NGD: This Copper’s on Fire

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  1. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    Hah! Cross thread jokes deserve two likes.
     
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    RaySachs New Member

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    Very very nice, but...

    I bet the bride wasn't too happy about this either...
     
  3. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    So, I ran through my guitars this morning, along side this CE. To get a feel of where it sits in the range of tones.

    First impression is the DGT and LP Traditional w/ ‘57 Classic pickups seem like my go-to’s for jazz, blues, classic rock - clean to low/mid gain. The CE w/ Dragon II’s and LP Studio w/ 490R/498T pickups are firmly in the rock world. But since my ultimate goal is to push this CE into my favorite 80s bands territory with a Floyd, seems like I should think about more pickup tone separation.

    I’d like the Dragon II’s to have a bit more attack. I realize they’re already on the higher output end of the spectrum. But I’m thinking of options. I’m also leaning towards uncovered pups for the look. So, I could go used HFS/VB set, but I’m totally unfamiliar with their sound. There’s also the option of a new VB or 59/09 bass pickup in the neck paired with a Tremonti treble pickup in the bridge. Odd combo?
     
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    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Couldn’t resist and hoped you take it in the way it was meant (phew!).
     
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  5. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Float that bad boy, and keep a PRS trem unless you're even a crazier every dive bomber than I am. I do it on the blues, and a jerk once said to me, "Now don't go all Hendrix on me". Of course I did, he was just listening, not playing with me. The other band members were egging me on.
     
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  6. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    this color is just sick, love it.

     
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    gush New Member

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    Normally I'd recommend 5909s all day long but if 80s is what you're after the only real solution is dragon 1 pickups.

    I have said all there is to say.
     
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  8. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    Hmm, good to know. But I'll press you for more anyway ;)
    The only last gotcha is that I'm really drawn to the open "squabbin" look. Which is kind of what's driving my pickup options. So maybe an HFS/VB set with my 2000NOS bridge will be enough..
     
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    gush New Member

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    The HFS is a hot pickup but unfortunately is a pickup I can't get along with. Seems it's a love or hate thing for the HFS but what I discovered or what I think I've discovered is it really depends on the amp.

    My old 5150 head tends to be bright and brings out the harsh ice picky tones in that pickup. If I tune to D or lower it sounds good through my amp or if played through something like a Mesa it sounds really good.

    Through my amp HFS is harsh with very sharp attack. It never softens up.
    Through my amp dragon 1 is slightly compressed with soft attack and cleans up very well with volume rolled back.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    gush New Member

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    I also like the squabbins. I think they look great in my guitars.
     
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    This is very helpful. I think through my Mesa Studio Pre the extra brightness of the HFS will help. Thanks~
     
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    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    Welp, I'll find out soon enough on the pickups. Just bought a used squabbin HFS/VB set that came out of a Custom 24. Came with electronics, too, so I'll have a spare volume, tone, a 5-way rotary. Ordered some ivory pickups rings, too. Time to dig in..
     
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    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    My last Tremonti sounded great, but it always bugged me that it was pre-squabbin. My current Tremonti has a squabbin and I really like that, trivial as it is.

    And it's only the one pickup, as the neck pickup is covered. Talk about petty...
     
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    If this HFS/VB set doesn't work out, I'm gonna try a squabbin Tremonti treble and 59/09 neck.
     
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    Imagine how many Dragon 1s they would sell if they did a squabbin reissue?
     
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    :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Well if Paul is lurking......................Pretty Please with sugar on top?
     
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    I've always thought solid PRS' were kind of disappointing given the visual quality of the maple tops used. I like the seafoam green color on the DC3's, that kind of thing, but not on the others. But great googly moogly I think I just changed my mind - that copper is flippin' beautiful! And it shows off the carve much better than the more common finishes do.
     
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    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I like the metallic blue as well from the ‘80s, so cool!:D
     
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    I'm with you there. This finish changed my mind, too. My understanding is that PRS experimented with metallic car paints for a short time. I think it's the metallic paint that really highlights the curves in the top. In flat lighting, it looks flatter of course. But throw on the spot lights, and it jumps out with this type of paint.
     

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