Pickup swap for SE Custom Mark Tremonti

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  1. David Hausner

    David Hausner New Member

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    Love the guitar and the sound when I run it through pedals. Not so much when running clean through a clean amp. Would a set of 85/15's be an upgrade? Or would it be better to go to a non PRS pickup?
     
  2. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    You're asking a PRS Forum if a non PRS pickup would be a better upgrade than a PRS pickup?:rolleyes:


    On a serious note, what kind of sounds are you looking for?
     
  3. David Hausner

    David Hausner New Member

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    Something warm and not too bright on the neck . Something that would work for jazz and blues as well as classic rock. And then something along the same lines but with more bite on the bridge pick up. If I want something more aggressive I can go to my pedal board.
     
  4. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    You might consider a new wiring harness for your guitar before you buy new pups. It made a world of difference in my SE. If you still don’t like your pups after that at least you have already upgraded the wiring.
     
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  5. dogrocketp

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

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    I put USA Mira pickups in my SE Tremonti Custom, along with new wiring. It sounds fantastic, but it weighs a ton.
     
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  6. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Any of the 5X/XX pickups would be a fine choice, as would be the 85/15’s.
     
  7. Callan

    Callan hack guitarist..

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    Sounds like you need a mule neck and riff Raff bridge from bare knuckle.
    And push pull pots to split them, if you don't already have that.

    * Ducks for cover from PRS pickup purists *
     
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  8. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    My favorite sounding PRS has 57/08s. Just saying.
     
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  9. Callan

    Callan hack guitarist..

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    57/08 neck and 59/09 bridge could be a good combo for David too

    (My favorite sounding prs has BKP abraxas, but that another story)
     
  10. tyfu20

    tyfu20 Fast Man....let me tell you my story

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    If you haven't already tried adjusting the pickup heights and pole pieces I would suggest that. I did that to mine with the Tremonti S pickups and that "tamed" it to where I did the clean sounds on it very much. Good luck.
     
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    hord1080 New Member

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    where does one go for the wiring harness upgrade? What does that include?
     
  12. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    There are some nice ones on Reverb. They include new pots, caps and wiring. You'll most likely need new knobs also because the shaft will be bigger. Oh, and you'll need to open the shaft holes on the guitar to 3/8".
     
  13. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    Just put a set of the recent SE "Tremonti S" pickups into my SE Singelcut. They definitely are pretty hot and breakup happens quickly on clean.

    One trivial (you could say obvious) idea is to roll back the volume control.
     
  14. Tommy

    Tommy PRSFANMAN

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    I like the US Mira's with 300k pots.
     
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  15. Tommy

    Tommy PRSFANMAN

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    https://920dcustom.com/
     
  16. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    I used a 920D on a 335 once. I got it installed only to find out it had a bad pot. No more 9220D for me but I'm sure they aren't all bad.
     

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