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Last night I installed a Duncan Pegasus-7 in the bridge position of my Jackson SL7.

It previously had the stock Duncan Distortion-7, which was a lot of fun to play in isolation but didn't provide usable tones for recording. I prefer it to the six-string Distortion, but it still manages to be both messy and harsh at the same time.

The Pegasus is sort of inline with the Suhr Aldrich as being a "JB without the annoying stuff". None of the low-end wooliness and nasty upper-mid spike of the JB. I've seen the Pegasus criticized as lacking character, but it responds well to pole piece adjustments and you can make it thick like a Timbre Wolf or more precise and cutting like a JBJ (in some guitars).

It lacks a little of the richness of a Timbre Wolf, but the low B responds really well with no muddiness. Perhaps I'll change my mind, but for now the Pegasus seems like a keeper.

I might end up putting a Sentient in the neck, but the Distortion-7 neck position is pretty good for lead tones (which is all I do with the neck position on a Soloist).

 

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I really liked the Pegasus I had, but iirc it didn’t mix well with my other pickups. Mine had the ceramic mod, so not apples to apples. But as a stand alone I dug it and can easily see why you would too.
 

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I really like the Pegasus the few times I got to play a guitar with one, for pretty much the reasons you stated.

No Jazz in the neck. That’s the only 7-string neck humbucker to me.
 

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I pretty much had the exact same reaction to both the SD and Pegasus that you described, and the Pegasus worked much better with the volume knob, the Super Distortion is more on/off .

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I really like the Pegasus the few times I got to play a guitar with one, for pretty much the reasons you stated.
It was fine, if a little bland, by itself. It got swallowed in the band, something that didn't happen with the Aldrich or my Wolfe rewinds.
 

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I love mine. My main live axe has a Pegasus/Sentient set on it and it can do pretty much everything. I guess it will work nicely with the Jazz as well.

I've read the "lack of character" thing before. That's not necessarily a bad thing. To me the best pickup is the one you forget is in there.
 

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I did NOT like the Pegasus I tried - it was very dry, and sort of hyper-articulate in the treble frequencies, whereas I like the high end a little more rounded off in the presence range on brudge humbukcers. Ironically, I thought the Sentient was awesome in the neck for pretty much the same reasons. :lol:
 

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I did NOT like the Pegasus I tried - it was very dry, and sort of hyper-articulate in the treble frequencies, whereas I like the high end a little more rounded off in the presence range on brudge humbukcers. Ironically, I thought the Sentient was awesome in the neck for pretty much the same reasons.
I can hear that. I've been going back and forth on the "dryness" of the Pegasus since I installed it. I won't be able to make a proper decision until I've had the chance to record with it. My guess is that it'll sound pretty great in a mix. It certainly doesn't forgive sloppy playing.
 

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I did NOT like the Pegasus I tried - it was very dry, and sort of hyper-articulate in the treble frequencies, whereas I like the high end a little more rounded off in the presence range on brudge humbukcers. Ironically, I thought the Sentient was awesome in the neck for pretty much the same reasons. :lol:
I like it a hell of a lot better than the annoying honk of the JB7. It's the brand new V30 of pickups.
 

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I like it a hell of a lot better than the annoying honk of the JB7. It's the brand new V30 of pickups.
I had a Jackson SLAT7 in mahogany that I converted to passives with a JB7 and the pickup is a little forward of the regualr position. It solved a ton of issues.

Pegasus is DRY tho. My favorite 7 string pickup for heavy playing is the Full Shred.
 

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Have any of you guys had a chance to try the Suhr Hot 7 set? I'm not looking to switch immediately (haven't even recorded the Pegasus properly, yet) but more for future reference.
 

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Have any of you guys had a chance to try the Suhr Hot 7 set? I'm not looking to switch immediately (haven't even recorded the Pegasus properly, yet) but more for future reference.
I actually have a zebra set I'm considering putting in my DR7. I had one in the SLAT3-7 for a while and it wasn't bright enough, but in that guitar NOTHING was bright enough to compete with my SLS-7. If I swap them, I'll record something and let you check it out. It was bright like the Sentient but not so sterile, from what I remember.
 

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I actually have a zebra set I'm considering putting in my DR7. I had one in the SLAT3-7 for a while and it wasn't bright enough, but in that guitar NOTHING was bright enough to compete with my SLS-7. If I swap them, I'll record something and let you check it out. It was bright like the Sentient but not so sterile, from what I remember.
Thanks!

That SLAT3-7 was possibly the darkest-sounding guitar I've ever heard. Ceramics are probably the only pickups you could have used in that guitar.

If yours had sounded better, I probably would have pulled the trigger on one for myself. Since Chushin Gakki was so consistent, I suspect they all sounded like that! :lol:
 

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That SLAT3-7 was possibly the darkest-sounding guitar I've ever heard. Ceramics are probably the only pickups you could have used in that guitar.

If yours had sounded better, I probably would have pulled the trigger on one for myself. Since Chushin Gakki was so consistent, I suspect they all sounded like that! :lol:
The ones with the trans finishes supposedly are brighter, but even a Distortion wasn't bright enough in it - I was considering going with DiMarzios but found the DR7 instead. It's a shame, because that was one of the best playing guitars I've ever owned, but it was just too much work when swapping guitars in a hurry.
 

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I was considering going with DiMarzios but found the DR7 instead.
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Have any of you guys had a chance to try the Suhr Hot 7 set? I'm not looking to switch immediately (haven't even recorded the Pegasus properly, yet) but more for future reference.
I had that in my old Suhr 7 and I really liked it. Great sounding pickups.
 

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I had that in my old Suhr 7 and I really liked it. Great sounding pickups.
Thanks. I probably am going to give these a try. The Pegagus is extremely dynamic and great for "'80s crunch", but might not be what I want for a 7-string.

First, I think some pickup rings are in order for the SL7. If I'm going to start going pickup shopping for it, I don't intend to ruin $200 worth of pickups every time I swap.
 

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I can hear that. I've been going back and forth on the "dryness" of the Pegasus since I installed it. I won't be able to make a proper decision until I've had the chance to record with it. My guess is that it'll sound pretty great in a mix. It certainly doesn't forgive sloppy playing.
For rhythm it was fine - articulate, and in a way I could probably get on with. HATED it for leads, though, I like pickups that have a slightly hazy, slurred high end for the way they sustain, and this was absolutely not it.
 

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For rhythm it was fine - articulate, and in a way I could probably get on with. HATED it for leads, though, I like pickups that have a slightly hazy, slurred high end for the way they sustain, and this was absolutely not it.
So you don't like the Aldrich, either.
 
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