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Bare Knuckle Warpig Humbucker Set

 
Bare Knuckle's High powered custom scatter wound pickups


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Comments I bought a calibrated set of Warpigs, so both a bridge and a neck position and installed them into a light body, basswood Jem 77VBK. The breed pickups that came out of the guitar were tinny, shrill and fizzy in my opinion. I didn't play the guitar at all because I detested, literally detested the sound the Breed's created. So with that in mind I upgraded to the Bareknuckles and gave it a go.

The initial reaction was good, the sound was far fuller, harmonics did come through just as nicely if not better than before and the amount of punch / gain delivered by the pups was genuinely exceptional. I used them for a couple of practices with the band until our bassist commented that my sound was quite bass heavy. The sound was still bass heavy when set to 0 on the Invader 100 head. Not good, but perhaps the pickups just doing what they was designed to do.

The bridge pickup was dialing in so much whomping bass response even in Standard E it was drowning out the mids of my sound and preventing me cutting through when I needed to. The thing I genuinely don't understand is who would need to use these pickups and what practical application do they have?

From my point of view, if I play in standard E and turn the bass on the amp completely off and the sound is still bass heavy, imagine what happens with downtuned guitars that aren't using a cab that gives ultra tight bass response. Personally if you're going to down tune, the enhancements should come in the form of more mids and less gain, otherwise your sound turns into a hissy stomach punching drone that disappears into the mix. For this reason I don't see who the pickup is designed for, if you enhance a drop B guitar with one of these pickups the bass response will be so low and strong I can't imagine it being particularly useful.

The Warpig is not a bad pickup by any means, the neck being a bit more useful than the bridge. So I won't mark the pickup down too harshly because it does what it sets out to do very well, it's just my personal opinion that I fail to see any real practical application with it for live sound.


Liked about it Very powerful pickup, has a lot of grunt
Harmonics are still entirely possible and quite clear


Didn't like Huge bottom end that seems entirely unnecessary
So bass heavy that it can lose clarity in the mix, especially down tuned.
Due to this I find the pickup unsuitable for live playing where the sound needs to cut through a mix.


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4.0

By D1m3b4g2
Sep 19, 2011
 
Last updated: September 22, 2011
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Possibly the most violent sounding pickups on the featured

Comments Right then, bare knuckle are a small uk pickup manufacturer provided hand wound pickups with hand finished covers the old fashioned way. The Warpigs themselves are the highest power pickup's you can buy anywhere pretty much and come with a range of options upon ordering such as the choice between alnico v magnets or ceramic magnets, four conductor or standard two conductor wiring and now with the option to have either the hand distressed covers or distressed black. My options were hand distressed covers with four conductor wiring and the slightly rawer sounding ceramic magnets. The bridge pickup's average at 22.5k dc and 17.5k but there is variation because they are hand built to order and scatterwind then double wax vacum potted to eliminate microphony! I Fitted these in my epi les paul zakk wylde bullseye with a page style wiring mod to allow split, parallel and phase reverse as i wanted to get away from the emg cliche and make the guitar my own! As standard humbuckers they are ravenous brutes easily seeing off emg's offerings the bridge pickup is raw and brutal almost sounding drop tunes when its in standard open e tuning, the neck pickup is much thicker yet not muddy and with masses and masses of sustain. Both pickups are easily capable of forcing a tube amp into breakup. Yet burst into a quick flurry of notes and they will sear and sing with a soulfull note and scream wildly to pinched harmonics, back off the tone and they still remain clear and tnefull, drop the volume and they take on a hard rock route suited to the likes of early aerosmith. With the coils tapped they sound by no means dissimilar to a strat with lace sensors or even maybe a tele thats overdriven somewhat to get a growl. When the phase are split its almost wah like but emphises pinced harmonics to maximum effect. Bare in mine whilt you read this i use coated light 10 guage strings! The instuctions within the box are really clear with numerous different wiring combo's and they come with a pick, sticker and a set of rotosound 10's. Should you still struggle to wire them then tim at bareknuckle is more than helpfull, it seems they go out of their way to help you! The lok of these bad boys id way cool turning my normal looking epi into something crazy looking, the pickups themselves in their hand distressed armour look like they should be attached to the end of a mace on a chain to beat away invading hordes! All in all with these pickups you get what you pay for! Q:How much different does a pickup make? A:You'd be shocked!


Liked about it monterous brutal bass response and tone without the sacrifice of batteries!
Great customer support from bare knuckle
medieval torture device looks


Didn't like erm.... i can't think of a single thing, i really can't. They are er.... no there isn't one, but if i do find even one i'll make sure i edit this!


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5.0

By fretboardpyro
Oct 15, 2009
 
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Brutal is an under-statement featured

Comments This is the first scatter-wound pickup I ordered from BKP. Upon inspection, the pickup looks fairly simple with its black coils and silver poles. After installing however, it's simply one of the angriest and meanest sounding pup. Warpig's are usually Alnico V stock but I specifically ordered the pup with a Ceramic magnet to go in an S540FM. Rated at @22.5k, it's one hot pickup that is sure to turn heads around. Plug this thing to a hi-gain amp and it might register a blip on the Richter scale...


Liked about it Very, very organic and natural sounding despite the "hot" and "growl/snarl" factor. Although the Warpig isn't a bassy pickup, it has the tightest bass for crunchy and fast saturated rhythms while being clear and articulate for single notes. Harmonics REALLY scream and squeal! Even though this pup is considered to be one of the hottest pup in the market, the cleans are just as amazing and can get very spanky when coil-tapped. Sensitive to volume; both tone and clarity shines with the guitar's volume at 1. The pickup can definitely handle blues to the most extreme metal and everything in between.
Definitely a top-quality product with packaging and swag that reflects it.


Didn't like they're not cheap; then again, try asking the other "big" companies to custom-order one of their pickups with a different magnet and they might quote you back with a number that's a few dollars short of a BKP. Also noticed that the overall "volume" is lower than my Dimarzio-equipped axes. Rotosound strings that comes with the pickup set aren't quite the same gauges I use but it is a spare set nonetheless...


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5.0

By reguv760
Oct 11, 2009
 
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