57/08 vs HFS/Vintage pickups

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Solteroblues, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. m4xp4yn3

    m4xp4yn3 New Member

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    Yes, LBXII does have a very fendery clean (LBXI had less and more driven sound). Plus the modern hi-gain. Cannot predict how would the two pickups sets react to 5150. But it’s interesting you say you don’t care for the split sounds. These in-between positions tend to be my favourite. So, the HFS don’t split well? Would you say HFS is good for the modern playing styles (clear tapping notes, good string separation in distorted complex chords..)?
     
  2. bodia

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

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    Looking at the pics, I'd go Cu24, all day! Looks like a one piece top, too.
     
  3. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Buy the one that feels the best in your hands. Pickups are easily changed.

    To me, if the guitar itself plays bad or doesn't feel good when I play it unplugged I don't even want to plug it in.
     
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  4. m4xp4yn3

    m4xp4yn3 New Member

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    Yes, that makes a lot of sense. I only played the CE22 and the neck was a smidge too fat. CU24 lives in different country (but the price is unbeatable).
     
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  5. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    I could just not like split sounds in general. The only two guitars I have that aren’t straight humbuckers are my CE22 and DGT. And I prefer the DGT because it’s not a true split, but rather a coil tap. I think I just prefer that sound.

    Also, the PRS 5-way rotary isn’t your standard position switch. They actually call it positions 6-10. There’s serial/parallel stuff going on there. See this Sweetwater article. There is no position on this which combines both humbuckers.
     
  6. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    This is hard to answer because the pickups are very different (so are the guitars they are in) and it is impossible to know how somebody else is going to shape their sound.

    I’ve had both pickups for a long time and like them both. I find the HFS/VB have a much sharper edge. Just because of that, if I had to choose one, I would go with the 57/08 and dial the back end to what I wanted for what I was playing. I think I could get more range from them.
     
  7. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Neck profile is a very big indicator, at least for me, of how I will like it or dislike it. I had a Custom 24 Standard (all mahogany) but it had a wide thin neck. I loved how it sounded, but playing it became not as interesting for me. I still wish I had the guitar I just didn't care for the neck carve.

    I travel a lot for work and when I have down time I like to go to guitar shops and play a little bit. If I pick a guitar up and don't like the neck or the frets immediately cut my hand I put it back on the rack and move along.
     
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  8. m4xp4yn3

    m4xp4yn3 New Member

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    Okay, thank you guys, I pulled a trigger on the red CU24. It cost only a little more than a used CE, neck is Regular, which is fine, and I can eventually work with the pickups and the rotary thing.
    I’m gonna finally have the proper core PRS, yaaay!!
     
  9. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Awesome! Just remember everything on the electronics can be changed if you so desire. My CU24 had the rotary and I changed it to the 3 way toggle.
     
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  10. m4xp4yn3

    m4xp4yn3 New Member

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    Yes, I think about doing the same. CU will be a great baseline for further pimpin’
     
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  11. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Absolutely. It's a fantastic guitar and a definite workhorse. Enjoy!

    Plus if you are efficient at soldering and such, you can change pickups quickly and have a bunch of variety ;)
     
  12. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Bangin’!
     
  13. bodia

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

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    Nice choice! Congrats!
     
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