One of the coolest things that’s happened to me is receiving an email from the one and only Steve Stevens complimenting me on Guitar Noize, I was blown away and quickly struck up an email conversation with him. Steve asked me if I had ever tried his signature Bare Knuckle Pickups the Rebel Yell humbuckers when I said that I hadn’t he offered to organise some to be sent out to me. A couple of weeks later a pair of shiny Chrome humbuckers arrived complete with the Steve Stevens etched Ray Gun graphics, if you want to know about the history of the Ray Gun graphic check out this video interview of Steve for Fret12.

I decided to have the pickups installed into my Patrick Eggle Berlin Stage at Mike’s Guitar Garage, I bought this guitar back in 1994 and I’ve never been happy with the bridge humbucker tone even when I switched it out for a Seymour Duncan SH-5, it just never had that beefy tone that I was looking for. The guitar has a solid Mahogany body, set neck and Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard. Once I got the guitar home from Mike I plugged it into my Ceriatone Chupacabra 50 amp set to 80’s mode and WOW, what a transformation! Not only does these pickup look really cool, the shiny Chrome surrounded by the black pickup rings which really seem to accentuate them, but they sound outrageously good.

I tried to demonstrate as many tones as possible in the demo above but remember these are high output pickups so while you can get a pretty nice clean tone on the front humbucker, the bridge position is like a pitbull on a leash trying to break free! With my amp I had to set the gain really low and roll off the guitar volume to get a nice clean, but to be honest I don’t want this guitar to be used for clean sounds I have my Taylor and Suhr S4 which do that perfectly, this is an all out rock machine thanks to Bare Knuckle Pickups and Steve Stevens!
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