Should I try another pickup?

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  1. MetalThrasher

    MetalThrasher Thrash & Burn

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    I'm a big fan of the Duncan SH5 custom for my passive pickups if this helps. I play a lot of thrash metal and I only tune to either E flat or D standard nothing lower. I love the SH5 in my soloist but I was thinking of trying one of the following:

    SH-11
    SH-8
    Black Winter

    Anyone have any thoughts on this?
     
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    Zhysick Sick of all

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    The SH11 will probably be too dull/soft sounding for thrash metal. Amy of the others will excel as good as the SH5. Are you looking for something in particular? SH8 and BlackWinters are very different from the SH5... mainly a lot more mids.
     
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    MetalThrasher Thrash & Burn

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    Looking for a little more attack it I could put it that way.
     
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    cwhitey2 BlackendCrust Metal™

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    More mids might help that.

    Do you run an eq pedal In your rig or are you recording with Sims?
     
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    MetalThrasher Thrash & Burn

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    I'm still farting around with my new to me amp a 6505 regular running through the new cab I picked up today! As of now I am not running the eq pedal in the loop it's just guitar od and ns2
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    SH8 is a lot thicker and fatter sounding than the black winter. Same with the SH11. Black winter is clearer on the low end than the invader ime and is the tightest/most percussive. SH8 has pretty meh clean sounds, black winter and SH11 both have very nice cleans imo.
     
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    MetalThrasher Thrash & Burn

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    How would you compare a black winter to the SH5?
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    I don't have any experience with the SH5
     
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    I'd suggest a Nazgul or Black Winter.
     
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    Black Winter would be my choice. I love the SH-11, but thrash isn't something it does well- it does a lot of other things well, though.
     
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    You could try looking into BKP aftermaths or other offerings from BKP.
     
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    Black Winter, especially since you're going through a 6505. That combo will bring a grin to your face, I can promise you that. You can try others, but if you're into thrash and such, the BW does it beautifully and effortlessly.
     
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    MetalThrasher Thrash & Burn

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    Thanks for the replies! I may try and trade one of my pickups for a black winter to see how I like it! Nothing wrong with the SH5 in my Jackson but I guess I'm getting bored with it and want to try something else.
     
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    In my experience the SH5 has plenty of attack and with a Peavey 6505 it's impossible is not aggressive enough or has enough attack... but yes, SH8 and BlackWinters will solve that because they are thicker but punchy in a better way than the SH5. Be sure to dial the presence and treble right: the 6505's presence pot is the most important part of the tone in my experience: if you find the sweet spot for your guitar/pups/style then you will be forever happy.
     
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    KailM SS.org Regular

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    Black Winters + 6505s = maximum brutality.

    I'm more of a black/death metal player but I was raised on thrash metal and it's a strong influence in all my playing. I also play in D Standard most of the time. Black Winters won't let you down.
     
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    TheShreddinHand Uber Stringer

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    I just put black winters in my Jackson that has previously had a JB, Distortion, and Pegasus so far. Will report back after I’ve had some time with it but I play a lot of thrash and shred stuff.
     
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    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    If you're looking for a more aggressive variant of the Custom, try the Nazgul. BW is even more aggressive than that, very different vibe. BW and Nazgul are two of my go to SDs.
     
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    Please report back! I'm curious on your thoughts!
     
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    I'd go with the good old Distortion or Black Winter which is a little more extreme and not as versatile.
     
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    The black winter is excellent. It has a fair amount of high end that translates into a percussive attack. The bass is constrained, meaning it's there but the extreme low end is not very heavy. It's funny that a black metal themed pickup does this, but it is one of the more versatile pickups Seymour Duncan makes.

    You did not mention, but I also rather like the SD Custom 5 (SH14). It's kind of scooped sounding, and I usually hate scooped anything, but it makes for another one with a really good attack. The low end is a bit too much for some people, but I think in the tuning you are using, it won't be an issue. Like I said, a bit scooped, but I feel they did it just right to where it gets really clear and sits well in a mix. It also has just about the best cleans you can get out of a humbucker.
     
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