SE Singlecut and SD 59s...

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  1. BMiller

    BMiller New Member

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    Has anyone tried the Seymour Duncan 59s in an SE Singlecut? The guitar currently has a set of Dragon IIs in it and while I like the pickups, I don't care much for how the guitar and pickups work together (at least compared to the Tremonti set in my SE Tremonti Custom and the VB/Hot Vintage Treble in my '91 CU24). I'm thinking that the 59s might add some body and thickness to the SE Singlecut.

    Otherwise, I also have a set of Gibby 490s, a set of VB/HFS, and a pair of SD Black Outs. Due to the thinness of the SE Singlecut, I am looking for something that can beef up the tone and compliment the other two PRSi in my stable (they are the most used guitars of everything I own).

    So I figured that before I remove a new set of strings (a week old) and install different pickups, I might as well ask around here and of anyone that has traveled this road with this guitar.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kynlore

    Kynlore Your name here

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    I don't have an SE singlecut....yet(it's next on my list). I would think the '59 would work. I have used the Blackouts in another guitar and loved them. I think some PRS fans think it's sacrilegious to put actives in a PRS.

    I guess it might depend on the output you need.

    There are wiser minds here than me, just my opinion.
     
  3. dogrocketp

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

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    I tried them. I found the sound harsh in the high end. I probaly should have adjusted them some more, but the guitar went bye-bye.
     
  4. BMiller

    BMiller New Member

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    Tried what....the 59 pickups? What guitar did you have them in?
     
  5. dogrocketp

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

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    Yes, I had a beautiful Blue SE Singlecut that was wired with SD 59`s, and a push/pull on the tone controls. All the electronics were upgraded. The volume controls were RS masterworks 550K. There was a new 3 way, and output jack as well, adjustable bridge, and locking tuners. Whein I heard a recording of me playing at a club, I was very unhappy with the top end.
     
  6. BMiller

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    Thanks for the info. I'm leaning toward the 59s or the 490s right now. I have the Blackouts in an Agile PRS type guitar and they really do sound good. Very organic and full when compared to EMGs (well, the 81/85 set I have in an Epi LPS).

    As soon as the Bears lose I'll fire up the soldering iron and swap them in and see what I think....
     
  7. RichardJ

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    I had the 490/498 combo in a Gibson LP and pretty much despised the tone. Overly muddy at one end, overly bright at the other and the worst bits in the middle.

    I have recently scored an SE245 and the pickups in that punch way above their weight. I would genuinely put them up against SDs and moth off the shelf pickups. I was ready to change them out but I see no need. I believe they put the 245s in the Bernie, that has to say something.
     
  8. BMiller

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    So much for waiting for a Bears loss today....

    Anyways, Richard, I agree with you on the 490/498 combo in an LP as I was never inspired by that combo in that guitar. A pair of 490's in an SG back then was very nice though. I just never cared for the SG neck dive....and I tried.

    I had an SE245 which I still think is a great guitar. The stock pickups were very nice, but I swapped them out for the SD 57 set which I liked much more in that situation. I ended up selling that guitar in order to fund the purchase of the '91 CU24. I will probably buy another this year though......
     
  9. garrett

    garrett Lurkin'

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    Based on what you like in the other guitars, throw the HFS / VB in there and see how you like it. They aren't too far removed from the USA Tremonti pups.
     
  10. BMiller

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    Hmmmm.....just got done dropping my boys off at their Dad's and I was all ready to install the 59s but while waiting for the soldering iron to warm up, I thought I'd check in here. So now I have another option to consider....one that requires a bit more surgery (the VB/HFS set are in an old Cort). Hmmmmm....choices....and good ones at that!
     
  11. drdoom8793

    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    I had the 59s in an SE Singlecut. Was my first PRS actually. The neck pickup is great but I found the bridge pickup a little thin. I ended up switching the bridge pup out for an SD Custom Custom which fit my sound much better. Overall, I was very happy with the guitar after that. Just recently got rid of it to go towards my Zach Myers.
     
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  12. BMiller

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    Thanks for the info!

    I had an emergency situation pop up last night so wasn't able to get around to my projects. Plan on doing it tonight (fingers crossed!)....

    I'm going to try the VB/HFS and the 59s and see if I can find a balance.
     

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