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H2-DGT
11-29-2012, 11:09 PM
I'm thinking about replacing the Archtops in my 20th anni H2 with something that would bring out more of "woody" tone; meaning more plummy, like a more-traditional hollowbody. Has anyone compared the 57/08s, 59/09s or 53/10s in this respect? Or am I already there with the Archtops that are in the axe?
Thanks!

Buildermike
11-29-2012, 11:39 PM
I have the archtops in my HBII and the 57/08s in a ScHB. To me the archtops sound like a more traditional archtop guitar than the 57s. YMMV

rickfisher
11-30-2012, 04:39 PM
I can't answer as to comparing the Archtops themselves to any of the three, however I do have guitars with all three pickup types and have played quite a few guitars with different variations of these three pickup types (57/08, 59/09 and 53/10). I love all three, btw. I think the release order (as I just listed them, and as evidenced by the release year in the name (2 digits after the slash)), goes from brightest (57/08) to warmest (53/10). The wood in the guitar will also affect the brightness or warmth of the guitar, but after playing more variations than most sane people that don't work for PRS, work in a music store, or play in a lucrative big name act would, I can pretty safely draw this conclusion. With that said, I think OF THOSE THREE, if I understand what you mean by "Woody," I would say the 53/10's. Again, I can't compare them to the Archtops, though my guess would be the Archtops would probably already be more "woody" anyway.

LSchefman
11-30-2012, 05:22 PM
I'd also say 53/10s, especially the neck pickup.

Hopeful Sinner
11-30-2012, 05:31 PM
53/10s. Hands down.

wilerty
11-30-2012, 05:38 PM
I can't answer as to comparing the Archtops themselves to any of the three, however I do have guitars with all three pickup types and have played quite a few guitars with different variations of these three pickup types (57/08, 59/09 and 53/10). I love all three, btw. I think the release order (as I just listed them, and as evidenced by the release year in the name (2 digits after the slash)), goes from brightest (57/08) to warmest (53/10). ...

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