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darkbluemurder

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Black Dog Neck Review
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:51:52 AM »
As already indicated in another thread here is my review of the Black Dog neck which I purchased from a forum member.

I first installed it in the neck position of my favorite Les Paul. The description on the BKP website does not mention whether it addresses the bridge or the neck pickup. Output wise it is good but more in the vintage than in the vintage hot territory which is perfectly fine for a neck pickup. The VHII neck has more output.

Tone wise I would not associate the Black Dog neck with being "vintage" - the VHII fits that category better. It's a rather modern tone but modern in this case is good. The Black Dog neck is very clear, has a beautiful airy feel to it and despite its low output it has very good punch and good midrange, too. With the tone control open it is not exactly creamy but turn the tone control down a bit and here you go. Nevertheless for those seeking a vintage tone out of a Les Paul the Black Dog neck would not be my first choice. Right now the VHII neck took the neck spot in the Les Paul and there it kills.

I then switched the pickup to my PRS Singlecut and bingo - here it is right at home. I like it even better than the VHII which worked really well in this guitar. The Black Dog neck is everything the PRS #7 Bass always wanted to be. It makes this guitar now excellent for delicate soloing on the neck pickup. Very clear, articulate and airy, yet it retains a beautiful warmth all over the fretboard, especially with the tone control turned down a bit. And - very important to me - no mud on the bass strings.

This guitar has currently an A-Bomb in the bridge and the balance between these two works well tonally but the A-Bomb is quite a bit louder. No problem though as I will be replacing it with a Black Dog bridge in the future!

Once again the Black Dog neck and VHII neck experiment has proven that different pickups perform differently in different guitars and it's the right match that does the trick.

Cheers Stephan

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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 09:00:04 AM »
How well would it work for high gain soloing in lower tunings? The lowest I ever tune is drop G.

darkbluemurder

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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 09:05:53 AM »
I have been playing it in standard tunings only so far. On the website it is billed as a suitable pickup for lower tunings and I think that could work very well, depending on the guitar.

Cheers Stephan

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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2013, 11:56:16 AM »
Thanks for another review mate, keep em coming  :P

From what I hear the BD is good for low tunings and great for baritone guitars, as the BD is rather middy and baritone adds mostly highs and lows, which just fits with it.
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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 03:12:07 PM »
Love your reviews, Stephan! THe BD sounds like a great pickup.

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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 04:31:21 PM »
I had the BD neck matched up with a NB bridge in a LP clone just like Stephan and they worked well together for me. Combined in the middle position wasn't that good, but on their own the pickups worked well. Now I have an Emerald set in the LP clone and the middle position is just great (same goes for neck and bridge).
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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 05:57:21 PM »
Great review. There are not so many about the BD-neckpickup. This is helpful.
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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2013, 06:32:48 PM »
Good review, thanks!

It's making me more and more convinced I want a VHII neck pickup.
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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 12:55:15 AM »
Great thread!  Before ordering my VHII neck I was searching the forum for info on the neck pickups really glad there's going to be more info out there in the future.  The contrasts between the pickups are really great to read about even if you are still looking for a frame of reference

speaking of which...

I had the BD neck matched up with a NB bridge in a LP clone just like Stephan and they worked well together for me. Combined in the middle position wasn't that good, but on their own the pickups worked well. Now I have an Emerald set in the LP clone and the middle position is just great (same goes for neck and bridge).

Both the emerald neck and the black dog neck on high on my list for my PRS sc245 to pair up with an emerald bridge.  Mr. Air I (and everyone else imagine) would love to hear some contrasts between the emerald neck and the black dog neck you've had in your lp clone.
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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 07:28:51 PM »
Great thread!  Before ordering my VHII neck I was searching the forum for info on the neck pickups really glad there's going to be more info out there in the future.  The contrasts between the pickups are really great to read about even if you are still looking for a frame of reference

speaking of which...

I had the BD neck matched up with a NB bridge in a LP clone just like Stephan and they worked well together for me. Combined in the middle position wasn't that good, but on their own the pickups worked well. Now I have an Emerald set in the LP clone and the middle position is just great (same goes for neck and bridge).

Both the emerald neck and the black dog neck on high on my list for my PRS sc245 to pair up with an emerald bridge.  Mr. Air I (and everyone else imagine) would love to hear some contrasts between the emerald neck and the black dog neck you've had in your lp clone.

I'm very bad at describing tone and I must admit that I'm not really qualified for the job, but what I can say is that the BD have a full and round sound and the Emerald have brighter tone - so much for stating the obvious. I'm sorry that I can't be of more help  :?
Mississippi Queens, Stormy Monday/Apaches, Emeralds, Nailbomb (bridge)

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Re: Black Dog Neck Review
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 05:04:10 PM »
Very interesting, thanks for the info!
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