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Pickups / Re: Rebel Yell Review (and comparison to EMG 81x, C-Bomb)
« Last post by vintageviolence on September 24, 2020, 11:03:55 PM »
I've had my RY set for around twelve years. They were recommended by Tim to replace the Gibson pickups in my Firebird Studio.  They sounded great in that guitar but even better when they got moved into a PRS S2 Singlecut. I did a few hundred gigs with them through a Cornford Roadhouse combo and then a Yamaha THR 100 Dual. They are incredibly versatile pickups that can cover just about anything.

How's the THR 100 Dual working out for you? I've been interested in them for a while but got the Orange BH Terror not long ago, so I won't be looking at another amp for a while.
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Pickups / Re: Rebel Yell Review (and comparison to EMG 81x, C-Bomb)
« Last post by vintageviolence on September 24, 2020, 11:01:55 PM »
Love the unusual perspectives in your review

The Rebel Yell is my new favorite, but I still gotta try different modes than series

Thanks and I agree! I've been playing the RY wayyy more than the C-Bomb since I got it, even for heavy styles.
Love the unusual perspectives in your review

I am totally enamored with the clean-to-cleanish tones from the neck pup, and middle positions ability to really flesh out different glorious tones with tweaks to the tone and vol pots.  The full-spectrum from lows to mids to highs is unbelievable - I posted my review on these a month or so ago when I dropped my first set into the R7 - I said it sounded as though my MXR-M108S EQ was engaged - but it wasn't - and I've not needed it since playing my RY equipped guitars.

I just can't get enough of the RYs - they're hands down truly inspiring pups and make me wanna play non-stop.

They also sound incredible through any of the amps I use - single combos right through to stereo 100 watters w/ 412 cabs.  Funniest thing??  I am apprehensive of sticking ANYTHING in front of them (even though they work fine, truly) as far as FX goes...they just sound bloody glorious all by their lonesome.


Yes! I have to agree that I tend to ease up on the pedals when I use the RY. It's just so rock 'n' roll in the best ways, from Neil Young and Tom Petty-ish clean/grit tones all the way through to all out Sabbath and Stooges meltdowns. It absolutely nails Dead Moon (personal favorite) tones, but can oddly also handle modern metal like Code Orange.
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog in a non-Les Paul?
« Last post by Twank45 on September 24, 2020, 10:56:46 PM »
Thatís two people who have suggested the crawler. Hmmmmm
On paper the crawler bridge seems really hot, in terms of output. I donít want the bridge too hot
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog in a non-Les Paul?
« Last post by Telerocker on September 24, 2020, 03:59:15 PM »
The BD can be a bit honky. And yes, the highs are present. More than you would expect. 'Meaty, gelatinous tone' reminds me instantly of a Crawler which has a unique growl as well. And the split tone is happening as well.
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The ceramic version of the Black Hawk is quite percussive.  The alnico version less so, but it has a great low mids purr.  The neck pickup is phenomenal.

Nice, thanks for the insight.
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog in a non-Les Paul?
« Last post by Twank45 on September 24, 2020, 12:18:29 PM »
Thanks for your replies!
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The ceramic version of the Black Hawk is quite percussive.  The alnico version less so, but it has a great low mids purr.  The neck pickup is phenomenal.
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L500 or L500XL? I think the L500 is close to a Cold Sweat and the XL in the ballpark of a Painkiller. Maybe Eric can enlighten us about that.

Thanks for recommendations Telerocker. Good question, there is much folklore around this topic in terms what Nuno actually uses (!) but I'm pretty confident that my pickup is Bill Lawrence USA L500.
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog in a non-Les Paul?
« Last post by Samwise on September 24, 2020, 06:48:30 AM »
I have a Black Dog in an alder tele. It sounds amazing. The tone doesn't quite have the density/thickness of a Les Paul of course, but is perhaps comparable to an SG...? I feel it lets the guitar's natural character shine through. To me, it feels like a sweet spot between early single coil tele Page tones and his later Les Paul tones. Certainly don't find it to bright, it sounds very balanced in my guitar with just the right amount of cut. I won't be changing it any time soon.
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Pickups / Re: Black Dog in a non-Les Paul?
« Last post by Dave Sloven on September 24, 2020, 05:36:10 AM »
It could come out sounding a bit nasal in a bright guitar.

I would look at the Crawler more closely.
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