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I am Groot
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I picked up a set of rewound Duncan Designs (I actually bought them from Mesh while Wolfe still had them) a little while back, and while they came in few weeks back, I finally got around to installing them last weekend.

The guitar they went in:



The pickups in question. Something looks funny, here. :lol:



I had a Custom/Jazz set in the guitar, but I really wasn't feeling the Custom. With an ebony fretboard, a big maple neck blank, stainless steel frets, a Floyd Rose, and not enough mahogany body to balance it out, this guitar is BRIGHT. It was just far to brittle for what I was looking to do. I swapped the ceramic out for an alnico 8, and while that helped a bit, it was still lacking that crunch I was looking for on the low end.

This pickup set is rewound to six-string Jazz and vintage 6-string JB specs. I knew what to expect with the JB7, but I wasn't sure how the Jazz7 was going to work out. I've always been very happy with the Jazz (it is my go-to neck pickup), but since I got them as a set, I figured it was worth a try.

The JB7, as expected, did not disappoint. It really is a testament to Wolfe's work that I now consider this pickup to be in the same category as a Tung Sol 12AX7 and a modded tube screamer: my sound is just not complete without it, and frankly, I wasn't playing the V much because of this. The guitar is still bright, but no longer annoyingly so, and with that low end oomph I was lacking before. As Mike has said before, Wolfe's work is really good at bringing out the natural voice of your guitar. While you can tell it is the same pickup as in Mike's Jackson Soloist and my KxK Sii-7, all three guitars definitely have character that is unqiue to them: thick, harmonically-rich midrange from the Soloist, low end gut punch and hyper clarity from the Sii-7, and screaming top end and cut from the V.

The Jazz7 was the real surprise. It still sounds like a Jazz, but livelier. It is a touch thicker in the lower mids, not unlike a '59, but with all the clarity you expect to hear from a Jazz. The thing just sizzles under high gain, and has no problem punching through a band going full tilt when you want that neck pickup solo sound. Notes have that "pop" that I usually only associate with single coils. I find myself actually taking the time to switch pickups mid song (no mean feat on this guitar, just look at the selector switch location).

Oh, and fuck you, Matt.

 
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excellent ending :lol:

man, i really really gotta get my hands on a set of those thar things thar man
 

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I am really, really surprised that, with the number of people shelling out high $$$ for pickups between here and SS.org, there aren't more people ordering these. Without fail, everyone that's played either my or Dave's guitars with Wolfetone rewinds has been blown away by them.

Then again, I have a JB for my Sonic 7 that I haven't got around to sending him yet, so perhaps it's the lack of the "impulse buy"... :lol:
 

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Glad these worked out for ya Dave - I might redo this mess again once I have cash and figure out how to route teh Carvin for pups. :metal:
 

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Still haven't tried these, it seems like they're similar to Bareknuckles though.

Isn't your white V a solid chunk of maple?
 

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Only problem I really see with Wolfe is extra hassle and wait time to buy pickups then send them to him for an indeterminate amount of time.

I really want to have him do a set for my Septor 727, but I haven't had the time, cash, or patience...
 

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Only problem I really see with Wolfe is extra hassle and wait time to buy pickups then send them to him for an indeterminate amount of time.

I really want to have him do a set for my Septor 727, but I haven't had the time, cash, or patience...
Yup and home boy smokes a lotta weed - look at Dave's pups.
 

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Still haven't tried these, it seems like they're similar to Bareknuckles though.
I've played several sets of Bareknuckles now, and I don't really find that to be the case. Wolfe is closer to the Duncan side of things, whereas BKP is closer to the Dimarzio side. That is not a very fair comparison, since they really all do have their own sound, but it works as a rough frame of reference: Wolfetones tend sound more open, while every BKP set I've played has had a more specific midrange focus.

Isn't your white V a solid chunk of maple?
Not quite:



It is more maple than anything else, though. However, I only have a set of stock Duncans in that guitar. These Wolefetones went into my black V, which has even less mahogany in it than the white one:

 

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Congrats dude (except for the goofy way he put them back together).
I'm totally leaving it like that, it's just too funny that way. :lol:
 

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I've played several sets of Bareknuckles now, and I don't really find that to be the case. Wolfe is closer to the Duncan side of things, whereas BKP is closer to the Dimarzio side. That is not a very fair comparison, since they really all do have their own sound, but it works as a rough frame of reference: Wolfetones tend sound more open, while every BKP set I've played has had a more specific midrange focus.
true of his higher output pickups. get into the vintage hot or whatever he calls it range (the middle of the gut) and youre in much more open territory. i think you would LUURV a set of emeralds
 

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true of his higher output pickups. get into the vintage hot or whatever he calls it range (the middle of the gut) and youre in much more open territory. i think you would LUURV a set of emeralds
Possibly. All I've heard are the high-outputs, which were better than most of the high-output hums I've heard for clarity, but didn't touch the Lundgrens - which are, honestly, the best-sounding very high-output pickups I've ever heard, by any maker.
 

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Lundgrens sound very awesome indeed, if a little on the bright side. I'd like to try a set of Wolfetones sometime. Fancy a Division UK tour Dave? :D
 

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Possibly. All I've heard are the high-outputs, which were better than most of the high-output hums I've heard for clarity, but didn't touch the Lundgrens - which are, honestly, the best-sounding very high-output pickups I've ever heard, by any maker.
Actually, I did get to play a Rebel Yell set, which I think is lower output. It still had a touch of midrange focus, but was far more open than Painkillers or Nailbombs. They were the best BKP I have ever played.

I think the Lundgrens are proof that it is possible to make an extreme output pickup without sacrificing tone. The bridge pickup in Matt's Carvin was akin to a bomb going off: just wide open and explosive, which is very hard to find in any pickup, let alone something north of 12K.
 

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I've played several sets of Bareknuckles now, and I don't really find that to be the case. Wolfe is closer to the Duncan side of things, whereas BKP is closer to the Dimarzio side. That is not a very fair comparison, since they really all do have their own sound, but it works as a rough frame of reference: Wolfetones tend sound more open, while every BKP set I've played has had a more specific midrange focus.

Not quite:



It is more maple than anything else, though. However, I only have a set of stock Duncans in that guitar. These Wolefetones went into my black V, which has even less mahogany in it than the white one:

Gotcha.
 
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