Review: Bare Knuckle's Boot Camp Brute Force humbuckers and True Grit Strat set deliver all the requisite and classic guitar tones without compromise

(Image credit: Bare Knuckle)

War is hell - and so is trying to find the perfect replacement pickups to bring an anemic guitar to life! Bare Knuckle Pickups, a highly praised UK-based boutique pickup company, takes great pride in fashioning handwound pickups that often mimic the name of a popular song or album. 

However, those bespoke pickups come at a premium, which is why the lovely chaps at Bare Knuckle have come up with a brand new plan of attack by introducing Boot Camp pickups, and if you ask me, they kick serious ass. In the company’s own words, Boot Camp is a “stripped back, no-nonsense” series. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.