So after a few days with my Padalka, Ive been getting familiar with the Fokin Uppercut pickups. I can’t find any specs on them, as they are custom pickups from Russia. They are hotter than I typically go for. I like med-hot A5 types. I like to dig into the strings a lot for the brutal sounds. So as I’m enjoying the guitar, I continued to hear this grating upper mid frequency that started to drive me crazy. So I decided to take a Duncan Pearly Gates neck pickup, a Duncan Alternative 8 bridge pickup, a spare A5 magnet, the base plates (multi scale) and the short hex poles from the Fokins’ and build a set of hybrid pickups. They have remedied that frequency thankfully! There’s some wax that needs to be cleaned up but so far I’m really happy. The A5 adds just enough extra oomph to the PG, which is normally an alnico II. It actually pairs very nicely with the Alt 8 (alnico VIII magnet). The short pole hex heads seem to bring a punchy, bite-like quality to the pickups. Though it’s possibly due to the -volume only, no tone- circuit. They also split very nicely and the neck has one hell of a bark in split mode. Chances are I’ll place an order for some Elysian pickups and get something cool and custom to add to the guitar; but it was a fun afternoon project that instantly solved an immediate problem and who knows, maybe I’ll love them? I need to get to the rehearsal studio and turn up loud to get the real results.