Torn Between BKP Painkiller VS EMG 81/60

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  1. Conjuring Gogue

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    Hi everyone. I have a custom Mahogany body guitar being made and can't decide on the pups.

    I really like the sound of both Painkiller and the 81/60, but not sure if I should go active or passive.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
     
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    It comes to preference. I would 100% go for the Painkiller. Prefer passives, more responsiveness, these PK are less compressed, clearer... although I have the 81 and I also like it.
     
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    Definitely depends on preference. For me, i like Passive far more. I'd go PK's every day of the week.
     
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    My opinion is that you can make a pickup rounder/looser/hotter by using pedals or multi FX like the Axe FX, but you will always struggle to do the opposite (IME). The painkiller is quite bright but of course can be tamed with an EQ or similar, and has the typical passive responsiveness as opposed to most actives.

    The EMG 81, while great for high gain and low tuning, is already quite compressed, giving the impression of being hotter than it actually is. This is great for the above uses, but as soon as you wish to lower the gain and play lightly distorted or clean, it falls short of most passives.
     
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    I would go for the Painkillers. There's nothing wrong with the 81/60 set; it's a metal classic, but passives in general are much more dynamic, punchy, less compressed, and in general more "alive".

    I switched to the Lundgren M6 set from the 81/60 set and I would never go back.
     
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    What sound is OP going for?
     
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    Try the EMG HetSet and get the sound of the Painkiller plus the 81.
     
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    I'll echo what everyone else says, and say that if you can only have one of those two, go for the passives if you know you like them. There's a bajillion guitars out there with plain ol' EMGs in em if you really want that sound.
     
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    Painkillers!
     
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    painkillers
     
  11. Kwirk

    Kwirk The Wrong Advices

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    Fluence Moderns are an option as well. Recently installed a set in one of my guitars and they sound great. One complaint is the neck pickup doesn't have much character, but still sounds good. I have them wired so they're on "passive" mode (voice 2), and goes to "active" mode (voice 1) when I pull my tone knob up.
     
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    I've owned both the 81/60 set and the Painkiller. 81/60 will definitely do the metal job, but it's that same old EMG sound you can get from various guitars. Painkillers are much more interesting with its fire breathing mids and very powerful, tight lows.
     
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    pain. I love mine...amazing pu's.
     
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    I've never owned EMGs (Played em in a bunch of guitars in stores FWTW) but the Painkillers are absolutely amazing!!!

    I took a Painkiller bridge out of my axe and installed Rebel Yells and also had DImarzio Dominions and a C-pig in the same axe but the Painkillers are going back in , the PK is just so ultra-aggressive with the best articulation, tightness, balls, and mid crunch I've ever heard. Be forewarned though, you will not hide any mistakes with the PK!
     
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    This X 10,000!

    Do it, the Painkillers are outrageously aggressive:evil:
     
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    Thanks guys. I will get both and test them out.
     
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    If you want the EMG sound in a passive, I've heard the BKP Miracle Man set is suppose to be very similar
     
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    Do report back now ya hear:cool:
     

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