8 String pickup shootout. Same amp, same guitar, no bull, no frills.

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  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    guitarmory orion is on the way. polaris clips will be up tomorrow.
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    Actually I changed my mind, these should hold up well for a lot of genres, not just southern metal/sludgier/doomier esque stuff. They're not the clearest pickup out there but they do feel like a clearer black winter. nice percussive chugs/tremolo picking, tight bass response and can get real mean sounding.
    Oh yeah, here's the clips:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h8jris4qiqrc46k/AACpqsn1CvrYTFxBtMHPLvI-a?dl=0
     
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    orion is here. will give my thoughts after playing with it for a while.
     
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    orion is an interesting pickup. not too hot, stays tight and clear on the low end, but is quite bright on the high end in this guitar. mids are kind of snarly, though not to the extent of say the black dog or elysian modern/goliaths. It cleans up really well and when split can get extra chimey cleans like the goliaths. it can do warmer blues/jazz cleans when you roll off the volume/tone knobs too. It's great for chugging riffs, death metal and even djenty stuff. A TS style boost gives it that extra bit of snarling aggression for rhythm work, though like I said, there's a bright high end in this guitar, and the boost exacerbates that. I really like it for gojira esque riffs or deftones/devin townsend esque wall of sound riffs since it has cut and feels tight but not stiff. It's a very good choice for a more medium output pickup that can cover a pretty big amount of tonal ground.
     
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    I got sidetracked by my 6 string shootout thread but Orion clips should be up later tonight. Foxbat set is on the way for testing as well.
     
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    I'm trying to decide what to get for my 8-string. Guitarmory recommended me the Voyager set. Not sure if I should get the ceramic set or A5/A2 set.
     
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    :shrug: Idk, I've never used the voyager set, I can't really give you any advice about it.
     
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    So far you've tried the Matador, Polaris, and Orion from them right? Are the Foxbats going into your 8-string?
     
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    Yep
     
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    My 8-string is mahogany. What set out of those (if any) would you pick?
     
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    Orion and matador would do well in mahogany. Polaris would be too dark/thick. Orion is a good choice if you want a more metal pickup.
     
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    Hey brolaire, any chance of reviewing the x-bars or death are from lace?
     
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    Hey, thanks man!

    I really liked the low end, quite full sounding.
    The strandberg is 28" on the 8th string right?
    The tuning is in those clips is?
    I am wanting to get an ormsby Goliath since they have nice payment plans and tune the lowest into an E1 but was worried that the scale would not be good enough for that.
     
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    The strandberg is 28" scale on the 8th string and the guitar was in Drop E
    the ormsby has a slightly longer scale than the strandberg (28.2" vs 28") and can more than handle E1 with the stock pickups. I wouldn't recommend the x-bars over the stock goliath pickups honestly.
     
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    Cool, the Goliath seems even more a better deal now.

    I saw that Ormsby last batch was shipped some days ago and you had one pre ordered hehe.
    Would be nice if you could post some samples and make a little review of the guitar too, if it would not bother you to do so.
    Also, the bridge system seems better than string Tru body since I was thinking in putting a High G, and not having sharp angles would be a blessing.
     
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    I have videos/a review of the goliath in this thread:
    http://www.sevenstring.org/threads/ngd-get-out-of-mah-swamp.329896/
     
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    Oh, amazing, thanks man I really appreciated your help.
     

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