Thoughts on a 408?

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  1. 88prs

    88prs OCD for PRS

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    Don't see many of these and seems like a really unique pickup set up. Anyone own one? Just wondering your thought on the tonal spectrum.
     
  2. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Siggy’s are way better ;);)

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  3. bodia

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

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    I had one for a bit. Rosewood neck, to boot. It was a cool axe, but I found It a little sterile. I know they’re similar, but I preferred the Paul’s Guitar over the 408.
     
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    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    i feel like I had the opposite with my friends PG. I felt like it didn’t fit into the mix as well. He liked it for some ecclectic music. I like the larger bridge pickup and I think the Siggy has some extra mojo.
     
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  6. 88prs

    88prs OCD for PRS

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    Well sounds like I need to go play one. There is one close but the showroom is closed so I'll just wait it out.
     
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    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Definitely do it! I had a 408, sold it and bought a Siggy. I didn’t care for the 408 switching positions personally.

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    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    pardon my ignorance - but what is a siggy?
     
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    signature limited. The predecessor to the 408 core guitar
     
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  10. RallyFanatic

    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    thank you!
     
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    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Anytime!
     
  12. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I think 408 pups sound great. However, you’d better like them because you aren’t going to swap them out.
     
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    Any excuse for some photos of my Siggy.

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    I found the 408 pickups to be in a similar vein to a good PAF - it has that same vibe, but is distinctly different. When I still had my SG (Classic 57s), I found that they sounded very similar but smoother that than SG when set up to play AC/DC.

    Overall I think they are great pickups - I keep the neck split and bridge on humbucking mode. Great sounds then in all three positions.
     
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    Howard Leese made the strongest argument for this model when he talked about how nicely it works with a 3-piece-band vs having a second guitar player to fill the tonal spectrum. I looked for the video but couldn't find it.
     
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    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Yes. The small Signature run evolved to the 408, which I feel subsequently got displaced by Paul’s Guitar.

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  16. grausch

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    There was an initial run of 100 which were private stocks and then another run of 400 of which I have one. Would love to get a private stock version, but haven’t yet managed to swing it.
     
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    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    And we thank you for your gratuity!;)
     
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    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Agreed I’d love to have one of those. There are a few on Reverb right now. I’ve got others that I want before I go down that rabbit hole though
     
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    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    Looks like my Artist:
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    Hubba, frickin' hubba!
     
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    that artist is beautiful! Mine wasn’t even a 10 top
     
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