57/08 vs HFS/Vintage pickups

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  1. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    Hi all, I'm contemplating trading my 2013 P22 with the 57/08 pickups for a 2013 Custom 22 with the HFS/Vintage set (hopefully plus a little cash). What has me the most worried is the differences in pickups (I know, and lack of the piezo, but the cash would make up for that). I have never played anything with the HFS/Vintage set, and I LOVE the 57/08's - pretty much the tone I've always had in my head. How different are these? Would I be gaining or losing in the tone department? Clarity?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    I'd still like to know the differences, but the trade fell through. He actually thought his CU22 was worth more than my P22.
     
  3. ADP

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    I'd say that if you love the sound of 57/08s, you wouldn't be too impressed with the HFS. The vintage bass might not be too bad though. I have a P22 Trem and I definitely wouldn't trade it for a Custom 22. I think you gained in lots of ways when that trade fell through.
     
  4. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    yeah, you don't want that trade. The Custom isn't equal to a P22.

    I love the HFS/Vintage set but they are more modern in tone than the 57/08's (which I also love). If you play rock they would be good, but if the 57/08's are what you hear in your head, the HFS will be too edgy; too powerful.
     
  5. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    If you love the tone of the 57/08s (and the whole guitar for that matter) why are you trading? If I had a "tone in my head" guitar it would also be a "over my dead body" guitar :)
     
  6. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    THANKS guys. The only reason I was thinking about the trade was I "thought" that I could get basically the same guitar, sans the piezo, with a slightly better top (quilt vs. flamed) plus cash in the deal. As soon as he told me I'd need to add $400 to the deal, I was like NO WAY. The two guitars were almost identical in all other aspects (other than pickups and the piezo of course), built approximately a month apart - one in flamed whale blue, the other quilt, same tuners, the CU22 had a trem which I thought I might like on at least one guitar, as I currently don't have any. He said that the P22's have lost all value on the used market, and that customs are worth more now - makes NO sense to me... And this is the same guy that I originally bought the P22 from! At the time when I bought it, he was asking $500 more than he is the custom now, only a few months apart.

    I guess I escaped that one, huh?
     
  7. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    Well he had to try right?
     
  8. solacematt

    solacematt New Member

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    I'm sure many would disagree with me but the HFS/VB combo, as far as rock is concerned, is the sound that people generally think/hear when you think PRS. If the 57/08 is the sound you always wanted though, and you have that piezo, I wouldn't get rid of it. As others said, you lose the piezo and that is a pretty awesome tool so you should totally keep your P22.
     
  9. ADP

    ADP New Member

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    And speaking from purely my own perspective, flames trump quilt every time. I mean, think about it: in a fight, which would win - flames or a quilt? Unless you threw the quilt over some flames, of course. But anyway, I digress...:flute:
     
  10. cjmwrx

    cjmwrx Wheels

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    "You know, that really grinds my gears" /Quote Family Guy

    I would say you escaped someone trying to pull one over on you.
     
  11. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    If you really like the 5708s then I am certian you will dislike the hfs. It is a harsh sounding pickup and I dont care for it but there are a lot of folks who do. I currently have one in my McCarty but it's there in D tuning and drop C so the lower tuning seems to tame it down a bit. Moot point as I have a pair of M pickups that are going in the McCarty. Need to get my butt in gear and get them swapped out.
     
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    I second the opinions of the others - keep the P22 and don't look back. One day you might really appreciate having the piezo (and one less guitar to bring to gigs).
     
  13. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    Oh I really like the piezo, but I also have one in one of my LP's, so I have that base covered. I think I've come to my senses, thanks guys. It was the lure of hoping to make a quick buck and still not be PRS-less!
     
  14. Boogie

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    Big +1. I can't say it any better.
     
  15. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    BTW, here are some pics of my P22 and the Custom that I had considered:

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    Now that I look at it better, that quilt isn't as crisp and clear as my flames, although they aren't perfect...
     
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  16. ADP

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    That's a beautiful guitar. Irregular flames are cool. They have more character. Quilt really isn't my thing so I reckon you came out of that non-deal on top for a number of reasons.
     
  17. solacematt

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    Yea can't say I'm a fan of that quilt
     
  18. Egads

    Egads Happy

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    P22. All day long.
     
  19. starscream67

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    Looking at those pics, you should be happy fate stepped in and tanked the trade.

    Nice axe!
     
  20. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Taste on the wood aside (personally I'd rather look at yours), that would have been a stellar deal - for the other guy!
     

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