#1
So, I've got Christmas, Birthday, and a new job all coming in the next 2 months. What better to spend all my money on than new gear?

Okay, heres the info:

I play Blues, Classic and Hard Rock. Bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Sum 41, Airbourne, Green Day, and Led Zep.
I live in Australia.

Playing through Blackstar HT-5 and Avatar 2x12 with V30's, soon to be a V30/G12H30 mix.

Firstly, Pickups is a must. Im pretty certain on getting a pair of Bareknuckle Mules for my LP. Does anyone have some alternatives to these? Im going to have to get them shipped over, total cost for the pair being a bit over $320 AU from memory. I dont really want to spend much more than that, but I could go over if its worth it.

Next on the list is an Overdrive pedal. I really want a smooth overdrive, perfect for low gain solos, but also must have a nice vintage crunch to boot. I was looking into the TC Electronics Vintage Overdrive, any thoughts on that? Budget for overdrive pedal is pretty flexible, but i would rather keep it below $400 AU NEW. I will most likely be buying used, but new prices are easier to go by.

Im not too sure whether I want to buy anything else, I will have more money, but atm I cant think of anything I need. If there is anyone that plays similar music to me, and you have something that you think I might like, suggest it, and ill take a look.

Sorry if I've missed anything. Thanks in advance.
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Schecter Tempest Classic Goldtop
Ceriatone 18 Watt TMB/EF86 2x12 - Lorantz Greenback's
MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive

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Last edited by DiizZ at Nov 22, 2009,
#2
I haven't played any BKP's but for your genres I would look at the Mules and Blackdog's. For overdrive's I recommend a Rothwell Heartbreaker as it has the low gain/high gain switch, which makes it really versatile
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#3
I would recommend an ibanez tubescreamer or a boss blues driver for that low gain vintage sound man
#4
a maxon od-808, its like the original tubescreamer and cheaper than the ibanez one, maxon used to build them for ibanez
#5
Quote by cowboy_bill
I would recommend an ibanez tubescreamer or a boss blues driver for that low gain vintage sound man


I'd probably suggest the same thing but he already has a Bad Monkey, which is a clone of the Tubescreamer.

How come you're wanting new gear? Can the Blackstar not do low gain stuff very well?
#6
cowboy bill is right, get yourself a tubecreamer ts808 or ts9. You know what, I agree with Jak Archer too! It will be hard to decide between the mules and blackdogs though. I recommend getting in touch with the bareknuckle pickup guru Tim Mills. He knows all....
#7
Heard good things about bareknuckle PU's but also other boutique English pickups.....

Bulldog Pickups
Rock Monkey Pickups
Swinehead Pickups
IronGear Pickups
ESP Eclipse I CTM FR (KGC BRASS BLOCK + IronGear Blues Engine + Dirty Torque + BCS Wiring Kit
Jet City Fusion

Blackstar S1-104 EL34

Engl Standard 4x12 (V60's)

Korg PitchBlack
ZCAT Delay-Reverb
Snarling Dogs Whine-O-Wah
#8
Thanks for the suggestions guys, but Im not really a fan of the Tube screamers.

I'm looking for something a bit more unique, less generic I guess. Brands like Pro Tone Pedals and Catalinbread are where I'm looking. Price and quality wise.


Les Paul, it's not that, the HT-5 does it fine. Stock Epi pickups aren't all that good, (very muddy) so I thought I'd get a new set. As for the OD, I just like having the option of another sound at my disposal.
Greco 59-50 Mint Collection - 1982 - Iron Gear Hot Slag/Rolling Mill
Schecter Tempest Classic Goldtop
Ceriatone 18 Watt TMB/EF86 2x12 - Lorantz Greenback's
MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive

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^ this guy defines the term "being right".
Last edited by DiizZ at Nov 22, 2009,
#9
Quote by DiizZ
Thanks for the suggestions guys, but Im not really a fan of the Tube screamers.

I'm looking for something a bit more unique, less generic I guess. Brands like Pro Tone Pedals and Catalinbread are where I'm looking. Price and quality wise.


Les Paul, it's not that, the HT-5 does it fine. Stock Epi pickups aren't all that good, (very muddy) so I thought I'd get a new set. As for the OD, I just like having the option of another sound at my disposal.


I'm changing my Epi pickups soon too. For the moment I'm gonna put an Alnico II into the bridge and leave the neck, just because I have an Alnico II lying around. The neck will probably be a Seymour Duncan '59. I know it's generic but I think the whole low output pickups would do wonders for my Epiphone.
#10
Good decision.

Any other suggestions?
Greco 59-50 Mint Collection - 1982 - Iron Gear Hot Slag/Rolling Mill
Schecter Tempest Classic Goldtop
Ceriatone 18 Watt TMB/EF86 2x12 - Lorantz Greenback's
MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive

Quote by Danyg
^ this guy defines the term "being right".
#11
Quote by DiizZ
Firstly, Pickups is a must. Im pretty certain on getting a pair of Bareknuckle Mules for my LP. Does anyone have some alternatives to these? Im going to have to get them shipped over, total cost for the pair being a bit over $320 AU from memory. I dont really want to spend much more than that, but I could go over if its worth it.

http://www.rockmonkeyguitars.com/
As you're looking at Bareknuckles I'll recommend Rock Monkey. Great pickups, handwound and a bit cheaper than BKs. They'll definitely be at least on par with BKs, I'd say you're probably paying a bit more for BK's reputation.
Chris from Rock Monkey has an account here and offers 10% discount to UGers. His username is CorduroyEW, if you send him a message he'll help you pick your best option.
#12
And there are the rest of the other pickup makers you can look at too.

Amalfitano Pickups
www.amalfitanopickups.com

Angeltone Electronic
www.angeltone.com

Bare Knuckles
http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/

BG Pickups
http://www.norcalguitars.com
http://www.bg-pups.com/

Brandon Wound Pickups
http://www.brandonwoundpickups.com/

Bulldog Pickups
http://www.bulldogpickups.com/

Copperhead Pickups
http://www.copperheadpickups.com

Curtis Novak Guitars and Pickups
http://www.curtisnovak.com

DragonFire Guitars
http://www.dragonfireguitars.com/

Gadow Hand Wound Pickups
http://www.gadowguitars.com/gadow-hand-wound-pickups.html

GFS Pickups
http://store.guitarfetish.com/pickups.html

Harmonic Design
http://www.harmonicdesign.net/

Hanson Pickups
http://www.hansonpickups.com/

High Order Pickups
http://www.highorderpickups.com/

Iron Gear
http://www.irongear.co.uk/

James Reed Pickups
http://reedjamescustom.com/

Juicy Pickups
http://www.juicypickups.com

Joe Barden Engineering
http://www.joebarden.com

J. M. Rolph
http://www.jmrolph.com/

J S Morre Pickups
http://www.tonefordays.com/

Klein Pickups
http://www.kleinpickups.com/

Lollar Guitar Pickups
http://www.lollarguitars.com/

Manlius Guitar Pickups
http://www.manliusguitar.com/

Mojo Pickups
http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com/pickups.asp?id=65960&s=Custom%20Wound

Motor City Pickups
http://motorcitypickups.com/

O.C. Duff Pickups
http://www.ocduffpickups.com/

Patrick McDonald Handwound Pickups
Link unknown

Rio Grande Pickups
http://www.riograndepickups.com/

Rock Monkey
http://www.rockmonkeyguitars.com/

Rockfield Pickups
http://www.rockfieldpickups.com/

Rocketfire Pickups
http://www.1stgearmusic.com/rocketfirescatterwoundvintagesinglecoilstratpickups.aspx

Rumpelstiltskin Pickups
http://www.rumpelpickups.com/

S.K. Guitar Specialities
http://www.skguitar.com

Sheptone
http://www.sheptone.com/hum.htm

Shed Pickups
http://www.shedpickups.com

Skatterbrane
https://www.skatterbrane.com

Sidewynder Pickups
http://www.sidewynder.co.uk

Smit's Hand Wound Pickups
http://www.smitspickups.com/

Stan Hinesley Handwound Pickups
http://www.stanhinesleypickups.com/

Stephen Design
http://www.sdpickups.com/

Swineshead Pickups
http://www.swinesheadpickups.co.uk/

Throbak Electronics & Pickups
www.gundrymedia.typepad.com/

Timpson Music
http://www.timpsonmusic.com/html/tdm_pickups.html

Toneworks Custom Pickups
http://www.toneworks.co.uk/

Toneriders
http://www.tonerider.com/

Torres Engineering
http://www.torresamps.com/pickups.htm

WB Custom Pickups
http://www.wbpickups.com/

WCR
http://www.wcrguitar.com/

Witkowski Guitars
http://www.witkowskiguitars.com

Wizard Pickups Ltd
http://www.wizardpickups.co.uk

Wolfe Tone
http://www.wolfetone.com

Zhangbucker Pickups
zhangbucker@yahoo.com

Other than Catalinbread's Dirty Little Secret... the only other OD i know of is The Usual Suspects.

I'm not sure how well the DLS will serve for RHCP and Sum 41... but you should be able to get tone of the other bands. Altho I'll warn you that the DLS would depend strongly on your amp again.

I'm not sure how well the DLS will work on the HT5 if you're looking for that Marshall sound.
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#13
Thanks for that Ragingkitty, I never knew there were that many pickup makers.

As for the DLS, I've been looking into it for a while, havent had a chance to play it yet.

I might head down to the local shop, try some pedals.

AUSSIES - This shop has the best range of pedals I've seen in Australia. Great guitars, amps and staff, also.

http://www.deluxeguitars.com.au/sales.asp

If anyone sees anything they think I should try, please let me know.
Greco 59-50 Mint Collection - 1982 - Iron Gear Hot Slag/Rolling Mill
Schecter Tempest Classic Goldtop
Ceriatone 18 Watt TMB/EF86 2x12 - Lorantz Greenback's
MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive

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^ this guy defines the term "being right".
Last edited by DiizZ at Nov 23, 2009,
#14
Yer welcome... and that list is not complete.

TBH... I think that apart from the Mules... BKP doesn't really have anything close to what you want... maybe check out Wolfetone or WCR's Filmore.
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#15
The filmores look very interesting, thanks once again.

I guess I'll have to guess on the pickups, as there are quite a few that sound to suit what I'm looking for. At this price I'm sure all are very good, can't really go wrong.

Any and all other opinions are greatly appreciated though.
Greco 59-50 Mint Collection - 1982 - Iron Gear Hot Slag/Rolling Mill
Schecter Tempest Classic Goldtop
Ceriatone 18 Watt TMB/EF86 2x12 - Lorantz Greenback's
MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive

Quote by Danyg
^ this guy defines the term "being right".
#16
holy shit kitty... looks like my favorites tab

TS, check out a germanium-type OD... unique flavor and EXCELLENT for blues.
#17
Will do, thanks Grisky.
Greco 59-50 Mint Collection - 1982 - Iron Gear Hot Slag/Rolling Mill
Schecter Tempest Classic Goldtop
Ceriatone 18 Watt TMB/EF86 2x12 - Lorantz Greenback's
MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive

Quote by Danyg
^ this guy defines the term "being right".
#18
Quote by cowboy_bill
I would recommend an ibanez tubescreamer or a boss blues driver for that low gain vintage sound man


this. if you want to go with the boss BD i would suggest getting the keeley mod though, much better tone.

EDIT: read your post above so forget about the tube screamer
Last edited by JayLacelle at Nov 23, 2009,
#19
Quote by GrisKy
holy shit kitty... looks like my favorites tab

TS, check out a germanium-type OD... unique flavor and EXCELLENT for blues.


:Haha: you need a life d00d... I think we all do haha.
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