Duncan Designed pickups question


Squier Talker
Jan 29, 2012
I have a 2005 VIntage Modified Jagmaster that I love to death! It is strung with 11’s and tuned to DADGAD - it’s so inspiring to play! The first thing I noticed when I got it was how awesome the pickups sound- full, round and loud as heck!
What Seymour Duncan model do these stock Duncan Designed sets emulate closest?
Thanks for the insight!


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Nov 6, 2022
Nice guitar ! I have a 2011 and it’d probably be my desert island guitar. It can do absolutely everything and is so comfortable to play !

Don’t quote me (I can’t find the link right now) but I read somewhere the pickups are modeled after the Duncan distortion. If you look it up, the pole pieces and screws from the squire match up to the Duncan distortion so I think it’s a winner. Very hot pickups tho, I had to lower my bridge quite a bit because it was messing w my low E intonation. My only gripe is that my pinky rubs on that nylon wrapping around the pickup when I strum and makes an annoying sound!

I used to have a 97 vista. Despite all hype, the newer ones (at least mine) is way better. Neck is chunkier (9.5 radius also), body is alder not poplar, and better pickups ! The only thing I think was better on the old ones was the hardware. The saddles and bridge are cheap pot metal but it still sounds good so ain’t messin w it!


Staff member
Jul 19, 2016
Tulsa, OK.
It depends on the model you have. The HB-101 is modeled after the '59, the 102 after the JB and the 103 after the distortion.