Bare Knuckle Pickups VH II

VH II, Humbucker guitar pickup from Bare Knuckle Pickups in the Humbuckers Vintage Hot series.

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ozzyozburne 09/26/2008

Bare Knuckle Pickups VH II : ozzyozburne's user review


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Bare Knuckle VHII, ordered in reverse zebra Tim: I first ordered, installed and tested for a Nailbomb remlacer the original microphone of my Musicman EVH, one of the first models. I had always found a lack of ... something, I do not know what a bit garish, dug a bit in the mids. The Nailbomb turned out to be blah on that scratch.
I contacted Tim at BKP to me has changed gratos (excluding the return of the NB port and port again) against a ... VHII which turns out to be a super micro crazy, very dynamic rock.

The sound is full, with zaigus that cut well, but not painful. The present without too much mids, bass dry. This is not a micro metal, but a model rock, very ... Van Halen of course, but not limited to: Slash appetite period, or period Rebel Yell Steve Stevens, really bad. Filled with harmonic output level not high. It reminds me of a Duncan aph1 Slash-b much better, both more bad boy and more balanced.

A micro super sharp, wicked and rock'n roll, full and present in the mix. Open sound and edge that does not compress. The real juicy ... Looks like we added a loudness to the amp, or a veil has been removed before the cabinet .... It is clearer, more defined, more warm. Great!

After, talk about money with a microphone at the price of entry-level guitar, it does not make sense.
The quality is there, it's net. Leprix we forget, or at least we do with, and accepts it.
Standard exchange because I'm an annoying customer who received the first model does not appeal, the model made the request: I need a reverse zebra, short legs and rounded like a Dimarzio. It is tailor-made, real luxury, with the whole debate is this helpful etc ... , I understand but I chose to try and I'm happy.

I am super happy with the sound (this is the goal, right?), Over fishing and more balance, more so now that the original mic, already very good.

So I put a 10, because the question I asked myself, it does it hurts me in the ass, a € 140 microphone? Guitar in the amp, I'm happy spending!

The BKP are able *** microphones that sound (I tried the mule bridge and neck, the Nailbomb bridge, the bridge and vhII neck, the neck Stormy Monday).
The only ones who take the comparison (according to my tastes ...), it is the old Gibson and HBL HBR, wonders. But this skyscraper, the VHII is better than the HB.

Really trying at least once.
Tim is very responsive and friendly, and meets the fourth time.

Yes, I would do this choice, super quality stuff.

edit from 27.02.2010: good after having played this mic a lot and have tried on several guitars, I confirm it's a great mic, but with very sharp ... acute. It is not as bright as a Duncan SH6, it is acute. On an amp a little deaf and / or dark, brilliant. If I cut the treble to bass and mid and 2 to 8, it sounds huge and full, very dynamic rock. Nice bass but not metal, more than joufllues sharp. (My gear: Bogner preamp, vht2-50, 2x12 cab G12M).

Excellent micro, lots of character.

edit of 02.06.2011: good, moved my EVH to be installed on a PRS McCarthy: a real massacre, the treble is now under control (thank you lutherie PRS), super nice midrange, the Hot vintage (the name is accurate BKP) really nasty, Rn'R a treat. Acute or intermediate positions splittées sumptuous, highly p90.

My advice to death, with the release handle for a powerful guitar rock, or a mule for a more vintage. In both cases, it's great.
Super Micro. You will not be disappointed.