So after reading different things here and there, watching a few videos, and hearing friends tell me different things; i decided to go a head and buy myself a set of BlackHawks to put them through the paces against EMG's
To my surprise even when i was recording the guitar tracks, while at the same volume, the Black Hawks track came out louder. At the end of the day i like the Bare Knuckles more but not WAY more like i expected. The are very clear and have a pretty beefy bottom end. The EMG's are equally clear but have always sounded a little bit on the thin side to me.
Either way i made a video comparing the two. Let me know what you guys think.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie-STcJhVLA]EMG 81 VS. Bare Knuckle Black Hawk w/ ESP LTD MH1000-ET - YouTube[/VIDEO]
My experience with pickups is that they make a difference, but if you start with a quality pickup (which, despite the hate, the EMG 81 is) and switch to a quality pickup, the difference is not going to be night and day. A good sounding guitar will sound good, and a bad sounding guitar will still sound bad. I think the pickups are 10-20% of the total equation, so expecting to like them WAY more is probably a bad expectation.