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Customer Feedback for the IronGear Dirty Torque

"I thought you might like to know that I gave the pickups some intensive testing yesterday. I recorded some clips with my Fernandez Ravelle with the previous pickups (Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz) and then once I'd removed those and replaced them with the Dirty Torque (bridge) and Blues Engine (neck) I recorded new clips with the same settings and listened to them using our studio headphones to compare them accurately....What a difference! I had concerns that nothing special was going to happen, however I found that going back to the SD pickups, the recordings captured a lot of rumbling 'background' noise from the JB and Jazz, as though they were going through a spring reverb tank that was being knocked about, even though it was off on my amplifier. The sounds were vague and washy at the edges, particularly in overdrive, clean was bright but still had the associated washy/vague sound at the edges. The new IronGear pickups were in a different dimension altogether. I've seen/heard some people say that the Jazz and JB combination is the best but they're way wrong as far as I'm concerned, the Dirty Torque and Blues Engine is the best combination I've ever heard. The recordings showed a much smoother, more controlled signal pattern, much more defined and tight without clipping the tone. Dirty or overdrive on the neck, bridge and middle positions sounded sweet, crunchy and with plenty of sustain. Clean and clean reverb settings were also excellent especially on the Blues Engine in the neck position. In the past I never really favoured the neck position on my Ravelle because it was muddy, fat and vague, but the blues engine has opened new doors for my sound and I will definitely be making use of them. In other words, I've joined the ranks of more-than satisfied customers even though I had my doubts originally, as I'm sure people do, but the best thing to do is just buy them and find out!" – Rob, Awsworth

"I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail having installed the Dirty Torque / Blues Engine pickups into my Epi Les Paul this weekend. On trying them out, I was blown away by the sound these things churn out! The Blues Engine is very impressive and has that classic flute like tone the Les Paul neck setting is famous for. In addition to this, there's none of the muddiness often associated with many neck pickups. The Dirty Torque also really delivers. It growls perfectly but mellows nicely by rolling back the volume a bit. Compared to a Seymour Duncan JB I have on a Jackson Dinky Pro this is far, far superior and makes the JB lack grunt and sound pretty muddy. The description on the website stating that the combo is designed to work together is spot on. This is the first time the middle selector position using both pick-ups has really been used on this guitar and has transformed this cheap guitar into a completely different instrument. Overall, most impressive. I will certainly be recommending these and plan to buy further IronGear pick-ups for my other guitars." – Mark M, London

"I bought a Blues Engine from you a few months ago for a Heritage 535, their take on the 335. I was delighted with the subtlety of the sound in the neck position and last week I fitted your Dirty Torque in the bridge position. The Heritage is a classy guitar and it sounded good before with the stock Schallers. Now it is an absolute delight and it looks the part too with the nickel covers." – Kevin Morris, Bradford

"It is with a draining sense of déjà vu I feel compelled to write to you regarding the pickups that you sold me earlier this week. Even though the Dirty Torque is a style of your pickups that I have not fitted before, the installation was straightforward, and the instructions exemplary. Having bought so many IronGear pickups now – I think it’s more than 20 – I should not have been surprised that the sound quality just blew me away. They have gone into a relatively rare Tokai John Sykes model Les Paul, and the stinging, singing tone is mad. Pinched harmonics fly off the strings, the ability to exact controlled feedback is incredible and the tone through a cranked JCM 2000 TSL is Whitesnake’s 1987 to a tee." – Michael H, Penwortham

"I had heard a lot of good things about IronGear pickups on various guitar websites and forums so decided to give them a try. I ordered a Dirty Torque pickup for the bridge which arrived within a couple of days and I got it all soldered it into my Epi LP Standard. I couldn't believe the difference when I plugged it in, it was like playing a different guitar. The sound is drastically clearer and brighter with much more character. I spent the first ten minutes or so just slowly strumming chords in amazement because I had never been able to hear the individual notes so clearly before, it has really brought what was before a tonally dead sounding guitar to life. With the gain turned up, it really kicks out the bluesy Led Zeppelin/Peter Green kind of sound that I wanted without getting muddy. It surprised me was how responsive the sound is to how hard you strum and even what pick you use, before with the stock pickups it sounded lifeless and samey. After being so impressed I decided to upgrade the neck pickup but couldn't decide between the Rolling Mill and the Blues Engine, so I called IronGear for advice who were extremely helpful and friendly. I ordered a Blues Engine pickup for the neck as they are supposed to make a great set, and I wasn't too bothered about coil tapping. I never really used the neck pickup on this guitar before much simply because it sounded awful and muddy even with the volume backed off so I had high hopes for another miracle like with the Dirty Torque. I wasn't disappointed. It absolutely sings, and with both pickups on it sounds unbelievable with the ringing treble of the Dirty Torque complimented by the warm bass of the Blues Engine. Like the Dirty Torque it changed from mud to clear tones with a gorgeous warmness to it and nice round fat bass. Even though the Blues Engine is low output and the Dirty Torque is a high output, they are really well balanced and work really well together. These pickups are unbelievable value for money and are at least as good as the much more expensive makes." – Richard, Widnes

"I recently bought a Dirty Torque pickup to replace the BurstBucker 3 in my Les Paul BFG. The original pickup had served me very well over the years, but had started to go microphonic, and was beyond economical repair. Having been pointed towards IronGear pickups in the past by my friend Paul (Dragondreams in Normanton), I thought I'd try the Dirty Torque. Once fitted, I found it very, very difficult to make any negative comments about the pickup. It has all the bite, power and clarity I needed - and then some. Add to that the fact that it cost about a third of the amount a replacement BurstBucker 3 would have, and was just as good, if not better. Thanks for offering this great product, and also for the extremely quick turnaround of the order." - Marc, Pontefract

"Beautiful aged finish, great sounds from pristine clean to metal filth. Extremely dynamic. Makes my SD JB seem inferior. As good as it sounded, I always wanted a bit more bite from The Blues Engine bridge.....This is it. IronGear have done it again." - John Greenhill, Bristol

"I'd like to let you know just how impressed with your service I am. I ordered these pickups on Wednesday and they have arrived and been installed on Thursday! I've never written a review on a pickup. I just wanted to let you know that I have played so many pickups. My guitars have DiMarzio, Seymour Duncan, Gibson USA, Fender USA, Kent Armstrong, Bare Knuckle, EMG, Fishman and others. I've tried so many that I often advise those I know who are looking for new pickups. Until now I had never tried IronGear. Having spoke with you and deciding that the best option would be a set of "Blues Engine" & "Dirty Torque" to power-up a mud-heavy, low output Les Paul, I installed them with coil tapping on push/pull volume pots. I can't tell you just how impressed I am with them. The Blues Engine is the best neck humbucker I've ever heard, and I've heard a lot! It's smooth, clean, full bodied and is perfect for clean runs, full chords and crunchy/overdriven rhythm and lead. For a classic sounding, vintage output pickup the note definition is fantastic. The Dirty Torque is brighter, ballsy and a natural sibling to the Blues Engine. It adds a snarl and scream in the midrange which is brilliantly defined. However, no-one seems to have commented on the world-class split tones these pickups offer. When the Blues Engine is split to just the neck-side coil it delivers a perfect single coil snappy tone, reminiscent of a Fender Custom Shop '54 neck coil. It's truly sublime. The middle tones are so good as well; almost like an overwound set of P90s in the middle position. Leaving the Blues Engine split with the volume and tone rolled back, while the Dirty Torque is on full humbucker with full volume and tone give and incredible variety of tones to switch between in a way I have never heard with any other set of pickups. You can play super clean arpeggios on the neck pickups and jump to a perfectly balanced overdriven tone without any pedal or amp settings change - just flip the pickup selector back & forth! I just can't believe you managed to swing this with such value for money. Thank you for doing all your homework so well and producing accessible, world-class pickups designed right here in the UK." - Mitchell, Salford

I bought a Blues Engine for the neck and a Dirty Torque for the bridge of my Epiphone SG on recommendation from a friend of mine. I have to say that these pickups have given a huge lease of life to my SG! The Epiphone stock pickups were utterly weak in comparison! The Blues Engine just screams "play some dirty blues!" I love the sound of it especially with the clean channel on my VoxAC30VR amp. The Dirty Torque just gives so much more growl and ooomph! Also pinch harmonics fly out of it where as I could not get a bean out of the old pickups. Well impressed, keep up the awesome work!" - Andy, Leicester

"I recently fitted the Dirty Torque in my hot rodded single pickup Strat. What I wanted was a custom UK pickup which had some vintage vibe but the capability to make my guitar and amp scream. Wow I'm impressed, I got it running through a single push/push volume pot wired series/parallel and I'm amazed the tones that can be achieved by doing this. I've played many different pickup combinations from active to PAF repos and this ain't any of them it's something else. I mean it's on it's own level the tone is unbelievably sweet and dirty and blue. I'm glad I found this and I'm sure many other people will be too. Thanks IronGear you've transformed my axe into a tone monster, I'll be back soon." - Adey, Cornwall


"I just wanted to say thank you for an altogether fabulous purchasing experience. Super fast delivery and a simply stunning product. I bought the Blues Engine/Dirty Torque combo for my Epiphone Les Paul. I have a PRS Custom 22 and 2008 Gibson Les Paul Standard and I wanted to try a Floyd Rose equipped LP. I couldn't stump up the nearly 3 grand for a Gibson so bought the Epi version on Ebay. It's a fab guitar, great to play and beautiful to look at, but good as they are, the stock Epi pickups were a bit muddy and lifeless - a definite come down from my other guitars. I'd not heard of IronGear, but discovered them on an internet search and was blown away by the reviews. The excellent reviews gave me high expectations, and now I've got around to fitting the pickups, I couldn't be more pleased. Both pickups complement each other perfectly. The Blues Engine in the neck position has a lovely warmth and clarity when used both clean and overdriven. It's a real quality high end sound.  The Dirty Torque in the bridge position really 'sings', and is so easy to dial in - it doesn't have the harshness that so many bridge pickups have (including the Burstbucker Pro in my Gibson) which then needs tweakage to sort out. Sonically, now by Epi sounds as good or even better than my other guitars. These pickups are very good value and are not just incredible for the money, they are just incredible full stop! Well done to all at IronGear, and keep up the good work. If I was a high end pickup manufacturer I'd be worried. Very worried!" - Peter Taylor, Colne (6/5/15)

"I ordered the Dirty Torque + Alchemist 90 through Axetec. I have to say that I am very impressed. I have only had them in my guitar for about 3 hours and I am blown away. The Dirty Torque provides the power I need for high gain riffing while maintaining the clarity I need for full chords and the Alchemist 90 is an amazing pickup that just sings clean or dirty. I have seen other people reviewing these pickups saying they are great for the price. But the pickups are just great full stop. Easily as good if not better than their more expensive competitors!” - Al Douglas, Glasgow (16/7/15)

"I received my Dirty Torque/Blues Engine set today, they are now installed in my Ibanez dc PRS lookalike...ish, these pick-ups have transformed it! It was a typically average output and average sounding guitar, it has been transformed into a beautifully voiced instrument, either straight without gain or with overdrive, the clarity is awesome, easily beating most of the Gibsons I have owned in the past and indeed all the Ibanez pickups I have ever used, (I've been playing over for 35 years). Suffice to say I'll be replacing the pickups in my 335 and Stratocasters with IronGear pick-ups in due course. Many thanks guys and girls at IronGear and keep up the outstanding work :-)” - Barry Armstrong, Dudley, West Midlands (31/12/15)
"Amazing! I just received and installed my IronGear Blues Engine and Dirty Torque for my PRS Tremonti SE. Thanks so much for yet another fantastic set of pickups. I contacted IG a while back as I was unsure of spending £200 on genuine PRS Tremonti pickups for my Tremonti SE. I wanted those as a friend had them installed on his, but as a long time IronGear customer i wanted to give them a try first. They advised me to go for Dirty Torque bridge and Blues engine neck, and wow - they were right! I installed them tonight and they are on a par with, if not better than my mates Tremonti Pick ups. They scream and you get the best of both worlds, from heavy rock through blues.I cant wait to let him hear it now. As usual, build quality and customer service was spot on. Mark my words, SD, Dimarzio etc. had better watch their backs because IG is offering a better sound at a cheaper price. I honestly think that one day, we will see signature models with as IG as the preferred pickups." - Lee Gordon, Luton (5/3/16)
Specification & Product Details
Bridge = 52mm
Nickel Silver
Length: 70 mm x Width: 38 mm x Height: 24 mm (including lugs)
Chrome, Nickel, Raw Nickel or Gold Covers. Black or Zebra Open Coils
500kOhm Pots, .022µF Tone Capacitor(s)
Bridge = 16.4kOhm
AlNiCo V
Supplied complete with screws and springs
Pole Spacing:
Baseplate Material:
Recommended Components:
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Magnet Type:
44AWG enamel
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Rock and metal high gain tones, plus great cleans. The Dirty Torque bridge position pickup has been specially designed to make a great combination with the Blues Engine neck pickup.
Soundclips by Ainsley Stones:
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Hot AlNiCo V Humbucker

The IronGear Dirty Torque humbucker is for those who want a hefty kick of output power from bridge pickup with a traditional AlNiCo V design. We've wound this pickup to 16.4k Ohm and voiced it so that it works perfectly with the Blues Engine neck pickup to give a set that really delivers power and refinement.
With bags of flexibility, this combination can cover high-gain rock to blues and will give you crystal clear cleans and outstanding overdriven tones.
It has a little more subtlety and warmth than the Hot Slag but provides enough brute force to drive most amps into submission!
We make the Dirty Torque with Chrome, Nickel, Raw Nickel or Gold Covers. Black or Zebra Open Coils
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