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Hi everybody,

I'm new here and was wondering if anybody had any experience with the Manson MBK 1 or 2 or even the Bare Knuckle Mississippi Queens. I've pre-ordered a Cort MBC1 and plan on putting a Seymour Duncan cool rails in the neck but i'm unsure as to what should go in the bridge. I have a few Gibson's with humbuckers and a Harmony h78 with single coils so i'd quite like a p90 sound. However, i keep seeing in posts here that the MBK 2 is brilliant and i would like to try it. Anybody who can chip in with help would be much appreciated!

Thanks :)

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Hi everybody,

I'm new here and was wondering if anybody had any experience with the Manson MBK 1 or 2 or even the Bare Knuckle Mississippi Queens. I've pre-ordered a Cort MBC1 and plan on putting a Seymour Duncan cool rails in the neck but i'm unsure as to what should go in the bridge. I have a few Gibson's with humbuckers and a Harmony h78 with single coils so i'd quite like a p90 sound. However, i keep seeing in posts here that the MBK 2 is brilliant and i would like to try it. Anybody who can chip in with help would be much appreciated!

Thanks :)

 

MBK 2 is a hot rockin pickup, I have them in the bridge of two guitars, they really rip, and clean up quite nice. I also have a Mississippi Queen P90 in the neck of my one Les Paul, thing is fat and creamy. Never used one in the bridge though.

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If we're talking about bridge I'd go for the MBK-2, I had one on a Tele I bought from Mansons a few years ago, it was a pretty hot pickup but didn't lose any definition for being so, sounded really great. As for a MQ, I have one of those in another Tele's neck position, and it's bloody lovely (edit: so basically what the Emperor said).

 

Bare Knuckle in general make quality stuff so it's hard to go wrong there, in my experience anyway. I think the MBK1 is also based on the MQ? Similar to the MBK2 essentially being a modified Nailbomb. Could be wrong though

 

Ideal combo for me would be an MBK2/Nailbomb in the bridge, MQ in the neck, but if you're set on the cool rails then fair enough!

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If you want the P90 sound then go with the MBK-1.

 

What I'd do though is get the MBK-2 and have it wired for a coil split push/pull though. They sound surprisingly good when split (although not like a P90 I guess)

 

Also, I'm not familiar with the cool rails, but keep in mind that you're having a humbucker in the neck and a P90 in the bridge if you go with the first setup. I'd either go with two single coils (maybe the stock neck pickup and a bridge MBK-1), two humbuckers (cool rails and MBK-2), or a neck single coil and a bridge humbucker.

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Thanks for the replies! I think you have all confirmed what i was originally thinking, an MBK-2 in the bridge. However, i had no idea that the cool rails was a humbucker so i'll have to rethink that one maybe because i'm looking for a proper single coil for the neck. Does anybody have any suggestions on a neck single coil then?

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