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Pickups / Re: Pickup recommendations for Mayones Regius
« Last post by RobAbrams84 on May 13, 2021, 05:16:34 PM »
Quick update: I'm still loving the VHII neck, it's definitely my favorite Bare Knuckle Neck humbucker so far.  It's not much like the Suhr SSV though; it's more modern, voiced darker, yet still clearer with better note separation.  It's not quite as bassy or warm as the Emerald, but it's warmer than I was expecting.  Split coil tones are just as good as the SSV to my ear, but with extra (necessary) output.

The output is surprisingly high, higher than the SSV, True Grit, Emerald, and Holydiver necks, and hotter than any PAF-style neck I've tried.  It's actually a little hard for my Holydiver bridge to keep up, so I spent a long time dialing in the heights and adjusting the pole pieces slightly before I got them reasonably balanced.  Which makes me wonder: how hot is the VHII bridge?  Is that the highest output of the Vintage Hot series?  I'm just surprised at how powerful the VHII neck is, and I see why it's often paired with a Nailbomb for instance.
Pickups / Re: Abraxas or Crawler for Custom 24 bridge
« Last post by Nerd on May 13, 2021, 01:59:44 AM »
I was finally able to put the pickups in my Paul Reed yesterday. I'm still in honeymoon period and I will write a proper review ones I cool down but I love it so far. Emerald is huge - otherwise website description fits it well, great both driven and clean. It's in perfect balance of power and tone indeed. May be the settings on my amp or the amp itself, different guitar - I used to have one in EBMM JP7 but Riff Raff is darker than how I remember it, it still has that scent of RR personality I always loved about this pickup - it's truly special and I yet have to try better neck pickup to suit me. Both pickups splits gorgeously. Have them with half splits with variable resistors set to 1k5-ish at neck and 3k3-ish at the bridge and I won't touch a thing as it's just perfect - noise free too.

Anyway - back to playing and tweaking. I will get proper review when I get my shiteee together 
Tech / Re: Assistance with PRS 35th Anniversary wiring
« Last post by Nerd on May 11, 2021, 03:07:41 PM »
Timmy @tech support sorted me out.

Thank you
Pickups / Re: Les paul new pickups. Help
« Last post by Ale84 on May 10, 2021, 08:06:00 PM »
I really hope. Iíll let you know during the weekend. Thanks!
Tech / Assistance with PRS 35th Anniversary wiring
« Last post by Nerd on May 10, 2021, 06:31:40 PM »
Hi There.

I'm just in process of fitting a set of BKP's in to my new guitar. It's 35th Anniversary Custom 24. It has usual Master Volume, Master Tone, 3 way toggle and additionally for this model two mini toggles for independent coils splits for bridge and neck humbackers. I have decided to add some additional features such as Half-Out-of-Phase push pull activated with a tone knob and mute switch push pull activated with a volume knob.

As much as I'm okay with soldering iron, done some DIY pedals in past - I'm in no way an EE wiz so I need some help with the layout. I would like the bridge pickup doing the Half OoP thing as that will make cavity layout cleaner. Set of BKP that arrived to me has a magnet flipped in the neck as per Ben's recommendation - it's a bit confusing the hell out of me if the layout is correct or not - I can always flip it back to what it was if that's necessary. I would like the split to work as: neck - screw coil active, bridge - slug coil active - I know I have an error here but there is no way I can figure it out how to correct it.

I have already gutted my guitar and in process of shielding the whole cavity with copper foil and I really need some help to put this thing together. I will be supper grateful for any assistance.

Layout is made in DIYLC, I can email the source file - otherwise any input appreciated#

Pots used are CTS branded BKP's

Thank you
Schecter PT Apocalypse Rust Grey with an Impulse set.  Woods are swamp ash body and bolt-on maple neck, 12-16" compound radius ebony fretboard with 22 XJ stainless steel frets.

The neck pickup hole had to be modified slightly to fit the squarer bobbins

I also fitted a Black TUSQ XL string tree, a DiMarzio ClipLock strap, and stuffed a cavity under the pickguard with foam and rags to stop feedback on sustained chords (it was behaving like a semi-acoustic).

I'm waiting for an order to arrive from Bare Knuckle that includes some extra pots, caps, and switches in addition to a Cobra-T / Impulse combo for my Squier Contemporary Telecaster RH, and then I will rewire the control panel to finish the mods for this guitar.

Looking pretty good at the moment!  I've had a ceramic Black Hawk in the bridge for a short while but I've moved that to my Schecter C-1 Blackjack ATX, one of my darkest guitars.

Pickups / Re: Les paul new pickups. Help
« Last post by RobAbrams84 on May 10, 2021, 03:40:00 AM »
Let us know how they work for you, I think you'll like them. 
Pickups / Re: Les paul new pickups. Help
« Last post by Ale84 on May 07, 2021, 10:09:17 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I was considering the true grit and i think iíll go for it
Pickups / Re: Les paul new pickups. Help
« Last post by RobAbrams84 on May 07, 2021, 09:26:14 PM »
I love the Holydiver in the bridge of my Mayones, but I would get something else for the neck pickup if you want more of a traditional Les Paul neck pickup sound. 

Anyhow I chatted with the Bare Knuckle team multiple times about a recommendation for pretty much this exact same style of music (admittedly for a Mayones, not a Les Paul, but since Les Pauls have always been my guitar of choice I feel qualified to chime in).  Everyone in the live chats seemed to recommend the Nailbombs, Holydivers, or Rebel Yells.  I wasn't very happy with a Nailbomb bridge and didn't try the Rebel Yells. 

I eventually emailed Tim Mills (the owner/founder of BKP) directly.  I didn't mention what the other people had recommended, because I didn't want to bias his opinion.  I literally asked for a "modernized Les Paul on steroids" type of sound for Alice in Chains, Porcupine Tree, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, etc., with the occasional excursion into Pantera or Opeth in the heavy direction and Pink Floyd in the lighter.  He highly recommended the True Grits, with the Emeralds as his secondary choice (again, this was for a Mayones Regius, so not identical to a Les Paul).  When I specifically asked about the Nailbomb, Holydiver, or Crawler, his email response to me literally says "I donít think you need to go that hot to get the results youíd like."

I currently have a VHII neck and Holydiver bridge in my guitar, so I didn't exactly follow Tim's recommendation after all!  But the Holydiver feels a bit more medium output to me, anyway.  Obviously it depends on a lot of factors like amps and effects, etc., but especially if you're used to using PAF-style pickups, I really wouldn't go for high output pickups.  I liked the True Grits a lot in my guitar, but mostly started swapping because I wanted covered pickups and I had bought them uncovered.

Hopefully this is helpful.
Pickups / Re: Les paul new pickups. Help
« Last post by ericsabbath on May 07, 2021, 08:46:34 PM »
Which is in your opinion an humbucker with growling mids like the nuntucket/ like a p90?

all of those are pretty middy
the holy diver is the fattest in the midrange
silo if you want more body in the low end

you could consider the stockholm too
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