So, is this the same pickup with different magnets? I'v actually read that the JB, Distortion, AND Invader are the same other than the respective alnico V, ceramic, and alnico 8 mags.
What do you guys think of the jb v the distortion? I have a 6 string distortion, but other than that i dont really have much experience in the 7 string formats.
I've owned them both (both six string, and a 7 string JB). I prefer the Distortion. It's tighter and has more clarity, but it's a lot more neutral, too - reminds me of the BKPs I've played in that sense. The JB is looser, rawer, and I found it got shrill more easily. I'd rather have the Distortion for metal, but the JB's a bit more versatile. It's not as calculating as the Distortion, so it sounds a bit more natural for more classic tones IMHO. It seems pickier about wood, too. It smokes in mahogany, but I don't know if I'd like it much in a brighter wood. I've heard the Distortion sound good in a few different woods (it sounds great it Keith Merrow's demo). Hotrodding an LP = JB. For more modern stuff, I'd go Distortion.
The 7 string JB was far from bad, but not my favourite. I had it in my passive Schecter Blackjack C-7. It was a bit loose, and just didn't have much character. Could have been the guitar, though. I wasn't in a rush to change it out, but if I was serious about keeping the guitar for a long time, I would have switched it out