SE Angelus Custom Bridge Pins

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  1. GnLguy

    GnLguy New Member

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    I've read the various posts that I could find concerning the bridge pins used in the PRS SE Angelus Custom, and like others, they were a beast to remove when I changed strings.

    Considering the guitar has an ebony bridge with a bone nut, I was surprised that plastic pins were standard issue.

    Anyone have thoughts or experience if pins made from ebony, bone or brass would be an improvement? The guitar already rings out nicely but could pins of a different material make an improvement?

    Many thanks in advance for your response
     
  2. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    I've often wondered the same thing...
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  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I experimented with ebony pins replacing plastic on a nice Martin many years ago, and found no difference in tone. The ebony simply looked nicer.

    Back then, even 40 series Martins came with plastic pins with little fake inlays in them!

    Claims have been made for many years about brass or mammoth ivory pins, but I haven't tried them.

    i think strings will make a more noticeable difference, but agree that wooden pins look nicer than plastic. Then again, a lot of nice features come with those SEs, cost savings had to be found where they could no doubt!
     
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  4. spoyzer

    spoyzer New Member

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    I recently purchased a PRS Angelus SE A30 and noticed the plastic bridge pins. Wanting to replace them with boxwood or ebony pins I purchased a set of each from DiAddario and to my shagrin neither fit very well at all. Apparently the diameter of the stock bridge pins is 5mm (according to PRS customer service) which are a bit difficult to find. Just as an SOP when I get a new guitar, I do a restring and if switch to ebony, boxwood, ivory or tusq bridge pins, (just my preference) and I have found over the years that the quality of the pins does make a tonal difference as more of the vibration of the strings is transferred into the body, whereas with lesser pins, air bubbles or other voids tend to dampen the vibration transfer. IMHO of course
     
  5. Mixstar

    Mixstar Just too tired . . .

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