Guitar Pickups for Playing Metal

In my search for guitar pickups I’ve read a lot about metal.

It is interesting to know bands such as Blue Cheer and Jimmy Hendrix were the primary root to heavy metal music but officially, Black Sabbath is considered to be the first heavy metal band. Other bands such as Zeppelin, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden came later.

Although many people may confuse heavy rock with metal music, it is crystal clear that heavy rock is based on blues music while metal music is based on the sound of electric guitar.

All of this has made pickups a very common topic of discussion among metal musicians. These are the three I’m looking at:

EMG 81 +85 Zakk Wylde set

The fact that they are used by the famous heavy metal premier lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, sounds very intriguing. They use Alnico magnet loaded coils, which allegedly make their output amazingly measurable. They also have a wide aperture which maintains a more natural tone – good for chunky blues chords and rhythm.

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB

I’m reading that these have a flat EQ metal sound with a little mixture of stoner tones, which I found amusing. They claim a completely balanced coil configuration that results in a high-quality metal sound. They have precise harmonics and high output, which should give good sustain and distortion sounds.

Bare Knuckle Nailbomb

These are known to have a relatively high output and beautiful tone. They come with an array of options for covers and screws, so they can always look good when installed. Many guitarists like them since they work well for quite a few styles.

Although there are a ton of options out there, these three remain the most interesting options.

Cheers!

A Sample from the Trio

Hello everybody!

Hope you are having a great day. Today we have a sample of our music to share, it’s was a trial piece that will likely not be developed any farther or included on our EP. It was composed completely in the box, no analogue instruments were used – kind of like practice for our electronic music skills 🙂 We hope you enjoy!

Alongside working on our electronic music skills, we’ve also been exercising our analogue chops. We’ve spent a lot of time learning how to improve our recordings with mic placement techniques, choosing the right microphones, properly setting our preamps, etc.

Of course, you have to go all the way back to the source. Ryan has been perfecting his drum head tuning, and even replaced some of his key drum heads. Jack is looking into getting a bigger cabinet to really let his bass amp shine. I personally have been looking through reviews to find the best guitar pickups to compliment my sound. While I love my guitar, it was shipped with some pretty shoddy electrical components.

Once we get all of our gear in order, we can really start to crank out some recordings and see what comes together. We are giving it our all and we are very excited to see how everything comes together.

Hope you have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!

Cheers

The Process

Hey guys,

Just a quick post to keep you all up to date.

We’ve been talking a lot these days about putting together our debut EP. We’ve each written a good number of songs in our days, but this time we want to approach the creative process systematically. At the end of the day, we know what we want. An EP that truly rocks. An EP that sounds new, cool, and catchy. And ultimately, and EP that we can be proud of.

With a clear set of steps, or algorithm if you will, we as a Trio can align our vision and make sure we stay on track throughout our songwriting, and ultimately EP assembling efforts.

So here it is, Tamarind Trio’s EP creation algorithm.

Or, put more simply, “The Process”:

We’re busy creating, and we’re loving it. We’ll keep at it, and maybe we’ll even have some sound samples to share along the way.

Talk soon 🙂

Cheers

Site Launch

Hello all and welcome to our brand new site for our music production group Tamarind Trio! We are very excited to be up and running and hope you stick around to keep up with the latest and greatest news about our progress.

The site is still under construction, but we will be adding music samples and keeping you up to date with our lives with occasional blog posts. If you have any questions or recommendations about the site please feel free to contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

A little bit about our style – we are all rooted in rock music, but we’ve embraced the times and become well versed in music production. We integrate synthesizers, sampling, and DJing to bring a next-level musical experience.

We have started putting together a vision for our first EP, and we are very excited to get to work on it. We will keep the world updated with our progress via this site, so make sure to check back frequently and you won’t miss a thing 🙂

Thanks for dropping by – we’ll have more for you soon!

Cheers