McCarty pickup shootout

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  1. Chris Carlson

    Chris Carlson New Member

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    This is great video/audio demonstration to contrast the two. really well done, thank you!


    I just upgraded my pick-ups in my McCarty from the stock McCarty Pick-ups to 57/08s with the following outcomes:
    1. the output seems noticeably louder, and have the pick-ups backed further away. like .125" - .120"
    2. the middle position has substantial volume loss, seems like a phase cancellation issue?

    anyone else have similar experience?
     
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  2. pac90

    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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    Phase is either magnet needing flipped or just the wiring swapped on one pickup, its probably the latter.

    Cross check wiring diagram on prs pages. I think I remember PRS colours being reversed on bridge compared to neck but its been a while, and not done it often enough to remember completely

    Garrett is the go to for pickup wiring, and very helpful
     
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  3. Chris Carlson

    Chris Carlson New Member

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    on the 57/08's or rather any PRS pick-up. is this correct? Red = Hot, White = Mid Tap, Black = Ground I inspected the wiring that the luthier did, and he put red to the tone pot, and white to the toggle switch. if my wire naming to the left is correct, I think that may create the out of phase volume drop, I'm seeing.

    secondary question. My PRS McCarty is from 2001. it's wiring only has what looks like a 0.022uF between tone pot and volume pot. Is the newer treble bleed worth the change?
     
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    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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  5. Chris Carlson

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    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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    Donno...

    Cheap as chips though, could try n see
     
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  7. FunkyFreeman

    FunkyFreeman Moo Panuwat

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    Hmmm. As tone is totally an individual's preference. My experience with MC pups turned out to be very impressive. I recently tried them out this 20th Ann. Standard 24. MC pups have sweet mids, chunky lows, and incredible pick attack.

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    I have played and owned many vintage-themed PRS pups, say, 53/10 - 57/08 - Dragon II, 58/15 - 58/15 LT but the MC seems to suits my taste the best. IMHO it's a pity PRS replaced them with 57-58-LT pups. None of the new ones feels right to me - just simply too weak and too old for my applications.
     
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  8. Chris Carlson

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    Well, confirmed, looks like one of the pickups was wired backwards. Back in tone-business again. May consider the treble bleed addition still.
     
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  9. Tag

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    Nice job!!!
    I prefer the 57/08s across the board. My favorite PRS pup.
     
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  10. Chris Carlson

    Chris Carlson New Member

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    That's what a lot of people say. Pick-ups are kind of hard to evaluate, as there's not fast back-and-forth way to compare and contrast. But if they are overall pleasant to your ear, you know it. I've determined that I like vintage, low-wound, low-DCR pick-ups. but want evenness of tone across the strings.
     
  11. Brian

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    Thank you for sharing that excellent clip!
     

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