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BKP Nailbomb. Read review. Buy this pickup. That simple really. featured

Comments The first gamble I took on a BKP was on the model called the Nailbomb. I say gamble as it was a situation of wanting something new and different and literally taking someone's word for it. Straight off the bat, no real research done at all. I just ordered it and bought it. When it got here I installed it into my RG1570, with a bit of difficulty. The legs were square ended instead of the normal rounded edges... this made it impossible to put into the guitar without a little modification.

So... a bit of dremmelling later and a few chunks out of the guitar the pickup was installed. I strung it up to standard D and plugged the thing in. It was an experience I'm not going to forget in a while, that a single pickup was able to change and enhance the sound so greatly was like nothing I'd heard before and I am normally hard to please. The amount of punch put out by the pickup was just right, the gain and drive fed to the amp was brilliant and the mids kicked in at exactly the right point to enhance the sound without making it too bassy or too shrill.

To this day I've not found anything quite like it for quality drive. It's like an evolution pickup that is more creamy without being fizzy, provides a bit more gain and punches through at exactly the point in the mix you want it to. Fed through an ENGL Invader 100 amp into an Orange 4x12 cab and cranked up it provided an immense amount of crunch and balls without being overly bassy. Very impressive stuff. A friend who I handed the guitar to basically commented on the fact it made him sound like a better player.

I've not tried the pickup in standard E tuning, only around the standard D to drop C# area and within that boundary it works very well indeed. I can't speak for higher or lower tunings, but with the distinct lack of overwhelming bass and shrill treble, I'd have to assume the pickup would handle it quite well. The pickup whilst being packed with balls and great mids is what I'd call "well behaved". It doesn't offer anything massively absurd or out of the ordinary but what it does offer is absolute class. It will not let you down.

So in summary of the Nailbomb, if you want a nice bridge pickup to upgrade your guitar and you're playing balls out, contemporary metal or rock, stick one of these into the guitar and you will not be disappointed. Get one, just get one and try it for yourself. Sadly I can't comment for other styles of music but the damn thing is called a "nailbomb"... it's not going to be for blues and country players.

I rarely give this out but this pickup deserves 5 stars, impressive stuff.


Liked about it The sound, quite simply the sound.
It hits the perfect place to enhance a mids/growl and copes with mild downtuning very well too.
The clarity of the thing is immense, out of the 4 BKP pickups I've used it's currently my joint favorite.


Didn't like Not so great for lead tones, but immense for rhythm and powerful chug you can't go wrong. (This isn't really a dislike, I know)


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By D1m3b4g2
Sep 19, 2011
 
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Great and clear pickups

Comments I have two Bareknuckle sets one which is dual nailbombs and one which is a cold sweat neck, nailbomb bridge. I'll do a separate review of the CS...
I really do like both the bridge and neck model and both pickups clean up very well, and sound good in most situations...


Liked about it We'll even though they are part of the contemporary or modern pickups they arent as output ridden as you'd think and they can clean up very very nicely...
Bareknuckle are an incredibly easy company to deal with, and in the uk the prices are not that much more than Dimarzios, on the open coil pickups at least.
They offer hundreds of options, well maybe not that many in regards to covered or open pickups, and now even have a range of colours they also have options that arent stated, but contacting Tim will get you anything you need to know about the pickups....
I've spoken to tim both times i've ordered from them the guy is a wealth of knowledge and incredibly friendly, they are also very honest and will update you on certain things, the first set I ordered had a delay as they were wiating on parts and told me so, that impressed me as far too many companies will fob you off with lame stories or excuses.....

and you get a free set of roto 10-46's which is my standard E gauge/brand of choice...


Didn't like Cant really think of much the price is the main complaint from many as they dont feel they are worth the extra money, I've been more than happy with both of my BKP set's so far...

However the one bridge nailbombs baseplate screw was a little off, but it didnt affect the mounting of it, I also dislike the fact that they use flat head screws as I absolutely despise those...Booo! all hail the phillips head!


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4.5

By ozzuk
Mar 08, 2011
 
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"Chaos in a pickup"

Comments This is my 2nd set of Bare Knuckle pickups. This time, I ordered them as a set from a US dealer. I specified my order to have both pickups with red bobbins with hex poles while the bridge has a ceramic magnet. It took about 5 weeks for my order to arrive [right before New Years Eve], as opposed to 2 weeks when ordered direct from the UK but after installing them in a RGA121H, i was more than satisfied that I ordered the right set for the guitar.
The specs says the bridge is at @15.8k while the neck is at @10.3k

rga121-bkp3.jpg



Liked about it Super-versatile pickup set. Just like the other contemporary BKP's I own, it's very organic, clear and articulate in any tuning. The bridge version is tight while sounding very "open" at the same time. It's not a hi-gain pickup as one would expect by the name although it is a "distortion" pickup. There's a midrange spike with the Nailbomb's voicing that gives the bridge a "snarl" that's just well-defined. The closest thing I can compare this pickup to is Dimarzio's Crunchlab, it's neither bassy nor trebly but mid-focused. Even then, Nailbomb bridge doesn't sound compressed in any gain situation. The neck version on the other hand is very vocal, "legato-friendly" and responds to harmonics quite easily, even tapped harmonics!
Currently tuned to drop Bb, it's pretty close to Sikth's tone. The Nailbomb handles whatever I throw at it; odd/dissonant chords, sweeps/taps, droned notes and cleans especially.


Didn't like Not much else other than what I've said before, Rotosound string set that came with the package isn't my set of choice but still an extra set for the E-standard guitar.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By reguv760
Mar 05, 2010
 
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