That $6k rumor came out when John Mayer said in a video that it will ‘probably’ priced at somewhere on that range. But unfortunately that didn’t happen when BLK1 was officially announced. It was originally priced at $15k at first but due to its extreme limited quantity and demand, market inflation took an effect.
About the pickup..only god knows if its the same damn pickup or not. There are so many rumors on this subject that I don’t want to get into. It is hand wounded by John Cruz himself based on real BLK1 PU readings and wiring. So it might not be the samething or I don’t know – It is just glorified Big Dipper anyway.
And yes it is painted with nitro.