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I really like mules, are you looking for more of a vintage sound? what kind of sound are you aiming for?

I listed a bunch of bands and descriptors above, but in the most general of terms: Modern, dynamic, balanced, and both brutal heavy and lush clean capable.

After much deliberation I decided on a set of Silos :)
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Players / A couple of clips. Juggernauts Clean / Gain and Nailbomb Gain
« Last post by Yellowjacket on October 21, 2021, 05:53:02 AM »
I was working on some demos.   Amp:  Revv Generator 120 Mark 2. 

First clip:  Juggernaut in an Ibanez MIJ RG7421 with a hipshot steel FP bridge.  The playing is more traditional thrash / progressive kind of a thing.  Not the djent cr@p.  This demo may be very useful for some.  I don't really djent and I absolutely LOVE these pickups for death / thrash metal!!  I have some stuff in the pipe and maybe it'll be ready by early next year.   

https://soundcloud.com/user-37551482/progressive?si=06acacd274d6441a91d7db866b44a63d

Second clip:  Alnico Nailbomb in a Gibson Les Paul Standard.   I *think* I used my Revv and my Electra Dyne for this one

https://soundcloud.com/user-37551482/modern-rock-riff-demo?si=6d025eee46a6433b826462144f47d807
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Pickups / Re: Polymath... and prices
« Last post by Nolly on October 20, 2021, 09:14:29 AM »
Nolly, just a quick shout out.  Really appreciate your contributions to the forum and product development.  Hope these sales allow you to retire, get fat, and live a comfy life (not in that order).  You've paid your dues.  You're on my top 10 list of fav contemporary instrumentalists.

Thanks so much, those are some incredible compliments that I don't feel I deserve but I'm very honoured that you'd feel that way. To be perfectly honest, making money was about the furthest thing from my mind when we designed the Polymaths, it was an amazing experience to learn more about pickups and to find a cool new approach that gives me the results I've always wanted. I really hope everyone loves them too.

P.S. Glad you said "not in that order" - I'm working on the fat part right now, seems more achievable than the other bits..

Hi Nolly, can you talk a bit about the Polymath's neck pickup in more depth?

How is it for distorted soloing a la Dave Murray, Yngwie, John Petrucci etc. (yes they all have different tones, but use the neck pickup quite a bit for soloing with distortion)? Does it have a pronounced attack? Is it fatter or brighter voiced in general?

Thanks, Chris


Hey Chris, nice question, I haven't spent much time talking about the neck pickup yet! It really excels under gain - it's got some of the Petrucci tubular quality but less wooly on the low strings especially. It's a very unconventional design that mixes two wire gauges, and also has a couple of other design features that mean it stays open and touch sensitive despite the unusual DC resistance reading. Using the unoriented A5 in the neck makes the midrange sing and also gives a similar slight squish on the attack like the bridge pickup does too. To me this evokes that drool-worthy Andy Timmons attack character and actually the Polymath neck in parallel coil mode does a decent impression of the Cruiser pickups AT uses - single-coil-y but you can dig in hard and it doesn't get too toppy or harsh.
To answer your questions more directly:
- It is really fluid under gain but is harmonically rich enough to express your playing nuances. I play leads on the bridge pickup 99% of the time because I love the harmonic richness, but the Polymath neck is one of few that I feel can be similarly expressive, and I find myself using it a lot.
- It has a clear attack, but it's lower down the spectrum than your typical PAF-y 42AWG 7.5-8.5k DCR neck pickup, which is why I'd describe it as more "modern" voiced. Again, I'll say the parallel coil sound is so good it's definitely worth wiring up as an option, it'll give you all the vintage neck tone you could want.
- I don't know if I'd use "fat" or "bright" as a descriptor for it, I'd say instead it's a clear and tubular sound without excessive low or high end.

Hope that helps!
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Pickups / Re: Polymath... and prices
« Last post by schneidas on October 19, 2021, 01:04:52 PM »
Hi Nolly, can you talk a bit about the Polymath's neck pickup in more depth?

How is it for distorted soloing a la Dave Murray, Yngwie, John Petrucci etc. (yes they all have different tones, but use the neck pickup quite a bit for soloing with distortion)? Does it have a pronounced attack? Is it fatter or brighter voiced in general?

Thanks, Chris
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Pickups / Re: Polymath... and prices
« Last post by fdesalvo on October 19, 2021, 04:37:52 AM »
Nolly, just a quick shout out.  Really appreciate your contributions to the forum and product development.  Hope these sales allow you to retire, get fat, and live a comfy life (not in that order).  You've paid your dues.  You're on my top 10 list of fav contemporary instrumentalists.
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Okay I can give a definitive answer on this now

I went to band practice with the little Joyo Bantamp XL Zombie II (through a Laney Ironheart 212 fitted with two Vintage 30 speakers) and two other guitars, one with an Impulse set (in a relatively dark guitar with mahogany set-neck construction and brass saddles) and another with an alnico War Pig set (Gibson SG), all in the same tuning and with the same string set, although the War Pig guitar is 24.75" scale whereas the other two are 25.5" scale.

Of the three the Impulse set Schecter was the brightest, followed by the War Pig SG, with the Cobra Tele definitely being the darkest. The annoying plink was gone, so it obviously was caused by the bridge saddles going out of adjustment when the bridge was converted to string-through.  So I decided to desolder the 470k resistor from the bridge pickup lug on the selector switch today and give it another test through the same rig, but minus the clean boost that I had used at practice (I didn't connect the pedalboard, which has the boost).  Even without the clean boost the guitar now has considerably more bite and crunch and is on a par with the Impulse guitar with regard to that. In fact it sounds quite epic now.

So I'm calling it: for the Cobra-T use a 550K or 500K pot.

This obviously makes life easier when combined with a neck humbucker.  If using a less powerful single coil neck pickup, stick with the 550K pot but experiment with a resistor to see whether you prefer that.  With a more high output single coil in the neck (e.g., a P-90) you probably won't.
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I really like mules, are you looking for more of a vintage sound? what kind of sound are you aiming for?
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Thanks.

The 'plinkiness' was actually due to an inadvertent change in the height of the fourth string saddle so I will try to do a proper comparison of the 550K pot with and without the 470K resistor in line to ground from the bridge lug now.  The jury is still out.
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Nice electronics work, and I really dig the way it looks!  Classic and modern in a seamless package.
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Guitars, Amps and Effects / Re: Any Bogner Brixton fans?
« Last post by b.gandt on October 11, 2021, 10:24:56 PM »
I had to look this amp up.  I love the simplicity!
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