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Pickups / Re: Cort G290 FAT - anyone upgraded the pickups with BKs?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on June 24, 2022, 01:50:19 PM »
It took me a while to find something on the specs of the VT-77 pickups wihich are supposedly in your guitar:

I would go for something vintage for the neck and vintage hot for the bridge if you want something brighter than the stock pickups. Unfortunately most BKP humbuckers I tried were vintage hot and contemporary models so others may be more qualified to make suggestions.

Cheers Stephan
Pickups / Re: Harness for HSS guitar question
« Last post by darkbluemurder on June 24, 2022, 01:40:51 PM »
For the six way toggle switch I would look to Freeway switches. They have various diagrams on their website.

Volume pots: the basic convention is that humbuckers are used with 500k and single coils with 250k. With your pickup selection I would support this convention as the Crawler is a rather dark pickup whereas the MMs are vintage flavored (i.e. rather bright). The solution is to use a 500k volume pot and use resistors to ground to bring the load in the other positions down to about 250k.

Tone pot: matter of personal preference. 500k isolates whatever cap you use further from the ground, 250k may have a more useful change of tone in the rotation.

Treble bleed circuit: also a matter of personal preference. I would get a few resistors (220k, 330k, 470k, 680k and 1meg, 1/8 watt is fine) and a few cap values (180pf, 220pf, 330pf, 470pf, 560pf, 680pf, 1000pf) and experiment. It also depends on the actual volume pot/pickup combination. In my PRS Custom, I am happy with just the 180pf cap. I added a 1meg resistor once but removed it immediately. In other guitars I use something like 220k in parallel with a 470pf cap. I test it with a crunchy sound and see whether it retains enough highs but still cleans up.

Cheers Stephan
Pickups / Cort G290 FAT - anyone upgraded the pickups with BKs?
« Last post by SkylineUK on June 24, 2022, 01:31:02 PM »
I really enjoy playing my Cort G290 FAT but the humbucking pickups are kind of 'dark' sounding.  I play pop, blues, rock, and would like to swap them out for something sounding like 'normal' humbuckers.  Has anyone with a G290 swapped the pickups?  Or has anyone any recommendations from the BK range?  Thanks!
Pickups / Harness for HSS guitar question
« Last post by krsa on June 19, 2022, 07:33:25 AM »
Hi Folks
I have a mahogany/maple top bodied guitar with a BKP Crawler Humbucker in the bridge and BKP mothers milk single coils in the middle and neck. The selector switch is currently a toggle three way and I am considering changing to a six way to allow neck, neck/middle, middle, middle/bridge and bridge options. Can any of you knowledgeable folks advise me of a wiring diagram and also if 250 or 500 pots would be best (guitar only has one volume and one tone control) and lastly which capacitors and tone bleeds to maintain treble you would use. Thank you in advance
Pickups / Re: Are ragnaroks supposed to sound like this?
« Last post by Excruciator on June 14, 2022, 01:03:59 PM »
You should be able to check if you still have the 25k pots installed, the ones EMG use are typically mini pots, with a serial number stamped on the side that ends in 25k. My guess is, if you didn't explicitly ask for new ones, they may well be in there still, although if you paid for installation, the tech should have known better and informed you.

Normally I'd say you should be fine with most quality 500k-550k guitar pots, I've always had good results with audio taper CTS pots, whether BKP OEM ones or the premium 450 series.

One caveat though; guitars with emg mini pots need the shaft holes reaming slightly to accomodate larger standard sized pots. Assuming your guitar has the mini pots with smaller shaft holes, you can either have the holes reamed (which is a simple job, but can crack/chip the finish if it's done incorrectly), or you can source some good quality mini pots like these: You should be able to source these from most guitar electronics outlets. It's worth saying I've never used those myself, so can't vouch for them personally, although CTS pots in general have always served me well.

Without knowing your exact guitar and seeing inside the cavity, most of this is hypothetical, but I am trying to cover most of the potential bases.
If you are not sure, you can always post some control cavity images. As far as the configuration, two volumes and one tone is a common setup, although ultimately it's mostly a preference thing. If you are not sure, or just indifferent, I'd keep it simple and go with 2 volumes, 1 tone and a 3 way, if that is what your guitar is routed to accomodate.

Finally, I'd make sure the bridge is properly grounded, i.e. a wire from the bridge to a common ground point, typically the back of the nearest pot in the cavity. EMG pickups aren't supposed to have the strings grounded, but guitars which come stock with them almost always have at least a taped off bridge ground wire in the control cavity ready to be connected.
Pickups / Re: Are ragnaroks supposed to sound like this?
« Last post by Enormous on June 14, 2022, 02:03:35 AM »
neck pup is passive. I think I'll get this blend knob replaced with a regular toggle switch. I'll look into the pots as well. Where do you recommend I get the 500K pots? i would need two volumes and tone one, correct?

Thanks for the reply, dude.
Pickups / Re: Are ragnaroks supposed to sound like this?
« Last post by Excruciator on June 11, 2022, 09:40:28 PM »
I would suggest it's definitely not normal. I replaced a stock EMG 81/85 set with Ragnaroks last year, and in my experience they have noticably higher peak output, and definitely a more aggressive pick attack. They will overload my interfaces more easily than the EMG's at equivalent settings. I really don't find EMG's to be particularly hot at all, just very compressed, but the two are often conflated. This comes with the caveat that I play 7 string with thick strings and I pick hard, so EMG headroom hard-limiting is a large factor in my case, ymmv.

It sounds to me like there's a wiring issue. The first thing I'd check is that the 25k pots were replaced by 500k/550k pots, because you're going to have a bad time with 25k pots on a passive. I'd also tentatively suggest a blend pot may be somewhat redundant on a guitar that already has two volumes, you could achieve similar results in middle position of a 3 way switch with volume knob tweaks, unless I am missing something. To be honest I've only seen it used on basses and teles. If you like that setup, all well and good, it would just be high on my list of suspicions as to where your potential wiring issue lies, since a blend setup is uncommon and more likely to get a fudged install, or an incorrect pot value or the like.

It may be worth playing with your pickup height too, since that is a very quick tweak. Ragnaroks are particularly sensitive to height in my experience, moreso even than usual for BKP's, although in your case it seems to be a more far more significant deficit in output than a simple low pickup height would cause.

One last thing that crosses my mind: The neck pickup in your guitar, is it another passive pickup or is it still an active EMG? Because I could definitely see that causing major issues with a blend setup.
Pickups / Are ragnaroks supposed to sound like this?
« Last post by Enormous on June 11, 2022, 05:20:13 PM »
Just got a ragnarok installed in bridge position. I was wondering if it was installed incorrectly because it's doing some weird things. Or maybe that's just how they sound.

The ragnarok and neck pup are connected to a blend knob instead of a toggle switch. Each pickup has its own vol knob.I made sure the vol was turned all the way up on the guitar and blend knob was all the way to bridge position.

1. Plugged into a 50 watt Soldano Avenger. Gain at about 5, master at 3. Guitar squeals and screeches horribly when I stop playing
2. I can put the gain as high as 8 or so which should be waaaaay too much but it still doesn't sound that saturated at all.
3. When I had the EMG in my guitar I could put the input control on my Scarlett interface on about 3 and have enough input. With this I have to turn it all the way up to 8 or so before I start to clip into the orange. I know the EMG is active but it seems like too much of a difference
4. fast palm mute playing—notes don't have that crispy crunchy attack.

What I didn't like about the EMG was that it seemed to over emphasize the unwound strings at the expense of the wound. With the Ragnarok I can play a chord that uses all 6 strings and hear all of them but other than that, this thing just sounds underpowered, like I'm playing at half volume on the guitar or something.

So, is something wrong or is this the nature of the pickup?
Players / Re: More Abraxas doing mean stuff
« Last post by richard on June 10, 2022, 03:16:22 PM »
Sounds great. I love the Abraxas set.
Pickups / Re: Fakes?
« Last post by ericsabbath on June 01, 2022, 03:23:54 PM »
That someone would swap a BKP backplate onto another pickup is extremely unlikely - that would involve dismantling a genuine BKP, which would be pointless, for no apparent gain.

Two factors are at play here.

Firstly, your expectations - while the voice of the Miracle Man is not dissimilar to a scooped EMG, they will still feel very different. High output for BKP is still not going to be as high output or compressed as an EMG, as EMGs are in effect a weak pickup with a strong pre-amp attached.

Secondly, it sounds like you don't have a set of Miracle Man (Miracle Men?). BKP don't label their pickups, so unless you buy them new, you have no certain way of knowing what pickup you've got. Someone could have been mistaken previously or mis-sold them and passed that information to you, but what you're describing doesn't sound like the MMs. It also means you have no way of proving to the seller you got them from that they're *not* Miracle Men, so you're probably best selling them on as unknown BKPs with as much information as you can gather.

If you have a multimeter, take readings of the DC resistance and see if they're close to any of the stated figures on the website, as that might help narrow it down. Similarly, if you can take pictures and send them to the BKP team, sometimes the height or thickness of the coil can be the clue they need to identify them for you.

the miracle man is not a loud pickup, not super high output, despite of its fair amount of compression and high DC resistance, and neither among the tightest pickups out there
it's a great ceramic lead pickup with surprisingly good split sounds, a big low end and piercing but pleasing high end depending on what you're after
it's actually one of the oldest and most unique sounding BKP models
not a big fan of the neck model but I'm pretty sure it would sound great in the bridge position too
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