See, this is what I'm worried about. Spending huge dollars on a pickup to get a minimal sound difference. Same thing happened with that Lundgren M7 I had.I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the Aftermaths. I have a Warpig and a Holy Diver sitting here and I really can't hear anything special about them over an average DiMarzio or something. :shrug:
I completely agree. They're not 'twice as good' as any other pickup, but they're my favourites, and to me the cost is justified.And I'm just the opposite, I've never been impressed with the Wolfe pickups, but the BKPs I have in my guitars are awesome.
I think when you get to boutique levels, you pay an additional 90% to get the last 10% of benefit. In the case of the Wolfe's that I've heard, they've been based on the JB, and I will never like that sound. They sound like really good JBs, which I guess is a compliment, in the same way that saying something sounds like a really good Bieber song. In the case of the BKPs, I've found some that I didn't like and some that I do. I can say that my black RR sounds better than it's ever sounded, and actaully sounds better than my tribal RR, and that's all due to a BKP Cold Sweat.
FWIW, when you last played the tribal, it had a Pain Killer in it, and that's one of the pickups that I'm kinda :meh: about.
All that is the long way of saying, I don't think that BKPs are the magic tone bullet for everyone. They were for me, just as the Wolfe's were for Dave and Mike. Are the BKPs twice as good as a Duncan? No. Are they worth the cost? To me, yes.
I would very much agree with this and with BKP's I think eeking that last 10% out can actually be quite difficult. Something as small as pickup height can massively affect the difference between BKP's sounding very normal and uninspiring, to totally opening up - something I know Darren said he found as well (perhaps not put quite as dramatically as I have! :lolI think when you get to boutique levels, you pay an additional 90% to get the last 10% of benefit.