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« Thread started on: Jul 8th, 2009, 09:45am »

Anybody have experience using Bare Knuckle pickups? There is a great video on You Tube under Bare Knuckle Nailbombs in a Les Paul that blew me away, and I think they would sound super with a Soldano. Any thoughts?
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xx Re: Bare Knuckle pickups
« Reply #1 on: Jul 23rd, 2009, 09:43am »


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I have a 71 Les Paul Deluxe routed for buckers with
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 26th, 2009, 7:16pm »

Man...nice Paul's! IMHO the best guitars ever made....great to go with the best amps ever made...thanks to Mike!
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 22nd, 2010, 05:35am »

i just happen to have a BKP nailbomb in the bridge of my PRS and a Cold sweat n the neck, the Mcarty pickups weren't doing it for me..

The nailbomb is excellent. found the mcarty's too muddy and er flubby

in this guitar the nailbomb has a rich thick midrange crunch (kinda cantrell ish), medium thick on the bottom and tight, i get a big bottom end because of the mahogany in the guitar. the highs are clear, ringing but not sharp, lots of harmonics, the pinched ones just fall out. really great hard to heavy rock pickup.

the coldsweat, well.. just think gary moore doing parisian walkways but with more gain and your there

that goldtop with the checking is well sexy btw
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 26th, 2010, 12:47pm »

I've only had experience with one Bare Knuckles pickup. I have a Painkiller in the bridge of my Charvel Style 1 2H. It sounds nice, its a very "clean" type of distortion pickup. Sounds better to me with higher gain amps like a SLO 100 than a lower gain amp.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 27th, 2010, 08:12am »

Since posting the original post, I've had some time with my buddy's Lester with Black Dogs. Great pickups. I ended up getting some overwound paf's from Kevin at Guitarforce pickups instead though. Doesn't mean I won't be getting me a set of BK pups in the future though.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 12th, 2010, 11:31pm »

hey tek, i was considering a nailbomb set if i re-build my mccarty IRW. how do they clean up with volume rolled off a bit? i love the sound, but i don't play like that all the time; need to do the standard classic rock bar songs, too! we already have an amp that can go 'over the top', so i'm not sure if i need a pickup to do that as well. i've listened to alot of demo's and youtube vids and think it's either the milder mile or emerald, or the contemporary cold sweat or nailbomb; the alnico V of the nailbomb (as opposed to the similar output with the ceramic magnet of the cold sweat) has me leaning that way. any other inputs?
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 13th, 2010, 03:09am »

on Apr 12th, 2010, 11:31pm, guccieng wrote:
hey tek, i was considering a nailbomb set if i re-build my mccarty IRW. how do they clean up with volume rolled off a bit? i love the sound, but i don't play like that all the time; need to do the standard classic rock bar songs, too! we already have an amp that can go 'over the top', so i'm not sure if i need a pickup to do that as well. i've listened to alot of demo's and youtube vids and think it's either the milder mile or emerald, or the contemporary cold sweat or nailbomb; the alnico V of the nailbomb (as opposed to the similar output with the ceramic magnet of the cold sweat) has me leaning that way. any other inputs?


Hmm you know, i hadnt thought much about this, i was going for a crunchy as hell sound with mine, cantrell like.

i play a lot of kinds of rock, and with various pedals i can get quite a range of tones.

with a KOT and the clean(ish) channel set at point of breakup i can get a really nice sort of 70's skynard, creedence clearwater, almost slash lite esque sound, like tru OD

off the top of my head, yes it cleans up very well with the guitar volume and also the coil ta\p works suprisingly well. don't think of the nailbomb as a hig gain pickup so much as a pickup capable of high gain.

im actually getting back from germany today, so will fire everything up tonight and try and give you some detailed info.

in general, i will say my BKP's love my soldano
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 13th, 2010, 09:57am »

Bareknuckles sound fantastic with Soldano amps. They are incredibly in-tuned to one of the core elements of a Soldano's sound - responsiveness:

Roll back your volume and you'll find a clean tone; pick harder and you'll find they'll distort even more, as if they had no boundaries for output; pick softer and you'll find they'll turn mellow but still loud and sensitive.

They also happen to work excellently as 7 & 8 string guitars - i.e. with low notes.
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 15th, 2010, 09:41am »

Right, so, finally got here lol

sitting with my mcarty as we speak, settings on the HR lead channel are:

Preamp gain:6
Bass:3
Middle:5
treble:6
channel volume:5

Bridge position, Nailbomb, tone control at 10:

Starting with the volume up full. riffing about in A we get a nice warm full bottom end. i wouldnt say fat or tight but somewhere in the middle. the mids are mid to upper biased with a nice juicy richness to them and the highs are bright and sweet, not shrill and everything is articulate. there's a nice accented vowelly honk to everything, puts my in mind of dimarzio Freds and satriani
rolling back the volume we get an nice even drop off in saturation. i wouldn't say it ever cleans up as such but what you do get is slighlty past the edge of breakup at usable volumes maybe around 3.5 on the volume, with an even dropoff the whole way down.

with coil tap engaged:

well.. its doesnt sound like a strat, but as a coil split goes, its definitely one of the better ones i've heard, kinda makes me think of life in the fast lane by the eagles, kinda raw, juicy. for some reason im thinking red.. rolling back the volume here does clean things up nicely, giving that nice plunky honky tone. still doesnt get to crystal clean though

Neck position, coldsweat, tone control at 10.

What im getting here is a very open sounding, almost hollow, and very woody. bit more even than the nailbomb, losing some of the honk in the bass but giving a more even solid tone. it kinda puts me in mind of BB king, definitely rawer on the highs but still not shrill. I wouldnt say it was plummy like neck pickups can be, still clear. very nice for parisian walkways

with coil tap engaged:

mellower than the nailbomb, and i think a lot closer to a strat neck than the nailbomb is to a strat bridge, with a touch of tele bite added. warmer again and more even than the nailbomb, it cleans up a lot better also, almost to completely clean, with a nice shimmer quality to it. under the bridge and little wing sound good here

Right. i have to finish as the gash in my hand i had stitched up last week is starting to bleed..

if you want to know about how they sound with specific eq's, channels, pedals, let me know man

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 15th, 2010, 9:58pm »

IntenseJim lucked out. I have a Rebel Yell in the bridge of my LP standard and a Mule in the neck-since '08.

When I ordered them, I thought that the Spaceguns were a one-off for Steve Stevens, It seemed like I couldn't get the cool Spaceguns! cry

They are 4 wire lead. Articulate and sweet. Punchy and crunchy. Coil tap positions are nice also. Roll off the volume for Rebel Yell- good rhythm tone; full up- big hairy b--lls full -on rock tone. You can email Tim directly or deal with Jason- who was very helpful. http://www.peerlesstone.com/

I would like to try a nailbomb sometime....
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 15th, 2010, 10:08pm »

thanks for the detailed description, guys. i know i sound a little cliche by saying this, but i love the seymour duncan jb/jazz combo (just like everyone else, right?). which pups do they have that fit that mold? i think i picked out the cold sweat/nailbomb from the soundclips as my favorite, and that may be why i like them (because they remind me of the jb/jazz combo). i'm torn between the cheaper sd's and the boutiqe bare knuckles that i can only hear via soundclips.
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 15th, 2010, 11:44pm »

on Apr 15th, 2010, 9:58pm, crunchtone wrote:
IntenseJim lucked out. I have a Rebel Yell in the bridge of my LP standard and a Mule in the neck-since '08.

When I ordered them, I thought that the Spaceguns were a one-off for Steve Stevens, It seemed like I couldn't get the cool Spaceguns! cry

They are 4 wire lead. Articulate and sweet. Punchy and crunchy. Coil tap positions are nice also. Roll off the volume for Rebel Yell- good rhythm tone; full up- big hairy b--lls full -on rock tone. You can email Tim directly or deal with Jason- who was very helpful. http://www.peerlesstone.com/

I would like to try a nailbomb sometime....


Did you order them from Tim directly? if you ask nice he'll do anything to the pickup you want, including space guns

on Apr 15th, 2010, 10:08pm, guccieng wrote:
thanks for the detailed description, guys. i know i sound a little cliche by saying this, but i love the seymour duncan jb/jazz combo (just like everyone else, right?). which pups do they have that fit that mold? i think i picked out the cold sweat/nailbomb from the soundclips as my favorite, and that may be why i like them (because they remind me of the jb/jazz combo). i'm torn between the cheaper sd's and the boutiqe bare knuckles that i can only hear via soundclips.


there was a discussion about this on the bareknuckle forums a while back, its hard to say, because no bareknuckle pickup is an "equivalent" of anything by any other manufacturer. but at a push i would say, yes probably the nailbomb could broadly be described as something similar to a JB. as for the jazz neck, i've never heard one, but im really delighted with what i have

ok so you're torn between a JB which you've heard for real, and a nailbomb which you've only heard via soundclip. that says a lot to me. a pickup thats you're only hearing on a clip is comparable to something that you've actually heard? imagine what the BKP's will sound like in real life then wink
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 18th, 2010, 8:54pm »

No, I went through Jason- figured I would keep business local and support his venture.

It's OK- but I'll live. I do think the spaceguns look very cool on Jim's orange sparkle LP. Er- inquiring minds want to know- what is the name of the white pedal to the left of the orange LP? Interesting graphics.

The cool thing about the scatterwounds is that they are more clear, even under distortion. Anyone else chime in but A/B them with other humbuckers- I don't think it's hype--- unlike so much we see in the gear world.

Any other aftermarket humbuckers that pair up well with SLO-100, esp. for hard rock, old-school metal tones?
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« Reply #14 on: Apr 18th, 2010, 9:34pm »

looks like a screaming whore: http://www.pedalspluseffectswarehouse.com/PhotoGallery.asp?ProductCode=MTLPDLS%2DSCRMWHR2
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