The Painkiller is one of the most aggressive sounding pickups ever created. It has a distinctive push in the upper midrange for the most cutting of tones. While it absolutely nails the quintessential early Djent sound (think Monuments, Tesseract, Discoveries era Northlane) better than any other pickup, it never sounds harsh or thin because of the huge bottom end and smooth highs it sports. Like every Bareknuckle it cleans up very well, with a chime-like nature. This pickup excels in tonewoods with a strong low midrange such as Mahogany and Basswood. We wouldn't recommend it in maple neckthroughs, ash, alder or anything with a lot of naturally occurring high-mids. Unless you really want an extreme amount of snarl.
The Painkiller humbucker is the ultimate high output 'Djent' humbucker with raw and focused grinding crunch, extremely fast bass response and aggressive upper mid impact.
The hi-mid peak of the Painkiller humbucker together with its powerful triple ceramic magnet design makes it the perfect pickup for progressive technical metal styles. A combination of tight, resonant lows and intense pick attack lets the Painkiller dominate and punch through any mix. Clarity is never compromised, no matter how much gain is applied or how low the tuning and, as with the Cold Sweat, pick harmonics are totally effortless.
The Painkiller neck humbucker is powered by a custom size ceramic bar magnet for masses of power and liquid-like sustain as well as matching the bridge in output. Although not the major role of a high output ceramic humbucker, clean tones have a fat, modern voice with the combination of bridge and neck being particularly good.