Bare Knuckle Suggestion

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by MetalThrasher, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. MetalThrasher

    MetalThrasher Thrash & Burn

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    I'm going to replace the bridge pickup in my Schecter C1 Apocalypse with a floyd. It has a swamp ash body with a set maple neck. I've never tried a BK before so I'm clueless on which ones would suite me. I play thrash metal with the guitar tuned to D standard through a 6505 and Mark V. My goto pickup is usually a Duncan SH5 if this helps.
     
  2. Zhysick

    Zhysick SS.org Regular

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    And you are looking for a sound similar to the SH5? If that's the case then check out the Cold Sweat if you want it tight or the Nailbomb if you want it a bit boomy in the lows and bigger sounding.
     
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    teqnick The only person that liked the new Faceless album

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    From my exp w/ BKP, you'd be surprised with how the vintage models excel in high gain territory. I would highly suggest considering something such as the mule, or black dog.
     
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    Alex79 SS.org Regular

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    Nailbomb!

    Pick either alnico or ceramic to suit the instrument.
     
  5. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire chasing the tone dragon

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    thrash? through a mark you say? Holy diver. Works great for thrashy riffage or whatever you throw at it ime. It may be a tad bright in swamp ash but not as bad as a nailbomb would be on the high end ime.
    This one is more "old school" sounding but you'll get the point:
    https://www.mediafire.com/file/5u6vq66jwoqpj1p/Hdiver_Mk3_thrash2.flac/file
    this one is also a a mishmash of riffs but a bit more modern sounding:
    https://www.mediafire.com/file/jnlvdv3tmjpcnpk/Hdiver_javelin_Mk3_medley.flac/file
     
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  6. Emperoff

    Emperoff Hasta la vista, Baby Contributor

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    I'd say the Ragnarok will be a good match for those bright woods.

    If you're not dead set on BKP, the Lundgren "The One" will probably be a great match for that guitar. It's kinda a more refined Warpig.
     
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    MetalThrasher Thrash & Burn

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    Thanks everyone. So far I'm kind of digging the stock bridge pickup but I'm still in the honeymoon phase with it. I'm going to give it a few weeks. If I decide to change the bridge pickup it looks like the ceramic nail bomb would suite me. My last question is... are BK pickups really worth spending the extra money vs a Duncan? Cheers all. Feels good to be playing again after 2 years. Life gets in the way at times.
     
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    KnightBrolaire chasing the tone dragon

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    If you like the voicing of the pickup then it'll be worth it. They have some unique offerings that do their own thing. The overall quality is equally as good as duncan or dimarzio but you get a lot more visual customization options (if you want them). Plus you can always look for used pickups to start with. nailbombs pop up pretty frequently since a lot of people try those before delving further into BKP's lineup. It never hurts to shoot the guys over at BKP an email and see what they think as well.
     
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    Zhysick SS.org Regular

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    In my opinion only is worth it if you like the particular pickup. I love the Juggernauts and the Painkillers and I haven't found any other pickup that sound like that. I "can replace" the Painkiller with a Duncan Distortion and be happy enough (the Distortion is an amazing pickup) but I haven't found anything similar enough to the Juggernaut to say "it is replaceable" so, in that case: yes, it is worth the money.

    If you don't find a pickup that is "exactly what you want" in the BKP catalogue then for sure the answer is no...
     
  10. Emperoff

    Emperoff Hasta la vista, Baby Contributor

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    Well, Duncans are pretty much 3-4 models that change polepieces or magnets and sell as a different model. JB = Distortion, Full Shred = Jazz, Pegasus = Omega, Custom =Custom 5=Custom Custom, etc. BKP models are very different between them. I personally like to mix brands between guitars.

    I hear you. The Juggernaut is quite a unique sounding pickup, and probably why is kinda love/hate pickup. It has a scooped voicing but not scooped in the typical way. Instead of boosted highs and lows, it has boosted low mids and high mids with a dip in the center, while having the extreme high and lows cut. So it's fat and agressive without being harsh.
     
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    efiltsohg SS.org Regular

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    imo Duncan makes all the best thrash pickups
     
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    Alex79 SS.org Regular

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    Not all of them, but the Nailbomb is. It’s my favourite pickup all round and I use it in a Voodoo Les Paul to play a lot of Kreator and Slayer lately. For The Haunted sounds, admittedly, my ESP Eclipse with EMGs sounds a bit more authentic, but the Nailbomb/LP perfectly nail those Reign In Blood/Enemy of God sounds.

    Pay attention to string distance with BKP, it can make a big difference. The Nailbomb does not have to be super close to the strings for its sweet spot.

    I would recommend the Alnico version. My guitar, Swamp Ash body, mahogany neck, Ebony fretboard, often had a thin/ harsh treble response with high output pickups. The Alnico Nailbomb has a throatier high end that remedies that.
     
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