Should I buy 408, with 513 in hand?

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  1. vami

    vami New Member

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    Hi,
    I wanted to take feedback or thoughts on buying a 408 if I already have a 513,

    Following has interested me in 408:

    1. 25" Scale Length
    2. Switching Options between Single Coil & Humbuckers
    3. Narrower Neck pickup

    Let me know on the differences or similarities between these two models

    Thanks,
    V
     
  2. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Well...I don't have a 408, but love my 513's...(Maple-topped and Swampie).
    I'd guess you might be able to get close to a couple of your 513 tones with the 408, but they are totally different monsters...
    The woods are similar with those two models , but it about stops there. (IMHO)
    The vastly different PU's will make a big difference in tones, so I'd say go for it. (Of course, what'd you expect!!!;))
     
  3. bluefade

    bluefade New Member

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    Just BUY everything!
     
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  4. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    I think the pickups differ enough to own both.
     
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  5. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Very different.
    Both is good.
     
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  6. Warmart

    Warmart Fani PRSi

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    You came to the wrong place as I know all too well what the prevalent wisdom is here - he11 yes you should :D
     
  7. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    I have a 408 and I'm GASing hard for a 513 right now. :D
     
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  8. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    513s are great, no question there. I’ve never played a 408, but think the sound would be different. As long as you’re not selling the 513 to get the 408, I’d think you’d be getting something worth checking into. You can always sell and try something else if it isn’t your thing.
     
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  9. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    The 513 seems like a swiss army knife guitar that should be able to fit in almost everywhere. The 408 is a nice option to really cut through mixes.
     
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  10. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    Look at what I just stumbled upon!
    https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/blog/post/513_vs_408_how_are_they_different

    As an owner (and big fan) of a 408, I would surmise that it's different enough from the 513 to be noticeable (although, warning: I don't own a 513). Whereas I'm guessing the 513 has that Fender-y spank & feel due to the longer scale length, the 408 definitely feels just like my (standard) McCarty and even my Custom 22, aside from body thickness. I really like both pickups on the 408, too--just different enough from other humbuckers that I feel it has its own rightful spot vs. the others I own.

    This opinion, though, is regarding the pickup format itself (narrower & wider neck & bridge, respectively), but I'd still like the 408 if it didn't have all 8 switching options. In all honesty, the 5 positions offered by my Custom 22's 5-way blade switch are exactly the 5 that I would use most often on the 408, but easier/faster to switch to, if that makes sense.
     
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  11. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    Just bought a 408 last week. I don't have a 513 but I like it so much it has become my favorite. I do have some 305's and if I am not mistaken 305 pickups are similar to the 513s and when in single coil mode there is a difference. Even in humbucker mode the 408 has a distinct sound. Great guitar to add to the arsenal
     
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  12. bodia

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

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    Yeah, they're different enough beasts that you could rationalize having both. Having owned both, I'd say the 513 is a little more "aggressive" and the 408 is a little more "refined".
     
  13. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    You should, and combine them into a double neck 921.
     
  14. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Instead of 408 I would look into newer Paul’s guitar with TCI pups. Just a thought.
     
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  15. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    This is a very good point... (even though this is my weapon of choice, along with my Swamp Ash 509)

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  16. vami

    vami New Member

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    That sounds good, thanks! :)

     
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  17. vami

    vami New Member

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    Thank you for the insight,

    I reckon that Custom 22 are equally special, but since I have Custom 24,
    I wanted to try something in 22 frets, 25" Scale Length and thicker body.

    Some fella's are steering into Special 22 Semi Hollow,
    Wondering about that as well!


     
  18. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Coffee spit...keyboard ruined...thanks, Ovibos!!!!! ;):D
     
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  19. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Damn! That Guitar is jaw-dropping gorgeous!
     
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  20. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    Thanks! One of the best used pickups in my guitar history a few years ago! That is my Guitar #1.
     
    #20 Glide-bpm, Apr 22, 2020
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2020
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