59/09 vs 57/08 vs 85/15 pickups???

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  1. titansfan4196

    titansfan4196 New Member

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    Looking for some new pickups to put in my S2 Custom 24. I play rock, blues, gospel, funk, worship. Looking for a good, strong sound. Looking for better sustain... My overdrive tone is similar to Mark Lettieri's. What do you like, dislike, prefer etc about each of these pickups?
    Thanks!!
     
  2. Whitecat

    Whitecat Goes home to Starla

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    My 2c: 85/15s best all-rounders, 57/08s close second but less good at high gain, 59/09s excel at high gain but less interesting when played clean.

    Only the latter two are legitimately available aftermarket, 85/15s would have to be found secondhand from someone who pulled them out of a guitar.
     
  3. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf I'm a Dog! I do Dog Things!

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    I did a comparison of all those pickups many months ago.
    I agree with white cat however I put the 57/08's first, slightly hot PAF,s.perfect for 60s and 70s classic rock. with the 85/15s slightly behind. very similar pickups. I found the 85/15 to be slightly mid-scooped. which may be perfect for certain guitars. it also gives them slight high fidelity feeling. both really good pickups. the 59/09's really good gain structure. but less flexible toward the cleaned up tones.

    https://forums.prsguitars.com/threa...tone-chasing-5-pickups-in-5-days.29362/page-2
     
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  4. srmd22

    srmd22 New Member

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    Wondering how the 58/15's fit in to this spectrum. Also, are the 85/15's hotter then the 59/09, or vice verse?
     
  5. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf I'm a Dog! I do Dog Things!

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    58/15 slightly different EQ but basically the same pickup, 85/15's are less hot 8.5 kohms, vs the 59/09's which are the hottest in your group. something like 9.5 kohms.
     
  6. Alan Manning

    Alan Manning Well Love a Duck Mary Poppins.!!!

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    For me 85/15s followed by the 58/15 tm's .!!!
     

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