6 string pickup shootout. No bull, no frills.

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by KnightBrolaire, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. BigViolin

    BigViolin breakfast foods

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    Woo Hoo! Black Heavens coming up! :banana:
     
  2. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    Updated testing list (now including the 59/Custom hybrid and the nazgul):
    MCP Ceramic Dragon Suit bridge
    Oil City Blackbird b
    Lundgren Black Heaven set
    Dominger Rider b
    Rautia Ratbucker b
    Elysian Trident I set
    BL USA L500xl b
    Warman Quadrail b
    Guitarmory Atlas set
    Blades Sorcerer b
    Mojotone Hornet b/Tomahawk n
    GFS Power Rails bridge
    Kent Armstrong Grinder b
    Duncan Alpha/Omega set
    59/Custom Hybrid
    Duncan Nazgul
    Duncan Alt 8 b
    Duncan Black Winter/Nuclear Winter/Skadi (mag variations of blk winter) b
    Duncan Distortion b
    BKP Cold Sweat set
    BKP Miracle Man b
    BKP Rebel Yell b
    BKP True grit b
    BKP Brute Force b
    Entwistle Dark Star ND set
    Balaguer Feral/Evergreen set
    Dunable Grizzly set
     
  3. diagrammatiks

    diagrammatiks SS.org Regular

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    How do the brute force compare to the regular bkp pups? Any they are closest too?
     
  4. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    zimbloth told me the brute force is warpig esque
     
  5. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    Updated testing list (now including the dimebucker set and alnico warpig):
    MCP Ceramic Dragon Suit bridge
    Oil City Blackbird b
    Lundgren Black Heaven set
    Dominger Rider b
    Rautia Ratbucker b
    Elysian Trident I set
    BL USA L500xl b
    Warman Quadrail b
    Guitarmory Atlas set
    Blades Sorcerer b
    Mojotone Hornet b/Tomahawk n
    GFS Power Rails bridge
    Kent Armstrong Grinder b
    Dimebucker set
    Duncan Alpha/Omega set
    59/Custom Hybrid
    Duncan Nazgul
    Duncan Alt 8 b
    Duncan Black Winter/Nuclear Winter/Skadi (mag variations of blk winter) b
    Duncan Distortion b
    BKP Cold Sweat set
    BKP Alnico warpig
    BKP Miracle Man b
    BKP Rebel Yell b
    BKP True grit b
    BKP Brute Force b
    Entwistle Dark Star ND set
    Balaguer Feral/Evergreen set
    Dunable Grizzly set
     
  6. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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  7. Iron1

    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Are all the vids on your YouTube channel? I can only find a handful, then a pile of gamer vids...
     
  8. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    yep, either go scroll through the thread to the individual vids, or all of my demo vids (including stuff that's not part of the shootout) can be found in the gear demo playlist on my youtube page.
     
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  9. gunch

    gunch chungus

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    So do you have like a top 4-5 that you absolutely would recommend?
     
  10. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    top 4 (currently):
    MCP afwayu
    Elysian Hellfires
    bkp impulses
    lundgren m6

    Honestly I could recommend more, but those have been pickups that I know for a fact that I'm going to keep.
     
  11. Iron1

    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Are you planning one forte Elysian Tridents & Trident IIs?
     
  12. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    yeah I'll have demos of the trident I and II sets at some point
     
  13. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    I'm sick of waiting for my F30 to get out of the shop, so all future clips will be with my mk3/fsm/100p/UL. I'll take pics of my current settings and will keep them the same throughout the duration of the shootout. DIs will be provided as well. This isn't ideal as I'd hoped to be able to continue this shootout with the same amp as previous iterations, but this way you guys will get a better idea of the overall voicing of the pickups and see how they react to multiple amps.

    Updated testing list (now including Elysian Trident II ceramic set):
    MCP Ceramic Dragon Suit bridge
    Oil City Blackbird b
    Lundgren Black Heaven set
    Dominger Rider b
    Rautia Ratbucker b
    Elysian Trident I set
    Elysian Trident II ceramic set
    BL USA L500xl b
    Warman Quadrail b
    Guitarmory Atlas set
    Blades Sorcerer b
    Mojotone Hornet b/Tomahawk n
    GFS Power Rails bridge
    Kent Armstrong Grinder b
    Dimebucker set
    Duncan Alpha/Omega set
    59/Custom Hybrid
    Duncan Nazgul
    Duncan Alt 8 b
    Duncan Black Winter/Nuclear Winter/Skadi (mag variations of blk winter) b
    Duncan Distortion b
    BKP Cold Sweat set
    BKP Alnico warpig
    BKP Miracle Man b
    BKP Rebel Yell b
    BKP True grit b
    BKP Brute Force b
    Entwistle Dark Star ND set
    Balaguer Feral/Evergreen set
    Dunable Grizzly set
     
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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Looking forward to that one.
     
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    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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  16. MAJ Meadows SF

    MAJ Meadows SF on a tone quest

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    You're completely mad. Too many pickups . LOL. For the Black Winters are you doing magnet swaps? I ended up ordering/acquiring separate pickups for 7 string comparisons. I'm still loving the AV the most. It just sounds pleasing to me. Probably because it suits the white limba bodied guitar it's in; it's definitely a darker pickup. I bought a KM7 just to do pickup swaps, but it's a bitch to solder that push/pull switch. I need to swap that pot. I quite after one change, which was the A8 BW. It's out of control, and I don't know if swamp ash suits it best. Still need to get the Ceramic BW in there too. The custom BW SD made for the Daemoness build is a BE with some Nazgul voicing, not a full hybrid. I've never been 100% happy with it but it's so unique I just leave it in there (plus the look with the covers is essential to the build). It is awesome, basically all the BW character with some added mids and highs that almost thin out the upper strings. Almost out of balance but too good in the low end and riff department to swap. I remember your input on the A8; love to hear all three!

    I got another one to add to your list: Avedissian Railsplitter. I have it in the Chuck Stealth and haven't changed it in two years. It does early 90s OSDM perfectly and various forms of Doom. If it's good enough for Pallbearer it's good enough for me. It's way smoother and more balanced than the X2N, so it adjusts to whatever genre of metal and rock much easier, IMO. Super high quality pickup, and worth a shot for sure. As if you don't have enough to do.
     
  17. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    Hahha yeah, I started this thread because I was fucking sick of seeing "comparisons" with different guitars, different settings, etc. I just wanted to minimize variables as much as possible and help other people make a slightly more informed choice when buying pickups. But really I just wanted to try a shitload of pickups in the same guitar :lol:
    I've tested/posted before about the A5 and A8 versions of the black winter over in the BW worship thread before, but I wanted to do an updated comparison of them against the other pickups I've tried. The Skadi (A5) BW was my favorite version in a bright guitar since it reduces some high end and the hair that can develop in the high end with the ceramic mag. I might try an A2 version of the BW at some point. After that I might contact the custom shop about a custom5/BW hybrid or something.
    This is an old comparison clip of the regular BW (unboosted then boosted with a TS) vs A8 (unboosted then ts boosted) vs A5 (unboosted then ts boosted):
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/tmbv3a7aqr0o4jw/kaijiujitsu_a5_a8_ceramic mag comparison.mp3?dl=0
    Old demo vids of the Nuclear winter/Skadi



    Avedissian makes good pickups. I had the Avedissian scythe in my 8 string. Pallbearer were using the scythe for quite a while iirc. It was a bit squishy feeling in the low end for my taste, but was great for doom/sludge riffage, just not as tight or clear as I'd like for techy/faster death metal imo. I'll check out the railsplitter once I get through all these other pickups :lol:
     
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  18. LeviathanKiller

    LeviathanKiller Knee-shooting Archer

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    I just got these and they're absolutely killer
     
  19. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    yeah they are. :yesway:
     
  20. Iron1

    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Can ya share some recordings? Video or otherwise?
     

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