding, open, and versatile P.A.F.-style humbucker with an articulate treble attack, full bottom end, and scooped midrange. Provides tons of old-school tonal character, but with a brighter top end, and a more compressed sound.


Whole Lotta Humbucker

Neck DCR: 8.2k // Bridge DCR: 8.8k

The rough cast Alnico V magnet, plain enamel wire, and slighter hotter P.A.F.-style wind provide added mid-range harmonics, warmth and low-end balance, and a touch of additional compression and tons of natural sustain.



Bridge DCR: 12.5k

Delivers a warm, balanced, responsive, and lush tone for progressive metal. Features a prominent midrange and a focused low end. The high resonant peak makes for a sparkly top end and an incredible “bloom” on chords in high-gain situations.



Neck DCR: 7.8k

Delivers a balanced, versatile tone that fits right between the 59 model and the Jazz neck pickup. The vintage output provides a great dynamic response and a wide harmonic range. You’ll get pristine cleans for intricate chordal and single-note runs with fluid leads under high gain.


59/Custom Hybrid

Bridge DCR: 11.2k

59/custom hybrid alnico v pickups

Harmonically rich hybrid humbucker that uses one coil from the 59 Model bridge and one coil from the higher output Duncan Custom model. The mismatched coils and Alnico 5 bar magnet keep the low end nice and tight and give the mids a grind that is perfect for hard rock and metal. Plenty of crunch and bite on top as well.


Full Shred

Neck DCR: 7.5k // Bridge DCR: 14.1k

full shred alnico v pickup

Delivers a clear, focused tone with a nicely balanced treble & bass response, and a backed off midrange. The shorter Allen head poles and Alnico 5 bar magnet bring a crisp clarity to the high end while keeping the low end tight and articulate.


Custom 5

Bridge DCR: 14.1k

custom 5 alnico v pickup

Offers a rich, full tone, and features a scooped mid-range, even bass & treble response, and high output. The even response makes it extremely versatile and great for all types of music and playing styles.

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  1. Hi,
    You’re right because I have to say the “Screamin Demon” humbucker is the best sounding PU that Seymour Duncan makes by a long shot.

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