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Players / Hyper Planet a progressive metal band from Iran
« Last post by amin on July 27, 2021, 04:31:05 PM »
Hey folks!, we are Hyper Planet a progressive metal band from Tehran-Iran!, this is the first music video off of our debut album!, we love to hear your opinions about it!

Beyond The Laniakea (4K video quality):
https://youtu.be/p-9ARatztRs

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Pickups / Pickup recommendations for old-school Korn tone
« Last post by footyball97 on July 27, 2021, 12:06:42 PM »
Hi,

Im looking to upgrade to BKPs and cant decide which ones to choose. I also asked their sales (havent responded yet), but curious to see what you guys have to say.
Im aiming for the old school Korn tone, specifically in this video at 0:20-0:24 you can hear how the guitar tone is different and shrill at first then changes a moment later into the much tighter gnarly one: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbp57

I want more of the latter and less of the former. I understand its an old video recorded through a camera mic and that tone hugely depends on the amps/cabs, but just want to make sure i have the optimal setup on the guitar end.
Btw if you have relevant experience with their specific tone, could you recommend what amp/cabs to use, i think im seeing a Mesa Mark IV there in the background.

My questions are as follows:
1) Alnico or ceramic? (im leaning to ceramic)
2) The Aftermath set is recommended for nu-metal on its product page but it has less bass response than the Warpigs. Is that good or bad in the context of the tone i want? From the sound samples i actually liked the Aftermath more, but not sure how it would translate into my rig.
3) Korn used to play Dimarzio Blaze pups and now use PAF 7s. What are the differences/similarities between those and BKPs? Are they mutually exclusive or can i still get a similar sound or even better one with BKPs?

My rig is Ibanez RG7421XL and Mooer GE200 amp modeler and i play through headphones only, no cabs/speakers at home, and through the PA in a rented rehearsal room, so all my tone that i can control is in the guitar+modeler at this point.
I plan to either get a tube amp or a better modeler like the AxeFx III in the future. I swapped the stock pups for Instrumental Sfty3 7 bridge and SD Black Widow neck, but i think ive made a mistake and shouldve gone for BKPs instead.
I also want to get another 7 string Ibanez from their Prestige line like the RGD4327 and change the pups to BKP as the stock Dimarzios arent good on that one, so i guess the question 4 would be:
4) Am i missing the mark here going for these modern guitars and pups designed for modern djenty/prog ultra crisp tones and should i instead just use whatever Korn used to get that tone or it doesnt matter that much as long as i have good enough pickups and the secret is all in the dist/amp/cabs?

Thank you.
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Pickups / Re: Recommendations for PRS with Swamp Ash & Maple
« Last post by ericsabbath on July 21, 2021, 07:12:31 PM »
So no kidding I was recommended the Black Dog set, which is interesting and yet telling since I had always wanted to try a set in a PRS. I have played a BD bridge in a 7 string swamp ash and honestly it was excellent. I am very intrigued how it will sit in this guy with the woods as is. I do firmly believe tone wood makes a difference, although in my experience not as much as some make it out to be. Iíve swapped pickups in different wood combos and found subtle but noticeable differences. But, weíll see!

sounds like a good pick indeed
true grits should work too, with a little more low end and compression

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp1_5C7AOyA
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Pickups / Re: Recommendations for PRS with Swamp Ash & Maple
« Last post by MAJ Meadows SF on July 21, 2021, 01:46:09 AM »
So no kidding I was recommended the Black Dog set, which is interesting and yet telling since I had always wanted to try a set in a PRS. I have played a BD bridge in a 7 string swamp ash and honestly it was excellent. I am very intrigued how it will sit in this guy with the woods as is. I do firmly believe tone wood makes a difference, although in my experience not as much as some make it out to be. Iíve swapped pickups in different wood combos and found subtle but noticeable differences. But, weíll see!
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by ericsabbath on July 20, 2021, 08:15:38 PM »
A hotter Black Dog bridge - definitely True Grit bridge.

now stablished as the crunchier dog, finally

 :afro:
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on July 20, 2021, 01:40:44 PM »
A hotter Black Dog bridge - definitely True Grit bridge.
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Pickups / Re: Recommendations for PRS with Swamp Ash & Maple
« Last post by Dave Sloven on July 19, 2021, 08:57:09 AM »
I have the Impulse set in my Schecter PT Apocalypse Rusty Grey, which is the first swamp ash guitar I have owned.  The neck is bolt-on maple with an ebony fretboard and stainless steel frets, and it is a Telecaster style body.

I really like the set in this guitar.  It is tight in the bottom end like a ceramic but lacks the strident top end that the ceramic Black Hawk that I tried in there before had.  In this guitar the effective, real world output feels as much as my alnico Black Hawks.  Depending on how your guitar interacts with the pickups that might be different.
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Pickups / Re: Recommendations for PRS with Swamp Ash & Maple
« Last post by RobAbrams84 on July 19, 2021, 05:27:11 AM »
I'm not personally a big believer in tone wood for electric guitars and think that the construction plays more into this than the actual wood chosen: i.e. quality of join, neck-thru vs set neck vs bolt on, etc, etc.  That aside, my Mayones Regius has the same swamp ash and maple top that your PRS does, but my Regius has an 11-ply neck-thru construction.  I tried a lot of different pickups in the Regius and went with the True Grits in the end (you can read my extremely long thread a few threads below this one if you want). 

Regarding neck humbuckers, I personally thought that the VHII was the second-worst of them all in the Regius (worst being the Emerald), even though it's universally praised. My favorite was probably a Suhr SSV actually, followed closely by the True Grit.  The Holydiver neck humbucker was awesome as well, but didn't sound a lot like a traditional neck humbucker to me.  The True Grit was definitely my favorite bridge pickup. 

If you're looking for something in the Vintage Hot range, unless you want a particular sound that another set gives you, I'd recommend starting with the True Grits.  They're just really good, really versatile pickups, not too hot or compressed but still able to drive an amp hard.  They split well and clean up with the volume knob, and they don't have a drastic EQ curve like some others that I've tried.   

I hope this helps.
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Pickups / Recommendations for PRS with Swamp Ash & Maple
« Last post by MAJ Meadows SF on July 18, 2021, 09:12:16 PM »
Hi folks! I need pickup recommendations for a new PRS Custom 24. Iíve never had this wood combo: swamp ash body, flamed maple neck & fretboard, flamed maple top. Iíve also used nearly the entire BKP line at one point or another so Iím no n00b and have some ideas. This is just a new wood combo. I have had 7s in swamp ash and always favored ceramic pickups over everything else. The PRS currently has a 59/09 bridge and 85/10 neck. They arenít bad at all, but just canít drive an amp hard enough by themselves, and under heavy gain they get too round and dull. They actually do pretty well in my Friedman JJ Jr, but are underwhelming through a SLO 30, 5150, KSR Ares, JCM 800. Even my practice amps scoff at them (Yamaha THR10X, Dark Terror). I really need to push the amp settings and run pedals to make them sound bigger and aggressive, and dime the gain & presence to get into hard rock and metal. I play old school death metal and modern stuff on all these amps but had to really tweak things to get these to acceptable vintage hot territory.

Iím trying to stay vintage hot, but saturate easier to get to mid-era Opeth like tones, classic doom, traditional metal, and hard rock. Nothing modern, ultra tight, etc. The ability to play classic rock tones and do the 5 way split well is important and why I want to avoid modern contemporary pickups. Plus I have ALL of them (except the Silo but thatíll happen sometime).

I really want to use a VHII neck, as I love that in other guitars, but again, never tried this wood combo. I have ideas for the bridge, but want to defer to more expert opinions on here. Of course Iím going to ask the BKP team directly; Tim and crew never lead me astray. Any input is appreciated!!
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by mantrasky on July 18, 2021, 12:12:58 PM »
My Favorite BKP are the Holydiver Calibrated Set which are in my Charvel CS (with Trilogy Suite) I didn't get into the Blackdog pickup as much next to the HD.
Each of these guitars have Bare Knuckle Pickups, awesome sounding......
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