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BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« on: May 05, 2011, 03:19:30 AM »
Hey all,

I just got notification that my new Aftermath pickup, with Black cover and nickel pole screws, sort legs and 2-conductor cable, is in the postal mail from Tim & co, and I'm nervous and excited about it at the same time.

For the last 15 years, I have tried pickup after pickup and I keep coming back to the Duncan Distortion SH6. I even tried the Painkiller and was horrified and within 30 minutes I put the SH6 back into my black flying V.

I want to hear your opinions of what I'm to expect! I'm hoping that the Aftermath will sound fatter that the Sh6, but just as chunky Thrash pick attack (eg: Exodus/Scott Ian) and clear and aggressive with awesome mid growl (like Slayer before the EMG period). I hope its a great Thrash Metal humbucker.

The guitar it's going to is custom made Grubisa black Flying V with a 'Dean' headstock,body and neck is all Brazilian Mahogany body and neck, Ebony frett board, 24 frets, setneck/string through body, Tonepros bridge, Sperzal locking tuners. SD Duncan Distortion SH6 in the Bridge and Sh1 '59 in the neck. I asked Tim about the neck and suggested the Riff raff, so if I love the Aftermath, I'll order it too.

I play straight through a Marshal JCM 2000 TSL100 (no effects or EQ's for Distortion, on clean channel there is chorus)

 I play in the Australian Thrash Metal band 'DARK ORDER', and you can hear the different pickups I recorded the rhythm sounds for the last three albums, '5000 Years of Violence' is Sh6 through JCM 900 dual reverb, 'The Violence continuum' is a Dimarzio Megadrive through a JCM 200 DSL 100, and the new album 'Cold war of the condor' is a Seymour Duncan Parrallel axis Disortion PATB2B through my current rig of the TSL100 JCM 2000.
Just go to www.myspace.com/darkorder to listen to songs from all three albums.

The pickups I've tried are: Duncan Custom, JB, Dimebucker, Screamin Deamon, The Invader, Parrallel Axis TB I, Parrallel Axis PATB2B Distortion,  Dimarzio SD, Megadrive, D Sonic, D Activator, D Activator X, X2N, Bill Lawrence XL500
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2011, 04:18:34 AM »
BTW, I am planning to make a video for Youtube where with each pick up I will play Slayer's 'War Ensemble' and then cut it together so you can hear the differences. :shock: :band5:
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2011, 05:30:54 AM »
it's cleaner, clearer and tighter than all the models you listed, so don't expect it to deliver as much "gain" (mud)
if clarity is what you're looking for, you'll be happy
definitely works for your style
brazilian mahogany (same as honduras) flying vees sound huge and the aftermath will help to keep things tight and cutting
can you post some pics of those vees?

great riffing, by the way  :D

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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2011, 05:32:57 AM »
Is the output the same as the Duncan Distortion? What about the mids???
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2011, 05:41:10 AM »
Is the output the same as the Duncan Distortion? What about the mids???

hard to tell
the sh-6 feels higher output than it actually is, since it's almost self-overdriven
the aftermath is punchier, but cleaner
strong midrange like the sh-6, but a much less hairy top and also more modern sounding
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 05:49:57 AM »
Less 'hairy top end'? You mean like fizzy top end??? Sounds good so far.....can't wait. Also more punch? I hope so!
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 01:08:38 PM »
Hey man, sorry for the OT...

I really love Dark Order!! You really rock!! I appreciated a lot 'Cold War...' as the previous one 'The Violence Continuum' (we did an interview for metal hammer magazine, Italy).

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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2011, 02:30:54 AM »
Hey man, sorry for the OT...

I really love Dark Order!! You really rock!! I appreciated a lot 'Cold War...' as the previous one 'The Violence Continuum' (we did an interview for metal hammer magazine, Italy).

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Hey mate! Thanks for all the support!!! Any opinion on the Aftermath vs the SD Duncan Distortion???
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2011, 07:51:42 AM »
Yo bro..  I cannot thelp you about the Aftermath... I'm new in this forum and new to this brand. I used a DD it's a killer pick up, really grwols but I never A/B'ed with a B.N Aftermath... so, I'm sorry, but cannot help you :(

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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2011, 08:06:05 AM »
Anyone with an opinion of the Aftermath vs the SD Duncan Distortion?????????
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2011, 10:25:09 AM »
what didn't you like about the painkiller? i must admit, although i do like it - it can be an acquired taste.
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2011, 02:37:07 PM »
You will probably have to add a bit more gain from the amp. Bareknuckles tend to have a cleaner signal than Seymour Duncans. They're not less powerful, they just have less "dirt and noise" from the pickup itself.
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2011, 05:00:28 AM »
I've got 3 aftermaths. They're great for very technical thrash (Coroner, Megadeth). It doesn't get much tighter. Personally my go-to for thrash like Slayer or Metallica would be a nailbomb.

As for vs the Distortion, I used distortions for years... here's the breakdown

Distortion : More high end, Less Mids
Aftermath : Smooth high end, Mid spike, crazy tight


You'll be happy with the Aftermath. If not, I'll take it :D

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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2011, 03:41:52 PM »
The duncan distortion was my fav pickup before i got into the bare knuckle cult. Im currently considering to get myself the aftermath for another gibson flying v :)
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Re: BKP Aftermath vs the Sh6 Duncan Distortion
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2011, 08:55:33 PM »
"For the last 15 years, I have tried pickup after pickup and I keep coming back to the Duncan Distortion SH6. I even tried the Painkiller and was horrified and within 30 minutes I put the SH6 back into my black flying V".

If you did not like Painkiller probably will not like Aftermath.
I think both have many similar characteristics.
By the way, like the SH-6 than Painkiller is a heresy.
Seymour Duncan SH-6 = GARBAGE. IMO.