Anyone have a 408?

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  1. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Most of the guitars I've sold have been through Reverb, Ebay (shudder), GearPage, etc., so most buyers don't have a chance to play first. I've had people pass on a sale because they couldn't change the pups.

    And, the points I'm making about tone are 1) there are lots of buyers who buy without hearing the guitar first. I assure you there were lots of Silver Sky sales where buyers never had one in their hands first. Is that wise? I dunno. Ask the buyer. Maybe they thought they'd sound just like John Mayer. ;)
    2) How a guitar sounds can depend upon outside variables (like room, like amp, like band mix). And again, our tastes can change.

    but HEY.................................I LIKE 408s!

    I have some. :)
     
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  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    If you’re buying 100% for the figured wood, it’ll still be figured wood, regardless of whether you have 408s in it or something else. The pickups then logically become a non-factor. They’re not relevant to the figured wood.

    If the pickups are, in fact, a factor, you’re not buying for the figured wood alone. So why wouldn’t you want to play the guitar before buying it, if you were concerned about the pickups?

    As to where to play it, and how to make that determination, I’d do that as I would with any other guitar I was interested in. There are times I want to at least hear the guitar/play the model, and times I assume the risk of not doing so.

    Assumption of the risk is not a bad thing. We assume risks daily in our lives. Some are acceptable, some aren’t. Each one of us has a different idea about that.
     
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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Yes, and having someone pass because of pickups is a risk you took if you bought a 408, and hardly a surprise.

    Personally, I haven’t ever had the experience of buying a guitar whose tone I liked, then using it for the purpose I bought it, and then saying, “WTF?” I have a good idea of what works in the context of my music. That may be unusual, or not, but in my case it’s true. Honestly, I don’t think it’s unusual, based on my experience with other musicians.

    I’ll add that there are lots of tone-shaping options in effects, amplifiers, and even strings that one can use with any guitar, if additional tonal changes are needed.

    As to “I’d buy it if it had different pickups,” how’s that any different from, “I’d buy it if it was a different color,” or “I’d buy it if it had a different shaped headstock,” or any one of a zillion other ways of saying, “I’ll pass?” If you have a burl top SC in an unusual color, you’re taking the same risk (and, yes, I know you have one).

    I can only state my own opinion, and the benefit of my experience, in any case. That’s all any of us can do. :)
     
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  4. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    This entire conversation is a result of my contention that a downside of 408s is that you can't exchange the pups for "standard" shapes as stated in my OP. Maybe I should have been clear from the outset that from my perspective that stated negative is in regards to resell. I can't tell you why other buyers are buying, but I can tell you I've had some difficulty in selling because those pups were in the guitar. So, what's a non-factor to me not be true of the next owner.

    It was your contention that the "whole point" of the 408 guitar was the 408s. I'm not comfortable making that assumption for everyone else.

    Your second paragraph didn't really tell me anything.
     
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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    OK, see if you follow this logical progression:

    What is the distinguishing feature of the 408 that makes it different from other PRS models whose scale length and body shape/thickness it shares?

    Answer: the pickups and electronic switches.

    Without the 408 pickups and switches, Would the guitar be a 408?

    Answer: No.


    Do all 408s have 408 pickups and switching, without exception?

    Answer: Yes, 408s all have 408 pickups and switching, without exception.

    If you had a guitar without 408 pickups in it, even if it was very similar to a 408, would it be a 408?

    Answer: No, it would not be a 408.

    It follows then that the 408 model was created to have the 408 pickups/switching as its distinguishing feature, correct?

    Answer: Yes. The purpose was to offer a model with 408 pickups and switching.

    In the English language, is “the point” of something “the reason for doing it” or put another way, “the purpose for doing it?”

    Answer: Yes.

    Therefore, the 408 pickups and electronics are the point of the model.

    You’re confusing your purpose in buying the guitar from the point of its existence as a separate model. However your purpose, and the guitar’s point, are two different things.
     
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  6. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    My OP had absolutely nothing to do with my risk tolerance. I have NEVER bought a guitar for the sole reason of reselling it. The great majority of my guitars are still in my sweaty little hands. However, I do consider the possibility that I might sell one day. All I'm saying is that there are those that won't buy a 408 because the pickups can't be switched, so in my mind, that makes it a downside. How significant? I'll leave that up to each to decide on his own.

    You may be aware that there was a time, long, long ago in a faraway land, when I had a some guitars made out of my wood. One particular wood was called ziracote. It had never been used before on a PRS guitar. How was I supposed to test drive it before I bought it? Apparently, it worked out well, but I can tell you that at first there were a few doubters. While many PS build owners had tried various components before the build, the owners didn't have a chance to play before committing. It's not always possible to play first.




    LES, ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!! :eek::rolleyes:o_O:confused:;):D:D:D:D My dad used to say, "If we always agreed, we'd be married to the same woman."
     
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  7. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Huh? I could swear that you wrote: "The whole point of buying* a guitar with 408 pickups is, well, having the 408 pickups!"

    Well, clearly someone's confused.


    *Editor's note: bold added for emphasis and was not part of the original quotation.
     
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  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Absolutely! I love a good discussion!
     
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  9. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    I love 408s...I would never think of changing out those pickups. I think/hope you’ll be happy with it.

    Les and 11Top are equally unique and irreplaceable...thanks for the entertaining display.
     
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  10. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Me, too! And a good euphemism! :p
     
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  11. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I can’t speak for Steve, but I aim to please. ;)
     
  12. bodia

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

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    Quick, someone come up with something to keep this going! :D
     
  13. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The above is what you stated, and what I was replying to.

    If that was in fact my contention - and clearly you understood what I meant - then I was correct.

    Actually, I didn’t remember saying that, but obviously I did. Seems to me that it’s illogical to buy a guitar whose point is the pickups, if you don’t like the pickups.

    But I’ll concede that folks do things for illogical reasons.

    I still think my statement makes the most common sense.
     
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  14. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    I had a 408 Standard for a couple of years. A great, great guitar, liked the pickups, and everything else about it, but like a few people, it had to be sold because of GAS to acquire another more expensive PRS.
     
  15. 11top

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    Gotcha last!
     
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  16. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Well, the only way to settle this is to get together, have a few drinks, and ask the nearest woman which of us is better looking.

    If it’s a tie, we flip a coin.

    With the right number of drinks, it stops mattering (for me, that would be less than one drink). In fact, because it’s past 5:30 here, I’m having a B&B on the rocks, and toasting your health!

    PS, In our cases, it’d be best if the woman we ask is a grandma.
     
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  17. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I’ll win hands down. Just show her my avatar.

    And I’ll get better lookin’ the more you drink...........hey, wait a minute. :eek:
     
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  18. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    See, that’s just unfair. So I suggest we ask my mom, who is still alive.
     
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  19. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    Wait....you’ve sold actual PEOPLE to fund PRS purchases??? This is a game-changer...*making mental note*.
     
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  20. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    So’s mine....but she’d choose you.
     
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