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Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by banditcosmo, Jul 11, 2018.
that's a great score! looks hot!
I love my 408. Of all the coil splitting PRS i own, it has the best and most single coil-ey effect. A hugely versatile instrument. I got one with a rosewood neck and ebony fretboard. Also has the best quilted maple top i own.
What a stunning looking guitar!
Bandit, you scored a good-looking guitar!
Rnodern, also a very sweet looking axe, I must say!
I bought my first PRS guitar (CU22 10 top Trem birds) in 1998. Since then I’ve been through 20+ PRS and other guitars. I ordered a Signature Ltd/408 as soon as they were announced. The sinker mahogany crap gave the model a bad name. After financial issues forced me to sell a bunch of gear, I kept the Siggy Ltd. The two new additions in my avatar are taking playing time away from it, but I have zero plans to sell it, or my other two for that matter. I’m fortunate to have what I do. The Siggy Ltd/408 is a seriously under rated and under valued guitar.
I was just telling JD/Guitar Maverick, my Silver Sky and Siggy are losing playing time to my PS SC Ted McCarty 245. But that’s a nice problem to have. Did I mention I’m fortunate?
I'm loving my 408 so far but I did notice the trem is not level. The back of the trem is sitting up quite a bit higher than the front. Is there a way to fix that? Will that affect anything?
Sounds like someone put heavier strings on it and didn't make any adjustments. First put on your favored strings and see how it looks. If it isn't level, take the back plate off and adjust the claw screws and retune until it is level.
That's not quite right.
From Sweetwater Sound:
"The Paul Reed Smith 408 pickups use a unique design. In humbucking mode, both coils are on, as you would expect. In single-coil mode, one coil is taken completely out of action — it isn’t just grounded as in many other designs. Plus, 1,500 turns are added to the remaining coil, which maintains the volume and beefs the sound up to give you a true single-coil tone. It’s an amazing system that results in a phenomenally versatile pickup and guitar."
From PRSh in an interview with MusicRadar:
"The way it's wired," says Smith, "is that when you hit the [split] switches, it disconnects one coil and adds 1,500 turns to the other coil. What happens is that there's a 'no volume loss' single-coil sound."
That is what I understood from Garretts message too. In single coil mode, you are getting the full wind - the extra 1500turns and in Humbucker, that is tapped out to balance with the other coil as Garrett and you are both saying...
Yes, we are all saying the same thing. Here's what happens electrically, personally verified by me with a spare Paul's Treble pickup:
Humbucker mode: tapped slug coil in series with screw coil
Single coil mode: untapped slug coil
I have all the measurements written down, but not with me. Here is a more wordy explanation: It starts a lot like any other PRS pickup; you have hot, ground, and split wires (plus bare shield). The special sauce is the extra 1500 winds Paul talks about. Those winds are on the slug coil and activated via a fourth wire. The slug coil has a lot more wire on it than the screw coil, so that fourth wire taps the coil so that it balances with the screw coil.
I. AM. IN. LOVE.
Late to this thread
I love 408s
My 408 Standard (rosewood neck)
When you make adjustments, to the screws in the back, don't go overboard. Adjust by quarter turns, retune (properly), let sit and repeat if needed.