Bare Knuckle Black Dog vs. Nailbomb vs. Rebel Yell

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by capac, Nov 28, 2017.

Which one?

  1. Black dog

    5 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. alnico nailbomb

    5 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. ceramic nailbomb

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  4. rebell yell

    9 vote(s)
    45.0%
  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    yeah the black dog will absolutely work for modern metal. Personally I think they can do tool/dt esque stuff too. it's a pretty versatile pickup imo.
     
  2. capac

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    Is it tighter than nailbomb? Nailbomb is supposed to be more aggressive...
     
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    definitely won't be. but that's something that can be made up with boosts and pedals and stuff.
     
  4. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    I have no experience with the nailbomb so I can't compare the two. I will say that the 8 string black dog I have is plenty tight and aggressive for death metal/gojira/meshuggah/even tech death, especially if you're going to use a boost with it.
     
  5. capac

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    I'm using helix anyways :p. I really liked the super tight and dry feel of aftermath (but it was a bit much so the low end was poopy and high end really shrill). My main high gain presets are 808 into 5150, 3rd party IRs and gate.
     
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    i loooove the aftermath.

    maybe try a cold sweat with a vhii or emerald. or vhii/emerald

    that's what a lot of the prog kids are using these days.

    kind of a middle of the road option.
     
  7. capac

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    I like my pickups to have a little more midrange. Cold sweat sounds too scooped for me in pretty much every situation I've heard it in.

    Do they make anything that has a tight and dry feel of aftermath without being so friggin shrill?
     
  8. diagrammatiks

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    use 250k pots in your guitars?
    i remember knightbro saying the painkillers were tight and maybe less thrill
     
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    They are still pretty ice picky, maybe in a different way - not what I'm looking for this time around. I want something that is a bit thicker and a bit smoother in high end.
     
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    The crawler or impulse might work for you if the black dog isn't your thing :shrug:
     
  11. capac

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    If impulse have in any way similar character to black hawks, I don't think I'll consider them - black hawks (because of the blade design and everything) sound really unique and I have them in another guitar.

    Crawler is like EXTRA T H I C C.

    Abomb, Cbomb, black dog, suhr aldrich (?). One of those pretty much.
     
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    I have a A-bomb in my skervesen. Probably my least favorite bridge of the BKP's i've tried. As said before, it gets kind of tubby in the low end. I have the guitar in drop-c. Kind of gives me the feeling of an amp with the presence rolled way back.

    It is paired with a VHII neck pickup, and that thing is absolutely gorgeous. My favorite neck BKP I've played.
     
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    Nice. C-bomb vs. Black Dog it is.
     
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    you should check out the aldrich. they are pretty cheap used.
    can't really go wrong with the c-bomb either. i don't think anyone has ever said they hate the c-bomb
     
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    I've seen some hatred on C-bomb (claiming the pickup has no body and is shrill). Nothing on black dog though. I can't really find any used Suhr Aldrich for a decent price (disadvantages of living in a small country).

    I think I'll just go with C-bomb... and maybe cold sweat (John Browne uses that combo). How is nailbomb neck actually?
     
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    my ocd prevents my from mixing pickups except on one guitar for some reason.
    always thought of the nail bombs as a set. it sounds pretty good. i don't like it as much as the aftermath but it sounds good.
     
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    Yeah, I don't think I'm getting another aftermath anytime soon :). While I like it's character, it's just to shrill.
     
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    Run from the Cbomb, believe me, there's a reason you just have a vote for it.
     
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    Ok, what would be your pick?
     
  20. chopeth

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    dunno, mate, just warn you the Cbombs have what you mentioned earlier, shrillness and not cool for solos imo. I really wanted to like it, but after a few months I changed them for warpigs. Very happy now, but bear in mind my guitar was a baritone 7 with SS frets, walnut top and playing in a 5153, so probably the trebblefest wouldn't haunt you.
     

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