Bare Knuckle Pickups Warpig

Warpig, Humbucker guitar pickup from Bare Knuckle Pickups in the Humbuckers Contemporary series.

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Hatsubai 04/12/2011

Bare Knuckle Pickups Warpig : Hatsubai's user review

« Thick and creamy »

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The Bare Knuckle Pickups Warpig is the highest output pickup that Tim offers in the contemporary line. It’s truly a take no prisoners pickup meant for modern metal. Like all BKP pickups, this comes with a ton of options. The model I tested had an Alnico V magnet, adjustable allen head bolts on both coils, no cover and four conductor wiring.

Those of you looking for probably the most brutal pickup on the market will want to look no further than this pickup. It’s one hell of a beast. First off, this pickup is very thick sounding. The bass is HUGE on this thing. The midrange is also extremely huge, so it slams the amp like crazy. Treble is pushed back a bit to really allow this thing to sound ridiculously thick and smooth. However, this thing also remains tight and clear sounding. Complex chords really shimmer with this thing, and you can truly hear every nuance in the sound. It’s not super compressed, either. I haven’t tried this in split coil or parallel, so I can’t comment on those sounds.

To me, the Warpig sounds best in neutral to brighter woods. I really enjoy this pickup in neck-thru guitars where maple is actually the main tone wood of the guitar. That allows the Warpig to truly shine and show off its low end without being overbearing. In mahogany, it could get a bit too dark sounding, but it all depends on how your particular piece of wood sounds.

If you’re looking for an extreme output pickup with gobs of tight low end bass and a round top end, this is the pickup you want. It’s truly a monster of a creation. Just be careful on what wood you put it in as it could potentially get a bit too bass heavy, in my opinion.