Bare Knuckle pickups-What’s the deal?

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Would "wide" 53 mm spacing be okay in my Epiphone? It's only an extra 1.5 mm per side, right? Or do I need to wait for a 50 mm set?
 

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Would "wide" 53 mm spacing be okay in my Epiphone? It's only an extra 1.5 mm per side, right? Or do I need to wait for a 50 mm set?
I have found the DiMarzio “F-Spaced” to be perfect for Epiphone and most other imports. They have 51 mm spacing. I’ve used the 53 mm Duncan “Trembucker” in an Epiphone also, it worked fine.
 

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I have found the DiMarzio “F-Spaced” to be perfect for Epiphone and most other imports. They have 51 mm spacing. I’ve used the 53 mm Duncan “Trembucker” in an Epiphone also, it worked fine.
Thanks!
 

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With exception of my painkillers i paid between 90€ and 150€ for a set. Cheapest were my brown sugar set as they were a gamble. Both the Mules and pg blues were between 140/150€ all second hand. Not all that long ago. Buying second hand might be a good deal on these pups.
It's the way to go . Usually less than half price .
 

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Look more local, tho cheapest set is at 200€ atm for a set of 2 bridge aftermath :dunno:
But there is a Black Dog set for 250€ including pots

Most expensive 1900€ Knuckle Riff Raff bridge and Jalen Custom neck combo... Plus is it comes with wood around it (1994 orville by Gibson lpc) :laugh2:
 

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Just when I'd gotten over the idea of Bare Knuckle pickups being $400, I came to learn that Throbaks are $600. Suddenly $400 of staying to sound quite reasonable! Lol.
 

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Just when I'd gotten over the idea of Bare Knuckle pickups being $400, I came to learn that Throbaks are $600. Suddenly $400 of staying to sound quite reasonable! Lol.
"is starting"- not "of staying".
 

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I don't know about the Painkillers, but BKP are very popular among users of high output pickups - at least in Europe.
They are £229 (without covers) for a set at the BKP webshop.

I had a pair of Stormy Mondays and a pair of Mules in my 2017 Classic.
Very well made, they sound clear without being harsh, and easy to balance. But I find them to be kind of bland compared to the OX4 or Mojo Pickup UK PAF replicas I have.
Maybe it just wasn't the right pickups for that particular guitar. I may try the Mules in my new Standard.
 

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Some winders offer a return or replacement if you are not happy with the pick ups, so long as you follow the rules- don’t cut the cable etc. Bareknuckle do this themselves if you buy direct. I believe you have 14 days.

Whether pick ups suit your particular guitar and amp is a very expensive crap shoot, so this has saved me quite a bit of money over the years.

I don’t expect anything I just ask (or read the FAQs). You should try it.
Note to self: don’t sell to Starfire!
 

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I, for one, am a fan of them. Especially for more modern voicings.

ie- here's my first set, some BKP Painkillers that I really like for lower tunings thanks in part to a heavily spiked midrange.

The C-bombs, Coldsweats, and Holydivers have been mainstays in my guitars, too. Each for different reasons though they can collectively cover more ground past the rock and metal applications I tend to use with them in hand.
 

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