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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?

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Craig
 

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Man that is a work of art there! Bareknuckle is certainly popular enough I'm sure we'll see more J-Customs with them.
Love the wall shot too - Used to have a 90HAM, what an excellent Jem!
 

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Thank you! I'd love to keep the J custom on the wall since it's so nice to look at, but the internet has scared me... "Leaving it on display means the finish will fade"... "Wall brackets can damage neck finishes/binding"... I don't know how true any of it is, but until some well informed folks convince me otherwise, it's staying in the case :p
 

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More scary possibilities to add into the melting pot...

I guess us UK citizens are lucky in that we are spared the humidity/temperature problems that you 'Muricans suffer.
 

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By the way, Rich, this is the one from Ikebe that I emailed you about a few days back. Forunately - all is well :) Kind of disappointed I didn't get a J-custom case though... It's a plain Ibanez hardcase, red interior.
 

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Haha ;) What do you reckon is the best way to store it?

Out of interest - why only in the US are the stains a problem?
 

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I think the natural aging that happens is a beautiful thing and I've never had any issues with wall hangers and necks. They do make pretty furry covers for them though :D
 

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Ahhh yes, my Dean is from an American dealer and it has that style of case. Got it back when the exchange rate was 2 dollars to the pound :')

I like other people's aged-look guitars, but I am always apprehensive about allowing it to happen to my own :p Then again, an on-show aged guitar is certainly preferable to a stained one.
 

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I dont think bareknuckles are way better than DiMarzio, what I suspect happens...is that people take more time picking the right pickup for the right guitar because BKPs cost so much.

That being said, my favorite pickups are the Bareknuckle VHII and ceramic nailbomb. The Rebel Yell is AWESOME too.
 

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Thank you! I'd love to keep the J custom on the wall since it's so nice to look at, but the internet has scared me... "Leaving it on display means the finish will fade"... "Wall brackets can damage neck finishes/binding"... I don't know how true any of it is, but until some well informed folks convince me otherwise, it's staying in the case :p
No issues with those Hercules wall hangers. I've had my guitars on them for years. Nitro finishes havent been an issue either. Display and enjoy your beautiful collection.
 

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I dont think bareknuckles are way better than DiMarzio, what I suspect happens...is that people take more time picking the right pickup for the right guitar because BKPs cost so much.

That being said, my favorite pickups are the Bareknuckle VHII and ceramic nailbomb. The Rebel Yell is AWESOME too.
I could get a used Rebel Yell but I don't know which specs it has... And it's like insanely expensive, probably better to get a new one.

I'm curious about the holy divers actually, know anything about em?
 

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Ha! Love it. I envy your attitude ;)
What's to envy? Just do it. My main player is a custom Suhr, and I can't wait till it looks a little more battle-worn.

Also, my experience - those Hercules stands/hangers SUCK. The levers were always getting hung up on the locking nuts of my seven strings, they're clunky, kind of noisy, and ugly. I almost dropped guitars coming out of Hercules stands way more than I did with String Swings, which I've never had a problem with. I've been using a 7-guitar rack these days, but I'm thinking of going back to wall mounting...

I could get a used Rebel Yell but I don't know which specs it has... And it's like insanely expensive, probably better to get a new one.

I'm curious about the holy divers actually, know anything about em?
The Holy Diver is Bareknuckle's take on a JB, more or less. If you like the JB you'll probably dig them, if not, you probably won't.

I have a set of Rebel Yells in my Suhr - think of them as hotter PAFs, roughly. Reasonably bright, not super bass heavy, good attack, but still with moderately hot output. I wanted a PAF with some more attitude, and I'd say that's what I got. I'm pretty happy with them - I think they've been used for all of my entries into the Jemsite solo contests so far, so while the playing is pretty rough on this one, here's the most recent:


Are they hands down better than some comparable Duncans or Dimarzios? Probably not... Methab is right, they're "worth it" if the particular pickup is voiced just right for you, but any Bareknuckle isn't going to be automatically better for you than any Duncan or Dimarzio. It's about finding the right pickup for you, more than the brand.
 

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Yeah actually on that note, custom shop SDs and DiMarzio are about as much as a BKP. I feel you are mucccccccch better off just ordering a CS DiMarzio/SD based off your experiences with the brand.

The Holy Diver is definitely an awesome pickup too, I think they were in a Blackmachine I had.

Without a doubt though, the BKP VHII is ****ing amazing. It has the attack of Yngwie's tone but still sounds ultra sweet and not all squeaky like single coils do.
 

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It's about finding the right pickup for you, more than the brand.
^ This!

I was actually little worried I wouldn't like the sound of these Bareknuckles, simply because I am so accustomed to Dimarzio tones. I thought Bareknuckles would sound a lot grainier than they do, for no better reason than that's the impression their military branding gives me.
 
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