[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IYulriOq4k]Pickup Comparison: Suhr 7-Vintage and 7-Plus and Bareknuckle Rebel Yell set - YouTube[/VIDEO]
(if you want to hop around a bit, go to the Youtube page - I have the start points for clean tapped/untapped and distoreted taped/untaped indicated in the comments)
Finally got a chance to throw these in. I actually was really pleasantly surprised by the pickups that came in my Suhr, and had planned to immediately swap them out but then liked them enough (especially the bridge position) that I didn't bother. But, then my incessant desire to tinker got the better of me, so I did approximately my 6,378th pickup deal with Max and grabbed these.
Initial impressions; both sound great, in very different ways. The Suhrs have a noticeably bigger low end and a lot more girth to them, and clean I always thought the neck position, especially, sounded surprisingly like a Les Paul. I think partly because of that and partly because volume seems to drop less, my initial impression was that the Suhrs split better, though listening back here I'm no longer sure, especially distorted where the Bareknuckles seem to have a smoother top end.
Full humbucker mode, the Bareknuckles have a lot more of a singlecoil-like attack to them, especially in the neck position. I obviously am on board with that; the neck Rebel Yell reminds me of everything I like about the Dimarzio PAF Pro, though probably with a bit of extra output. The bridge has a lot of that midrange harmonic overtone stuff going on on the sustain, and while still having a great attack has a rounded, articulate but smooth high end; as I'd hoped, it reminds me a bit of the AT1 in that respect. Less low end than the Suhr, but not by as much as the neck. To my ears, it sounds a little more like a super-strat, while the stock pickups pushed it in a little more of a LP direction - not even close to all the way, but more of that general vibe, of thickness, while these are more about attack. I also think the set balances better - not surprising as the two Suhrs aren't technically speaking a matched set themselves, but I always thought that whenever I switched from the bridge to the neck the original pickups got a lot darker and I lost a lot of attack. Here, the overall tone doesn't change all that much, it just shifts from an emphasis on harmonic sustain to an emphasis on clear attack. I think it'll actually make switching back and forth from pickup to pickup mid solo a lot more of a viable options.
Initial impression is these sound absolutely great. Now I just have to steal Chris's AxeFX II and start posting mixtests all over the General Music Discussion forum!