#1July 20th, 2011 · 11:21 AM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,380 posts
United Kingdom
Bare Knuckle Pickups
Some of you know I recently purchased a nice Left-Handed Les Paul Standard Guitar . The Stock pickups are a bit muddy, with some major tweaks and experiments with my Line 6 pod I can get a reasonable tone.
I've been doing a lot of research to find a decent vintage tone - The Bare Knuckle -'The Mule' are my favorites, but they cost a hefty 220.00 for a calibrated set.
Have a listen to the samples
http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=humbuckers&sub=vintage&pickup=the_mule

alternatively, I can get a set of Duncan Seymour's like these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Seymour-Duncan-SH-4-SH-2n-Hot-Rodded-JB-Jazz-0Ship-/140575083293?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item20baed8b1d
They are about half the price - if you go on Duncan Seymour's website, they have a huge selection and a tone chart so you can listen, also they have this questionnaire, which will recommend ones for the tone you are looking for
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/tone-wizard/
#2July 20th, 2011 · 12:53 PM
91 threads / 11 songs
884 posts
United States of America
re: Bare Knuckle Pickups
Denis wrote…
Some of you know I recently purchased a nice Left-Handed Les Paul Standard Guitar . The Stock pickups are a bit muddy, with some major tweaks and experiments with my Line 6 pod I can get a reasonable tone.
I've been doing a lot of research to fund a decent vintage tone - The Bare Knuckle -'The Mule' are my favorites, but they cost a hefty 220.00 for a calibrated set.
Have a listen to the samples
http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=humbuckers&sub=vintage&pickup=the_mule

alternatively, I can get a set of Duncan Seymour's like these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Seymour-Duncan-SH-4-SH-2n-Hot-Rodded-JB-Jazz-0Ship-/140575083293?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item20baed8b1d
They are about half the price - if you go on Duncan Seymour's website, they have a huge selection and a tone chart so you can listen, also they have this questionnaire, which will recommend ones for the tone you are looking for
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/tone-wizard/
HMmm...thanks for the Seymore-Duncan tip, Denis! I browsed Youtube and found this (Interestingly, this guys does a complete demo using an Epiphone Les Paul - he compares the stock pickups with the Seymore Duncan SH-4 and H-2n "Hotrod" set  (I know we are both looking to improve the sound of our dear "Epis")
#3July 20th, 2011 · 01:30 PM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,380 posts
United Kingdom
re: re: Bare Knuckle Pickups
battlecat wrote…
Denis wrote…
Some of you know I recently purchased a nice Left-Handed Les Paul Standard Guitar . The Stock pickups are a bit muddy, with some major tweaks and experiments with my Line 6 pod I can get a reasonable tone.
I've been doing a lot of research to fund a decent vintage tone - The Bare Knuckle -'The Mule' are my favorites, but they cost a hefty �220.00 for a calibrated set.
Have a listen to the samples
http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=humbuckers&sub=vintage&pickup=the_mule

alternatively, I can get a set of Duncan Seymour's like these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Seymour-Duncan-SH-4-SH-2n-Hot-Rodded-JB-Jazz-0Ship-/140575083293?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item20baed8b1d
They are about half the price - if you go on Duncan Seymour's website, they have a huge selection and a tone chart so you can listen, also they have this questionnaire, which will recommend ones for the tone you are looking for
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/tone-wizard/
HMmm...thanks for the Seymore-Duncan tip, Denis! I browsed Youtube and found this (Interestingly, this guys does a complete demo using an Epiphone Les Paul - he compares the stock pickups with the Seymore Duncan SH-4 and H-2n "Hotrod" set  (I know we are both looking to improve the sound of our dear "Epis")

The hotrod set are the most popular combination that DS sell I believe because of how you can much you can vary the tone - That's ideal for me, my music is indeed  so varied.

It's very rare to find the Bare Knuckles on Ebay, but many Duncan Seymours, only because They sell loads, meaning more available in the second-hand trade markets.

I contacted toastedgoat and he recommended the 'Lindy fralins' pickups for a great vintage tone.
http://www.fralinpickups.com/humbuckers.asp


Good hunting
#4July 20th, 2011 · 02:05 PM
91 threads / 11 songs
884 posts
United States of America
Wow! I am impressed by the sound of those Lindy Fralin PAF Humbuckers (and Lindy's shop is just 100 miles away from me...if that mean anything). Thanks for sharing that little tidbit. I will explore those further (however they ARE expensive...$160 apiece....but that is somewhat comparable to the Wagners and Bare Knuckle thingies...)
#5July 20th, 2011 · 03:14 PM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,380 posts
United Kingdom
battlecat wrote…
Wow! I am impressed by the sound of those Lindy Fralin PAF Humbuckers (and Lindy's shop is just 100 miles away from me...if that mean anything). Thanks for sharing that little tidbit. I will explore those further (however they ARE expensive...$160 apiece....but that is somewhat comparable to the Wagners and Bare Knuckle thingies...)

Excellent, let us know how you get on. It's good if you you become excited over something your hear, I wonder if they'll let you try out the pickups in one of your Epi's - that would be the ultimate test.
Have you had a chance to compare anything else live. I haven't, but I think I have good judgement.
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