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Great pickupPublished on 06/24/11 at 08:46
It seems to have a fairly flat EQ curve as nothing really jumps out at you. Not too smooth and not too bright and packs a lot of punch without getting too bass heavy and flubbing out.It's tight when you play tight but softens up when you do which is something you do not find in many metal oriented pickups. This is also one of the very few pickups I have tried that I can actually use clean in the bridge position. It's still not as nice to me as a great neck pickup sound but far more useable than most. The price is high for these but the customer service is great. I bought this one used but when I was looking for a neck pickup I was given great advice by the company as to what would fit my needs. I don't think you can call up most big companies and get anything but a canned response or a link to their tone description page. If I could afford it I would have Bare knuckles in all my guitars but until the exchange rate gets more in my favor I think I'll just be stuck with the set in my main guitar.
Old school and new school in a cool packagePublished on 05/18/11 at 12:51
Very versatile pickupPublished on 04/12/11 at 19:03
The Nailbomb is probably one of the more organic pickups that Tim offers. What I mean by that is that it can do nearly any style you can throw at it with ease. The website says that it’s a mix between old school and modern tones, and I agree with that 100%. The pickup itself is fairly...…
The Nailbomb is probably one of the more organic pickups that Tim offers. What I mean by that is that it can do nearly any style you can throw at it with ease. The website says that it’s a mix between old school and modern tones, and I agree with that 100%. The pickup itself is fairly even if you get the Alnico V version. Bass, middle and treble all sit nicely with each other and never try to dominate the mix in any particular area. The bass is fat, but it’s never overly bass heavy. The midrange is present without being boxy or “narrow” sounding. The treble is cutting without being too piercing.
The harmonics with this pickup absolutely scream. It works in most any wood, but it seems to really favor neutral to brighter woods. Those of you who tune down fairly low and have darker woods might want to try one of the other models because the bass isn’t super tight in this pickup. The best part is that it cleans up amazingly well. Just roll the volume knob down a bit, and you got a great British-esque clean tone going on.
If you’re looking for a more boutique pickup, and you find yourself wanting something that’s a mix between the old school pickups of yesteryear but with all the great benefits of today’s humbuckers, you should really check this pickup out. It’s probably one of the most versatile pickups in the BKP line.
90s nag ... but not only.Published on 07/14/13 at 13:06 (This content has been automatically translated from French)
So here we have a micro quite resolutely "modern" in the sound - thick but well defined, with strong bass and aggressive medium - as in the volume of output (close to some ceramics) while keeping with the magnet alnico V the organic side and a few roots of a vintage microphone. Volume up it is clearly in the large register his 90s (metal / grunge / hardcore), not far from Jerry Cantrell on the first AiC but less "synthetic". Lowering the volume is approached surprisingly the very vintage RiffRaff with less shine and more "body" certainly winding forces, but little trouble attacking directory classic rock and even blues (muscular) with these microphones.
The neck pickup keeps the main features of the bridge - biting, thickness and definition - but less abrasive, warmer and more "vocal" in lead, short sleeve version of what <g> . The balance between the two microphones is excellent, you can go from one to the other in the middle of a sentence without giving the impression of having changed guitar.
Defects? Let say they have the defects of their qualities: too hot to be really aggressive and root, and probably too root for metalheads of extremists "chuggah chuggah". Aggression may also not be suitable for all guitars, I think that they fit better (and better start value) a little dark guitar with the body and not too high-medium, short to put on a rather mahogany board on the maple, beech or alder (I mean, IMHO huh). Finally, the clean sound is more than adequate for this type of microphone - it is even quite usable - but it is obviously not comparable to RiffRaff or Mules.
- Manufacturer: Bare Knuckle Pickups
- Model: Nailbomb
- Series: Humbuckers Contemporary
- Category: Humbucker guitar pickups
- Added in our database on: 04/14/2005
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