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hamderchristian

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VHII neck vs Emerald neck?
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:29:33 AM »
Well as the title says, I would like to get some opinions on which pickup to with, I've chosen the Emerald bridge and Tim says i should choose between the two, but I am not too familiar with them, so i hoped somebody could give me a point of direction

I play a style that reminds of the two last tracks on here http://plini.bandcamp.com/ dunno what to call it

Anywho I hope somebody can help!


sdgiffin

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Re: VHII neck vs Emerald neck?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2013, 10:24:29 PM »
I'm wondering about these two pickups as well to go in the neck of my Les Paul. Let's see some insight from the all knowing members!

Slartibartfarst42

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Re: VHII neck vs Emerald neck?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 11:20:38 PM »
This is tricky because I own an Emerald neck but I've never used a VHII neck so it will be impossible to accurately compare. These were the two pickups I was thinking about when I made my purchase once I'd decided I didn't want another Cold Sweat. I listened to about every sound sample available on this forum and while I liked them both, it was the Emerald that really stood out. The VHII just sounded a bit 'ordinary' in comparison to what I heard in the Emerald, which really did sing in every clip. I've never regretted my decision at all. I have mine in a PRS SE Custom 24 and I'm guessing you're using a Les Paul of some description and I can only imagine it will sound even better in a guitar like that. It's just a tad bright in mine but nothing that can't be controlled and it responds very well to the tone control. Here's the review I wrote:

https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=28425.msg371465#msg371465
BKP owned:

Bridge - Emerald; Cold Sweat; Crawler; A-Bomb; Holydiver; Miracle Man; Sinner; Trilogy Suite

Neck - Emerald; Cold Sweat; Crawler; Holydiver; Sinner; Trilogy Suite

sdgiffin

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Re: VHII neck vs Emerald neck?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 11:56:45 PM »
This is tricky because I own an Emerald neck but I've never used a VHII neck so it will be impossible to accurately compare. These were the two pickups I was thinking about when I made my purchase once I'd decided I didn't want another Cold Sweat. I listened to about every sound sample available on this forum and while I liked them both, it was the Emerald that really stood out. The VHII just sounded a bit 'ordinary' in comparison to what I heard in the Emerald, which really did sing in every clip. I've never regretted my decision at all. I have mine in a PRS SE Custom 24 and I'm guessing you're using a Les Paul of some description and I can only imagine it will sound even better in a guitar like that. It's just a tad bright in mine but nothing that can't be controlled and it responds very well to the tone control. Here's the review I wrote:

https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=28425.msg371465#msg371465

Great review! It has really made me lean towards the Emerald. Now to find a bridge pickup for the Les Paul to pair well with an Emerald neck.

Slartibartfarst42

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Re: VHII neck vs Emerald neck?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 08:08:03 AM »
I would instinctively say Holydiver because that's what I use with my Emerald and it's a combination that really will cover a very wide range of styles. If you wanted something a bit tighter and brighter in a Les Paul with a slightly more open feel to it, I'd look at a Cold Sweat for the bridge. That will give you bridge tones from good Classic Rock to at least 80s Metal.
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Bridge - Emerald; Cold Sweat; Crawler; A-Bomb; Holydiver; Miracle Man; Sinner; Trilogy Suite

Neck - Emerald; Cold Sweat; Crawler; Holydiver; Sinner; Trilogy Suite