After trying a few pickups in my homemade guitar, I settled on a Painkiller. Guitar is mahogany with maple cap. Maple neck thru.
I tried a couple of pickups before the BK... Emg and Lundgren.
ive had this duncan distortion kicking around I got in trade from Cameron.
It has an Alnico 8 magnet I believe he said.
I decided to give it a go, and honestly, I can't really tell almost any difference in the two! They sound almost identical.
The funny thing is it's alnico vs ceramic magnets. I figured a more noticeable difference.
I got the BK on here for short money, but I find it funny the duncan is half the price. Although I'm not sure what a standard distortion sounds like...
How much will a magnet change the overall tone of a pickup of the same model?
No, not really (in my experience). The distortions quite a lot hotter for a start. Magnets make a huge difference though.
fwiw, I prefer the distortion anyway.