Bareknuckle pickups + J customs
I recently got a JCS20146-spf and the Bareknuckle Nailbombs sound absolutely amaaaaazing. It's the best feeling and sounding guitar I've played to date.
The Nailbombs handle gain beautifully - kicking in my Jemini distortion pedal (green side) on the dirty channel adds the perfect amount of extra juice and introduces almost no extra noise. No other pickups I have used (Duncans, EMGs, Dimarzios) have reacted to that setup quite so nicely. These pickups are lower output than Evos, for example, but with just as much fluidity and sustain. I think they sound a little smoother than Evos too, but less bassy, and they clean up distorted chords quicker as a result. They're slightly hotter than PAF pros, and with a Legacy 3 with the gain at 7, rhythm playing is crystal clear and leads are soaring - I love the balance. Clean tones are warm overall, but very clear. The sound has got sparkle, but it doesn't take your head off.
I have Dimarzios in most of my guitars, and they are great pickups too, but I really hope Ibanez continue to make some J customs with Bareknuckle pickups in. Do you guys think this is likely, or was the recent Bareknuckle collaboration just an experiment?
Last edited by Craig_Shaft; 06-26-2015 at 08:31 AM.