BKP Black hawk vs. Black dog

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  1. nander

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    Hey guys! I am looking to swap the JB7 bridge pickup of my Carvin 727 (alder body) for a BKP Black hawk or Black dog. Which one would you recommend? I mainly play djent, so I am particuarly interested in note clarity and separation when playing large chords with distortion.

    The following clip will give you an idea of my playing and style:
    https://soundcloud.com/fer-contreras/ponke-prog-2-in-progress

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    -Nander
     
  2. wakjob

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    IDK, that sounded pretty good to me. Why you wanna switch?

    I'm in a honeymoon stage with a set of BD's I put in yesterday. So no opinion yet other than they're different.

    Interested in the BH's also, which is what I was going to put in this guitar. Might still. They jury is still out.
     
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    Thanks man, I appreciate the comment. I've had the JB7 for 6 years so I wouldn't mind trying something different. The JB pickup was designed in the 70s, and although it is a great all-around pickup, it may not be the best at balance + note separation in the presence of high gain. I've never tried any BKP pickups but I've read a lot about them.
     
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    I should mention that I'm using a 6 string Black Dog in an all mahogany (NO maple cap) set neck LP style guitar.
    Tuned to D standard with .11-.54's.

    So far, I'm adjusting to the BK phenomena. I've gone through this before with an Aftermath 7.
    Takes time to get in touch with what BK's do differently.
     
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    I would suggest the Black Hawk, alnico just because alder is already a bright tone wood if I'm not mistaken and you wouldn't want to add more highs. Amazing tone though, are you using an axe fx?
     
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    Thanks for your advice sir! Yes, I am using an Axe Fx.
     
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    I just looked up the frequency response of the 2 pickups and noticed that the black hawk has significantly more highs than the black dog... Since I have an alder guitar (bright), wouldn't the black dog be more suitable?
     
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    Best to ask Tim @ BKP or Zimbloth here.

    I can report that so far, I'm not digging the shear amount of mid range these Black Dogs out out.
    A bit too narrow sounding for me.
     

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