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Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by CLund on June 21, 2021, 11:30:37 PM »
Of the BKPs I have tried.  I think the SSH was somewhere between the VHII and Blackdog, with a little more power.   The SSH has less low-mid range growl of the Blackdog, a little less upper harmonics of the VHII.   The SSH has almost a scooped mid sound, but then again, it may have been the guitar.  Was in a Suhr Swamp Ash, maple neck standard.   Iím planning on installing it in something else at some point.

Not super helpful, but thatís my take on it at this point

Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by RobAbrams84 on June 21, 2021, 08:19:08 PM »
Also, I'm curious whether you might have tried a Suhr SSH (not the plus version) and could say how it compares to some Bare Knuckle pickups?  I've been thinking about installing one of those but haven't gotten around to it.
Guitars, Amps and Effects / Re: 2021 Squier Contemporary Telecaster RH
« Last post by Dave Sloven on June 21, 2021, 03:53:57 PM »
The pickups have been here for a couple of weekends now and the modding is proceeding apace ... been discussing wiring options with BKP's Timmy Bartle and should have the 5-way switch with coil splits etc up and running tomorrow sometime.  Got the strings on it at least now and stage one of the mods is complete once the pickups are connected.

Here's stage 1:

Cobra-T (bridge)
Impulse (neck)
550K CTS volume and tone pots
470k resistor on bridge pickup
Duncan style treble bleed
greasebucket tone mod
0022uF Dueland PIO cap
Switchcraft jack
CRL 5-way pickup selector switch with white Stratocaster style tip
 shielded with nickel conductive paint
Gotoh SG381-MGTB 07 locking tuners
Gotoh control plate (the reversed orientation of the factory plate has been reversed)
Gotoh VK-18 knobs
Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut
 EXL148 12-60 string set with NW022 wound third string (tuned to C standard)
DiMarzio ClipLock strap
All new wire.  New bridge ground wire soldered to copper slug tape on top of guitar under bridge and entire surface under bridge painted with shielding paint.  This will be useful for stage 2.

Here's a photo of it so far:

Stage two (I have all of the parts with the exception of the ferrule block, which is on the way from China):

Babicz FCH TL bridge
Drilled for four-screw vintage style mounting and string ferrule position, original ferrules blocked with dowels and the back of the guitar routed for an Aumsen brass ferrule block
Headstock truss rod adjustment recess painted gloss black (the finish in there is patchy)
Aumsen brass ferrule block
Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut

Here's a photo with the Babicz bridge test fitted:

When that's all done it will be worthy of the name Contemporary Telecaster!
Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by RobAbrams84 on June 19, 2021, 07:06:48 PM »
Just FYI, but my 53mm Holydiver bridge pickup reads 15.25 kOhms (I just measured it, not currently installed in a guitar).  Obviously there will be some variation from pickup to pickup, but I don't think that DC resistance is a great way to identify the pickup, especially when so many are listed as so close to one another.  I understand that there's not much else to go by sometimes, though.  It's too bad that they don't have a sticker on the back, at least!
Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by Dave Sloven on June 19, 2021, 02:58:57 PM »
There are none that exact measurement on the site, but then measurements can vary slightly due to weather and all kinds of stuff.  The following are in the ballpark (out of those that have a single row o screws):

Crawler (15.4 kΩ)

Painkiller (15.6 kΩ)

Nailbomb (15.7 kΩ)

Holy Diver (15.9 kΩ)

Miracle Man (17.5 kΩ)

Out of these the closest (and most likely) is the Holy Diver, but it might also be a Nailbomb or Painkiller.  I could pick those three apart by ear though.  The Holy Diver is smoother sounding than the other two.

Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by CLund on June 19, 2021, 02:15:30 PM »
He told me it's 53mm - and it does have the bridge tag on the wires.   So what is a 53mm/16.2k bridge?
Pickups / Re: New pu suggestion for prs cu22
« Last post by paulmapp8306 on June 19, 2021, 12:14:17 PM »
Im thinking emeralds as well in many ways.    The Abraxas seem to be a lot darker than the mules, but the emerals are lighter in the bass?  and I already feel the Mules too bass light.

I did a one to one comparison (which I havent done for a while) ion clean tones.  My Mule loaded PRS is brighter than my start in the neck.   
Pickups / Re: Black Dog -- With a little more power?
« Last post by Dave Sloven on June 19, 2021, 05:50:16 AM »
Is it 53mm?  If so it is definitely a bridge pickup.  It might have the tag 'bridge' on it still.

If it is 50mm it could possibly be a Ragnarok neck.  They were a thing with the carbon fibre covers
Pickups / Re: HSP90 vs P90
« Last post by b.gandt on June 18, 2021, 11:37:02 PM »
Iíd say it was more speaker obstruction than comparison...hehe...
Give the BKP guys a call.  While itís easy to see that the Blue   Notes and Manhattans are the early 50s models,  they should be able to take you home in a precise fashion.
Pickups / Re: Boot Camp Series Humbuckers
« Last post by RobAbrams84 on June 18, 2021, 08:31:22 PM »
There are quite a few posts around if you search.  I have a set of True Grits that I like a lot.  I can't compare them to a ton of other pickups, but the bridge is more open and less compressed than the Nailbomb or Holydivers.  The EQ is a bit more like the Nailbomb to me, or perhaps halfway between the Holydiver and Nailbombs.  They aren't as aggressive as the Nailbombs, which always wanted to play 90's and 2000's metal to me (Pantera, Opeth, System of a Down...), but they can handle metal just fine.  They have some "grit" to them which maybe makes them similar to the Black Dogs, so they're accurately named. 

The neck True Grit is sort of a really good, if somewhat "standard" sounding neck humbucker.  It handles gain really well and has nice cleans, splits pretty well, but doesn't exactly stand out to me.  It isn't bright and jangly like a Holyidver neck pickup, and not thick and syrupy like an Emerald neck.  It's a good pickup don't get me wrong, just fairly "standard" sounding. 

I found this video to be a good representation, even though they can do lower output stuff rather well also:
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