Bare Knuckle Pickups Silo Humbucker review

Rabea Massaad's signature 'buckers might just achieve the perfect balance for the modern progressive metal player

Bare Knuckle Silo
(Image: © Bare Knuckle Pickups)

Guitar World Verdict

Rabea Massaad asks a lot of pickup design, but the Silo comes through with a high-output humbucker that has plenty of muscle and teeth for heavyweight styles, but gets all articulate and nice when you clean up the tone.


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    Supremely versatile pickup.

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    Excellent for high-gain riffing and soloing.

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    4 conductor hookup for complex control circuits.

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    Custom options.


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    Nothing, but quite pricey.

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I admit it: I’m biased toward Bare Knuckle Pickups. I have yet to encounter a Bare Knuckle pickup that’s short of outstanding or one that doesn’t live up to its descriptive expectation from this boutique UK company. 

Bare Knuckle excels at making premium hand-wound pickups that are often colorfully named after a popular song or album, like Steve Stevens’ “Rebel Yell” pickup or Misha Mansoor’s signature humbucker, “The Juggernaut,” which also gives you an idea of the tone you’re going to get. 

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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.