#1
I am wanting to upgrade my pickups in my SE Santana. I was looking at Bare Knuckle and they sound absolutely amazing, but with that comes a lot of dough. If they really are the best out there, I'll pay but I'd like to stay under $200 if I can. I play in a worship band at my church, but I play lead and rhythm. I want it to have loud, bright, clear highs, but it has to have some low end also for the open chords. I was looking at VH II and Cold Sweat if that helps you any.
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#3
wait a super distortion is pretty damn similar to a vh2?

i mean you might not think the BKPs are worth the extra, which is fair enough, but those two pickups are completely different, so let's not make stuff up.

if you're in the US, BKPs might not be teh best value- there are a bunch of US-based handwinders which might be a fair bit cheaper and which'd be worth considering.
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#4
I do live in the US, which does make BKP a bit extreme when you add shipping and all, so who do you suggest?
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wait a super distortion is pretty damn similar to a vh2?

i mean you might not think the BKPs are worth the extra, which is fair enough, but those two pickups are completely different, so let's not make stuff up.

if you're in the US, BKPs might not be teh best value- there are a bunch of US-based handwinders which might be a fair bit cheaper and which'd be worth considering.


They similar enough to save a shit-ton of money. The Screamin' Demon from Duncan is closer though.
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They similar enough to save a shit-ton of money. The Screamin' Demon from Duncan is closer though.


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I do live in the US, which does make BKP a bit extreme when you add shipping and all, so who do you suggest?


i haven't tried them, but things like bg, high order, wolfetone, wcr, zhangbucker etc. might be worth a look.

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They similar enough to save a shit-ton of money. The Screamin' Demon from Duncan is closer though.


nah not really. the vh2 is a lower output alnico 5 paf type pickup, the super distortion is a high output ceramic type pickup.

granted both duncan and dimarzio do other models which'd be a lot closer to a vh2.
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#9
thanks for the input, I'll take a look at some of them.
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#10
I know it's not a popular opinion, but as a BKP owner, I have to say that they aren't worth how much more they cost. You can get like 90% of the way there with regular SD's or DiMarzios. The BKPs aren't worth the extra money, unless you just have that much money to throw into them with no hang ups.
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#11
Which model of BKPs do you have? I want to put some money into the pickups because I want them to last and all, but yeah. $275 is a bit crazy.
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#12
I have a painkiller in my 7, and I like it, but there are other brands that are just as good or better for less. BG makes nice pickups, though they don't come up used very often and there is a wait time. I like Anderson pickups a lot too, and an H2 or H2+ and an H1- might work great for you. They're easier to find used and a set could be around $120.
#13
I have a Mule. For $160 (after conversion, not including shipping), I want a pickup that jumps and screams at me I'm A BKP, LOOK AT HOW ****ING AWESOME I AM. It doesn't do that. That's a hell of a lot to pay for a single pickup that doesn't do that.

Like I said, if you have the money, by all means go for it. I'm not at all saying that they're bad pickups. Just that you can pretty much get there with any standard production pickup.

And if you're not playing through a handwired Plexi or something, it's kind of like... what's the point of having a pickup this expensive?
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I like Anderson pickups a lot too, and an H2 or H2+ and an H1- might work great for you. They're easier to find used and a set could be around $120.


this

i like the BKPs that i have in my 7 string, but the best pickups i've ever played are the SC2 single coils and H2+ Humbucker i have in my Tom Anderson. They give perfect note definition and sound amazing. if you can find a set go for those, but if not i'd say Dimarzio seeing as youre in the US. BKPs arent worth it unless you really have the spare cash.
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#15
The Nailbombs in my SL2H are, by far, the most articulate pickups I've ever heard. BKPs are more about finding the right match for your guitar. I've tried guitars with them before that I was quite underwhelmed with and the tried the same pickup in a different guitar and it was a completely different beast. iMO, they are more than worth the money, especially since you can pickup a set for ~$200 on the used market and are much easier to find used than the other boutique brands, which are at a similar price point. if you don't end up liking them, they hold their value extremely well. Buy a $300 set of any other pickup and try to get more than 60% return on them, its not likely.

However, if you're not going for high gain, there's probably others I'd look into before BKP.
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#16
WCR Darkbursts and Wolfetone Marshallheads are both good alternatives.