Bare Knuckle Pickups Warpig

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

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tjon901 05/24/2011

Bare Knuckle Pickups Warpig : tjon901's user review

« A boutique pickup with monster tone »

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Bare Knuckle pickups is a boutique pickup maker in England. They hand make pickups to customer specs and custom orders. Their pickups come with thousands of options including magnet material wiring and even finishes. The Warpig is the hottest production pickup they offer. They say it offers brutality with clarity and they are correct. The output of the pickup is 21.5k when in the bridge position and 17.4k when made for the neck position. There is no way I can recommend this pickup for the neck position. Even with the output dialed back the voicing of the pickup is not what you would want in a neck pickup. A pickup like this in the neck would provide a sound that is extremely muddy and dark and it would lose Bare Knuckle pickups trademark clarity. Unless the neck position version is voiced completely different that is the only way I would consider using it there. This is probably the biggest sounding pickup you can get on the market. The pickup has a twin screw coil design. The bass and mid response on this pickup is ridiculous. The treble has been dialed back a bit to make the sound thick and huge. The Alnico V magnet helps tame the high end and make it smoother. If the pickup is selected with a Ceramic magnet the mids will be dialed back slightly but the treble will be higher. Because the voicing of this pickup is dialed towards the low end it prefers to be put in slightly brighter sounding guitars. Guitars with a neck through neck construction are ideal because they provide a brighter sound. With a naturally brighter guitar the guitar itself will balance out the low end of the pickup providing a balanced sound. In heavier wood guitars the pickup may give a sound that is too dark and muddy. If you have a guitar made of a lighter or brighter wood and want a pickup to make the guitar sound like it weighs 50 pounds the Bare Knuckle pickups Warpig may be the pickup for you.