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.