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    Filling both holes with double cream... again...

    For the last year or so, I've been rocking Lindy Fralin PAFs in my goldtop. They're a great pickup, sound beautiful, and were a welcome change from the '57 Classic and '57 Super that came stock. In between the Fralin's and the '57s, I had Bare Knuckle Black Dogs.

    The Black Dogs were too dark for me. I know for some, a dark, aggressive pickup in a LP would be perfect, but it never really worked for me.

    The Fralins are spectacular. But I'm looking for something in between these two points. I need something a bit hotter, more responsive to pick attack than the Fralins, but not as dark as the Black Dogs.

    This week I found a set of Bare Knuckle VHII pickups on Reverb for a steal. They're 4-conductor rather than braided 2-conductor, so my mild OCD will have to live with that knowledge. They are double cream bobbins, so I like that. I liked that look when the Black Dogs were in it.

    I had been researching and decided on either the VHII or the Riff Raff set. At the price, I'm considering this an experiment. If it doesn't work out, I'll throw the Fralins back in.

    I'll let you know how it works out. They're supposed to arrive by the weekend.

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    I like the VHIIs. Bright and clear.
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    One of the few BKPs I actually like. Good pickup.

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    Looks like the VHII's have a similar spec sheet to the Rebel Yell, the bridge of which I have in my LP and absolutely love. It's just a lot hotter (but not crazy "modern" hot), but the EQ seems to be roughly the same.

    https://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk...ker/rebel-yell





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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon View Post
    Looks like the VHII's have a similar spec sheet to the Rebel Yell, the bridge of which I have in my LP and absolutely love. It's just a lot hotter (but not crazy "modern" hot), but the EQ seems to be roughly the same.
    Hopefully it works out for me, as well. This weekend I'll get a chance to put them through their paces.

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    They're lower output than I typically go for, but I want to try some, too, now!

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    The VHII is one of my favorite pickups. It's brighter than the Black Dog, so it should work for you. It's got a lot of mid-range character that makes it a very rich sounding pickup.

    When I get a new guitar now, I start with a VHII, and in the rare case it doesn't work, I try something else.

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