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Arthurus

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Juggernaut bridge review !
« on: November 04, 2013, 03:43:47 PM »
So I bought this pickup 2 weeks ago and it arrived a week after. I installed it last saturday in my MM Silhouette in place of the Holydiver, which will go in my Vintage V100 (Les Paul copy).

My god, it does all I wanted it to do (so far).

You see, I thought the Holydiver lacked some things in this guitar.
First, it lacked girth. A bit too focused in the mids to me (maybe this has to do with the alder body).
Secondly, I thought it didn't have enough bite.
Finally, I wanted more power.

Well, this pickup is THE answer to my needs.
I'd like to precise I play progressive metal and that I tune to D standard/Drop C.

When I play 5th chords, it sounds really angry. The low mids are there and we hear them (as opposed to the Holydiver). It really "crunches". Like Misha Mansoor would say, it "purrs".
It has a lot of clarity, but I'd say the notes get a little more blurry than with the Holydiver when playing open chords. Which to me, is more of a good point. I like when it sounds a bit more "loose".

Honestly, I prefer the leads with the Juggernaut. A lot of people say the Holydiver is the must-have for solos, but I like the Jugg better. It has more bite and has more sustain, but the high mids are rolled off a bit.

Maybe the mid-gain sounds were better with the Holydiver. I haven't had much time to check them out, but I fear it may have too much low mids.

By the way, the highs are really sweet. I'd say maybe a bit sweeter than with the Holydiver? But at the same time, the lows really growl.

So to me, this is the best pickup I've had (so far). Sounds really how I wanted. Just perfect. Maybe I'll spot a bit flaws when I play longer. Something tells me I won't.

Great pickup. Go guys, don't wait any longer !
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 03:07:54 PM »
Here is a test clip ! There are mistakes here and there, but i'll take the time someday to correct them. I hope you'll enjoy it as it is !

https://soundcloud.com/arthur-laborderie/kiss-my-flower
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 03:59:17 PM »
I like the  base sound, but it feels very much like there is a blanket on there. No air in the high end.
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 04:03:28 PM »
Sorry to go off at a tangent here but how does the Holydiver work in the Vintage?
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2013, 04:37:56 PM »
Sorry to go off at a tangent here but how does the Holydiver work in the Vintage?

I haven't had the time to put it there yet. I'll tell you when I do ! I'll do a test clip too.

I like the  base sound, but it feels very much like there is a blanket on there. No air in the high end.

Yeah, maybe it's just the way I put the mic in front of the amp, I tend to put it too far from the center. I was going to track it again anyway.
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 12:36:24 AM »
I'll upload a review in E standard, next month (when they arrive).

What did you use to record?

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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2013, 12:48:27 AM »
My Mesa Boogie DC-5, a Shure SM57, into an Alesis IO4 interface. Recorded with Logic pro 9. That's all folks !
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2013, 03:56:34 AM »
I like the fat crunch in the mids
I imagine how it might sound in marshall-based amps

the solo is a bit low, but I like your playing
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2013, 08:48:58 AM »
I think the guitar sounds best very early in the clip - very fat and crunchy. The solo tones are mixed quite far to the background.

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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2013, 10:01:32 AM »
Can you make a sample with this mic settings?:
the SM57 on axis to the cap edge and very close to the grill cloth.
It will be more natural than the first sample.

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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2013, 09:39:34 AM »
Can you make a sample with this mic settings?:
the SM57 on axis to the cap edge and very close to the grill cloth.
It will be more natural than the first sample.

Will do !
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2013, 10:47:05 AM »
I did as you said and did another test clip. Same link guys, enjoy !
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2013, 12:15:28 PM »
Yes, I like that a lot.
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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2013, 06:24:50 PM »
So I re-recorded the guitar parts on one of my songs, and I figured I should share it.
When I recorded it for the first time with the Holydiver, I thought the guitar tone missed something, and now it's crushing !

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Re: Juggernaut bridge review !
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2013, 07:11:08 PM »
Sorry to go off at a tangent here but how does the Holydiver work in the Vintage?
I can answer that since I have a set of HDs in my V100.

They rock! Feels like they has a little less output than the should, but it gives it a great old school tone backing off the volume. It can really rock, but it also sounds great rolled off. Creamy mids that suits the guitar IMHO. My favorite is actually the neck pickup, gets some great "jazz box" tones out of it with the volume rolled off. Put it on 10 and it's nice and fluid.
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