#1
Hi Guys! Quick Question:

I've sold my Bare Knuckle Aftermaths 7. They were to sterile for me and I'm Switching to Dimarzio.

Now.. I have settled on the neck pickup, i want a Liquifire 7 to get more smoothness. But for the bridge im not so sure.. At first i wanted the D'activator (which i have in a 6 string and love) But im also looking into the Titan, Illuminator, Ionizer and offcourse the crunchlab.

I want clarity and a decent bite to the tone (no floppy B string). A strong pickup for staccato riffing that also sing when I play leads.

Anyone have experience with these and some advice?

Thanks!
#2
I haven't had experience with those pickups (other than the Dactivator) but I'll be following this thread, I'm interested in trying some of those same pickups.
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#3
i haven't tried aftermaths but a lot of people probably think dimarzios can be sterile too- they do have a bit of a modern-sounding sheen or edge to a lot of their models.

obviously that doesn't mean you necessarily agree, of course. but i'm not sure that I'd say the dimarzios i have are any less sterile than the bareknuckles I have (admittedly only the miracle man/cold sweat set). unless you just don't want to fork out for BKPs, which is fair enough, as the prices have escalated pretty substantially over the past several years.
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#4
If you found Aftermaths too sterile, maybe you should go for lower output pickups than what you're listing here. Flobby B string can be skipped with right gauge as well.. Switching from .56 to .59 made all the difference for me. Can't really go thicker thanks to the trem and that I want to be in standard 7-string tuning.
I have a CL7 in my UV and it's okay, but I think that when I've got the money I'm going to go for something a bit more open-sounding.
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#5
Hmm...Switching from Bareknuckles to DiMarzio?

Don't get me wrong, I definitely love DiMarzios, and recommend them regularly to others, but you're probably the first person I've heard of who wasn't completely blown away w/BKP stuff! (I haven't tried any myself, but want to at some point).

Anyways, it's my understanding that the Aftermaths are a pickup set designed for modern metal/tight playing. Lots of pickups that are good for this are going to have a bit of a sterileness to them, some more than others (and especially if you're comparing ceramic magnet pickups to alnico). The natural pairing w/a Liquifire would be a Crunch Lab, which is an awesome pickup, but I don't know how it compares to an Aftermath, as far as "sterileness" is concerned.

I'm actually tempted to recommend slightly less hot pickups if you're after a less "sterile" tone. Maybe some Breeds, if going DiMarzio?
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#6
I have Titans in my 7 string and think they're absolutely bomb. Probably the most reactive pickups I have.

And Flight, I personally hate Bareknuckles. Way to flat.
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And Flight, I personally hate Bareknuckles. Way to flat.
Make that two then!

Like I said, I've wanted to try them (and other boutique options) out for some time now. They just always seemed awfully spendy to me. That, and even when I do try new pickups out, I always seem to find myself going back to the Super Distortion/PAF Pro combo for what I do.
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Make that two then!

Like I said, I've wanted to try them (and other boutique options) out for some time now. They just always seemed awfully spendy to me. That, and even when I do try new pickups out, I always seem to find myself going back to the Super Distortion/PAF Pro combo for what I do.


Same with me. I'll try pickups out, mess about, and always go back to my trusty FRED bridge/ Norton neck combo.

Though lately I've been loving the Evo2 bridge/ Norton neck combo a lot too. If I like it enough it makes my P/U change on my 7 easier (no 7 FRED )
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