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Seymour Duncan Antiquity JB Humbucker

Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan Antiquity JB Humbucker

From the manufacturer:

A vintage take on our original hot-rodded humbucker, it gives you all of the classic midrange with a slightly sweetened treble response.

The Antiquity JB delivers rich harmonics, and a balance of sustain, distortion, and clarity, sweetened by the mellowing effect of a custom aged alnico 5 bar magnet and years of simulated sweat, dust, and oxidation. Wound to the original spec of 16.4k, that familiar JB upper midrange is all there, but the overall tonal character feels smoother because of the way the treble attack is softened by the aging process. Each Antiquity JB humbucker is hand built with the same original materials that we used to make them in the 70s, including long legged nickel silver bottom plate, maple spacer, original JB model stamp, rough sand cast alnico 5 bar magnet, heavily aged butyrate bobbins, and vintage style push-back braided single conductor lead wire. The electronic and cosmetic treatments of our proprietary Antiquity aging process give this pickup the look, sound, and feel of a real-deal 70s JB.

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Here is an extensive shootout comparing three distinct JB pickup models, including the 35th Anniversary, the JB Original, and the Antiquity JB (each demonstrated in that order). Skip over to 1:15 to hear each pickup demonstrated on a medium gain rhythm setting up until 4:31 (when it switches to high-gain). The high-gain demonstration continues until 12:32, when it switches to a few low-gain lead licks. After a thorough listen through all the pickups on three distinct settings you will notice a few subtle differences between them all. The 35th Anniversary has a very tight, precise sound that seems to cut really nicely with crisp treble and focused mids. It handles gain really well but never gets too hot, always staying nice and articulate. The original production model JB has more of a mellow tone, with a rounder frequency response. It sounds like the type of pickup that could really benefit from a bigger push in the pre-amp to really drive it home and bring it to life. The Antiquity JB definitely has a knack for distortion. It is a hot sounding pickup that tends to respond nicely to high-gain, introducing a lot of midrange harmonics and adding a lot of dynamic character to the tone. All of these pickups have their advantages for different applications and they all sound sweet; it just depends on your ears and what you’re looking for sonically!

The player is Geoff Waldron and he is using a Kramer guitar through a 1966 Fender Princeton Reverb with a Boss CS-3 Compressor Sustainer, JMP Drive Distortion, Badgerplex AC, and ISP Decimator.






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