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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Entwistle Custom Pickups: Dark Star

Ni aku punya review yg amatur pasal pickup Dark Star keluaran Entwistle.
"Amatur" yang aku maksudkan ni merangkumi aspek:
- pengalaman menggunakan pickups;
- kepekaan pada tone;
- buat review.

So jgn pandang serius sgt review aku ni, anggap je la sebagai perkongsian pengalaman. So here we go! 


Aku ada install pickup Entwistle Dark Star pada gtr Epiphone Les Paul aku.  Les Paul ni model Standard Plus Top, made in Korea pada tahun 2003. Body mahogany with flame maple top. Pickup asal mmg original Epiphone. 






 Entwistle: Dark Star installed on an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top

First off, kenapa nak ganti original pickup Epiphone Les Paul tu?
Bridge pickup tu ade masalah feedback / squeal bila pakai hi-gain distortion. Actually takde tinggi sgt, aku set gain around 50% je, tu pun dah squeal!

Kenapa jadi mcm tu? Stock pickup Epiphone ni tak bagus ke?
Bukan tak bagus... mmg saja diaorg buat pickup mcm tu. Konon2 nak dpt kan "PAF" tone mcm Gibson Les Paul tahun 50'an dulu... So pickup tu mmg sengaja tak di wax-potted kan... At least itu yg aku paham (kalau salah tolong betulkan)...

Then, kenapa pilih Entwistle Dark Star ni?
Sebab dia MURAH! hahaha...
Pastu aku tgk spec dia tulis HIGH OUTPUT dgn 16k DC resistance. Terus dlm kepala otak aku teringat pada Seymour Duncan Hot Rails. So aku assume Dark Star ni kira setanding la dgn Hot Rails. 


  Seymour Duncan Hot Rails -- single coil sized humbucker!

So mcm mana keputusan selepas install Dark Star?
Jangkaan aku meleset sama sekali... Dark Star ni bukan la tahap2 Hot Rails. Output Hot Rails jauh lebih tinggi dari Dark Star ni... Mungkin aku dah salah faham konsep DC Resistance dan term "high output" ni... Tapi takde la teruk sgt sound + output dia. Actually quite decent. Masih lagi boleh buat pinch harmonics, walaupun tak semudah mcm Hot Rails... Bila strum kuat2 pd clean setting, sound mmg clear, tak distorted mcm Hot Rails.

Tak try compare dgn pickup lain ke?
Aku compare pulak dgn Rockfield (stock pickup pada Mockingbird aku). Haa... ni mmg saingan dia! Output dgn gain dia lebih kurang sama je. Cuma tone dia ada beza skit la. Maybe sbb faktor body, density dan jenis kayu pada gitar tu kot. Spec Mockingbird Special: body mahogany, neck thru, tapi takde maple top. 


  Rockfield pickups: Stock pickups on many BC Rich models

So, kecewa ke dgn pickup Dark Star nih?
Don't get me wrong, aku takde pon kecewa dgn Dark Star ni... In fact, aku mmg suka sound Mockingbird aku tu (Rockfield pickups)... So, aku pon takde masalah dgn sound yg dihasilkan oleh Dark Star + Les Paul ni. Even better dari pickup Ibanez V8 yg aku pernah pakai dulu. Cuma jgn la expect dia setanding dgn Hot Rails, or any other expensive pickups...

Ooo... Takde la hebat sgt... Abis tu, pickup ni sesuai utk apa je?
Ok, aku nak tanya balik: "Gitar ko tu hebat sangat ke??" hahaha... Kalau mampu beli gitar high-end, upgrade la pickup yg hi-end jugak... Abaikan review ni... pi terus beli Duncan ke, EMG ke, Dimarzio ke...

Anyway, pikap ni sesuai utk mereka yg nak siapkan projek gitar... Atau kalau korang ade gitar yg crap dgn pickup yg definitely crap, ganti la pickup tu dgn brand Entwistle yg murah nih... Kalau nak install Duncan ke, EMG ke, DiMarzio ke, at least install la pada gitar yg ade kualiti skit... hahaha... 


 Pickup comparison (from top-bottom): Rockfield, Dark Star, and Hot Rails
 

Any last words?
Ada beberapa lagi pickup "second grade" yg available kat market skarang ni... Antaranya GFS, Rockfield, Tesla, Artec, dan latest addition - Entwistle. Semua ni alternatif kpd pikap2 boutique dan mahal mcm Dimarzio, EMG, Duncan, etc. Les Paul aku nih patutnya install Duncan Distortion (berangan!), tapi bajet plak takde! So kalau nak upgrade / ganti pickup, tapi bajet ciput - go for Entwistle.

Kesimpulan:
Berbaloi dgn harga, you get what you paid for (maybe even more!) Seperti biasa, aku akan kata "sound tu subjektif"... Maybe ade yg suka, ade yg tak... try sendiri baru tau. 


Sekian, terima kasih. 


Ulasan oleh deadzid.

4 comments:

Ijau D. Koceng said...

hahaha deadzid rupanya, patutpun ayatnya semacam je

mesti dia beli pikap entwistle ni dari afiqme

JAIRO said...

dari awal aku baca mmg aku ada rasa gaya review ni macam stail deadzid.. rupanya mmg deadzid heheheheheheheh hairan plak tetiba doc ada mockingbird hehehehe

oranglidi said...

langsuyr maen dlm MHI arini. huhu.

Rhymee said...

Nice review... I am in the midst of changing my made in korea squier's pick-up. Something for me to ponder. :-) Btw, pleasant blog you have here.
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