Modern Eagle I: RPs vs 57/08s

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  1. Skeeter

    Skeeter New Member

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    I may be ME1 shopping, and was curious about people’s experiences, preferences between the originals with RP pups vs the ones they released about 5 years ago, some with 57/08s.

    My understanding is that the RPs are hotter, but I know little else (does anyone have the resistance values from that old chart?)

    I’ve had 57/08s, and sometimes find them too weak and a little bright in the bridge. But I’ve never had them with a RW neck, and certainly not with whatever pixie dust magic used on ME1’s that make them so valuable ;)

    Any info and thoughts would be appreciated!
     
  2. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    I'd love to have an ME1
     
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    https://forums.prsguitars.com/threads/the-verdict-on-me-is-57-08s-or-rps.3351/

    Found that old thread that says the RPs are thicker and fatter sounding than the 57/08s but that the 57/08s are more articulate. Despite all of that, there seem to more votes for 59/09... so go figure.

    I’ve never tried the RPs or the 59/09s but I do have a McCarty with a solid Brazzy neck... and the 57/08s were articulate but boomy in that guitar (the Brazzy neck magnified the boom). I never found the 57/08s to be bright, but if they sound that way to your ears, then I’d probably try the RPs.
     
  4. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    The pickups are easily changed. The Braz RW neck is not! Don’t hesitate based on the pickups. Oh yeah, 59/09s fer sure!
     
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  5. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    5909s FTW
     
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  6. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    I love RP pickups. Playing Rider’s, now Bodia’s MEII was a game changer for me and PRS pickups. I keep an eye out for a set second hand that I can stick someplace.
     
  7. Tag

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    I think 57/08s are a lot fatter and thicker.
    The RPs were the weak link in the MEs IMO. They felt loose and sloppy on the bottom end, and not articulate on the top. I had 3 ME1s a ME 2 and lots of guitars with 57/08s for comparison. However, lower out put pups can work well with Brazzy necks to help soften the harder "ping" you get on the attack of the note.
    YMMV.
     
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  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Interesting. I feel like you and I share a lot of preferences pickup and PRS guitar wise (to a degree) and was really knocked out by the aforementioned MEII and RP pickups. Granted, my experience is limited to that one MEII, so that particular guitar may be an anomaly, but I thought pretty highly of those particular pickups.

    Edit: Of course I’m talking mostly about the neck pickup.
     
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  9. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    57/08s blow them away. I have multiple ME1s, and all the RPs are residing in the case pockets. Mine have 59/09s for the most part, though.




    Sorry Ralph; you’re a great guy. ;):p
     
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  10. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    ME II's did come stock with 57/08 pickups in them.
     
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  11. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Shoegazing Member

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    I really, really like the RP pickups in my ME1. The guitar can go from a very nice clean sound to a blistering lead sound just by turning the volume knob.
     
  12. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Hmmmm....
     
  13. bodia

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

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    Some. Mine has RPs.
     
  14. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Hmmmm...
     
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    markie Zombie 27 - DFZ

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    17, Danielle??????????????
     
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  16. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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  17. bodia

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

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    Veeeery interesting
     
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    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    Of course you do.








    :p
     
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  19. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    I’m glad you gave up one of them!

    First time my wife and I met Paul (when I bought my McManus from him), Ralph spent like an hour talking with us. Great guy indeed!
     

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