Bare Knuckle Pickups The Mule Review

If you’re been reading any of the guitar magazines over the last few years, odds are you’ve seen that ad with the shirtless gentleman with a handlebar mustache about to bare knuckle fist fight. It’s a great logo, and “Bare Knuckle Pickups” is just about the greatest description for a brand I could think of. There’s really no thinking about what they well, or what their pickups sound like – it speaks for itself.

the mule pickups review

Today we’re going to review the “Mule” humbucker pickups because I’ve been researching some options for PAF ’59 pickups. There are so many options, Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, and even original Gibson re-issue PAF ’59’s. PAF is the famous “patent applied for” name given the pickups first made famous in Les Paul guitars – and the SG’s and others. They had a 100% nickel silver baseplate, maple spacers, and nickel plated slugs, and Alnico magnets.

So the question is – could a modern pickup sound as good as the original ’59 PAF? I want you to see something that floored me, check out this video from a parts guitar with The Mule pickups installed:

here’s another video of The Mule installed in a ’59 burst replica:

I’ll warn you now – they cost about $300 (and they’re worth every penny).

Here’s some on ebay right now:

Bare Knuckle Pickups The Mule Neck

USD 99.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 00:00:57

Bare Knuckle Pickups The Mule Standard Spacing Humbucker Set Open Coils Black

USD 299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-27 19:09:37

Bare Knuckle Pickups | The Mule 6-String Bridge/Neck SET, Open, Black

USD / 269.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 07:14:08

Bare Knuckle Pick up Set. The Mule and Black Dog

USD / 300.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-28 15:31:00