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Introducing the latest Bare Knuckle signature set from Rabea Massaad, “Nomads”

With an approach to the Telecaster as individual as his playing, Rabea’s Nomads fill a void left by traditional Tele pickups and push forward the boundaries of Tele tones, allowing players to think past the conventional and be inspired to create new music.

“I’ve always loved using Telecaster tones on my recordings. They have an aggressive mid range that just brings that extra bit of gnarliness to heavier guitar tones and they also add wonderful clarity to clean and mid-gain tones. 

When designing the Nomads I wanted to create something more controlled and powerful that would cater to my heavier sounds just as much as the ambient and cleaner side of what I do.

The Nomads can get super heavy without any unwanted spikiness, but also respect the original early ‘50s tele tones for all the lower gain chime and spank that I love.

I really couldn’t be happier with these pickups!”
Rabea Massaad 

Rabea Massaad launches the Nomads Tele set

Rabea is a long-time collaborator with Bare Knuckle, working with Tim Mills to create the Silo humbucker and the Triptych Strat set

Nomads build on the same foundation of Alnico III powered bridge and Alnico V neck coils as the Triptych Strat set to reproduce another dimension in Rabea’s signature range of tones. Rabea’s preference is for a solid nickel silver neck cover, however all neck finish options are available, including custom etches. The Nomads have been created for Tele players looking to express themselves with a higher output set of coils that still retain original Tele character.

Rabea Massaad is a self taught musician, songwriter, producer and mixing engineer. He plays guitar in FrogLeap, Toska and played in Dorje, as well as creating content for guitars and music equipment. 

Rabea Massaad began his signature pickup collaboration with Bare Knuckle by introducing the Silo humbucker. The Silo humbuckers define Rabea Massaad’s standing as a revered guitarist, music producer and performer, translating his immediately recognisable finger tone and phrasing.

The collaboration continued with his signature Strat set, the Triptych:

“I wanted to create a set of pickups that would satisfy my love for early to mid ’60s Strat tones, referencing guys like SRV, John Mayer and Philip Sayce, but also provide enough depth, power and clarity for me to play heavier music and chunky riffs.

The Triptychs do this with ease and I couldn’t be happier!” Rabea.

We are thrilled to work with him again on his latest signature pickup, the ‘Nomads‘. Nomads are a Tele set that push forward the boundaries of Tele tones. 

The bridge coil is flat magnet profile with a thicker ‘50s style copper-plated steel baseplate and a hot wind of 43 AWG plain enamel wire, designed to deliver a combination of muscular output, plus masses of dynamic headroom. Mids are totally dialled to add the perfect throatiness to complement the depth in the bass and rich attack in the high end.

A special neck coil design allows for superb balance of output with the bridge, whilst delivering both weight behind single notes and a hollow snappy tone, again hand wound with 43 AWG PE.
Head to our website for a deep dive into the Nomads, including sound clips, technical info and videos.

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