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Gtrnut
11-12-2012, 02:01 PM
Hi, first time here.

I have a 25th HB2 with 57/08s which are great but I was thinking of putting them in my old McCarty.

Would you advise me to either
a) get 53/10s in the HB2
b) just get another set of 57/08s for the McCarty

Thanks for your help.

Shawn@PRS
11-12-2012, 02:22 PM
I don't think you can go wrong with either 57/08 or 53/10's, but Starla pups also sound great in a Hollowbody

11top
11-12-2012, 02:28 PM
I'd recommend a set of 59/09s for the McCarty. Just my $.02 (which is about what it's worth).

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
11-12-2012, 02:28 PM
I don't think you can go wrong with either 57/08 or 53/10's, but Starla pups also sound great in a Hollowbody

ABSOFRIGGINLUTELY!

LJD
11-12-2012, 02:47 PM
I've had both in my HBII, I prefer the 53/10's. They are awesome, more clarity than the 57/08's in my opinion. And they can be coil tapped.

Gtrnut
11-12-2012, 03:07 PM
Thanks for the replies guys,

Could you tell me more about the starla pickups in comparision to the 53 or 57 as I have not heard them.
Which pickups blend with the piezo the best? The 57s seem have a similar top end which is why I was thinking about the 53s but did not want make it too mellow.

Gtrnut
11-12-2012, 03:10 PM
I've had both in my HBII, I prefer the 53/10's. They are awesome, more clarity than the 57/08's in my opinion. And they can be coil tapped.

Thanks LTD what styles do you play and what amp are you using?
I need to cover most styles but mainly clean, blues and rock.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
11-12-2012, 03:17 PM
I've had both in my HBII, I prefer the 53/10's. They are awesome, more clarity than the 57/08's in my opinion. And they can be coil tapped.

I should clarify... Starla's in a HB "through a Chimey amp - like an AC15, Bad Cat, 65 Amps London, etc."

Gtrnut
11-12-2012, 03:23 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;29011']I should clarify... Starla's in a HB "through a Chimey amp - like an AC15, Bad Cat, 65 Amps London, etc."

Ok thanks [-] I have a GP3 / 2502 rack so it is very clear and fat so the 53s and 57s might be better.

LJD
11-12-2012, 03:33 PM
I play through a Fender Twin, and I think the 53/10's lend themselves perfectly to the warmth and clarity of any amp with a 6L6/6V6 type tube sound (I'm all about a good clean tone, and I use OD pedals). I play similar styles: blues, rock, jazz... they're versatile. Vintage-y, and the edge is there if you want it. I lowered mine a bit (16th of an inch or so )and it really brings out the hollow-woody tone of the hollowbody.

Gtrnut
11-13-2012, 02:37 AM
I play through a Fender Twin, and I think the 53/10's lend themselves perfectly to the warmth and clarity of any amp with a 6L6/6V6 type tube sound (I'm all about a good clean tone, and I use OD pedals). I play similar styles: blues, rock, jazz... they're versatile. Vintage-y, and the edge is there if you want it. I lowered mine a bit (16th of an inch or so )and it really brings out the hollow-woody tone of the hollowbody.

I am starting to lean towards the 53s in the HB, Thanks LJT.

Boogie
11-13-2012, 06:40 AM
Dane's employee HBII sounded amazing with the 53/10s...especially thru an old JCM800+1960a. I know, crazy, eh? :D But the warmth prevailed and was a great experience. The guitar (and pups) made the amp.

Danerada
11-13-2012, 07:34 AM
Dane's employee HBII sounded amazing with the 53/10s...especially thru an old JCM800+1960a. I know, crazy, eh? :D But the warmth prevailed and was a great experience. The guitar (and pups) made the amp.

Actually Boogie - that guitar has Archtop pups in it....my Bernie has 53/10's.

LSchefman
11-13-2012, 08:34 AM
I'm using my SC58 with 53/10s and getting absolutely wonderful results. Having had essentially the same guitar with 57/08s, here's my take on the differences:

The 53/10s are a little rounder on the attack of the note, and clean up really well with the volume control but retain their openness and clarity. The 57/08s are a little hotter, have a sharper note attack, especially at the bridge position, and are a bit closer to a PAF to my ear.

With the 53/10s, I can get beautiful clean tones with the volume rolled way back, even when I've got the HXDA's gain set pretty high. Then I can roll the volumes up and the thing rocks pretty hard. These pickups are great for having those kinds of choices.

Gtrnut
11-13-2012, 10:59 PM
I'm using my SC58 with 53/10s and getting absolutely wonderful results. Having had essentially the same guitar with 57/08s, here's my take on the differences:

The 53/10s are a little rounder on the attack of the note, and clean up really well with the volume control but retain their openness and clarity. The 57/08s are a little hotter, have a sharper note attack, especially at the bridge position, and are a bit closer to a PAF to my ear.

With the 53/10s, I can get beautiful clean tones with the volume rolled way back, even when I've got the HXDA's gain set pretty high. Then I can roll the volumes up and the thing rocks pretty hard. These pickups are great for having those kinds of choices.

Thanks, sounds like I will be happy with the 53s in the HB then.

Gtrnut
11-13-2012, 11:02 PM
Actually Boogie - that guitar has Archtop pups in it....my Bernie has 53/10's.

Had a listen to a clip with a Bernie with 53s and I was impressed.

Gtrnut
11-14-2012, 04:47 AM
Decided to go for new 53/10s in the HB2 and put it's 57/08s in my McCarty.

Thanks for your help guys, your advise made my decision much easier.

Danerada
11-14-2012, 08:31 AM
Decided to go for new 53/10s in the HB2 and put it's 57/08s in my McCarty.

Thanks for your help guys, your advise made my decision much easier.

Please let me know how that sounds? I have been considering the same thing.....

Boogie
11-14-2012, 09:18 AM
Actually Boogie - that guitar has Archtop pups in it....my Bernie has 53/10's.

Well ****!!! I'll just sit back here and shut my mouth.

Danerada
11-14-2012, 11:22 AM
Well ****!!! I'll just sit back here and shut my mouth.

I'm sorry man...:)

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
11-14-2012, 11:56 AM
Actually Boogie - that guitar has Archtop pups in it....my Bernie has 53/10's.

Starla pups are amazing. And they pair perfectly with a hot lipstick pickup.

(sorry for the crappy iPhone pic)

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/SE_One/BMFv3_Starla.jpg

Danerada
11-14-2012, 12:43 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;29213']Starla pups are amazing. And they pair perfectly with a hot lipstick pickup.

(sorry for the crappy iPhone pic)

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/Collection/SE_One/BMFv3_Starla.jpg

Showoff....

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
11-14-2012, 12:49 PM
Showoff....

http://elevage-cobaye.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/ashamed-ashamed-reluctant-hesitant-smiley-emoticon-000445-large.gif

Danerada
11-14-2012, 01:00 PM
Hahaha - Hans...you know I'm playing....you big sensitive mug.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
11-14-2012, 01:31 PM
:P

For some reason, I saw your post about the HB and immediately assumed it has Starla's in it. Didn't it??? Was that an SE?

After you *****-slapped me for getting crazy with the cheeze-whiz, I re-read your post and saw that it had Archtops in it.

Danerada
11-14-2012, 01:33 PM
I have an SE with Starlas in it. I love it, but she is going on the chopping block after playing the SE One that I got.....

Boogie
11-14-2012, 02:10 PM
I'm sorry man...:)

LOL! It's all good bro. I'm the one suffering from dementia. There was so much musical crack that night I lost track. Heck, it wasn't the JCM800 I played thru, either. We blew a fuse in the 800...must have been his JTM?? Regardless...your HBII sounded fookin' awesome thru that Marshall half stack. The One needs to go for a spin around that block, too. ;)

Danerada
11-14-2012, 02:18 PM
LOL! It's all good bro. I'm the one suffering from dementia. There was so much musical crack that night I lost track. Heck, it wasn't the JCM800 I played thru, either. We blew a fuse in the 800...must have been his JTM?? Regardless...your HBII sounded fookin' awesome thru that Marshall half stack. The One needs to go for a spin around that block, too. ;)

Oh it does!!! I need to call Jeff STAT!!!!!

Gtrnut
11-14-2012, 11:11 PM
Please let me know how that sounds? I have been considering the same thing.....

I will, but it may not be until next year now, as need earn some more good behaviour points after just buying the HB2.

AaeCee
11-16-2012, 05:10 PM
Hi, first time here.

I have a 25th HB2 with 57/08s which are great but I was thinking of putting them in my old McCarty.

Would you advise me to either
a) get 53/10s in the HB2
b) just get another set of 57/08s for the McCarty

Thanks for your help.Neither. As a big new fan of Starla's, I've gotta believe they'd sound fantastic in a HB. I know that there were some small runs made like that, and I heard glowing reports.

LJD
11-16-2012, 08:26 PM
What are the characteristics of the Starla pickups?

AaeCee
11-16-2012, 11:08 PM
What are the characteristics of the Starla pickups?Sweet, clear, bell like tones, with exceptional string-to-string balance and definition throughout the range. They share some characteristics with Filtertrons, most notably that certain tenor and chime, but are fuller and less compressed. They can seamlessly go from a rich, reedy jazz tone on the neck, to a fat, driven, bluesy vibe, and have enough oomph to push any amp to its sweet spot. I think they're brilliant pickups all around, whose virtues are somewhat under recognized to this point within the PRS line. Ever since I got my Starla I've been thinking about how ideally suited the pickups would be for a HB. And BTW, they can be tapped as well for even more versatility (Starla's come equipped with a push/pull pot).

Danerada
11-17-2012, 10:37 AM
I have often thought of having Starlas installed in my HB II...but I keep chickening out.

AaeCee
11-17-2012, 10:46 AM
I have often thought of having Starlas installed in my HB II...but I keep chickening out.Be bold, go for it! I spoke with Eric Martin about that (Martin Music), who had a small run of HB's done that way. He's such a fan of that set up that he's of the belief that HB's should come with Starla pickups, or at least be offered as a regular option.

Dirty Bob
11-17-2012, 01:29 PM
Be bold, go for it! I spoke with Eric Martin about that (Martin Music), who had a small run of HB's done that way. He's such a fan of that set up that he's of the belief that HB's should come with Starla pickups, or at least be offered as a regular option.

Eric picked one of my favorite sounding cu22's for me based on tone...I would trust his ear.