SE Single Cut Pickup Rings versus Core

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  1. n24re

    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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    So looking at my SE Zach Myers I noticed the rear pickup ring is much higher than on my core McCarty. The have nearly the same heigh settings from pickup to string but the pickup ring is much taller. Anyone know why? Could I use core rings on the SE?

    Thanks!

    Steve
     
  2. dogrocketp

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

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    This seems to be a standard thing on every guitar I`ve ever owned. I always yank the stock rings off. I get wooden rings for the guitars I intend to keep. I believe the acoustic properties of Plastic rank right up there with bovine defecation. This is now the official platform for get the plastic off my guitfiddles. Just one more reason to play PRS. The anti plastic manifesto has surfaced. I need a motto...........how about play wood, get wood?
     
  3. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    Well, using PRSh's philosophy of "do least harm" with every component, I'd prefer plastic to, say, metal that rings. At least with plastic, the miniscule damage it imparts is diffuse across the frequency spectrum.

    In answer to the original question, I have no idea.
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    And yet...the great recordings that many consider the lodestones of what great guitar tone is all about were made with guitars equipped with plastic pickup rings or plastic pick guards.

    Go figure, huh?

    ;)
     
  5. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    The SE neck pu ring is about the same as on a core. The bridge ring is taller on SE's. You can use wood rings made for a core on SE's but you will need to raise the pup higher off the ring to get it to the same height as it was at with the SE version. I've done it. It works fine, but it is a noticeable difference. Sounds the same to me.
     
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  6. dogrocketp

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

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    I know I can be guilty of obsessing about the details. Seems there`s a certain guitar maker who many say the same thing about................
     
  7. Dusty Chalk

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    Wait, what? PRS (the company) put plastic rings on their pickups, so they obviously don't feel that it has a negative impact on the sound.

    And they do perform scientific analysis when they suspect something has a negative impact on the tones, whereas you are just rationalizing your negative perception of plastic. Have you actually performed tests to determine if your theory is founded?
     
  8. dogrocketp

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

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    Nope. This is not a definitive statement that everyone should turn their plastic rings into the recycling center. This is an opinion. I can be wrong, I was on Jan, 15th, 2004. I owned a plastic Maccaferri archtop for many years. It sounded brilliantly mediocre. I do notice a change in the sound when I put wood rings on. YMMV.
     
  9. n24re

    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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    I think I will use that new set of maple rings I have on the Zach Myers...and just have a bit more pickup showing!

    Also....my goal is 100% appearance....not sound. I personally can't see a ring of wood vs plastic having any impact.
     
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  10. DHW

    DHW New Member

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    The pickup bobbin is plastic, the lead wires are insulated with plastic, the clear coat is essentially plastic... The pickup rings are a non-issue.
     
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  11. drdoom8793

    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    In Paul We Trust. Well, I do, at least. If plastic is good enough for Paul Smith, it's good enough for me. Totally understand changing for aesthetic purposes though.
     
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    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Paul really doesn't care for the wood rings. Not sure why. At a meet and greet I brought in his old sales call guitar (2004 Cu22 with a rosewood neck). I had ended up with, and I brought it in for him to sign. He graciously did as he looked at it he said "wood pick up rings huh"? I said "yes, I preferred the look". He just raised an eyebrow in an unapproving way, and then sat down and played it a little. He liked everything but the rings. It's the amber burst in my avatar and you can just see the wood ring in the photo.
     
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    Is it because the core is carved ("belly"), whereas the SE is flat ("plateau")?
     
  14. n24re

    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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    That is exactly what I thought. Then I measured the arch on my 1 core guitar ( McCarty ) and on the ZM and sure enough they are both flat in the pickup areas. After talking with AP515 at the office this morning I am convinced it is just what the Koreans have on hand and is part of the "import" pickup package that was/is available.

    I bet Paul used the same size rings early on because it was one part to inventory and not 2. Either one will work and it is simply an appearance difference.

    my 2 cents.
     
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    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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  16. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Dig the RW rings, where did you get them?
     
  17. Dusty Chalk

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    Looks stonkin'!
     
  18. n24re

    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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    I bought them from this fella on ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/pjhender70

    I have the maple and rosewood sets. Excellent quality and the finish on the maple is perfect. Rosewood is bare of course.

    Steve
     
  19. dogrocketp

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

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    Phil got started by making wood rings for his CE24. I find his to be precisely made and very beautiful.
     
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