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darkbluemurder

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Abraxas Neck Review
« on: August 19, 2013, 11:39:37 AM »
Meanwhile I had the Abraxas neck in a few different guiitars but have not written a dedicated review about it - I guess it's time!

I first had it in a swamp ash bodied guitar (the whole set) and later in the heavy mahogany bodied guitar paired with a Cold Sweat bridge. It worked fine in both guitars but lost against the Holydiver neck in both guitars which I liked better.

Having played my favorite Les Paul with the Crawler and VHII I kept thinking that these pickups were too high in output for the guitar and flattened the dynamics of the guitar too much. I then tried the Abraxas neck (together with a Grosh G4 in the bridge).

I would rate the output of the Abraxas neck as vintage rather than vintage hot but I guess the bridge pickup is the reason why this set is in the vintage hot category.  The clarity and string separation this pickup shows in this particular guitar are incredible - it did not do this to this extent in the other guitars I had it in. In all guitars it offered a vintage character. A further benefit is that it does not have any mud in the bass, has a really singing tone but is not too fat. It really feels at home in this particular guitar.  I have never played a Mule neck but I can imagine that the Abraxas neck is quite close to it.

The Crawler / VHII set was moved to another guitar. More on this to follow.

Cheers Stephan

darrenw5094

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Re: Abraxas Neck Review
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2013, 02:38:27 PM »
Similar to the mule but it has more mids than the slightly scooped mule. Gives it a hotter feel than the mule.
BKP: Abraxas - Les Paul
Holy Diver - Charvel
Mule - Les Paul
Rebel Yell - Les Paul
VHII - PRS CU22
A-Bomb + Cold Sweat - Les Paul
Warpig - Caparison Horus

bandmaster188

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Re: Abraxas Neck Review
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2013, 08:56:31 PM »
sounds pretty spot on to my experience of the abraxas neck too stephan. unfortunately i can't translate that into words as well as you :lol:
since fitting the set i have found myself using the neck pickup alot more than i ever did before.
The swamp city shakers
got, mule, stormy monday, M.Q., abraxas set, mule set.
had, slow hands set, vhII, yardbird set

Telerocker

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Re: Abraxas Neck Review
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2013, 10:13:55 PM »
Nice review. If the Abraxas-neck is close to a Mule, an Abraxas-bridge/Mule-neck would be a nice balanced set too. Besides that. I'm wondering if a Crawler/Mule-combo would have some crispiness left in the middleposition.
Mules, VHII, Crawler, MM's, IT's, BG50's.

darrenw5094

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Re: Abraxas Neck Review
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2013, 10:17:09 PM »
Always wanted to try a Abraxas bridge with Mule neck in a Les Paul.

Someday.........
BKP: Abraxas - Les Paul
Holy Diver - Charvel
Mule - Les Paul
Rebel Yell - Les Paul
VHII - PRS CU22
A-Bomb + Cold Sweat - Les Paul
Warpig - Caparison Horus