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Pickups / Re: Miracle Man is close, but...
« Last post by Potatohead on January 20, 2021, 05:48:53 AM »
Thanks Nolly (lol at working in some Killswitch)

That is certainly more my speed, I think. Maybe a little more fizz and presence than ideal for me but I like the general vibe of it quite a bit. On the aggression scale the painkiller is slightly below that, and the CBomb another step down again?

Interesting, I personally don't think of the Ragnarok as having a fizzy character (to me that's much more to do with the amp and cab/mic'ing), but you feel it's not for you, I think you should probably be looking at the ceramic Nailbomb. Compared to the Ragnarok, the Painkiller is significantly more focussed in the upper midrange and also has more low end. The ceramic Nailbomb is going to have less top end and more lower midrange push than the Ragnarok will. Frankly though I think if you tried the Ragnarok in your own guitar through your rig you'd be smitten, given what you've told us.

Ok, thanks for that. At the end of the day I know you know these pickups more than just about anyone short of Tim so, I trust your judgement
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Pickups / Re: P90 Club
« Last post by AndyR on January 19, 2021, 06:47:52 PM »
I have no experience of the Manhattan or, actually, of the old alnico staple pickups...

But if the folks at BKP recommend Manhattans - I'd say go for it.

And from the difference description they gave you - that's cleared up something I was wondering a while back. In the P90 range, I've just discovered the Half Note is the equivalent of the Manhattan. I nearly went for Half Notes instead of Blue Notes when I was doing my SG and Feline. Glad I went Blue Notes, fits nicely for me in those guitars, and that description above confirms I probably chose well... and it also points me in the right direction for another couple of P90 guitars I have that might want BKPs one day (a Gibson E330 for starters... Half Notes in that one, methinks!)
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Pickups / Re: P90 Club
« Last post by Dave Sloven on January 19, 2021, 09:17:52 AM »
I personally really like the sound of the Manhattan, it is an awesome jazz pickup.  I just recommended the Blue Note because it is more versatile in case you want to use the guitar for blues or rock
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Pickups / Re: P90 Club
« Last post by julio77 on January 19, 2021, 08:56:57 AM »
Thank you very much for your answers, so yes the Blue Note seems to be the right option for me even though the smart Manhattan is quite appealing.

I've questioned Bare Knuckle via the online chat about the difference between those two and here is the answer :

"The main difference is in the magnets. The alnico 3 magnets in the Manhattan produce a very light, pure response. With completely uncompressed dynamics and a very clear voicing. The Blue Note is a little fatter in tone, with more bass and a soft, flat midrange"

They recommend Manhattan to me...

What do you think, P90 Club ? :)
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Pickups / Re: P90 Club
« Last post by Telerocker on January 19, 2021, 12:15:02 AM »
These P90's topics always feed my GAS for P90 loaded guitars, one with Bluenotes and one with Nantuckets. But let's wait till we can get on stage again.   :wink:
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Tech / Re: Two humbuckers, two pots, coil split and phase switch?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on January 18, 2021, 06:41:11 PM »
Almost - one push-pull chooses whether or not the pickups would be split, and the second which of the coils remain active with the split. If the first pp is not engaged, you will hear the full humbuckers no matter where the second pp is.

You can imagine it as follows:
Slug coil: Red and Green
Screw coil: Black and White

White and green are connected so that both coils are in series. Red to hot, Black to ground.

If white and green go to ground, signal only flows between red and green/white/black = only the slug coil is active.

If white and green go to hot, signal only flows between red/white/green and black = only the screw coil is active.

HTH
Stephan
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Pickups / Re: Miracle Man is close, but...
« Last post by Nolly on January 18, 2021, 03:28:56 PM »
Thanks Nolly (lol at working in some Killswitch)

That is certainly more my speed, I think. Maybe a little more fizz and presence than ideal for me but I like the general vibe of it quite a bit. On the aggression scale the painkiller is slightly below that, and the CBomb another step down again?

Interesting, I personally don't think of the Ragnarok as having a fizzy character (to me that's much more to do with the amp and cab/mic'ing), but you feel it's not for you, I think you should probably be looking at the ceramic Nailbomb. Compared to the Ragnarok, the Painkiller is significantly more focussed in the upper midrange and also has more low end. The ceramic Nailbomb is going to have less top end and more lower midrange push than the Ragnarok will. Frankly though I think if you tried the Ragnarok in your own guitar through your rig you'd be smitten, given what you've told us.
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Pickups / Re: Pickup recommendation for my Balaguer Anomaly
« Last post by Nolly on January 18, 2021, 03:22:44 PM »
Interesting, the Truenobucker apparently has a 16k wind (presumably 44AWG) and a tall A5 magnet. I can understand that sounding quite full-on midrange-wise, especially if it's symmetrically wound. However, unless your pickup is malfunctioning you should be getting a fair bit of low end too, given those specs.

At this point I'm a bit concerned that the brightness you're experiencing and mid-heaviness may not be the the pickup's fault. Does your guitar have a trem or a fixed bridge? The bridge type and material drastically affect the amount of low frequencies in the string, with low mass hardware generally producing the least amount of low end and the zing-iest highs. Add to that that lightweight, headless guitars often tend to be even leaner in low end and livelier up top, I'm thinking it might be the guitar that isn't reproducing that low end and is overemphasising the treble frequencies.
This doesn't have to be a bad thing though - for example strandberg guitars have become extremely desirable off the same set of tonal characteristics. I just worried that a pickup swap may not fix the issue you're trying to resolve. What other guitars do you usually play?

With the answers to those queries we can narrow down what pickup might be suitable here. At the moment I'm unsure, because the Silo sits in a similar spot spec-wise, and though it will undoubtedly sound different it may not be a drastic enough change for you.
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Tech / Re: Two humbuckers, two pots, coil split and phase switch?
« Last post by optilude on January 18, 2021, 12:44:12 PM »
Hi,

Thank you - super helpful!

I am confused about how the “select which coil” option works. Can you explain how it works in practice, ie what pulling each push/pull actually does. Does one spit both coils and the other choose whether it’s using the two norths or the two souths?

Will definitely consider parallel/series.

Martin
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Time Out / Re: UK out of the EU...... Extra VAT Tax on BKP?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on January 18, 2021, 10:40:07 AM »
Andy got it right.

As any sale of a BKP to a country different from the UK should be an export, no UK VAT should apply. On the other hand, goods coming from the UK will be stopped at the border until they are cleared for free circulation within the EU. This means that in principle customs duties (unless there is a preferential treatment) and import VAT (at the same rate as the local VAT of that country) will have to be paid. So essentially you exchange the UK VAT with your local VAT.

Cheers Stephan
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