6 string pickup shootout. No bull, no frills.

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  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    Same idea as my 8 string thread. Same guitar, same amp, same pedals, same riffage (or as close as I can get it). Guitar is my PRS mike mushok (27" scale, all mahogany body/neck, ebony fretboard).
    Just like in the 8 string thread I'll be adding clips/impressions as I test pickups. Once I figure out how to make DIs I'll include those as well.

    Parallel Axis Distortion:
    Very warm cleans, borders on muddy at times. Quite high output, percussive/tight and has a good kind of metallic grinding sound with a good amount of cut. Works really well for early CoC, Clutch, Mastodon and Gojira/Morbid Angel. It can do Priest/Maiden too. Not the most versatile pickup overall but I really dig the voicing for metal.

    (sorry about the flubs/feedbacking)
    more clips: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u3iw7thzq6423at/AAA4wBW5BKbnfzG23JX0B_kVa?dl=0
     
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    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    Dragonfire Screamers: 1. Dirt cheap 2. They sound really good, especially for the price 3. They really do scream. I was surprised by how much I liked these pickups, I was expecting garbage given the price and the fact that budget metal pickups tend to sound like ass but these are relatively clear and feel surprisingly tight. The bridge feel nice and muscular in the mids while staying tight on the low end. The bridge voicing has a bit of a snarl to it but not to the same extent as say an omega or black dog. The neck is awesome imo, warm but still pretty clear, fluid sounding, and able to get screaming lead tones and warmer eric johnson esque violin/flute like tones.
     
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    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    Super Distortion 3 . The SD3 is a very beefy pickup that excels at hard rock/sludgier metal tones imo. It can do more modern tones like Lamb of God but isn't the best choice for a super cutting djenty tone or death metal tone. It cleans up really well and has a nice warm jazzy sound if you roll of the volume knob. It's not the most fluid sounding bridge pickup and feels a bit stiff for sweep picking or other techniques that rely on a liquid-like sound, though with some reverb/delay it'll do the job just fine.
     
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    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    tentative list of pickups I'll be testing eventually :
    d-sonic
    bkp impulse
    guitarmory patriots
    guitarmory atlas
    liquifire
    elysian hellfires
    railhammer chisel
    railhammer anvil
    oil city black knight
    oil city scrapyard dog plus
    bkp a-bomb
    bkp miracle man
    bkp supermassive hp90
    blk/tri crone
    lace finger burners
     
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    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    d-sonic: I really like this pickup. it's very beefy sounding in this guitar. It's tight on the low end and still has a pretty clear midrange/high end for how thick it sounds. It has more than enough cut to play stuff like gojira or morbid angel, while being thick enough for down/crowbar/sludgier riffage. I've currently got the bar towards the bridge so it's bright but not horribly so in this guitar. video will be up tomorrow.
     
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    Alex79 SS.org Regular

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    I found the D-Sonic a bit soulless, too processed and smooth. It really reminded me of Linkin Park a lot, ironically.
     
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    KailM SS.org Regular

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    Looking forward to hearing this clip. I sold a Les Paul and the D-Sonic I had in it a long time ago -- and regret it. I loved that pickup for Lamb of God-style riffing in drop-D/D Standard.
     
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    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    D-sonic video is up!
     
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    kindsage SS.org Regular

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    Do you prefer the Parallel Axis Distortion to the standard Distortion? What differences do you notice?
     
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    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    It's more rounded off on the high end and feels like it has a little bit more balanced eq. Still a pretty high output pickup with a good grinding tone, but the voicing is slightly different. Great for death metal or sludgier stuff. I'd say the parallel axis version is closer to the black winter in feel/tone than anything else duncan makes.
     
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    neotronic SS.org Regular

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    D sonic sound good to me.

    I am looking forward to hearing the a-bomb. I have it in one my favorite guitar. I wonder how it sounds in yours.
     

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