Who is the standard when it comes to guitar pickup manufacturers? The brands that everyone will come up with right away will likely be SEYMOUR DUNCAN, DIMARZIO, and EMG. Replacing a pickup is a slight gamble in that you do not know what it sounds like you like until you actually install it on the guitar. Therefore, the long-established, standard brands mentioned above tend to be popular. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Bare Knuckle Pickups is a brand that has been attracting attention from guitarists in recent years. Bare Knuckle Pickups was launched in 2003 by guitarist Tim Mills and others who belonged to Iced Earth. The pickups are designed based on Tim's experience as a guitarist, and they are handmade in the UK. Bare Knuckle Pickups is a relatively young brand that has been gaining a reputation among guitarists and is now producing a number of signature models and some guitars from various manufacturers are equipped with Bare Knuckle pickups.
Sound House is pleased to announce Bare Knuckle Pickups! Introducing the models that can be purchased at Sound House!
A pickup that is a perfect match for modern metal and for playing high speed riffs. The bridge pickup uses a ceramic magnet and has excellent bottom-end response. It is a versatile pickup with punchy mids and moderate compression, and is suitable not only for riffs but also for leads. The neck pickup uses Alnico 5 magnets, and features a thick, powerful yet clean sound. A pickup tone that sings and has good sustain if you distort it. In Japan, it is also known to be installed in the signature guitar of guitarist Leda, who is known for his work with Far East Dizain, BABYMETAL support, etc.
Originally designed to be a pickup dedicated to extreme metal, it produces a dark, distorted sound. It features a smooth high-end while having a high DC resistance that stands out from the other metal pickups from the brand. Contrary to the original design concept, it is preferred by guitarists from various genres because of its sound, and British "Total Guitar" magazine describes it as "a high-power, clean, sweet pickup. It's an all-rounder pickup." There’s a choice between ceramic and Alnico 5 for the bridge pickup magnet, but Sound House handles the default Alnico 5 model.
To say that Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor was the catalyst for spreading the Bare Knuckle Pickups name to the metal scene is no exaggeration. Misha's first signature model, The Juggernaut, was favored by guitarists in genres including progressive metal and Djent. The Ragnarok was created in collaboration with Misha Mansoor, Periphery bassist and sound producer Adam “Nolly” Getgood, and Bare Knuckle. While inheriting the responsiveness of The Juggernaut, it has been brushed up to be more aggressive and tight, making it the perfect model for progressive metal.
The name reminds me of the Judas Priest song, but Bare Knuckle says it's a high-output "Djent Humbucker". The sound is very high resolution and well separated, but with peaks in high mid-range. I don't think it's an extremely modern character, even though it's called "Djent Humbucker". The name seems to be TRUE METAL, but as the manufacturer suggests, it is a pickup that I would like to recommend for progressive metal and djent, as well as Math Rock, which has become popular in recent years.
Painkiller / 6-string model
A pickup that combines the synergistic effect of old school tones with modern rock tones. It supports a wide range of genres from blues rock to thrash metal. The bridge pickup uses alnico magnets and features a warm high range and a midrange that sings. The neck pickup features a woody, bright character, and can output a tight, attack even when distorted. Like the Warpig, this model also provides a choice of bridge pickup magnets, and Sound House carries the default Alnico 5 magnet model.
The original pickup, commonly known as the "PAF", that was installed in vintage Gibson guitars. Many pickup brands are working on products modeled after this PAF, but of course Bare Knuckle Pickups also has a set! Both the bridge and neck use Alnico 4 magnets, which are a little rare for guitar pickups. Based on the PAF made in 1959, it features a more balanced tone. It can output rich overtones even at low gain, and can maintain a clear sound even when distorted, so it is an item that I would like to recommend to guitarists of various genres.
The Mule / 6-string model
The Cobra pickup allows you to obtain a pure single-coil sound without excess noise. It uses ceramic magnets and steel blades, and is characteristic that it has a DC resistance comparable to that of a humbucker. If you want to master high gain with a Strat, the Cobra pickup is one of the best choices. The Cobra pickup has a dynamic wide range and it is an expressive pickup that responds to the player’s performance and volume control. Not only can the Cobra pickup be used in a set of Cobra 3 pickups, but it can also be used in combination with a humbucker. Of course, I recommend to use it in SSH or HSH formats, as well as together with a 3 single Strat.
Cobra / 6-string model
These are the Bare Knuckle Pickups products that can be ordered at Sound House! By the way, I'm particularly interested in the Aftermath and the Nailbomb. The pickup greatly influences the sound of your guitar. Try brushing up your sound by replacing the pickups with unique Bare Knuckle Pickups!
✳︎ Bare Knuckle Pickups allows for various customizations, but Sound House may not be able to provide all customizations. In addition, as they are handmade by a very small number of people, orders usually take 3 to 4 months. Please note.