Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Model

Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Model

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TB-4 JB Model, Pickup chitarra from Seymour Duncan belonging to the SH-4 / TB-4 JB Model model.

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Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Model tech. sheet

  • Fabricant : Seymour Duncan
  • Modèle : SH-4 / TB-4 JB Model
  • Catégorie : Pickup Chitarra
  • Fiche créée le : 06/07/2004

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 3 reviews )
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Recensione di tonmazz (content in English)"Seymour Duncan JB Pick-up has classic rock covered"

Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Model
The Seymour Duncan JB Pick-up is a mainstay in rock since they designed the prototype for Jeff Beck in 1974. I recently bought a Charvel San Dimas that came stock with a JB so I gave it a shot. It has a really good mid grind to it so I can see why it was a great 70s and 80s pick up for sure. Plays classic rock tones perfectly with no issues. I think whether it is perfectly balanced or not will depend on what kind of music you choose to play with it. Balanced for me would mean that it has tons of bottom to go along with a cutting mid range. Is that the JB? No. It has the right balance to play a more mellow rock than today's bottom heavy modern rock sound and even heavy metal. I mean Jeff Beck wasn't exactly playing Master of Puppets now was he? THis was probably put out there as an alternative the the Single Coil pick ups that dominated the blues world back then. FOr the time, this was a pretty agressive tone and definately seperated Beck from the likes of Clapton. This is for playing classig rock to 80's hair for sure. Even the TOne Zone gives a heavier rendition and more bottom than the JB. All that being said, I like it for what it is and what it does. You can get these just about anywhere for a steal. The price is definately right and it does what it is supposed to do. I compared this to a lot of other pick up options and it just comes down to preference really. In the stock category I personally like the Tone Zone and the Gibson Dirty Fingers but the JB would be a close third. In the Boutique arena I would suggest a Motorcity Detroiter or Afwayu for heavy stuff. Good pick up for reasonable money is the bottom line.
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heads on fire02/11/2011

Recensione di heads on fire (content in English)"The standard that others are judged by."

Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Model
The Seymour Duncan JB Pickup (AKA TB4) is a very nice humbucking pickup. Built in the USA, they were originally designed for guitar god Jeff Beck. The sound is similar to an old Gibson PAF pickup, only with a bit more bite and aggression. The pick attack is crisp and clear, and the output is high, but not ridiculously so. These pickups can also be very smooth and singing in the neck position, with plenty of rich harmonic overtones. The pickup is available in a four conductor version, to allow for split coil sounds, and I'd definitely recommend going that route, as the single coil sounds that can be coaxed from this pickup are quite airy and spanky, like a good Fender pickup.

The pickup really excels at classic rock tones and metal. With coil tapping, it's pretty good for country/chicken pickin', and in the neck position with the tone control rolled off, it can make a pretty nice convincing jazz tone.

In building guitars, this makes a good "calibration" pickup, as many luthiers are familiar with its inherent tones, and it can allow the builder to really hear what contributions the wood and hardware are making to the overall tone before settling on the perfect pickup to complement the guitar. Many times, this pickup still ends up being the final choice!

So many guitars come stock with this pickup nowadays, and with good reason. I've owned a Parker PM-20 Pro that came with this pickup, as well as an LTD M-1000, and I've played a great variety of guitars in music stores where the stock bridge pickup was a JB. I also bought one of these pickups ala carte and put it in a Fender Telecaster - that was a great sound and feel! Oftentimes, the JB pickup is paired with a Jazz (Seymour's personal favorite combination) or a '59 in the neck, and either choice is good. I am a big fan of Seymour Duncan pickups, and I've never really heard a bad one. This pickup is no exception, and I'd certainly recommend it as a good all-around workhorse pickup for anyone.

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Recensione di ejendres (content in English)"Not for me"

Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Model
The JB seems to be one of the more polarizing pickups out there. People who like it seems to be crazy about it and people that don't like it seems to abhor it.

Personally, I fall more towards the latter category. I hated almost everything about this pickup. The clean tones were thin and flat. It was a completely uninspiring and muddy tone. I don’t expect a bridge pickup to have amazing cleans, but I expect them to at least be decent. The JB did not meet that expectation.

With high gain the muddiness is just amplified. There is so little punch and definition in the low end, its useless. On top of the muddiness it’s just thin. This makes the pickup completely useless for modern metal. The only redeeming quality is the midrange, its nice and crunchy.

That midrange crunchiness is the only thing that makes the pickup useful. It does very well for those classic LP into Marshall style crunch tone. I could easily nail those classic AC/DC style tones. It sounded good enough that I actually thought about keeping it.

The pickup really lends itself to 80’s style power metal tones too. I’d say it handles them pretty well, but that is just an extension of that mid-gain crunchiness in my opinion.

Really though, it’s a one trick pony. It only does one thing well, and that’s mid-high gain 80's style crunch. If you boost the amp it does a very convincing eighties power metal tone. So overall this pickup sucks in my opinion. I hated it and I'll never own one again. However, if you're looking for a pickup to play hair metal on your super Strat or you want an LP to nail the classic eighties crunch, definitely check this pickup out. It'll probably be right up you're alley.

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