513 pickups

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  1. gioforce76

    gioforce76 Bartender to the stars

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    I was just wondering what kind of pickups are the 513 pickups . Are they ceramic or alnico magnets . Are they the same pickups in the dc-3 ? Someone here has got to know.
    Everytime I pick my 513 I ma so glad I bought it. It’s such a great guitar .
     
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    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    I believe 513, DC3, and 305 all share the same pickups.
     
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  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Throw in the 509 as well. :)
     
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  4. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    just picked up 2 513's and wish I would have bought them sooner. Could have saved me some money..... not
     
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  5. gioforce76

    gioforce76 Bartender to the stars

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    I know they all share the same pickups but what kind of magnets are there . I’m just just curious if they are different form regular pickups .
     
  6. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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  7. Dancing Frog

    Dancing Frog Senior 513 Whore

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    PRS has indeed changed the flavor of them from year to year. They also vary from model to model. I don't know what type of magnets they are as in materials, but they are blade magnets. Unlike other pick ups, they have no bobbins. The wire is directly wound on the magnet in a proprietary process developed by Winn.

    Where the 513, 305, DC3, and Brent Mason all vary by number of winds, the 509's are even stranger. Each pair of singlecoils is the equivalent of an asymmetrical humbucker being that one has more winds than the other. Only the one with more winds is tapped like a 408. I also could swear the 509's use different wire as they have a clarity and articulation that is closer to 1957/2008's than the more McCarty like 513 pick ups.

    There is a rumor floating around that 513 pick ups are descendant from bass pick ups, because they look similar to the Gary Grainger pick ups. But, Gary Grainger's for the most part aren't tapped except in some of the Private Stock models.
     
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  8. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Great info!
     
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    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    It’s strange I really didn’t know much about the pickups in my ‘07 513s, even though they have been my go to guitars for a good while now. For once in my guitar playing existence, something worked and I actually left it alone!
     
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