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richard

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First rehearsal with Rebel Yells
« on: April 20, 2011, 01:43:46 AM »
Here's my post on the Seymour Duncan forum:

Well, it was good to finally get a chance to crank the volume a bit. So, first impressions:

These pups are in an all mahogany Gibson Firebird Studio. Sounds nothing like my JB equipped SG. I see no similarities apart from the ability to really cut through a mix. They do have a lot of top but I believe this is to be expected with scatterwound pups. At low volumes I was a bit dubious about the top end but it comes into it's own when the amp is cranked. A lot of bite but in an old school kind of way - when you get the EQ on the amp set right it sounds great and reminds me of some of my fave players from the 60s and 70s. Not a lot of low end but personally I don't like that in a pickup. It's why we have bass players. On the other hand the low end remains very clear even with loads of gain.

Incredibly responsive to pick attack. I can crank the gain on the amp but get beautiful clean tones by picking gently. Hit hard and you get a great roar. I've never played a pup with so much dynamic range. Engaging the amps gain boost gives tons of sustain but the pups never lose their articulate quality and you can still hear all the notes in a chord rather than a slab of sound - think of those Townsend chords in Won't Get Fooled Again.

These pickups are a mix of vintage and modern sounds. Hard to describe but I'v heard others say the same thing. I wouldn't say they're warm sounding which some folks may not like. I liked the 498T that I replaced because it had a really Gibsony sound but it got too mushy with only a moderate amount of gain and it was hard to get any bite out of it. The 490 neck pick up was useless because it was so muddy and boomy whereas the RY neck pickup is crystal clear and the first time in ages that I've actually spent a lot of time using a neck pickup.

Downsides ? If anything, I'd say they're a little thinner than a lot of buckers I've played but this actually feels really good once you've got used to it. They seem to sit somewhere between a standard humbucker and a P90.

They are definitely quality pickups. I'd like to try some others from the BK range but I've no plans to lose the JB in my SG. I just need more guitars.

Price wise they're in the same area (in the UK) as Antiquities or Seths so that's not really an issue. If you're in the US (or anywhere else where the BKs are expensive) I suggest you wait until you can try them before spending your money. I don't think you'll be disappointed but it's all down to personal taste ain't it ?
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Gibson Firebird Studio  Rebel Yells
JV Strat  IT Bridge
Gibson SG Junior JB bridge
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Re: First rehearsal with Rebel Yells
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 01:49:11 AM »
I think I liked the whole review except for the part about them being "thinner" than a lot of buckers you've played.

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Re: First rehearsal with Rebel Yells
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011, 12:34:10 PM »
Good review Rich!

I agree with you pretty much 100%, but they're anything but thin in the thick bodied Tokai Love Rock Custom I have mine in  :lol:

Glad you like them.
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Re: First rehearsal with Rebel Yells
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 02:04:29 PM »
Enjoyed the review very much.. Thanks for taking the time to share. I have also RY's on a Les Paul Std. and they are not thin at all. Nope.
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Re: First rehearsal with Rebel Yells
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 05:51:09 PM »
As this is going into Kiichi's library of reviews I thought it was time for an update.

Made me realise that I've been gigging the RYs for over 2 years ! Don't know where the time went. After a settling in period and a lot of height tinkering in the early days the RYs are anything but thin. I think they sit perfectly between the lower and higher output models as they are great for classic rock and blues and can howl with the best of them with the gain cranked. Although I still love to visit this forum there's not too many other pups that interest me - until I eventually get a Tele that is. The RY is just perfect. As is the IT bridge in my Strat. I don't use the Strat much at gigs because the RY bridge split is a wonderful single coil sound.

I play straight into a Cornford Roadhouse. No effects. Finally, I'm totally content with my sound. When I'm gigging I don't want to stop playing. Again - a great big THANK YOU to Tim for recommending these pups. You are a genius and a gentleman.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2013, 05:53:24 PM by richard »
PRS Bernie Marsden Abraxas set
Gibson Firebird Studio  Rebel Yells
JV Strat  IT Bridge
Gibson SG Junior JB bridge
Cornford Roadhouse 30 combo
Yamaha THR 100 Dual