- Jun 2, 2018
Mozzi, don’t forget that the pickups in the ‘59 LP aren’t the original ones, so as Sergio pointed out it’s not strictly a true comparison. If I remember the ‘59 pickups are in the Goldtop he plays.
I know but the Gold top - an older guitar but with the 59 PU's also matched up very well under scrutiny. I am sure if you could get all the 59 Les Paul guitars with their original 59 Humbuckers installed, they wouldn't all sound exactly the same anyway. If you can't distinctly pick out a PRS 594 in a mix - especially amongst multiple Les Pauls - with just your ears, then you can safely say its achieved what it set out to do.
Like the JM635's in the Silver Sky being incredibly close to 63/64 Strats (probably John Mayers Strat but I have seen quite a few video's where others have also compared the SS to a real 63/64 strat too), then PRS have given us 'affordable' alternatives to trying to locate a decent vintage instrument tonally. I cannot afford to go and spend 59 LP money or buy a 63/64 strat to get those vintage tones and these guitars offer the sound with PRS quality and consistency.
How close any of these guitars are to the instruments they are inspired by would certainly vary depending on the vintage instrument as I bet they vary more than the PRS guitars do so saying a SC594 sounds the same as a real 59 LP is not saying they sound exactly the same as every 59 LP but that they sound like a genuine 59 LP to the point you wouldn't be able pick it out and have a new instrument with the benefits that a new guitar has and without the price tag that vintage guitars have.