The Black Hawk is fast becoming a staple pickup in heavy music and for a very good reason. These pickups give players many benefits of an active pickup without the need for batteries or new electronics. Retaining the touch-sensitivity, dynamics and clarity Bareknuckle are known for, the Blackhawk gives a friendly amount of compression, absolutely crushing bottom end and immediate, articulate highs. There are plenty of low mids to be found here with an active-sized thickness to the notes. Great for players who need every note to carry a lot of weight, we found these work well in just about anything. There’s no loss in output with bends due to the radical blade design and they feel great to play on.
The Black Hawk humbuckers have a radical look for a radical pickup. You’ll find all the power and clarity of an active with all the tone and dynamics of a passive. The Black Hawk humbuckers were designed in response to players' demands for a pickup that embodied the transparency and output of an active, with the character and wide dynamic control of a passive, all without the hassle of batteries. Each coil has a pair of specially annealed nickel plated steel blades which transfer the magnetism to the strings evenly across the width of the coil for perfect string to string balance. Although on paper the DC resistance is moderate, the specially designed coils and blades, along with the custom calibrated magnets, are capable of huge amounts of power but never at the expense of dynamics. The combination of coil size and winding technique ensure the Black Hawk humbuckers remain extremely reactive to pick attack and changes to the volume pot. Low notes have excellent depth and track extremely quickly. High notes remain strong and full no matter how high on the neck, and have broad mids with solid highs. Clarity throughout all frequencies is exceptional without ever sounding harsh or clinical. The combination of ceramic (or Alnico V) powered bridge and Alnico V powered neck creates a vast palette of contemporary tones suitable for playing styles as varied as fusion to extreme metal. These coils are scatter-wound by hand with 42AWG Heavy Formvar wire and then powered by a trio of ceramic magnets for the bridge humbucker (or optional trio of Alnico V magnets) and Alnico V magnet for the neck humbucker.
If you would like a Bare Knuckle pickup or variant that is not currently in stock, please contact us and we will have it for you promptly.
All of our humbuckers come with 4-conductor wiring for more wiring options, and unless they have soapbar 7-string covers, short legs with triangle tabs for multi-compatibility.
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