NGD - Something Thick

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by bodia, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. clmazza

    clmazza Bullet the Blue Sky

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    Mmmm.... thickness. Congrats! Stellar find!
     
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  2. AaeCee

    AaeCee New Member

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    Thanks Shawn, that's exactly what I wanted to hear. They're still my favorite PRS pickups ever, and the fact that they'll never again be available kinda adds a certain mystique!
     
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  3. Steve Dombroski

    Steve Dombroski New Member

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    I actually swapped the archtops out and put a Bareknuckle Stormy Monday in the neck and a Mule in the bridge in my Spruce Archtop. Holy hell, it sounds great. I would highly recommend those!
     
  4. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I seem to have forgotten to comment on this acquisition.

    Awesome!

    That nick is just a love tap, don't let it worry you.

    As for the pickups - I have 53/10s in my JA-15 (like Shawn's), and they sound pretty darned good.

    I have McCarty Archtops in my Spruce HB, and I like the tone they bring to that guitar.

    So I'd probably see how the Archtops do in the guitar of their name before swapping.

    Great, now I have a hankering for an Archtop. Dang it!

    (Did PRS make them with a piezo at all? That would put me way over the top...)

    EDIT: They did! Now the hunt can begin...
     
  5. Jazzedout

    Jazzedout More Guitars than Time...

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    I wonder how much louder the unplugged sound is compared to an HB2...
     
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  6. AaeCee

    AaeCee New Member

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    @shinksma , how would you characterize the tonal differences between the two, aside from that which you'd attribute to the fairly different body sizes?

    Thanks!
     
  7. rardyrard

    rardyrard New Member

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    Never knew PRS made these kind of archtops. It looks like the ultimate guitar you can't put down. I can just see and hear such an instrument singing along with an amp.
     
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  8. WA Paul

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

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    Congrats! Nothing like a successful guitar hunting expedition!
     
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  9. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Back when I had my Hollowbody II, I swapped the magnet on the neck pickup to alnico V and that made the set perfect. Clean, but mean!

    Sweet guitar, btw. Time to start learning Make Yourself and Morning View era Incubus songs...
     
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  10. Bill SAS 513

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

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    Wow...Very nice...Congrats...and that little nick???
    ...nothing a little red Sharpie can't hide.
     
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  11. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Holy chit, that is beautiful. I can't wait to hear what you think of the tone!

    I THINK I want one of these too but I'd have to hear one in person!
     
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  12. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Well...hmmm.

    I am really lousy at trying to describe such things. When I am trying to get a tone out of a guitar, I don't know what I want until I hear it: the old "no, not that rock" syndrome. And as such, I don't do a good job of describing what I do heear.

    OK, so I just did a quick back-to-back-to-back with the HB Spruce (Archtops), JA-15 (53/10s) and P24 (57/08s). Needed a break from schedules and spreadsheets. :D

    I would say the Archtops in the HB Spruce are lower gain, "airy", and as such are perfect for that guitar. Take a set of 57/08s and drop the volume knob to 7, maybe? The 57/08s are a bit "darker, though, a bit more low end.

    The 53/10s are half-way between the Archtops and 57/08s in tonal profile and "gain" (signal). A bit beefier sounding than the Archtops, but not as full-on rock'n'roll as the 57/08s.

    The nature of the three guitars, especially their bridges and their body structure, does make the comparison a bit difficult to nail down.
     
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  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    You might like it a lot. I’ll bring mine for you to try when I’m allowed to visit my mid western friends again.
     
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  14. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    Nice. Very nice.
     
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  15. Huggy B

    Huggy B Whiizzz

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    Nice find!!!, a holy grail for hollow PRS fans. Give some good thought to swapping out those pups, I know they aren't very Rock sound focused but is that the axe you want to make your shred or metal monster? If you have a good amount of guitars with hard edged tones, having an axe that does clean tones better than your other PRSi might be a valued weapon in your arsenal. Something that does crystal clean chords, blues & country tones, and the ability to dabble into Jazz just might make your sonic toolbox complete.

    Congrats

    PS- That ding can be smoothed out DIY style, PM me for tips if you ever build up the courage.;)
     
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  16. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    That's a perfect description of what I played last night, a cheap-a$$ hollowbody through my Princeton Reverb I just built. You'd get more high-end sparkle out of a Twinkie.
     
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  17. AaeCee

    AaeCee New Member

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    A superb job!

    Thanks! :)
     
  18. Warmart

    Warmart Fani PRSi

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    Dude! Sorry, I'm late to the party, we've been going through the joy of selling a house during COVID, an experience I wouldn't wish upon anyone.

    Very beautiful, excellent choice! Both happy and sad for you at the same time, so sorry for the chip - don't beat yourself up over it. I hope you're enjoying it, congrats and may you love it long time!
     
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  19. Jostein

    Jostein New Member

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    Always loved the archtops, hope to own one one day. Congrats!
     
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  20. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Oh my!!! She's a beaut bro!!! Congrats on the excellent snag!!
     
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