Seymour Duncan has just announced its Dave Mustaine Thrash Factor pickup set, aiming to recast that classic Megadeth Thrash sound into a pair of humbuckers.
Rust In Passive
This new pair of matched humbuckers is based on the ones loaded into Mustaine’s Jackson V back when Megadeth recorded the now-classic 1990 Rust In Peace album. The original pickups were a pair of Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge and 59 model in the neck. That’s already a well-known pairing, but Dave’s were a little different from a regular set.
It turns out that Dave’s JB was wound oddly and so they tried altering the winding process in order to achieve a similar tone to the original from his old guitar. They believe that his old JB humbucker had a tighter low-end, with more scooped mids and aggressive highs when compared to a regular one and so this is what they have aimed for with this new signature pickup set.
Now, I figure this could all be marketing, another way to sell a signature pickup set. But you have to admit that Mustaine’s tone on that record was nowhere near what you would expect from a regular Seymour Duncan JB, so maybe he had an odd wind on his after all?
This new Thrash Factor version of the JB comes in a matte black finish. You can get it with a matching 59 neck pickup as well, although that one is a standard winding and so not different in tonal terms from a regular one. But you may just want a matching matte black set and so it makes sense to get a pair. Possibly.
The Thrash Factor also has a little Dave Mustaine signature on it, so you know it is the real deal. The pickup itself is an ALNICO 5 magnet with a four-cable shielded wire, so you can split or tap it.
RRP – USD 105 individually or as a set including a matching matte black SH-1n 59 neck