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Sir Shreddington

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Ragnarok Review
« on: November 17, 2017, 07:32:13 PM »
Hey everyone!

I thought I would take a minute to write my review on this pickup.  I know there are a few videos and quite a bit of information out there already, but maybe my experience with it can help anyone trying to decide whether they want to pick up a pair and try them out.

First things first, I purchased the set and the guitar that they went into is a very balanced guitar with typical tone woods.  It has an alder body with a maple cap, and a maple neck with ebony fret board.  I want to start out with stating that I was pleasantly surprised by these pickups, and even though they are being marketed for the heavy stuff, they have many other applications and are quite versatile.

The first thing that I noticed with these pickups was that they had a really neat quality of compression to them.  Don't mistake me for saying that they sound compressed because they have a unique dynamic nature to them.  If I had to relate these to another pickup I would say that it kind of reminded me of a high def version of the Blues Saraceno parallel axis pickup that Duncan offers.  The pickups are brighter than what I was expecting too.  I also enjoy the pick attack that the ragnaroks have (very dynamic).  Obviously, these handle gain super well, and can get very bone crunching while still maintaining the clarity that knuckles are known for.  Riffing was really fun and I noticed a nice edgy quality to my palm muted stuff.  The cleans sounded appealing too.  There was no harshness to my ears, especially while coil tapped.  I think these pickups really shined when I dialed the gain back (a bit of a preference as I'm getting older).  When I dialed the gain back, I thought to myself that the there are so many possible applications.  I was thinking in terms of rock, early prog, new wave bands from the 80s, or even 80s pop.

All in all, I'm enjoying them a lot so far.  I certainly don't think that these are just another djent pickup.  At all. I actually like these quite a bit more than the Juggernauts, but that is more of a personal preference.  If you are on the fence I'd recommend getting them, especially if you are out for something new.  They have a unique flavor to them and I think they are a welcome addition to the BK line.

Here is a good review video that inspired me to pickup a pair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CotCWUWDnM0


capac

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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2017, 10:21:03 AM »
Thanks for the review! Personally, I've found more compressed pickups lack in mid-gain department. Would love to try these!
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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2017, 12:55:55 PM »
Thank you for the writeup. I added it to my old sticky.

Btw, this is the first description that made me interested in the Ragnarok. The brightness is what gets me. I like bright pickups I guess.
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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2017, 01:55:44 PM »
thanks for your written thoughts. i found your opinions useful!
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Sir Shreddington

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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 06:20:29 PM »
Excellent! I'm glad my review was able to help people.

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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 05:36:49 PM »
I never enjoyed the juggernaut clips, but the ragnarok had me on the first note
I'll definitely be ordering one next year
reminds me of a meatier, middier and meaner miracle man
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Sir Shreddington

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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2017, 05:28:36 PM »
I never enjoyed the juggernaut clips, but the ragnarok had me on the first note
I'll definitely be ordering one next year
reminds me of a meatier, middier and meaner miracle man

That's also accurate to my ears.

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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2017, 02:02:42 PM »
Ahh yes, I am on the fence. I want to get a set for my Kiesel DCM8 and I have the cash to buy them but I am pacing back and forth lol. My problem is, the guitar is a multi scale, and I would have to route the pickup holes a little bit. I am afraid to do it myself because I never have done it before. The local guitar guy here put a ding in my Jackson when he installed my Juggernauts so I am a little weary of letting him touch my $1700 Kiesel, lol.

Nevertheless, I have been looking in to getting these for it. This little review has the info that makes me want to buy them but the youtube videos have me split down the middle. Decisions decisions...
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Sir Shreddington

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Re: Ragnarok Review
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 12:51:08 AM »
Nevertheless, I have been looking in to getting these for it. This little review has the info that makes me want to buy them but the youtube videos have me split down the middle. Decisions decisions...

I recommend giving them a go!   :evil: