2016 NOS PRS S2 Standard 24

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  1. ShawnF1222

    ShawnF1222 New Member

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    I have a chance to pick up a 2016 New Old Stock S2 Standard 24. The pick ups don't have covers, but the 2020 units do. Any idea what the pick ups are in that year and model?
     
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    Or would that be the hfs/vb
     
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    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    They would be Korean VB and HFS pickups.
     
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    Thank you both. Are they better or worse what's on the STD now? Do folks like them or generally replace them?
     
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    The current standard has 85/15s or 58/15s which are covered 85/15s. Pickup taste is subjective. The 's' designates Korean made instead of USA. The US and Korean pups are suposed to be the same specs but the subtleties sound different to me and vary from guitar to guitar. Examples..

    I like the US 85/15 in every guitar I've played.

    The only guitar I've liked the 85/15s were the TCI in an SE Cu24 35th.

    I really liked the 58/15s in an S2 standard 24 but not the 85/15s

    I didn't like the HFS/VBs in my SE Cu24 30th but absolutely love them in my Agile LP.

    HFS/VB in general have a divided camp. The bridge is hot and ceramic (hfs stands for hot, fat, and screams). I'm in the camp that likes them in the right guitar. Korean or US.

    85/15 in general are very high regarded, including the 's' version. I'm a fan of the 85/15 but not the 's'. The 's' sound good but they are missing something for my ear. I suspect it has more to do with wiring components than the pups.

    I almost bought an S2 on the spot because of the 58/15s but on the flip side I found a private stock with the US version 58/15 that I loved everything about besides the pickups. I couldn't unplug it fast enough. Go figure.

    Bottom line is if you like them keep them. If not swap them.

    59/09 are king in my book.
     
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    Thank you for the amazing a detailed response. So much to learn about PRS.
     
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    You're welcome! I learn something new everyday around here.
     
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    Thanks again for all the great info. I am curious as to how can you tell what version of the pick ups are in the guitar? Where would that info be?
     
    #9 ShawnF1222, Nov 30, 2020
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    Welcome! I'm going to go with @dogrocketp its the korean hfs/vb. I've sponged a fair amount of knowledge off reading his posts. 2017 started the 85/15. But the info is on the back of the pickups or use a multimeter.
     
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    As it turns out, you guys are correct. There was a tag in the guitar case that indicated that the pickups hfs/vb. They actually don't sound bad. I picked up a set of Lambertone pickups during their black friday sale that I am probably going to throw in there in the near future.
     
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    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    You can always cheat with Google, and type in PRS, the year, the model, and specs. The info usually pops up. Sinsir’s last post encapsulates a lot of how I feel. Each guitar is different, each set of pickups is different, and each set of ears hears something different. That’s part of the beauty of the forum. I get to learn what others hear, and I find it utterly fascinating.
     
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    Nice! The hang tag! Duh! NOS!

    Lambertone not a name I hear everyday. Interesting choice, I like it. What sent you down that road?
     
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    Lambertone has a great reputation in the worship guitar market. My son bought a few sets and loved them. They aren't for everyone but if you want a clear clean low output humbucker that has no noise and single coil like tone, they may be for you. I also looked at Lollar El Rayo, but them these went on sale. Kurtis used to work at Veritas Guitars and went out on his own.
     
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    I also will also like the look of the guitar with pick-up covers. This S2 doesn't have any. I must be old school. :)
     
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