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Scotty477

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« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2007, 04:13:46 PM »
Thanks again Henk.

I just got back from my guitar tech and I'm now the proud owner of my (first) set of BKP's  :D

I talked at length with the guitar tech, who then spoke to Tim on the phone while I was there.  Between the 3 of us the conclusion was that the BKP's that best suited my guitar and me was .... a set of calibrated Emeralds

I opted for zebra's, as they will look great with the Gold top.

In the shop I considered Mules, Black Dogs and Rebel Yell but Jimmy (the tech) had fitted a set of Emeralds to a Les Paul last week and - in his opinion - they sounded awesome. Warm, punchy mids and good for leads.

I thank all who posted here to help me out and I'll put a picture of my guitar in a new thread when I get it back.

Maybe even some clips, if I can manage.

Cheers  :drink:

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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2007, 04:24:34 PM »
Congrats!

Will it be posible to hear clips of this? I'm still yet to have an idea of what the Emeralds really sound like. I just know I want them :oops:
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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2007, 04:47:17 PM »
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Congrats!

Will it be posible to hear clips of this? I'm still yet to have an idea of what the Emeralds really sound like. I just know I want them :oops:


Np problem.

I'll try my best to get a clip up on the boards. I'm due to get the guitar back early next week, as its getting refretted as well, so that'll give me a chance to rig something up.

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« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2007, 04:49:04 PM »
That's great! Thanks.
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« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2007, 02:50:17 PM »
Great, so you got Emerals eh?

Funny enough thats what Tim suggested to me too at first..... Would be interesting to hear more clips because i couldnt find any i liked at that time......

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« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2007, 03:11:36 PM »
There's long been a grievous lack of Emerald clips. It'd be great to hear some! 8)
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« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2007, 04:12:09 PM »
I'll try my best but most of the clips on this board are far better than I'll ever manage.

I have chronic thickfingeritis  :wink:

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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2007, 04:16:57 PM »
Oops. Double post  :oops:

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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2007, 04:35:03 PM »
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I'll try my best but most of the clips on this board are far better than I'll ever manage.

I have chronic thickfingeritis  :wink:


Its pretty much all about the tone, my imagination can fill in the rest :oops:
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« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2007, 04:49:15 PM »
I'd like to register my interest in Emerald clips as well.  :)

For some reason, it's by far the least-mentioned humbucker in the BKP line.  The only other one which comes close in the criminally(?)-ignored stakes is the Abraxas bridge.
BKPs I've Got:  RR, BKP-91, ITs, VHII, CS set, Emeralds
BKPs I Had:  RY+Abraxas, Crawlers, BD+SM

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« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2007, 05:15:42 PM »
There certainly isn't many Emerald clips, that's for sure.

I have to admit I'm really looking forward to hearing what they sound like in my LP.

When I do post some clips they will initially be straight through a Roland Cube 30 with a neutral setting. It's small but has a great voice and will give a good idea what the pickups sound like

After that I may be able to post some live clips of my band.

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« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2007, 08:56:32 PM »
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I'd like to register my interest in Emerald clips as well.  :)

For some reason, it's by far the least-mentioned humbucker in the BKP line.  The only other one which comes close in the criminally(?)-ignored stakes is the Abraxas bridge.

Maybe because they are rarely suggested. I was 95% sure Emeralds were for me, but Tim talked me out of it. Oh, and my next BKP will most likely be the Abraxas bridge. :P
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« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2007, 09:18:18 PM »
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Maybe because they are rarely suggested. I was 95% sure Emeralds were for me, but Tim talked me out of it. Oh, and my next BKP will most likely be the Abraxas bridge. :P

You're a trailblazer! :)  

Just about the only thing I've ever been able to glean about Emeralds is that they'll give a "classic 70s Les Paul sound".  I just can't get a clear idea of how they compare with other BKP models - I've read that they're a little brighter than a BD, not as bright as a RR, slightly thicker than a RY.  I know they have a fairly high DC resistance (13.1K) but don't sound particularly loud.  People who do have them (e.g. Phil King) seem to love them.

I guess the only thing to do is to buy one and find out!  :lol:
BKPs I've Got:  RR, BKP-91, ITs, VHII, CS set, Emeralds
BKPs I Had:  RY+Abraxas, Crawlers, BD+SM

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« Reply #28 on: November 29, 2007, 09:29:25 PM »
... trailblazer?  :? What trail? How did I blaze it?
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« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2007, 09:40:35 PM »
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... trailblazer?  :? What trail? How did I blaze it?

By being one of the few (apparently) to go for the Abraxas bridge pickup.

OK, the trail's already there, but I think it's pretty overgrown from lack of use.
BKPs I've Got:  RR, BKP-91, ITs, VHII, CS set, Emeralds
BKPs I Had:  RY+Abraxas, Crawlers, BD+SM