My teacher's guitarist got a pair of Painkiller 7's in his RGD2127 (not 100% sure on the exact model, but presumably they're generally basswood).
We A/B'd it to a 7321 with a ToneZone/AirNorton(7's, OBV), on a Mesa Trem-o-verb.
The BKP sounded awesome, no specific characteristic(Mids, bass, treble, wide/narrow) stuck out to me(I couldn't really tell, being that it wasnt my amp or guitar, and I'm still a newb), but the clarity and balance is what really surprised me. But then we plugged in the 7321, and I found that it sounded better. The tonezone sounded super meaty, riffy, LOG-esque. We plugged in the RGD again, and it sounded... just... meh still good, but. man. The 7321 sounded so much more alive. Maybe dude wired it wrong, maybe he needed to adjust pickup height, maybe painkiller's aren't for basswood, but I'll get to my point. I was really expecting to be dumbfounded/blown away the first time I heard the praised BKP, and this kinda taught me a lesson, and at the same time brought me to the realisation that... Pickups... Are... just pickups! and though one can change one's 'base' sound, it's all in the hands, son. :2CHAINZ: CHRUUU
In no way, shape or form am I trashing BKP's, I was just expecting a similar moment to really playing your first 5150, or that game-changing piece of gear.
I feel the same I just tried a set of aftermath's and they sound killer but not in the way that would make them a must have. Ill stick to my Dimarzio's