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Guitars, Amps and Effects / Re: My first soft V neck
« Last post by PhilKing on Today at 03:35:04 AM »
As @gwEm mentioned, I have a few guitars with V necks. I have a 57 Strat which has a very hard V (John Elliott of Bravewood said it was the most pronounced V he had come across).  I had him make me 2 guitars with the same basic neck shape and I love both of them.  I also have a couple with the Clapton V shape, which is nice in it's own way too.  If I was picking one for you, it would be a toss between the two, as I don't know how you would like the hard V.  If you can try them, then obviously, that would let you know.  There is a later 50's V (I think it's the 58-V), that feels really nice and is a medium V.
Pickups / Re: Maton DC1500 hollow thinline : p90 to kick a*s?
« Last post by Dave Sloven on Today at 03:27:30 AM »
Well if you have it routed for soapbar P-90s then both P-90 soapbars and mini-humbuckers are options

I quite like the Nantucket / Blue Note combo.
Pickups / Re: Black Dogs for a swamp ash Mayones Regius 7?
« Last post by Dave Sloven on Today at 03:25:13 AM »
Low output version of the Black Hawk would be the Impulse.

They also have a pretty flat EQ.
Pickups / Black Dogs for a swamp ash Mayones Regius 7?
« Last post by Dudley on May 22, 2018, 07:53:28 PM »
Apologies for the essay below, but I always think the more information you can provide up-front the better advice you'll get :)

I'm ordering another Mayones Regius 7 string. Fairly standard specs on it (11-ply mostly maple neck-through, swamp ash body, 25.4 inch scale length etc) with the only real difference being a birdseye maple fretboard instead of the standard ebony and a Hipshot bridge.

I already have an ash Regius 7 with BKP Black Hawks, which I find amazingly versatile and have me covered for death metal style riffing and some mellower tones.  My other main guitar is a PRS McCarty 594 with stock pickups for very clean stuff.  I'm looking for a bit of a middle-ground between the two... something that can do cleans and break-up tones really well but also get very heavy.  Big, expansive cleans and light crunch stuff like Solstafir to tighter metal, but ultimate high-gain chunk isn't the end goal.  I'm a fan of thicker, mid-heavy tones and I value versatility and musicality over ultimate tightness.  I owned a guitar with a SD Nazgul/Sentient set recently and although they were beyond tight I didn't find them pleasant or musical at all and I have an ESP with an EMG 81 in it that is honestly still the king for me when it comes to palm-mutes and metal.  I don't want to get too far in to that same tonal ballpark.

I've read a lot of reviews and always been intrigued by the Black Dogs and think they should work here because on paper they're a great middle ground (big mid-focus to balance the ash/maple, not too hot) but I'm concerned they'll either end up not being tight enough/too polite or maybe a bit too aggressive (keep on reading about this 'attitude' they have).

For what it's worth, I'll be in standard B or Bb tuning and using an AxeFX so have access to a lot of different amp sounds and boosts to tighten things up and I'm not really trying to cop a specific tone as such, but would like something that could pull off modern Solstafir, Opeth-styled cleans (not distortion), Cult of Luna and on the heavier side of the spectrum The Haunted and Ihsahn.

With all this in mind, will the Black Dogs do what I want?  Are there any other sets that would be recommended?  I can't get over the thickness and how musical the Black Hawk sounds which makes me want a lower output version of it, which I think may be a Holy Diver, but I can't look past the JB association as I've never liked it in any guitar I've ever tried and feel like the Black Dog may be the better middle-ground between the BH and the PRS 58/15 LT pickups in the McCarty.  It also seems like it'd be more of a 'different flavour' than the HD as I don't want something too similar in a guitar that is already specs-wise the same.  Similarly the Juggernaut sounds interesting on paper but the naturally dialled in djent c--ked-wah sound that a lot of people report on is off-putting too.

Until I bought the McCarty I was set on putting a set of Mules in this guitar for for something very different in a 7 string and having my clean tones covered, so I suppose the Black Dogs are a safer bet in comparison for high gain work.
+1 on the Impulse set, that was the first one I thought of.
I'd say you have two options here:
- Either plump for the leaner sounding of the contemporary pickups, such as the Impulse (clean and clear with tight low end and smooth top, specifically designed to be excellent for baritone applications) or the Ragnarok (low resonant peak with heavy mid emphasis for a more active flavour, but lean low end that handles low tunings very well). The higher output level of these pickups will mean you get excellent split-coil sounds for your cleans.
- Drop down to the lower output range such as the Black Dog (grindy mids, aggressive attack character under gain that easily keeps up with the contemporary pickups, controlled top end), where the natural low end roll off from the more classic wind means you don't get ugly low mid saturation when playing on thick strings.

Personally I'd say the alnico Nailbombs might deliver a sludgier sound than you seem to be aiming for here.
Tech / Re: Telecaster Piledriver set wiring.
« Last post by Dave Sloven on May 21, 2018, 11:14:12 PM »
I think Jon installed 500K pots on his Piledriver Tele.

Anyway his video is up online, I don't have time to review it but it's probably worth watching
Pickups / BKP alternative to SD Antiquity II?
« Last post by MKay on May 21, 2018, 08:09:23 PM »
Hi, does anyone have any experience with Seymour Duncan's Antiquity II Surf pickups for Strat? I would like to know which of the Bare Knuckle pickups sounds the closest to them. I really like the tone of the Antiquities, but they're not available with flat or modern stagger.
Tech / Re: Telecaster Piledriver set wiring.
« Last post by AndyR on May 21, 2018, 07:42:59 PM »
Are you sure about 500K for telecaster with single coils, Dave??!

All mine are the standard tele 250K.

Must admit I don't know how hot piledrivers are... I'd be trying 250K then move up to 300K if I was lacking top-end.

I don't actually know what the greasebucket circuit is or does, but 0.022 is what I have for tones in my teles. I've tried .033 too - that works, and gives a different feel to the tone, I went back to the standard .022, though.
Pickups / Re: Maton DC1500 hollow thinline : p90 to kick a*s?
« Last post by stephan0110 on May 21, 2018, 04:52:24 PM »
Yup, actually the pickups are approximately the size of mini-humbuckers ; that's why I first wanted to put a set of Firebirds mini-hum (vintage style, not today's ceramic-things) but I'm still not certain I'd like it.
I already have a The Loar LH309 loaded with a Nantucket in the neck and I love it, but I dig the Mississipi Queen because it has my curiosity : seems like a less raw tone ?
Maybe mix a Nantucket bridge and a MQ neck ?
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