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Pickups / Black Hawk 7 Alnico V vs Ceramic
« Last post by Blackrypt on Today at 03:59:13 AM »
Hi all,

Iíve seen many times the video made by Nolly for the Black Hawk Alnico V vs Ceramic. I have a Mayones Duvell Gothic 7, and due to the pickup routing Iím either stuck to 2 options : A Black Hawk 7 or an open BKP 7 any other model. Iím intrigued by the Black Hawk 7 as it is a pickup that could sound closer to what I play (Doom/Death) and looking for (Compression and Note Definition). But the only shop in the US that has a set only have 3 options available :

Black Hawk 7 set (both Alnico V)
Ragnarok
Nailbomb (Ceramic bridge, Alnico V neck)

The body of the guitar is Mahogany and the top is Ash, 25.5Ē scale.

What would you recommend to buy ? Or should it be a good idea to order a Ceramic Black Hawk 7 ?

Best Regards
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Pickups / Re: P-90 (supermassive) and Humbucker match
« Last post by Dave Sloven on Today at 03:46:46 AM »
The alnico Nailbomb would have been my second recommendation.
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Pickups / Re: Pickup Advice for Tele and SG
« Last post by Dave Sloven on Today at 03:44:29 AM »
Yes, same person.  The neck is A4, the bridge is A5.

I put the Emerald set in a friend's Les Paul Studio.  It's one of those awful chambered ones from the early '90s.  He keeps complaining that it lacks balls. I did have it adjusted very high and it sounded good through my Peavey 6534+ (with Orange PPC412 cab) and then he let the other guitarist in his band fiddle with it and he moved the bridge pickup down ... also he is playing through a Laney Lionheart and matching cab.

Someone who used to be on here with a Rebel Yell in an SG had a similar experience.  The Rebel Yell bridge is quite similar to the Emerald bridge.  She said that it was thin sounding in her SG.

The neck pickup was amazing, I thought.

Personally I would consider Emerald neck with a Cold Sweat or VHII bridge to be a safer combo.  In my experience SGs are middy and lack bottom end. 

Ben's suggestion for the Tele sounds good to me.  SGs vary and can be very finicky to I tend to err on the side of caution with pickup suggestions for those.
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Pickups / Re: Pickup Advice for Tele and SG
« Last post by keywork87 on April 06, 2020, 09:46:30 PM »
I just realized only the Emerald neck is an A4. I feel kinda dumb now.

Anyways, Ben responded. Still suggested the Emeralds for the SG. Flat 50 and Blue Note for the Tele. The Flat 50 is one that was recently brought to my attention and I think we could potentially get along great. I'm not familiar at all with the Blue Note so I'll probably read up on it a bit first.
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Pickups / Re: Pickup Advice for Tele and SG
« Last post by keywork87 on April 06, 2020, 06:05:47 PM »
I'm not confident that an Emerald would sound good.  Both the Emerald and Rebel Yell I've heard lack bottom end, which is fine in a heavier guitar but SGs really need a bit more bottom end.

I last asked Ben about this 6 years ago. He seemed confident in the Emeralds, but my skepticism kept me from pulling the trigger. I just didnt know anything about A4 mags and couldnt find enough information or videos or sound clips to get a good idea of what to expect. Recently I came across the Duncan Saturday Night Specials, which use A4 magnets. The demo video is of course played by a pro who can make a broomstick sound good, but that video was the first time I'd really heard what an A4 could sound like. I know generally A4's tend to be a bit flat, which probably wouldn't add much to the bass of the SG and wouldn't really tame the mids either. But damn if those SNS's didnt sound great to my ears.

PS: Are you the former Agent Orange? I've followed you on this forum for years. Like a forum celebrity I guess. Thanks for responding.
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Pickups / Re: P-90 (supermassive) and Humbucker match
« Last post by mattvaughan088 on April 06, 2020, 05:42:33 PM »
Hey bud,

Funnily enough I have almost the exact same set-up! I recently installed a Supermassive HSP90 into a 2018 BFG model (midern weight relief opposed to the chambered 2006 model). The pickup kills! It's clean tone is the sound I've had stuck in my head all these years, and it screams when you ramp up the gain. I'm sure you won't be disappointed with that one!

I'm using it with an A-Nailbomb in the bridge and the 2 are killer together. The combo can cover just about any genre you can imagine. The A-Nailbomb is full and beefy but still really clear and cuts through. They also match up really well output wise.

Before I switched to this combo I had a Nantucket HSP90 in the neck and a Black Dog in the bridge. They didn't quiet cut it for me, both really great pickups but just lacked the power I was after.

The Black Dog might suit your needs but as you already have a guitar with Mules I'd seriously consider the A-Nailbomb for the modern edge as you can still get nice classic sounds from it.
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Pickups / Re: Pickup Advice for Tele and SG
« Last post by Dave Sloven on April 06, 2020, 05:35:22 PM »
I've had a few pickups in SGs, these are the ones I think worked well:

Warpig
Miracle Man
Cold Sweat
Stockholm P-90

I'm not confident that an Emerald would sound good.  Both the Emerald and Rebel Yell I've heard lack bottom end, which is fine in a heavier guitar but SGs really need a bit more bottom end.

I have always been interested to hear what an Impulse would sound like in an SG.  They sound great in Les Pauls. In general I think the Impulse is a pretty forgiving pickup regarding what you put them in.  You can buy them with covers.

I haven't tried the Silo or Ragnarok.  I suspect the Ragnarok would be fine.

Any P-90 usually sounds good in SGs for whatever reason.  It is humbuckers that are difficult.

Look for a pickup with flat or scooped mids relative to the bass.

I don't know which P-90 to suggest for the Telecaster but the Blue Note neck is very nice if you want something more vintage.
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Pickups / Pickup Advice for Tele and SG
« Last post by keywork87 on April 06, 2020, 03:09:13 PM »
I already sent the email, just waiting for a response. In the mean time, I thought it would be interesting to hear what you guys thought, especially since I haven't read much on this p/u combination.

Fender Aerodyne Telecaster from the early 2000s. Basswood body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard. Telecaster in the bridge, P90 in the neck.

Starting with the neck, this is my first P90 ever and I don't love it. I don't have anything to compare it to, so I don't know if its just the pickup I don't like, or if its all P90s I don't like. I've had a couple people tell me the P90 on this guitar in particular is garbage, but had another tell me that it still has typical P90 qualities and I may just not be compatible with this type of pup. They suggested having a P90 sized HB made or installing a minibucker. I'm really at a loss with this one.

The bridge isn't near as bad. Pretty aggressive for the heavier stuff. It isn't in dire need of replacement, but I was curious if someone would say "oh if you get X in the neck, then Y is a great bridge to compliment it".

As far as tone, what I said in the email is that I wanted a Mid2000s pop-punk-rock-Paramore-FallOut Boy kind of sound when the knobs are dimed and the gain is turned up a bit. The Alt Rock clip on the BG pickups is a decent representation. I'd like to then roll the knobs back a bit and get a warm, slightly OD twang out of it. Like an overdriven Brad Paisley sound.


The next, probably less interesting tone hunt is for my Gibson SG Special. All Mahogany with RW board. I know there have been a thousand of these threads, but here we are. It had the Gibson 490T/R set initially. The Bridge was trash, the neck was actually pretty decent. Ended up swapping for a Duncan Custom 5 and i think a '59. Or maybe a Jazz. I can't remember. The bridge was an improvement, but I went ahead and installed an A8 magnet after hearing how great it is in an SG. I preferred the A5 myself, and I'm gonna try it again and see how we mesh. The neck...I actually prefer the rounder, fatter sound I got from the Gibson pup. So for a while it may be the Custom 5 with a 490R and we'll see how those work.

Like the Tele, I still want the same kind of pop-punk-rock sound when turned all the way up and then a more vintage Eagles/Zep overdriven on the other end, which may just be a matter of dialing back the gain a little. A long time ago, Ben suggested Emeralds, so I wanted to see if he still felt the same way after I tweaked the tone profile I was after a little bit.

Anyways, I would love to hear what any of you think. I tend to obsess over this stuff, so anything you can offer is always welcome.
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Pickups / Re: Replacement Pickups for Charvel So Cal
« Last post by djpatb on April 04, 2020, 04:41:09 PM »
VHII set.
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Pickups / Re: Pickups for Telecaster
« Last post by Telerocker on April 03, 2020, 05:36:07 PM »
Look at the Country Boys, which have AIII magnets. Lots of snap there. Maybe the Blackguards 55/68 stagger. You have rosewood or maple fretboard? And what kind of music you play?
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