6-String Nazgûl, Sentient and Pegasus Now Available

You no longer need a 7 or 8 string guitar to get the punch you in the chest ruthlessness of the Nazgûl or the enhanced dynamics and string separation of the Pegasus. As of today these pickups are now shipping to stores in 6-string versions. The Nazgûl was developed for extreme metal players who required a massive and aggressive tone that still maintained plenty of articulation. The Pegasus was developed for prog and modern metal players who needed plenty of aggression but required enhanced dynamics, more harmonic richness and defined string separation so individual notes don’t get lost in the mix.

The perfect compliment to both these pickups is the Sentient neck pickup which is also now available in a 6-string version. It’s voiced to capture a blend of vintage PAF and modern tones with enough output to deliver harmonically rich distorted lead tones but subtle enough to give you deep, detailed cleans. Think of it as combining the best qualities of the ’59 Model and the Jazz: clarity, detail, depth, attack and expression.

Each pickup is handwound in our factory in Santa Barbara, California with a black bobbin, black screws and a black logo.

6-String tone specifications

Pegasus: DCR – 12.5k, Res Peak – 5.18kHz

Nazgul: DCR – 13.6k, Res Peak – 4.75kHz

Sentient: DCR – 7.74k, Res Peak – 6.53kHz

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    1. The Pegasus has quite a bit of versatility for other styles and the Sentient in particular is a good neck pickup match for many other styles, especially if you want something more articulate than a ’59 but not as bright as a Jazz.

  1. Still doing the style of demo that really doesn’t attribute anything to the pickup, I see.

  2. Hello, I have a question …
    The Nazgul is a high outpu that Sentinel? .. Because I sought a high output humbucker for powerful riffs and a strong distortion

    1. The Nazgul is a bridge humbucker so is definitely higher output. It’s made to be paired with a Sentient in the neck for versatility and more fluid/articulate tone.

    1. They have already started shipping to music stores and online dealers, expect to see them very soon.

  3. Sorry guys but with the distortion up to 11 i can’t hear any difference between your PUs.

      1. David I think that the point was that in the demo vid,, the two pickups both sounded the same. It is hard to demo two different pickups with that much gain. High gain amps are great for teh bedroom, but need to be adjusted appropriately for live play….

        1. Ah ok! I didn’t watch the video, but yes, I agree! High gain and lots of distortion is great for bedroom playing, but on stage or in the studio it turns into mush, and you won’t be heard.
          I used to play with another guitarist that set his amp clean and used pedals like the OCD, and you could not hear him no matter how loud he was. He got lost. I was using a crunchy tone from a Vox VT80+ and I cut through a loud grunge band with no problem.

    1. Idk, old man, I can hear the difference in this with a pair of headphones. Gain sounds like it’s around 4-5, maybe 6, but that’d be pushing it. Nazgul’s far more aggressive and gainy, Pegasus is brighter and more calm.

  4. Even though I like this kind of music. I would like to see someone using these pickups for something a little less extreme to show off all the dynamics these puppies can do.

  5. When are you going to make the SHRP’s in 7-8 string models? I’ve been asking a couple of years now. WHEN? My idea, you should send me one just to be good guys!

  6. There is some slight distinction/separation/presence in the higher freq’s that I noticed on the Pegasus. This quality may be more pronounced at higher volumes with a more tube-overdriven sound (which may end up in the gain having to be rolled down as well to keep it from falling apart) – but with that much gain it still held quite tight.
    The Pegasus might be better suited for a 2 guitar band, or where vol. roll-downs are used. I can see how it would give some sparkle.
    … Not sure what his body composition has to do with the review of these pickups… or his style or technique :-/

  7. Bought the 6 Pegasus/Sentient set for my prs Tremonti for $170. A bit of a risk not having heard of any decent clips but its Duncan. Should be badass.

  8. What pots are recommended with this combination. I would be replacing active EMGs currently on my LTD Viper baritone.

  9. Is Pegasus a more high output pickup or nazgul? And how better are these both pickups in output as compared to a jb or a blackout?

  10. Chicks don’t like music like this. I like seeing women with my rock. I don’t mean soft shit either. Who is this for? Seriously?!?

  11. How come the Nazgul 6 is only 13.6k? I tried it the other day and sounded like it had much higher output than that.

  12. I played a Schecter Blackjack 6 with the Nazgul/Sentient combo in it.
    These are excellent pickups. At first I wanted to write them off as one trick ponies – djent djent, ok, whatever.
    Then I was intrigued by them days later so I went back to GC to run the Nazgul through my “GC Standard Test Amp”, The Marshall DSL100 half stack.
    Schnikes! Guitar aside – the Schecter is quite good, pity like PRS I simply don’t dig the image but plays great – this pickup of all things opened up my playing within minutes. Faster, more complex, & I tried it back to back witj another Schecter with EMG 81/85, & while the clarity was there, the tone was inferior and especially once one slowed down or wanted something a bit more traditional for Sabbath Zep Cream etc.
    And the way the single notes “leap” is far better on the SDs vs the EMGs.
    I brought my Laney AOR100 in to try next. This keeper is actually a bit too perfect for. Stoner and Doom that Thrash and “Modern” suffer a bit with my Custom SH5 or DD HB103B/Distortion.
    The Nazgul almost makes it into another amp entirely, from sludge factory to grindhouse with the rich Britishness all still intact. WICKED on the “Black Sabbath” trill!
    However the Pegasus looks like it’ll be my order. The Nazgul is aggressiveness defined, a 21sr Century Distortion. However while unlike the SH6 the Nazgul does do clean, it has just. a hair too much…fervor going on.
    The Pegasus doesn’t “sound exactly the same” but it can definitely do anything the Nazgul can and more from the looks of it. I have a very strong aggressive right hand alreasy so the extra nuance of the Pegasus will work better for everything and I simply ratchet up the attack on the strings for more aggro. Don’t need the “always on” pitbull of the Nazgul but it’s fun enough to consider for guitar #3!
    The Custom is staying put, it’s too perfect at what it does to leave. But the Pegasus/Sentient is going in the SG, & I’ll finally be able to go from SYL to Sabbath with one guitar just by playing differently.
    I wanted to say Duncan was old hat when the new Lace stuff came out, but the old man is still the Master. Bill Lawrence wishes he’d made these, & Dime would ADORE ’em.

  13. It would have been nice to have a demo that was predominantly just the guitar doing a variety of chops. The drums, bass, and keys served as a distraction from my actual focus, which is how these pups sound. That said, I’m getting a Pegasus installed on my S-470 this weekend, so I guess I’ll find out on Sunday evening at rehearsal how it sounds… Gotta sound better than the stock Ibey pup, that’s for sure…

  14. I was so happy with the Nazgul/Sentient combo on my Blackjack ATX C-8 that I picked up a set for my 7-string. Now I get tight and punchy tones where I used to get those farty lows. I might pick up a 6-string set for my Ibanez.

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