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jay h

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Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:22:43 AM »
I just installed a BKP Cold Sweat pickup in the bridge position of my Dean USA Professional Series ML, and I thought I'd share my impressions.

First off, if youíve been reluctant to try the Cold Sweat bridge because of its purported similarity to a Duncan SH-5 Custom, let me assure you that the CS is both hotter and more organic than the Duncan. It also has a deliciously nasty midrange snarl, a trait that sets it apart from both the Custom and the reissue Gibson Dirty Fingers. (I havenít tried the original DF, so I canít comment on it.)

Compared with the Duncan SH-6 Distortion (which I use in the bridge position of my Hamer Phantom), the CS is slightly less powerful but has a much warmer, more musical-sounding top end. The lows arenít quite as tight as the Distortionís, but theyíre plenty crunchy for achieving the John Sykes rhythm sounds this pickup was designed for. Roll back on the volume knob a bit, and the CS does Ď70s classic rock like a champ.

Perhaps most surprising is how well the CS responds to even the most extreme levels of distortion. Whereas the SH-6 can have trouble maintaining note separation under heavy overdrive, the CS remains crystal clear, regardless of how far you twist the gain knobs. While I havenít sampled any of the other BKP offerings (yet), I suspect youíd be hard pressed to find a better pickup for high-gain shred soloing in a rock, metal, or thrash setting.

I would appreciate a hair more harmonic sensitivity (SH-6s are, after all, tough to beat in that regard), but thatís being overly picky. If youíre looking for a hot-but-versatile pickup to cover a wide range of heavy-rock styles, you could do far worse than the Cold Sweat bridge.

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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008, 01:53:04 AM »
Good post, I have a Cold Sweat neck for soloing, and pretty much anything. I use my Warpig bridge for cleans and death metal riffing.
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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 06:41:54 AM »
nice, man!
I agree with pretty much everything, except about the tightness comparison
I think the sh-6 has a looser low end (maybe it's your guitars differences... my sg sounds looser than my les paul, for example)
the harmonic thing is because it has no near as much mids as a sh-6
the holy diver squeals better and louder than the cold sweat too
the cold sweat AH are more like those Dimebag pinch harmonics (strong, but thin and sharp)
it's my favorite pup for Pantera
I think you'll love the painkiller too (it has the extra mids of your sh-6 with much more clarity)
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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 11:40:54 AM »
Looking forward to getting my Cold Sweats even more now!  :D

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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 12:11:46 PM »
Looking forward to getting my Cold Sweats even more now!  :D

and making me GAS for a set  :guitar4:

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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008, 12:36:45 PM »
Ha ha - sorry!

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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2008, 06:12:13 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'll probably try a PK or an MM in my next guitar, as they seem to be a little more metal-oriented than the CS.

Speaking of which, has anyone tried the MM in an all-mahogany guitar? I know it works well in maple-over-mahogany applications, but I'm concerned about a lack of brightness without the maple top.

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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2008, 07:09:03 PM »
I had the MM in two les paul copies
one is a japanese lawsuit, probably asian mahogany + maple cap (brighter)
the other one was brazilian mahogany (same as honduras) + imbuya top (dark smooth tone)
it worked awesome in both
the imbuya top one had a holy diver, a painkiller and a bill lawrence l500xl too
the holy diver sounded smoother, less bassy, more middy, very organic, but a bit loose on that guitar
the painkiller had less low end than the miracle man, more mids and smoother highs, but not nearly as smooth as the holy diver
it wasn't punchy like the miracle man, though
more like a hot rodded cold sweat, but cleaner/less crunchy
the bill lawrence sounded so thin and scooped that my friend/bandmate/tech thought that he wired it wrong as single coil  :lol:
the miracle man definitely was the best for her
focused, but very thick, and was the most punchy for sure (it had the miracle man installed back for 3 times)
« Last Edit: November 24, 2008, 07:11:57 PM by Eric Hellstyle »
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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2008, 08:24:41 PM »
Thanks for the info. It sounds like the MM might be perfect for my as-yet-unpurchased ESP Eclipse.

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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2008, 02:34:22 PM »
Ha ha - sorry!

GAS over, I'm getting a Cold Sweat bridge from a forum member  :D

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Re: Cold Sweat Bridge Review
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2008, 03:08:53 PM »
Fair dos!

Mine are in the post  :D