Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

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Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby keithl » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:15 pm

Hello,

I am looking to build a S6 seafoam green guitar and really love Seymour Duncan's JB in bridge and 59 in neck.
Basically, this build with some minor changes
https://www.kieselguitars.com/catalog/guitars/s6

I just found out about Dimarzio having the trademark of the double cream color humbucker and I really wanted cream colored pickups in the build.

All you experienced Kiesel pickup users...what would be the best match for the Duncan's JB/59 combo?

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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby UnexplodedCow » Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:11 am

They're still currently sold, but I feel the old standard of C22J in neck and C22B in the bridge are a pretty close fit to the 59/JB pair.

I've not tried the new Berylliums, and the Lithium doesn't come close at all.
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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby lusciousron » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:45 am

C22B is not a JB from what I've read, exactly, but a great pickup that I like a lot that will get you close enough to the same vibe, and a much better PU in my humble opinion.

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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby UnexplodedCow » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:43 pm

I owned and used both a C22b and JB SH4 in the bridge of a C66T a couple years back. They were super similar to my ear. The C22 had a leg up on the JB by not having a coil go open in the middle. That's why I suggested the pair. I did not change the electronics when swapping pickups, so that was a constant.
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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby DannyB819 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:45 pm

Why not just get a JB/59 combo if that's the sound you know you really want?

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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby spudmunkey » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:44 pm

DannyB819 wrote:Why not just get a JB/59 combo if that's the sound you know you really want?


In the first post, he mentioned wanting double cream, and they don't come that way...but Kiesel makes double-cream, I assume he was asking for a pickup from Kiesel that was close, and with the look he wanted.

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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby DannyB819 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:47 pm

Whoops - my mistake for not reading more carefully.

If double cream is what you're after, I'd look at a DiMarzaio AT-1 or Norton (not Air Norton) in the bridge and an Air Classic or a PAF '59 in the neck.

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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby toejam » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:36 am

DannyB819 wrote:If double cream is what you're after, I'd look at a DiMarzaio AT-1 or Norton (not Air Norton) in the bridge and an Air Classic or a PAF '59 in the neck.

The Norton is an awesome pickup, and I replaced the JB in my Hamer with one. I've always found the JB to be quite overrated, but it works in some guitars well. The Norton has more low mids and not as much high mids as the JB, and it's not as loose and sloppy in the bass.

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Re: Best Kiesel pickups that would match closest to Duncan JB/59

Postby OotMagroot » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:38 am

I had a bolt with a C22B and a Schecter with a JB in the bridge - at the same time. They were very similar.

Supposedly the C22J was supposed to sound like the Jazz - so there ya go!


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