Neck pickup orientation on 35th anniversary CU24s

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Jim Halinda, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. Jim Halinda

    Jim Halinda New Member

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    Hi All,

    This is my first post on the PRS forums!

    And I am expecting delivery of my first PRS, hopefully tomorrow (a brand new SE Custom 24 35th Anniversary in Black Gold Burst)!

    While waiting, I have been scouring the web for clips and information about the 35th anniversary Custom 24 (all versions: core, S2, and SE).

    What drew me to this particular model was that it included the TCI pickups and coil isolation switching. I have followed the development of TCI pickups with great interest, and that was the tipping point, I had to have one (and the SE version was the only one in my budget range).

    To my comment / question: I notice that the core 35th anniversary CU24 has the neck pickup reversed, so that the slug coils face towards the neck. Yet the S2 and SE versions are not oriented this way.

    From what I've heard in the demo clips (and maybe I'm imagining it), the core model has a little less 'quack' when both pickups are on and the neck pickup is in single coil mode. To me it sounds closer to a 'Tele' middle position sound rather than a 'Strat' middle plus neck/bridge sound.

    I just bring it up as a point of interest. I notice the same thing with Paul's guitar (core version only), the neck pickup is reversed. Could this be because Paul prefers more of a 'T' style middle position sound than an 'S' style sound?

    I know my personal preference leans towards the 'T' style middle sound myself.

    So, once I receive my SE 35th, I will of course play the heck out of it and explore its tones, and then one day I might reverse the neck pickup (if the wiring harness allows), to see if I like it better.

    Was just wondering if anyone else had noticed, and would have a preference either way?

    Any thoughts/comments/information welcome!

    Regards,

    Jim
     
    #1 Jim Halinda, Sep 30, 2020
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  2. Straight_six

    Straight_six Always originate, never duplicate

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    Unfortunately I don't have any experience with any of those models but welcome to the forum!
     
  3. Jim Halinda

    Jim Halinda New Member

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    @[email protected] , any official word on this? Someone has asked about it on another forum as well.

    I know PRS is all about the details, so I’d love to know why the core models have the neck pickups reversed (and why the non-core models don’t).

    Regards,

    Jim
     

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