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Pickups / Re: True Grit & Old Guard neck humbuckers.. comps?
« Last post by timmy_pix on August 01, 2022, 02:33:26 PM »
I did! It's gone in an SG as the T-Type neck pickup it came with is a woolly mess.

In short, very, very different to the PG Blues. It's called the Old Guard, but that's just marketing to indicate the output range; the OG neck feels to me like a much more modern pickup than the other A2 BKPs, whether it's the PG Blues, Stormy Monday, or 10th Anniversary. It's got a quicker attack and more solid-feeling bass than the vintage-leaning pickups - it's a great pickup, just different. Less airy/open in the very high frequencies, a smooth high end, and brilliantly clear, both on the pick attack and string-to-string. Warmer than the PG Blues, but the biggest difference really is the feel.

Was there any reason you wanted to compare to the PG Blues specifically - I'm guessing that's what you've got at the moment?
Pickups / Re: les paul medium output pickup recomendation
« Last post by arneseys on July 30, 2022, 09:34:02 AM »
so going of the soundclips on bkp site, the emerald is sounds more like me than the abraxas, but can anyone chime in how te emerald compares to a true grid ?
(fyi the the true grid is easy to get in europe, i'm hesatent to order at british shops sinds brexit)

conserning the neck pick up: since i love the s/c neck from my strat, did anyone of you try a hsp90 neck pick-up? (I've never played a p90 so this suggustion could be way of :-))
Pickups / Re: les paul medium output pickup recomendation
« Last post by darkbluemurder on July 29, 2022, 07:58:01 AM »
For bridge True Grit bridge - has the output of a medium output pickup but retains some PAF voicing elements.

I hear you on the neck pickup - most humbuckers tend to be boomy in the neck, and I found that nothing in the BKP range is bright and tight enough for my tastes. The ones that I liked most in the BKP range (all neck models) were the Holydiver and the Abraxas, followed by the Riff Raff. In a guitar with 24 frets, the VH II neck is also good. Haven't tried any of the other vintage models.

Cheers Stephan
Pickups / Re: Fakes?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on July 29, 2022, 07:50:26 AM »
I would also say check the wiring - red to hot, black to ground, green and white together and taped. If you are using coil splits, then green+white go there.

Kindly note that every manufacturer has a different color code so if you go by color there are more chances you are getting it wrong.

Good luck,
Pickups / Re: les paul medium output pickup recomendation
« Last post by darrenw5094 on July 29, 2022, 02:00:04 AM »
The Emerald bridge kicks at around 13 oHm and is a great Rock pup. It has a bit of high end, but nothing too overbearing.

The Abraxas is similar oHm, but not as bright and is pretty versatile also.
Pickups / les paul medium output pickup recomendation
« Last post by arneseys on July 28, 2022, 04:26:56 PM »

i would like youre advise for my hagstrom super swede deluxe (les paul style guitar) i'm searching for new pickups (b&n). the guitar currently has the stock hagstrom 59's wich are not bad, but i want want something with a bit more output. i play mostly mainstream rock music but last year i'm playing more gainy stuff like think of tool, alice in chains,... so everything beyond metalica is a bitt to much.

for the bridge
i have a epiphone sg with duncan distortion, great for chugging but these feel like a one trick pony to me. I find these pickups are to compressed.
so based on this, for the bridge i am looking for somthing more versitale, open sounding and with less compression than the DD but with a bit more push than a 59

for the neck
i set the tone and gain for my amp according my brigde pickup, this results in een boomy sound on the neck pick up. the usable sounds are not really my playing style so i just don't use the neck
 the only 2 sounds i like from neck humbuckers are these
1. super clean amp (but i don't like to use a clean sound on my amp, i use a crunch as clean sound)
2. for solo's past the 12th fret. (and i am not that much of a soloist)
the only neck pick up I use is the single coil neck from my strat
so is there humbucker pick-up that would not sound boomy in these circumstances so i could use it more? (i think a lower output pick up maybe but that pairs well with the brigde pick-up i'm loooking for)

Thx in advance
Pickups / Re: True Grit & Old Guard neck humbuckers.. comps?
« Last post by falcopryor on July 28, 2022, 09:21:03 AM »
did you get a chance to compare? thank you.
Pickups / Re: Fakes?
« Last post by Charlie-AKA on July 27, 2022, 10:14:04 PM »
It sounds like miracle man could be wired wrong. Every time I've had an issue with a BKP it turned out I'd just gotten one wire wrong or the pot had gone bad.
Email the guys at BKP about your issue also. I think one of the guys there told me that they used to sell parts of pickups including baseplates. We've never heard of a counterfeit BKP. But I have one that someone has monkeyed with that I think is an Aftermath that someone modified by possibly swapping a magnet and adding an aftermarket pickup cover. It's still a mystery pickup though, someone may have just put a BKP baseplate on it and who knows what the pickup was originally. It's possible someone modded your miracle man and did a cr@ppy job. Definitely try to get a meter reading on it also.
Pickups / Re: Polymath or Silo in Ibanez RG5320L
« Last post by Charlie-AKA on July 27, 2022, 10:07:41 PM »
I'd try the Silo first. You can find them stateside for sale whereas the polymath is still hard to find unless you order direct from BKP. The Silo is my fav and while I don't have an RG I've seen the silo work well in all kinds of different guitars, it's insanely versatile. The Polymath can be a bit more picky about what guitar it sounds best in. Go with the silo.
Pickups / ideal guitar for the ceramic blackhawk bridge?
« Last post by Charlie-AKA on July 27, 2022, 09:05:22 AM »
What would an ideal guitar be for me to install a ceramic blackhawk bridge in? I have a ton of guitars. I have this ceramic blackhawk in an alder body HH tele with an ebony board and maple neck and I dig how aggressive it is but it's a bit bright, since this is a bright guitar. I had it in an ash body strat with a rosewood board and it wasn't as bright. How's it do in mahogany guitars like les pauls or neck through builds like a jackson soloist?
I know there are some fans of the c-hawk on here, I'd love you to weigh in.
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