Anyone removed DGT pickup covers?

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  1. shallbe

    shallbe New Member

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    My avatar DGT Artist guitar is one of my main gigging instruments. It sounds and plays wonderfully, and works for so much music. I think it is a 2013, rosewood/ebony neck is unbound, v12 finish on body.

    Been gigging PRS a long time and I'm old school on PRS guitars in terms of aesthetics. I like birds, don't like binding or pickup covers. Has anyone played uncovered DGT pickups or removed the covers? I know it will change the tone somewhat if I remove them---just curious if it has already been done. My covers are the brushed type.

    Here it is next to the rest of the old school gang.

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  2. Ironwolf

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

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    Looks like the answer is a resounding NO!
    So did you go ahead and remove the cover???
     
  3. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Deface a DGT pickup??!!

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    Yeah, no.

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    but seriously...no. And...

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  4. Ironwolf

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

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  5. Ironwolf

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

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    I always put good looks secondary to fantastic tone.
    the DGT pickup is very very nice I've had it in there and only occasionally unhappy with it something like 1.5 years
    So I could live with this look if the pickup performs.
    but alas taking the cover off it is not a good idea. It's okay tone and it could work with certain amplifiers and certain rigs.
    Playing for about an hour and the answer is:
    the tone is brash, more attack brighter attack, but not sparkly, not nearly as good as something like a 57/08,
    I've been going to change the DGT treble, I'm finding it has a too much mid EQ, and when I dial off the mids on all my amplifiers it steals away some of the tiny treble and some of the bass, in a minorly uncomfortable way. I suppose that can be remedied with a 10 band EQ,
    but I'm thinking of a bareknuckle mule. or I maybe can go back to my number 1 problem solver Pearly Gates, I've tried the 59/09 in several guitars and that was quite good but always a little bit to bass heavy EQ not sparkly enough.
    but now that I destroyed the DGT pickup, I have to put something in there. I'm sure I can solder the cover back on.
    What's a popular PAF replacement for the DGT treble?
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  6. Ironwolf

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

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    that damn cat is so freaking cute!!! :):):rolleyes:
     
  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I don’t think you’ve destroyed the DGT pickup.

    Maybe try adjusting pickup/pole piece height before replacing pickup.

    Good luck in your tonal journey.
     
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  8. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    oh no..... :eek:
    oh well, enjoy your 7 years of bad luck ....
     
  9. Malloc

    Malloc New Member

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    Soldering covers back on isn’t a big deal, but I’d strongly recommend using at least 100W. Last time I tried with a home grade 50W iron it didn’t go over well.
     
  10. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I read somewhere it’s 9 years for defiling a DGT pickup ;)
     
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  11. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Wolf...big Styx fan...
    Hey, at least you tried!!
     
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  12. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    If your unhappy with the DGT treble I would go Mira or 59/09 both have a flatter brighter ( or clearer ) EQ and you can sell you DGT for a pretty big pile of $$$$
     
  13. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    You know, since you are missing with the innards of your guitar, the pickups aren't the only thing in the circuit of a DGT. There are resistors in parallel with the pickups. If you take those off you are going to get the standard performance of the pickups. Might be more of what you are after.
     
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  14. Ironwolf

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

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    no I love everything about this guitar the controls are super nice and powerful shaping tools, I really like the treble bleed.
    I have it Fender American special telecaster with Texas specials, which is just so beautiful and sparkly I got jealous and wanted some of those sparkly tones in the DGT.

    It's a misguided poorly thought out effort to take a guitar that's 95% perfect and see if I can improve it.

    I just ordered a brand-new set of bareknuckle mules, I think they're a little more bright and sparkly, I will throw those in over the weekend. But I'm gonna leave the controls alone.
     
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  15. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Well in case you want to sell the DGT pups you know where to find me :)
     
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