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Bare Knuckle is an English company which specializes in hand-wound electric guitar pickups. Every pickup they produce is completely handmade in England. Bare Knuckle pickups are featured on the guitars in the Prestige Uppercut series as well as select other Ibanez models.


List of Bare Knuckle pickups

Aftermath

Aftermath (neck)
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico V
Output:Contemporary
DC resistance:11.5 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RGD7UC (7-string)
FR6UC (6-string)
BareKnuckle Aftermath
Description:Passive pickup with 4 conductor hook-up (allows series, parallel or coil-tap wiring); voiced for fat, powerful clean tones, fluid vocal-like sustain when driven hard and good balance with the bridge humbucker; accelerated bass response for exceptionally fast tracking of high-speed staccato riffing with crushing mid range and precise high-end articulation; perfect for the modern metal guitarist; suited to solid-body; heavily detuned and extended range guitars.

Available in six-, seven- and eight-string designs.[1]


Aftermath (bridge)
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:Contemporary
DC resistance:14.7 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RGD7UC (7-string)
FR6UC (6-string)
BareKnuckle Aftermath 7
Description:Passive pickup with 4 conductor hook-up (allows series, parallel or coil-tap wiring); features a symmetrically hand-wound twin screw coil design and is powered by 3 custom size ceramic magnets; accelerated bass response for exceptionally fast tracking of high-speed staccato riffing with crushing mid range and precise high-end articulation; perfect for the modern metal guitarist; suited to solid-body, heavily detuned and extended range guitars.

Available in six-, seven- and eight-string designs.[1]


Brute Force

Brute Force (neck)
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Year introduced:2018
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:Contemporary
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RGR5220M, RGR5227MFX
BareKnuckle BruteForce
Description:Brute Force humbuckers are hand wound and feature Ceramic magnets with a choice of open coil or covered options. They are in the high output range producing a deep saturated driven tone with really fat cleans on tap. Brute Force pickups are suitable high gain rock, progressive metal, thrash, hardcore and extreme metal styles.

Available in six and seven string designs.[2]


Brute Force (bridge)
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Year introduced:2018
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:Contemporary
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RGR5220M, RGR5227MFX
BareKnuckle BruteForce
Description:Brute Force humbuckers are hand wound and feature Ceramic magnets with a choice of open coil or covered options. They are in the high output range producing a deep saturated driven tone with really fat cleans on tap. Brute Force pickups are suitable high gain rock, progressive metal, thrash, hardcore and extreme metal styles.

Available in six and seven string designs.[2]


Canine

Canine
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Construction:Humbucker
Magnet:Alnico V (?)
Output:Vintage Hot (?)
Used in:RG90BKP
Description:The Canine pickup is a bit of a mystery as the product doesn't appear on Bare Knuckle's website. In fact, they don't list any 9-string pickups on their site, so this is likely to be custom made for Ibanez. Based on the name, the Canine is believed to be a nine-string version of Bare Knuckle's Black Dog pickup.[3]


Nailbomb

Nailbomb (neck)
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico V
Output:Contemporary
DC resistance:9.8 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:ARZ6UC
BareKnuckle Nailbomb neck
Description:The perfect synergy of old-school and modern rock tones in a high output humbucker with Alnico V magnets. From hot, fat blues rock through to aggressive thrash, the Nailbomb explodes with a strong and commanding voice. Contemporary players will take advantage of the full bore reaction of the pickup on full tilt; older school players will enjoy the range of classic tones and response using the volume pot to clean up.

The Nailbomb neck humbucker has a woody and bright character when used clean; add overdrive and the tone tightens up for a focused and precise attack.

Available in six-, seven- and eight-string designs.[4]


Nailbomb (bridge)
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico V (ceramic option available)
Output:Contemporary
DC resistance:15.7 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:ARZ6UC (alnico magnet)
BareKnuckle Nailbomb bridge
Description:The perfect synergy of old-school and modern rock tones in a high output humbucker with Alnico V magnets. From hot, fat blues rock through to aggressive thrash, the Nailbomb explodes with a strong and commanding voice. Contemporary players will take advantage of the full bore reaction of the pickup on full tilt; older school players will enjoy the range of classic tones and response using the volume pot to clean up.

The default Alnico V magnet offers up a huge, deep bottom end with rich, throaty mid range and warm highs. The bridge ceramic magnet option adds more output, tightens the bass response and smoothes the mid range slightly with a brighter cut in the high end, whilst retaining the core voice of the humbucker.

Available in six-, seven- and eight-string designs.[4]


True Grit

True Grit
Brand:Bare Knuckle
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck & Bridge
Magnet:Alnico V
Output:Medium
Used in:JCRG1901
BareKnuckle BootCamp TrueGrit
Description:True Grit pickups are hand-wound, feature Alnico V magnets and are suitable for hot blues, hard rock, grunge, stoner, punk and old-school metal tones. True Grit pickups are in the medium output range and produce a fat, rich tone.[5]


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Aftermath (product website); Bare Knuckle pickups; archived December 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brute Force (product website); Bare Knuckle pickups; archived April 2019
  3. Black Dog (product website); Bare Knuckle pickups; archived September 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nailbomb (product website); Bare Knuckle pickups; archived January 2012
  5. True Grit (product website); Bare Knuckle pickups; archived July 2019
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