#1
Ok so the guitar they will go into is a LTD EC1000 in Vintage Black it has an ebony fretboard if that makes any difference at all.

My styles are mostly Tool, alot of classic rock, Mastodon, A Perfect Circle, etc. Need nice warm cleans from the neck pup with a smooth lead tone as I use it for soloing something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgBlHM5TW5Q&feature=related as far as smoothness. As for bridge I would like to back slightly off the volume for some nice skynyrd tones and full on for mastodon and tool. Thats as good as an explanation as I can come up with anyways.

As for amp I have a Carvin V3 with a cheap Carvin cab for now but when I get these pups will be buying a Whitebox 2x12 cab with a GT12-75 and V30 in it.

The model that appeals to me most on the BKP site is the nailbomb set. Dunno how well this would work but seems good. Would probably go with the Alnico bridge option.

On a side note what are some really good 1meg pots to throw in there with the passive pups? Or should I get 500k?

Thanks for any help given and sorry for the long read put wanted to provide as much info as possible to hopefully get the best responses possible. And I will also be sending BKP a email to get their opinion but was hoping for some advice here to help out.
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nailbombs
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Awesome thats what I was looking for so thanks for reinforcing my initial thoughts.

What about some good volume and tone pots?


Edit: damn meant to post this thread in GG&A oh well guess it kinda works in EG aswell.
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Last edited by bluestratplayer at Sep 22, 2011,
#4
Wow dude, I put bare knuckles in my EC-1000, Nailbombs to be exact, and it sounds amazing now. Nailbombs are what Tim recommended me, get them, especially for stuff like Tool.
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#5
Hell yeah Im glad someone with experience on that set in my guitar model posted in. Did you go with Alnico bridge or the Ceramic option?
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For the pots, it really depends on your personal taste. The pots in there are probably 500k (the standard for a humbucker setup), so if you like your tone the way it is then stick with those. 1meg pots will give you more output, but also a lot more treble response, so if that's something you want then get those.
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Quote by bluestratplayer
Hell yeah Im glad someone with experience on that set in my guitar model posted in. Did you go with Alnico bridge or the Ceramic option?


Go Alnico, thats what I did and it rocks. Lots of awesome mid range crunch from the nailbombs, which Adam Jones uses in his amazing tones.
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For the pots, it really depends on your personal taste. The pots in there are probably 500k (the standard for a humbucker setup), so if you like your tone the way it is then stick with those. 1meg pots will give you more output, but also a lot more treble response, so if that's something you want then get those.



Nope. Pots are 50k the normal for EMGs so I have to buy new pots for passive pups
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Ohh my bad. I didn't know that guitar had EMGs. Anyway, it's still up to you which pots to get. 500k pots will give you the most balanced tone, and I'd recommend you use those. 1meg pots will give you more output, and a lot more treble response. Another interesting combo that's recommended by Dimarzio is a 250k volume pot with a 1meg tone pot, you might want to look into that. Pots are fairly inexpensive though, so you can easily experiment and find what you like best.

One other thing - EMGs are a bit bigger than passive pups, you might want to make sure the replacement pups will fit into that larger rout.
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One other thing - EMGs are a bit bigger than passive pups, you might want to make sure the replacement pups will fit into that larger rout.


Not noticeably. I've had no issues going from uncovered coils to EMG's.
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I recommend the Warpig over the Nailbomb in my opinion.
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I recommend the Warpig over the Nailbomb in my opinion.


For what kind of styles and tones he described, a Nailbomb is far better. Warpig has too much output imo, I'm sure its still a fine pickup, but you dont need, what was it, 22k output?
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#14
I didn't much consider the warpig mainly because of how hot it was. Im not sure how well it would do for A Perfect Circle type cleans. The nailbomb just seemed like a good in between type pickup so Ill probably go for it.

Anyway when it comes to pots I dunno the difference I want high quality with a smooth taper. CTS is the only name Ive seen pop up are those what you would suggest for some 500k pots? I mean if Im spending $300 or whatever for a set of pickups I might as well go all out on the electronics altogether.


Thanks for all the responses everyone.
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#15
i wouldn't put warpigs in that guitar at all.

they'd be way to dark.

if you want the best pots money can buy

allesandro high end with the custom taper.
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#16
^Maybe not quite that good lol. I mean I would prefer not spending half of the money that BKPs cost on three pots. I will probably go for the CTS unless there is better for under $10 per pot.
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I didn't much consider the warpig mainly because of how hot it was. Im not sure how well it would do for A Perfect Circle type cleans. The nailbomb just seemed like a good in between type pickup so Ill probably go for it.

Anyway when it comes to pots I dunno the difference I want high quality with a smooth taper. CTS is the only name Ive seen pop up are those what you would suggest for some 500k pots? I mean if Im spending $300 or whatever for a set of pickups I might as well go all out on the electronics altogether.


Thanks for all the responses everyone.


My warpig pickup with the coil tap has some of the best clean tone I have ever heard, in my opinion superior to what I get with the nailbomb (I've had both in my custom built LP), and also feels a lot more responsive to volume knob tweaks. The nailbomb was almost too balanced for my tastes, didn't really have any defining characteristics that I like a pickup to have.

The problem with BKP is you can't really find any in guitars to test them out, and it's a lot of money to just pick-n-pray. But either way I'm sure you'll be happy with either of those pickups, BKP really can do no wrong.
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Apparently BKP are usually spot on with the recommendations you could pop them an email


I actually tend to not trust them as much as I trust Nolly or a certain dealer from a certain American store That's just from personal experience though.

As far as the recommendations go; Yes, a nailbomb would be a great fit if you keep the A5 magnet in it and dont go ceramic. However, for the styles and sounds you described I would take a look in to the Black Dog and the Emerald as well. Both are medium output pickups which will just offer a bit more clarity than higher output ones. Nolly had some demo's out on his Soundcloud with the Black Dog and they sound incredible; if I had a mahogany guitar, that would be what I'de put in it. Emerald would also very much suit your needs as it has a top end similair to the Nailbomb; very bity.

Another option, though not BKP, would be a Duncan Custom (custom is the name of the pickup). They are amazing matches with mahogany bodied guitars and have a very pleasant, lo-mid punch that works great for Mastodon and Tool esque riffing. It's funny, I remember talking to James from Cradle of Filth and he commented on BKP's the same way I feel about them (and it's a compliment); They're Seymour Duncans on crack.
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#20
BKP got back to me and after they read my email they suggested the Nailbombs .

So yeah Im most likely going to go with that. Thanks again for the help everyone.
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Apparently BKP are usually spot on with the recommendations you could pop them an email


+1

and ask on the forum too, there are several people there who have tried most or all of their models.
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BKP got back to me and after they read my email they suggested the Nailbombs .

So yeah Im most likely going to go with that. Thanks again for the help everyone.


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Ill check those out. Last time I asked for pickups you showed me the Smokestacks but now Im wanting different things out of this guitar so Im looking for something hotter. I was considering the Hellabucker though.
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#24
hellabucker is good.

that guitar doesn't have a maple cap though right?

it's just mahogony slab body?
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#26
yeah just mahogony slab. Its also quite a bit thinner than an LP but Im sure you are aware of that. I just can't tell much about the clips of the hellabucker I wish the clips sounded better. Would be much cheaper than BKPs but I haven't heard much about the bg pickups.
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