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Pickles

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Silo's in a les paul?
« on: August 10, 2020, 11:23:01 AM »
Wondering if anyone has installed a Silo set in a Les Paul and if they'd be able to share their thoughts?

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Re: Silo's in a les paul?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2020, 09:39:59 AM »
My number one guitar is an alder and maple charvel hardtail dk24 with a silo bridge. Dude, itís what Jesus would play, the silo is that great. It kinda reminds me of a JB but with all the good BKP features like better definition and clarity, etc. Itís also really good with harmonics and pinch harmonics. It sounds good all the way up the fretboard too. Itís worth trying in another type of guitar. Obviously the Les Paul is pretty different than an alder Charvel.  The only reason the silo doesnít have a massive legion of fans is because itís so new, it only can out last November. Iíd say try it. If you donít like it in a Les Paul youíll like it in another guitar.
Currently: Silo, Rebel Yell, Crawler, VHII, Juggernaut, Holy Diver, Impulse, Cold Sweat neck, Impulse neck, Aftermath neck.
Formerly: C-Bomb, Piledriver, Cold Sweat, Mule, all my non-BKPs 😉

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Re: Silo's in a les paul?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 02:58:57 AM »
My number one guitar is an alder and maple charvel hardtail dk24 with a silo bridge. Dude, itís what Jesus would play, the silo is that great. It kinda reminds me of a JB but with all the good BKP features like better definition and clarity, etc. Itís also really good with harmonics and pinch harmonics. It sounds good all the way up the fretboard too. Itís worth trying in another type of guitar. Obviously the Les Paul is pretty different than an alder Charvel.  The only reason the silo doesnít have a massive legion of fans is because itís so new, it only can out last November. Iíd say try it. If you donít like it in a Les Paul youíll like it in another guitar.

I'm thinking of a Silo set in a Les Paul, too.  What type of music do you play?  You're giving a very enthusiastic two thumbs up and hope to know more about your genre and maybe what kind of amp you use, etc.  Thanks in advance!

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Re: Silo's in a les paul?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2020, 11:09:31 AM »
Hey, sorry I didn't see your post til now. I use sims but almost always use either the Friedman BE100, a 5150, an Engl Fireball, and for clean or lower gain a Dr. Z rt 66. And I usually use a tube screamer, klon, or rat style pedal too. I play classic rock and metal, like mostly 80s stuff. I love sustain and pinch harmonics and the silo is especially good for the latter. It's really the best pickup I've ever played and I've tried maybe a dozen BKP's. BKP bridge pickups vary wildly in their performance depending on what guitar they are in though. You really have to match it to the individual guitar. It wouldn't surprise me if a silo was great in a les paul, although if you look at what Rabea Massad is playing in the demo videos its stuff more like my charvel (bolt on neck, hardtail bridge like a hipshot or a tremolo). My second favorite BKP is the Rebel Yell and that wes designed using Les Pauls, so keep that one in mind too. It performs well with the same rig/amp sims I use the silo with. They both sound at least decent in almost all the different amp sims I have which is like 50 or however many are on the helix.
Currently: Silo, Rebel Yell, Crawler, VHII, Juggernaut, Holy Diver, Impulse, Cold Sweat neck, Impulse neck, Aftermath neck.
Formerly: C-Bomb, Piledriver, Cold Sweat, Mule, all my non-BKPs 😉

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Re: Silo's in a les paul?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2020, 04:24:06 PM »
The Silos work extremely well in Les Pauls. They are very much a "goldilocks" pickup wind, sitting in the middle of the power range, with a lot of the dynamics you'd typically only find in a low output pickup, yet the bridge also has the meat in the mids that more overwound pickups have, so you can push your amp into a very rich but responsive gained up tone. The neck pickup is really clear, juicy and almost PAF-y, which works just as well as you'd expect in a LP style guitar.
It's got some similarity to the Holy Diver set but the Silo bridge has more pronounced mids and a less chirpy top end, while the neck is brighter than the HD neck.

As a general rule, basically all of the Bare Knuckle humbuckers sound great in Les Paul type guitars. Tim is historically an LP player so I believe he usually references with them as testbed instruments when voicing his pickups (as well as testing in other guitar type formats too of course). It helps too that a good LP is a great platform for a wide variety of pickup voicing and output ranges too.