Pickup recommendations

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Anant Mohan, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Anant Mohan

    Anant Mohan New Member

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    Hey everyone! I'm looking to upgrade the pickups on my PRS SE Custom 24. Looking mainly for covered humbuckers that have a warm and rich tone. There are so many to choose from, so I don't know where to start. Any recommendations?
     
  2. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    Want to stay PRS or go another route?
     
  3. Anant Mohan

    Anant Mohan New Member

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    I don't have a preference personally. I could stay with PRS, but I'd be comfortable switching brands too.
     
  4. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    I am huge fan of my 59/09 in my core Custom 24. I had Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz combo in SE custom 24 and really liked those. The guitar sounded quite beautiful for lack of a better description but kick in the JB in the bridge for more output with great splitting capabilities. The 59 is another good choice from SD. A great pickup winder to deal with is Wolfetone. He's more traditionally associated with Les Paul but he can get you the sound you are after. I'm actually talking to him now for a project under way.
     
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    Anant Mohan New Member

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    Thanks so much! I'll be sure to check them out.
     
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  6. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    Welcome! Good luck with the hunt
     
  7. El Fenix

    El Fenix New Member

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    Check out ReWind also.

    I have a set of the JPP pickups in my LP Standard
     
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  8. bodia

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

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    Another vote for the 59/09
     
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  9. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    59/09s are my favorite PRS pups.
     
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  10. ScottR

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

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    57/08...nuff said.;)


    Just be ready to shell out some serious duckies.
     
  11. dogrocketp

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

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    Rewind fixed an old domino pickup that absolutely no one else could fix. He would be my non- PRs go to. He’s in Utah, used to be in Maryland.
     
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  12. Axis39

    Axis39 New Member

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    I am not even remotely familiar with any pf the PRS stock offerings.... So, I'll keep quiet on that side of things.

    There are almost too many choices these days. So, I'll make my own suggestion. Talk to one of the custom winders and tell them what you want. I've done this a few times with David Plumber at Zhangbucker. His prices for custom pickups are quite reasonable... About the same as production Seymour Duncan stuff. lead times are stupid long, but every time has been well worth the wait for me.

    But, many of the guys out there can do similar, probably for somewhat similar prices.

    The advantage I found was getting EXACTLY what I wanted, without having any technical knowledge of how to get there! The first set I bought from him, we had a long email back and forth, including some youtube and song file swaps. He suggested some custom tweaks on a couple of his regular pickups and I liked what he was telling me. A number of weeks later I got a set of pickups and when I installed them and first plugged the guitar in, I was floored... Speechless, really. He had nailed the sound I had imagined... I don't mean he got close, he absolutely nailed it! He made a guitar I loved the feel of into a guitar I just plain out love!

    I recently replace d a set of SE Santana Pickups with a set of his HB sized P-90's. I didn't have an exact idea of what I wanted, but gave hime some thoughts and general preferences. He knocked it out of the park again. But, the downside was it took quite a while to get my pickups.. Seems he's gotten busy winding pickups for a few boutique guitar companies.

    I am not affiliated with David in any way, other than being a super happy (threepeat) customer. I am also not saying he's the only guy in the game. Not sure you can swing a dead cat on the Internet without finding guys winding pickups. So, reach out to a few of them and see how quickly they respond and if they give you answers you like. One fun thing, if you go this rout, is that you have a set of pickups wound just for you. You can have your own (subtly) unique sound!
     
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  13. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    I bought a set of Stewart Macdonald Golden Age pickups in my CU22. They went on sale for a ridiculous price, like $38 each or something, so I picked up a set... man they sound great.
     
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  14. zerolight

    zerolight New Member

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    My favourite humbuckers are Wolfetones. A Marshallhead A2 in the bridge and a Dr Vintage A2 for the neck. His prices are reasonable and last time I looked he was running a discount.
     
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  15. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Any time I get non-PRS pickups, I always regret it. I would honestly decide if you want covered or uncovered, and get a set of 57/08 or 59/09, respectively. You can't go wrong.
     
  16. Matte82

    Matte82 New Member

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    So I’ve tried a lot of pickups over the years. 58/15LT’s are my favorite of all time. Admittedly I’ve not played a lot of other prs pickups. But have no doubt they’re awesome.

    That said, I’ll second the Stew Mac pickups. I put some alnico 2 parson street humbuckers in my LP studio, and man do I like them. Aside from the aforementioned 58/15LT’s they’re my next to favorite. Warm and clear like a HB should be. They replaced some ThornBuckers that were kind of bright and wimpy by comparison.
     
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  17. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    Aren't the StewMac another Artec pickup like GFS? Another budget pickup people like. I've never used either. It always seemed like a sideways change to what I was swapping out. A different sound but Korean for Korean.
     
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    I have Bareknuckle Stormy Mondays in my SE Cu 24. I think they sound how I want to sound. A warm full jazz/blues tone. I really like them.
     
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  19. Matte82

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    I honestly have no idea. They’re more than likely imported. But my top 3 pickups of all time are the 58/15LT, the parson st alnico 2 humbuckers, and I have a custom bare knuckles Mississippi Queen p90 that absolutely slays.

    Admittedly I’ve only gotten into low output vintage pickups lately. Before that I was more of a mid to high output humbucker guy. I’ve tried a lot of SD’s. Favorite I’ve tried being a custom 5 bridge. I had a 59 bridge I liked. Other SD’s I can think of include the jazz neck, lipsticks, and custom custom. None sounded bad. Just nothing that blew me away. I do want to try their antiquities sometime.

    I’ve also had the rio grande Texas bbq set in a LP studio that I liked at the time. But that’s been a long time ago haha.

    I recently put some ThornBuckers in the same LP studio, while trying to make it sound more like my 594 I was about to sell. Tonally they were close. But there was something about them that never clicked in that guitar. They just didn’t have the fullness or something. So that’s when I bought the parson st set that I found a great deal on. So far I’m super happy with them.
     
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  20. Silvertree

    Silvertree I love the smell of a PRS case in the morning.

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    If you are staying with PRS 59/09 or call Sherm at Stocktone Pickups and ask him to make you something.
     
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