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Best of British pickups
« on: November 17, 2009, 09:20:01 pm »
Home grown offerings for anyone who's looking for something other than the usual big names.
None of these links are personal endorsements (although there are plenty that will speak highly of BKP).

http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk

http://www.wizardpickups.co.uk/index.asp

http://www.shedpickups.com/

http://www.irongear.co.uk/


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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2009, 10:17:05 pm »
Good call, mate. Happily listening to sound clips right now. Unbelievably, those Hot Slag humbuckers on the Irongear site are only £24.95...... They sound nice and dirty. Just trying to find what setup they were played through. I'm looking for a new set for my RG to give it a bit more growl. I reckon at £25 I couldn't go wrong trying them out.

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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 12:43:25 am »
I'm sorry T, I just assumed Dan made this one, low and behold, it's you :P

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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009, 03:21:22 am »
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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009, 08:29:24 am »
Good call, mate. Happily listening to sound clips right now. Unbelievably, those Hot Slag humbuckers on the Irongear site are only £24.95...... They sound nice and dirty. Just trying to find what setup they were played through. I'm looking for a new set for my RG to give it a bit more growl. I reckon at £25 I couldn't go wrong trying them out.
Had my eye on Irongear for a while. both "blues engine" and "rolling mill" are tempting.

http://www.kentarmstrong.com/KentPage2.html
Nice find TB, not sure if it qualifies as British anymore though, Definitely a British foundation but they are produced in the Philippines and the owner moved back to America..... I guess if Vox can still be considered British when owned by the Japanese and produced in china we can make an exception. ;D
Their own page only links to American retailers of the pickup but they do have a British retailer
http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/category/Electronics/Kent_Armstrong_Pickups
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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2009, 10:16:02 am »
http://www.bulldogpickups.com/

This guy used to make pickups for Bareknuckles, so he really knows his stuff, and his are not as expensive as Bareknuckles.

A very nice guy too.  I bumped into him once and thought to myself at the time that he would be the guy I would go to for pups.

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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009, 06:59:32 pm »
Bollocks!.......... Couldn't resist it.

Went and ordered a set of the Irongear Hot Slag pups, one neck and one bridge. Read too many good reviews and you know how it's so easy to just log into Paypal and hit a couple of mouse clicks............... ::)

Besides............... Who can resist a product that sells itself as a "Nasty, snarling, bad-tempered bastard of a pickup." ?

That's so poetic....... I've been compared to many things; never had a thing compared to me so accurately though  ;D

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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009, 09:03:44 pm »
I can't say enough about Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe. He's a great guy and his pickups rock. He's also not any more expensive than the usual suspects. He's building me a custom set based on the P-Rails design for $115 each including shipping.

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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2009, 09:37:03 pm »
I'm sure they are perfectly good pickups schect.... but they are in no way british.
Might be worth starting a separate "American boutique pickups" thread to salute the lesser known bobbin winders across the pond. 8)
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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2009, 12:06:25 pm »
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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2009, 10:58:01 am »

None of these links are personal endorsements (although there are plenty that will speak highly of BKP).




i'll second that...i love my BKP's

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Re: Best of British pickups
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2009, 12:46:39 am »
Being a typical American, I really don't know much about pickups made elsewhere. A few months back I asked about some different brands and I don't remember who but someone said check out BKPs. Major kiddos to whomever that was!

I bought an 84 American strat back in July. I've wanted one forever being that was the I was born. Anyways it didn't have the stuck pups in it. The guy replaced them with Linda Fralin blues specials. They sound great but they lack that extra bite for harsher Texas style blues leads IMO.

After lots of investigating I went with BKPs Slowhand pups. They're great!!! Simplely put. I put my strat in position 4 and get a very nice B.B. sound out a single coil, quite impressive. A simple switch to the bridge pup and cut-throat lead oozes through my super reverb.  I'm one of those "everytime you scoop you mids an angel loses their wings" kinda guy and these pups have great mids with nice mellow lows and tastefully cripsy highs. All in all, the best blues pups I've used IMO. Although I prefer Tex-mex over the highly praised Texas-special. So do yourself a favor if ya like that blues sound and check em out. 

That's all. Just thought I'd give my testament about these pups for those who haven't had the chance to check them out. 

 

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