28th September 2017
Ragnarok: The end of all things…or just the beginning.
“I didn’t think this could be done!”
Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood, Periphery and sound engineer
Bare Knuckle Pickups is once again proud to announce the release of a second Misha Mansoor signature model: The Ragnarok. The Ragnarok launches today, Thursday 28th September 2017, and was designed by Tim Mills, with Misha Mansoor of Periphery and Adam “Nolly” Getgood, formerly of Periphery, and now a respected sound engineer and music producer in his own right.
“[The Ragnarok] blends the best attributes of what contemporary passive and active pickups offer in a convenient package”.
Misha Mansoor, Periphery and BKP signature artist
Misha Mansoor is the founder of Periphery, and his guitar playing has been synonymous with progressive guitar tone, which is where Tim Mills of Bare Knuckle Pickups and Misha placed his first signature humbucker set, the Juggernaut. With the Ragnarok, Adam and Misha were primarily focused on one aspect: aggression. In doing so, the creation of the Ragnarok has fulfilled a role that is often requested at Bare Knuckle. Misha says: “The Ragnarok is aggressive. In a way, it is a response to the very balanced nature of the Juggernaut.”
“The Ragnarok fulfils a seemingly impossible remit - a chunky, fat sounding pickup that’s also devastatingly tight and aggressive; a hot ceramic pickup with a smooth top end and incredible clarity. Even the cleans and low gain tones have a fantastic voice. I didn’t think this could be done!”
Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood
Bringing in Nolly
The Ragnarok is a very high output humbucker, a lot more aggressive in tone and hugely focused in its application. The Juggernaut, Misha’s other signature humbucker, is an extremely versatile pickup, and the two couldn’t be more different from each other. The output range of the Ragnarok far surpasses what the Juggernaut was built to produce. The overdriven tone of the Ragnarok is its prime strength, however we were thrilled to realise that the Ragnarok has a great range of clean tones, which wasn’t the initial remit when designing this humbucker set.
“The prime use of the Ragnarok is for overdriven tones. And that’s what we’ve created”.
Tim Mills, MD and Founder Bare Knuckle Pickups
Misha brought Adam “Nolly” Getgood back into the creative process after his work on the Juggernaut:
“I wanted once again to work with both Tim and Nolly to create a pickup that I felt hadn't been made yet, this time aiming for the more angry and compressed side of the spectrum. The Ragnarok has a full tone and is in-your-face with any picking dynamic. The eq is balanced to the point where you won't lose the low mids in favour of the top end. In a way, it blends the best attributes of what contemporary passive and active pickups offer in a convenient package”.
The End Of All Things...Or Just The Beginning
"Working with Misha and Adam is always intense and demanding but above all else creative, and a lot of fun. Moving to the next stage in the evolution of Misha’s signature pickup range was always going to be a challenge…one we’ve risen to and exceeded”.