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    Pickup recommendation

    So when I got my old Kramer focus 6000 years ago, I swapped out the stock "duncan designed" bridge humbucker for a Duncan JB (tried Dimarzio evo first and didnt dig it). I made a slight screw up though. The pickkup is at an angle because they did not make trem spaced pickups back then and that was their way to compensate for that. I did not know that is why the pickup is angled and bought a trem spaced JB but I dont know how much this played in the tone of the guitar. I like the JB...a lot except for one thing, the loose flubby bottom end that a lot of people talk about. I really like the mid range "honk" of it but deff want a tighter bottom end on it. I would like at least the same level of output or slightly hotter....but not EMG/Active hot. I was thinking of a Duncan Distortion or Suhr Aldrich.

    Guitar is an alder body and is sort of my "old school metal" guitar.


    Thoughts? Recommendations?

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    Suhr Aldrich or Dean Baker Act.

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    My orange RG is Alder, and I have D-Sonic/Air Norton in it. I'm pretty happy with the way it sounds, and I'm an old school metal guy as well.

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    Dimarzio Norton - like a JB but better according to some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    Dimarzio Norton - like a JB but better according to some.
    Isnt the Norton a bit less output than the JB though?

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    I’ve used a Norton in a lot of different guitars and find it to be rather high output. Sometimes a little too much so I adjust it further from the strings.

    They have a grindy sound to them. Really like them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzhands View Post
    Suhr Aldrich or Dean Baker Act.


    Also the Pariah Blackheart.

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