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Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« on: April 24, 2013, 04:49:18 PM »
A few weeks ago I got my first ever BKPs, a Cold Sweat neck and Miracle Man bridge. I put them right into a B.C. Rich JRV-7 seven string and then set to work modifying it. I put in a bunch of switches, replaced the pots, put a big block on the Floyd, stripped the finish off the neck, the whole 9 yards. When I plugged it in for the first time though, I was less than thrilled. For pickups that were supposedly high output, they output seemingly less than any of my other guitars. So I fiddled with it some more, took it to a tech, checked the DC resistance, everything was perfectly fine. Then, just as I was about to give up hope, I decided to just wire them through the main switch, the volume pot and that's it. I plugged it in and I was blown away. I guess my soldering skills aren't up to snuff, or maybe one of the mini toggle switches was bad, but in either case any guitar I wire myself from now on is going to be bare minimum. Anyway, now that that cautionary tale has been told, I'll get on with the review.

Miracle Man:

The Miracle Man pretty much nails the tone I was looking for in this guitar: aggressive, nasty, powerful, saturated, are just a few words to describe it. I'm floored by the bass response that this pickup has. Riffs on the low B and E strings never sound muddy, no matter how hard you try. It's just plain awe inspiring, especially compared to the stock pups, which would get start to get muddy even on the E string. Single notes have a lot of power and energy behind them and are extremely responsive to pick attack. You can go from a subtle murmur to a blood curdling scream and everything in between. For being described as one of BKPs more "compressed" pickups, I'm blown away by how touch sensitive and organic it feels, it's right up there with my Seymour Duncan 59, which is one of the most expressive pickups I've ever played. The output level is just about perfect, great for really saturating an amp, but not so over the top that it becomes unusable. Overall, this pickup is incredible.

Cold Sweat:

The Cold Sweat really lives up to the reputation it's established for itself on this forum. It's amazingly smooth, articulate, and expressive. An incredible pickup for shredding, and I think it's even better for soulful, Gilmour-esque soloing. There isn't really much more I can say about this pickup that hasn't already been said, it exceeds the hype, plain and simple. It is, however, a much cooler pickup in comparison with the Miracle Man, so there's a noticeable difference when switching between them. It's not a huge problem though, I feel like it's one of those things that only the player would notice anyway, and if you need to, you could always use a boost pedal. Another important thing to note about this pickup, it's also incredibly clear on the low strings. Despite how smooth it is, it never gets muddy.

Bottom line, I absolutely love these pickups now that I got everything sorted out and they're sounding as they should. They're absolutely perfect for me and the style I'm going for. Not to mention that the black battleworn covers with black hex bolts look ridiculously badass. I'm thinking now I might have to put BKPs in most (if not all) of my other guitars. I apologize to my wallet in advance.
BKPs: BN,Mule,VHII,Nantucket,SM,MM,CS,PK,WP

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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 07:47:34 PM »
Nice review, thanks a lot. I use a Miracle Man too and also love it. I was put off one for years because of the EMG association and like you, I was amazed at how thick, warm and organic it sounded. I don't find it overly aggressive like the Nailbomb but likewise, it's not quite as polite and smooth as the Holydiver. It's just found a really sweet spot between the two. I've also had a Cold Sweat neck pup in the past and loved it as much as everyone else, though I've never tried it with the Miracle Man. Mine was a Cold Sweat set so I didn't really get the volume drop. Overall, I slightly prefer the Emerald neck I use now but it's a close cut thing and I'd certainly buy another Cold Sweat for the neck of another guitar.
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Kiichi

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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 08:59:20 PM »
Thanks for the review. Short enough to actually read everything but still giving one a good feel of what the PUs does. Good one mate!

You basecally experienced what most new BKP users do. Now you are hooked. Its ok, most of us are and we are happy that way =)

And yeah, BKPs high output ones which are rather compressed are still extremly dynamic and touch sensitive compared to PUs from other manyfacturers.
Now if you go and try something from the vintage range like a Mule, Stormy Monday or PG Blues (or a vintage style p90) your mind will probably be really blown in regards to that and again when you take those vintage correct low output ones high gain ;)
BKPs in use: 10th set / RY set / Holy Diver b, Emerald n / Crawler bridge, Slowhand mid MQ neck/ Manhattan n
On the sidelines: Stockholm b / Suppermassive n, Mule n, AM set, IT mid

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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013, 11:29:49 PM »
Very nice review! In addition to Kiichi: you should really try something like Mules. Rich, deep and complex.
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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 03:28:33 AM »
I'm definitely going to once I get the money. I have a lot of stuff on the table budget wise right now including a custom guitar build, so it might be while (although, I am going to put BKPs in the custom, so who knows). The question at this point is which guitar to put them in?  :D
BKPs: BN,Mule,VHII,Nantucket,SM,MM,CS,PK,WP

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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013, 10:08:14 AM »
For that you really gotta determin which sound characteristics they each have acousticly (dark, bright, warm, middy, etc) and then think what you want those guitars to be. How should they sing.
When that is done get back to us and we can figure out together what will get you there.
BKPs in use: 10th set / RY set / Holy Diver b, Emerald n / Crawler bridge, Slowhand mid MQ neck/ Manhattan n
On the sidelines: Stockholm b / Suppermassive n, Mule n, AM set, IT mid

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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2013, 02:25:55 PM »
Great review!

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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2013, 11:32:14 PM »
I just got a 2nd hand 6 string  MM for a decent price from  ebay and chucked in last week. I'm digging it allot too


it replaced a NB and for now I think its a stayer. doing my 1st gig with it sunday so we'll see .

I never use tone pots. my 2 sixers have em but they are disconnected . I did find with the MM it sounded better with a tone pot connected though . a bit smoother
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Re: Miracle Man & Cold Sweat: A Review
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2013, 09:43:49 AM »
Very nice review! I fully agree to the Miracle Man description. I also share your observation about the outputs of the pickups.

As regards the Cold Sweat neck - I have two. The one in the PRS Custom works very well there for years now. The other did not convince me in the neck position of two different guitars and is now used as a bridge pickup where it works really well, too.

Cheers Stephan