Saturday, 2 May 2009

Bare Knuckle Pickups

I come accross a lot of electric guitar pickups, Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG... but in early 2006 I had my first experience of Bare Knuckle Pickups (http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.nz/). I was asked to fit a pair of them in a Les Paul Std for Sam from 'Black River Drive'( www.myspace.com/blackriverdrivenz).
He'd gone for the 'Steve Stevens' signature models and in his Les Paul it just opened the sound up giving in a warm, loose, clear sound I hadn't heard from a Les Paul before. Even with extreme amounts of gain there was clarity in all the dirt - if you played a 7th chord it sounded like a 7th and not just an explosion.




I got on the net and checked out what people were saying about them and not a bad word.
The BKP site has a lot of information on their methods of winding, magnets etc.. So I contacted them to talk about their pickups in NZ and eventually they gave me the NZ dealership :-)
So now I've tried a lot of their pickups in different guitars - the most popular are 'The Mule' for the vintage PAF sound and the 'Nailbomb' for the modern ROCK guys.
Even the 'Nailbomb' has that distinctive BKP clarity even though its a pretty powerful pickup. It works great for speed picking giving enough raw dirt but with enough definition to be able to hear individual notes. No point in playing a million notes a second if we're not going to hear them.


They are available with some cool covers as well.




If anyone's interested in these pickups call for a price - I can offer some pretty good deals.


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Mr Glyn’s Guitars

  21a Khyber Pass Road
Auckland
New Zealand
glyn@mrglyn.co.nz
09 307 6501, 021 912678