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Bare Knuckle Pickups – Blackguard Flat 50 Set Review

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This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Mark de Manbey

Being a regular user of Bare Knuckle Pickups kit, when I wanted to build a Telecaster from parts, the BG Flat 50 set was an obvious choice for the sound I was after – traditional, with more than a little oomph, and a little Stratty in the neck pickup.

…one of the most versitile units on the market, capable of anything from pop through to heavy rock…

I play guitar with the band Fallen Poets and a strong Telecaster rock sound was very important to me.

Features:

Neck and bridge set, I have don’t have the reverse wind/reverse polarity option as I’ve wired them up for a 4th position (neck and bridge in series) and Tim Mills advised that the tone would be a little muddy with the RWRP option.

Ease of Use:

Wired them in myself, no real issues.

Sound Quality:

Awesome as ever; Bridge pickup has got to be one of the most versitile units on the market, capable of anything from pop through to heavy rock. It will honestly do a great “Ace Of Spades” if you let it…

Important to dial in the right amount of treble at the amp – otherwise the bridge pickup can kill.

The neck will do a great Hendrix/SRV tone – very sweet, hollow sound. My Tele is my main guitar now, couldn’t play without it.

Reliability:

No issues.

Overall Rating:

It’s always a pleasure to receive a package from BKP!

Personally, I think that the Telecaster is just about the PERFECT rock and roll guitar. Tim Mills and the guys at BKP make, by hand, the ultimate companions to the perfect guitars.

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Mark de Manbey

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  • Having loved telecasters played well I received one in a trade I made a while back with a set of BG 50’s in. I have to say that this is the ultimate tele sound!

    Want the Communication Breakdown sound…it’s here.
    Early Springsteen….check.
    Clash’s London Calling? Strummer called, he wants his sound back!

    The bridge pick-up has enough edge to keep you interested without venturing into ice-pick territory, dial in a clean with a bit of break-up on your amp (say from a twin or bassman like I use) & this pickup slays all others, switch to the neck pickup & you can see why Jimmy Page used a telecaster for the 1st Led Zeppelin album, thick but tone-full. The front pickups reminds me of the SG with the tone rolled off a bit to get that great powerful sound you here in so many recordings.
    For the price these tele pickups beat all others & I doubt I will use anything but these in a telecaster

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