Bare Knuckle Pickups for McCarty 594?

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  1. JJDon

    JJDon New Member

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    Thinking of replacing the 58/15 LTs in my McCarty DC594 with a set from Bare Knuckle. Was thinking of either the Alnico Holy Divers, Rebel Yells, VHII, or Nailbombs. Id like that 80s hard rock and metal tone similar to a JB or Dimarzio but with maybe some more clarity or low end/mids. Anyone have experience with any of these ans thoughts?
     
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  2. Broseph

    Broseph PRS 22 Fret Fren

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    No advice for that range of pickups. But I do love me some Bare Knuckles. I have a Mule/Riff Raff set in a S2 594 singlecut. Love it.
     
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  3. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 15 years of bad tone

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    No experience yet, but eager to try a set. Been on the hunt for a set of Abraxas models. I like deals so I'm scouring the used market. Hear alot of great stuff about Bare Knuckles.
     
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  4. Wailing

    Wailing New Member

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    I don’t think you can go wrong with Bare Knuckle kit, I have their Peter Green pickups in my Les Paul and their Nantucket P90’s in both of my Juniors... I was lucky with one of the P90’s and bought second hand... or pre loved as everyone now says.. but do not regret paying the full price for the others ... Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy
     
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  5. NBW

    NBW New Member

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    I really like their low output PAFs. They make good stuff. If you want something a little less pricey, I just bought a pair of pickups from Manlius, and the guy who runs the place, Mick, answers questions from their contact form.
     
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  6. Barquentine

    Barquentine New Member

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    I have Rebel Yells in my 2015 S2 Singlecut. They are great pickups. Very versatile. They can rock hard but turn down the gain and they do great clean and mild breakup tones. The bridge is more even over the frequency range than a JB. I used a JB for years and really like it but I prefer the RY.
     
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    Barquentine New Member

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    Good luck. I have the Abraxas set in my Bernie and they are phenomenal.
     
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  8. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I had them in my Bernie, too. Fantastic.
     
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  9. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    I have a set of mules on my Zach Myers SE. sounds great to my ears.
     
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  10. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 15 years of bad tone

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    Luck just smiled. Scored a used set for around two benjamins. :)
     
  11. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    BAREKNUCKLE PICKUPS ARE OUTSTANDING.

    I'm running uncovered Mules in 594 #2, the splits are absolutely insane, and the pickups themselves are golden. I also have an uncovered Mule/Riff Raff set in a Tremonti and they rock. I have covered Mules in a Knaggs Chena and they are some of the best I've heard.

    Now all that said, I've been practicing for a couple Rush Tribute gigs coming up and just now plugged in my 594 #1 with the original 58/15 LTs. GD if those pickups aren't absolutely sensational. They take gain incredibly well, and their volume knob cleans are so smooth, OMG. They can do anything. If you're looking for more gain, try a boost or overdrive, or both. Or turn your amp's gain control up and knock the VOL pot back a bit.

    You can't lose. Carry on!
     
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  12. MarcWink

    MarcWink New Member

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    Based on what you say you're after, it sounds like the Abraxas may serve you well. I have them in a S2 Custom 22 Semi Hollow and really like them. They've got a little extra bottom end and a nice warm, smooth top. They do a great job of getting me a nice even, mellow tone out of my brighter sounding amps (i.e. Vox Top Boost).
     
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  13. Broseph

    Broseph PRS 22 Fret Fren

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    I’ve messed with Mules, Riff Raff, and Stormy Monday’s. All very impressive offerings. Their Low output stuff are great. And I hear people rave about their higher output stuff as well. I wonder how their single coils sound.
     
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  14. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I've used Cold Sweat sets in a couple of my PRS. They were patterned for John Sykes' tone, and are awesome. Enough, but not too much. Pair beautifully with Mahogany.

    Nailbomb is a higher-output version of the CS. I just got one and haven't tried it, but I would say it's likely to be hotter than anything you could have gotten in the 80s.

     
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  15. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    My Avatar guitar has the CS.
     
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  16. Silvertree

    Silvertree I love the smell of a PRS case in the morning.

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    Give Stocktone Pickups a try, if you are in the USA. Sherman hand makes amazing pickups.
     
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  17. GoBlue

    GoBlue New Member

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    Put a set of uncovered Silo's in my SC594 back in January and couldn't be happier.
     
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  18. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    PS that Stiletto Ace is one of the best amps I’ve owned for 70s/80s rock. I’d still have it if it weren’t a billion pounds.
     
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  19. Callan

    Callan hack guitarist..

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    BKP Abraxas, Riff Raff and Mules in my cu22, sc594 and HBii.

    All awesome !

    Good luck, I don't think you can go wrong with any of their choices.
     
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  20. JJDon

    JJDon New Member

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    This is a great comparison. I had basically settled on the Holy Diver for the bridge and Cold Sweat for the neck before this video, but that basically sealed the deal for me. I was in-between the Cold Sweats and VHIIs for the neck, but I think the CS will pair better with the Holy Diver. Also played the 58/15 LTs in my McCarty 594 tonight and really like them because of their mids, but just wish they had some more output. Hoping the Holy Diver/Cold Sweat pair will be an improvement.
     

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