Damask Metal bridge humbucker demo

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  1. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Active Member

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    Hello everyone!

    I am honored to be given the opportunity by the brothers at 'Wood Shop Pickups' by D&D Research to try out their Damask Metal bridge humbucker. It is a 44awg wind, using a ceramic 8 magnet, and wound to 17.2k. It is designed with the metal/hard rock player in mind. The pickup is designed and made in the USA.

    They are a Reverb seller at https://reverb.com/shop/darryls-gear-garage-21

    For this demo, I used the following:
    A Squier M-80 modified with the following:
    Bridge controls - Bourns pots, volume 500k, tone no-load 500k
    Neck controls - Bourns pots, volume and tone 500k
    The Damask Metal bridge humbucker was installed in the bridge position
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky string set

    During the recording of this track, only the bridge pickup was used to fully showcase it. The tone pot was on no-load setting so that the viewers can listen to the pickup wide open through the 500k volume pot without being altered by the tone circuit.

    I used the Boss GT-1 as my effects processor and an interface to my DAW. On the metal driven track parts, the left channel is using the Bogner Uberschall amp simulation. The right channel is the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier amp simulation. The clean track is using a natural clean preamp simulation with some compressors, delays, and reverb for an ambient effect.



    My thoughts areā€¦

    For my dirty driven tone, I use minimal gain. Nevertheless, this high output humbucker drives really well with gnarly distortion well suited for the metal or hard rock player. However, it is still articulate enough to define the notes or chords being played. Although my setting bypasses the tone circuit, I noticed that it gives nice mids but not shrilly. It also gives nice chunky palm muted chugs that is not boomy. It is excellent for gallops. The ceramic 8 magnets excites the strings catching a wide range of more tones or frequencies making it more lively. Using the tone pot will give you a variety of tonal options for driven or clean sounds from warm tones to devastating distortions.

    I hope you enjoyed my video demo and short amateur review!
     
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  2. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    Nice demo. Thanks for posting. It's too hot of a pickup for my (non-metal) taste, but I can hear the notes clearly. Good work.
     
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    Thanks for the review, & the video, great work on showing what the pup can do, & once again, a nice job on putting together the video.
    Thanks for posting, & for your efforts in putting things together!!
     
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    Had to get me to go to Reverb.....
     
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    littlebadboy Active Member

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    Thank you Davis, DPaul, and Raiyn!
     
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    IGRocker Well-Known Member

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    Hey, just chalk it up to supporting a fellow forum brother and curing your gas!!
     
  7. littlebadboy

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    Did a second demo. This time in Drop C for some serious chug work.



    All guitar sounds, clean and dirty, are from the Damask Metal bridge humbucker.

    Left channel with gain is the Bogner Uberschall amp sim. Right channel with gain is the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rec amp sim. I used the Boss GT-1 as the effects processor and interface.

    Video version will come soon.

    Enjoy! Thanks!
     
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  8. DPaulCustom

    DPaulCustom Well-Known Member

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    Nice work on the clip @littlebadboy, I like the shift after the halfway point.
    The pup seems to do pretty well for drop C, I'm glad it worked out.
    Thanks so much for your efforts, & for the time you spent putting the clips together, really a
    blessing to have friends like you, @IGRocker , & @Walker , to help me get the ball rolling.
    I'll keep an eye out for the video!
    Much gratitude!
     
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    littlebadboy Active Member

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    My pleasure DPaul! Thank you for entrusting me the opportunity to demo your pup! I wish I had better gear to run it through. I've been looking at the Headrush Gigboard and the Line6 Stomp, but I can't afford them. But, I think your pup still made my Boss GT-1 drive well and sound like a thousand dollar rig! I realized that your Damask Metal can actually also produce nice cleans with the right mix. I rolled down the volume and disengaged my no load tone pot to somewhere around 7 or 8 and it gives me sweet cleans. I thought it would be the opposite being a really hot pickup, but it held well.
     
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  10. AJ6stringsting

    AJ6stringsting Active Member

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    Great demo !!!!
    The pickup sounds great and very defined without tone knob manipulation.
    I'm definitely going to look this pickup when I'm in the market for a Metal pickup.
    I wonder if they wind Alnico 5 P90 or regular humbucker pickups for the neck position ?
     
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  11. DPaulCustom

    DPaulCustom Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for the late reply @AJ6stringsting, & thanks for the compliment!
    Life has been about all I can get done lately. We haven't ventured to P90s as of yet, but we do have a couple neck winds, & a bridge that's more 'tame.
    Member @Walker did a demo of the Fat 42/Old #5 set a while back, as well as comparing the Old #5, with the Mouse Pad (now called the Shop Vac) neck pup.
    https://soundcloud.com/alan-walker-477594463
    If anything catches your ear, drop me a line, we'll get you toned up.

    https://reverb.com/shop/darryls-gear-garage-21
     
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  12. littlebadboy

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    I promised the makers a second demo video. Well... it took me 4 months because of work! I apologize...

    Here it is! Featuring excerpts from my instrumental composition "Touch"...



    Description:
    This is a demo for the Damask Metal bridge humbucker featuring excerpts from my track "Touch". All guitar sounds are from the mentioned pickup only. The track is played in Drop C tuning.

    Pickup is proudly designed and made in the USA by:
    'Wood Shop Pickups' by D&D Research in the USA
    https://reverb.com/item/15007961-wood...

    The Damask Metal pickup has a 4 conductor wiring. This is a hotter wind, with the Metal player in mind. Using a 44awg wire wound to a sizzling 17.2k with a C8 magnet for that punch in the gut, this will hit the front of your amp like a truck, & 'Chugg' like a freight train, while staying crisp.

    If you like drop tunings, this might be the pickup for you! They also offer this in covered, uncovered, double black, or zebra versions.

    Guitar:
    Modified Squier M-80
    Bridge controls: Bourns pots, volume 500k, tone no-load 500k
    Neck controls: Bourns pots, volume and tone 500k

    Effects and interface:
    Boss GT-1

    DAW:
    Magix Music Maker

    Thank you for watching!
     
  13. John

    John Well-Known Member

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    Good sound lbb thanks for sharing.
     
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  14. Raiyn

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    It's (they're) certainly in the competitive range for me.
     
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