Dark Star review by Entwistle

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  • Sound: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (2 votes)
Entwistle: Dark Star
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Price paid: € 50

Purchased from: E-Bay

Sound — 8
Got them as an interesting swap on my Yamaha 121's stock ones. The sound is really bright and squeaky clean making it an awesome pair for clean tones, although the do miss some low-end witch makes them a little bit unsuited for distorted rhythm guitar. These pickups are actually 4-conductor witch allows splitting and parallel wiring. The single-coil/splitted sound can be compared to the mid range fender tones, giving it a bright touch on bridge and a more worm feel close to the neck. They are generally pickups made for clean/solo guitar and they handle distortion in their own unique way. Pretty good for distorted lead guitar due to their insane clarity, but they are also not very forgiving to slappy picking noise. Have tested them on a Spider Line 6, a couple of Masrhalls, and a Randall Dual Rectifier and they were pretty good. As long as blues and more vintage kind of sound goes they seem to go pretty well on the trebly/chunky playing as and some more blue tones.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Their construction and the overall product seems to be very carefully made. The pole pieces can be adjusted and the 4 conductor wire allows for lots and lots of experimentation. It seems they are on a pretty solid condition well screwed and well waxxed. They came in a shipping folder, pretty good protected with and addition of a candy treat, witch I supposed is delivered to everybody... delicious! Pretty happy with the overall views and shipment, as it also came with the screws and everything needed to mount the pickups to your guitar

Overall Impression — 8
As far as my little project goes I am very satisfied with them. 50 euros for the set is pretty decent. Many people compare them to Seymour's, but no. It's not that they luck quality, or they are worst or better. They are just different. Generally I can't say they are satisfying, at least for the progressive Vai-ish tones I am going after. They only thing I could wish for more, it would be a tiny little more of low-ends, as the clarity gets a little too much sometimes... Definitely worth checking out.

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