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12-31-2012, 09:44 PM
What are your Favorite PRS pickups?

I love the Artist series but my favorites are the Dragon I's

12-31-2012, 11:35 PM
Dragons were my favorite until I put 59/09s in ...........

Dirty Bob
12-31-2012, 11:37 PM
Dragon I's are great pickups...one of my favorite pickup sets of all time! All of the 5x/xx and the DGT's are where its at these days for me. Hard to pick just one...if I was forced to I would probably do a set of covered 59/09's.

01-01-2013, 12:36 AM
1. DGT
2. Tremonti Treble
3. Dragon 1

01-01-2013, 03:38 AM
Deep Dish II

01-01-2013, 04:10 AM
Personally I like the HFS/Vintage combo

01-01-2013, 06:17 AM
What are your Favorite PRS pickups?

I love the Artist series but my favorites are the Dragon I's

408's, 5708's, dragons .

Michael B
01-01-2013, 06:38 AM
Tremonti Treble

01-01-2013, 08:38 AM
5909 bridge, 5708 neck.

01-01-2013, 08:45 AM
I haven't tried enough of them to know...yet. I have a 2001 CU22 that came with dragon 2's (i'll keep my opinion of those to myself). I switched those out for dragon 1's, and although I loved the bridge pickup, the neck pickup was a little muddy sounding for my taste. I switched them out again for modern eagle pickups and a 3 way switch and it sounds pretty damn good now. Plenty of bottom end for newer rock and nice warm/clean tone. I think I'll leave it alone for a while and just play it :) ...My newest guitar is an '06 SC with #7's. My clean sound (neck pickup) is amazing and full of tone, but i think the bridge pickup is lacking somewhat. I dont know what i want to try next, but foresee a pickup change coming.

01-01-2013, 08:58 AM

01-01-2013, 10:28 AM
Why do you guys like the ones you mentioned?

01-01-2013, 10:56 AM
408s all day every day for me - they fix the problems I have with all other humbuckers (too boomy in the neck, too thin in the bridge).

01-01-2013, 11:17 AM
Dragon Bass>McCarty>SC245>Grissom>57/08>59/09

In chronological order... :D

01-01-2013, 01:14 PM
covered 5909s

01-01-2013, 01:18 PM
HFS- feels kinda like an EMG 85, but with a more, dare I say it; "organic" tone.
Covered DII neck pup- splits well and the cover does something "glassy" to it.

53/10 neck is on my short-list I'd like to try, along with the single-bass, thanks to Chris' videos.

01-01-2013, 02:14 PM
love Tremonti Treble and uncovered 5909, bridge and neck.

01-01-2013, 04:49 PM
I am very happy with the 53/10's in my P24.

01-01-2013, 06:54 PM
I would say the 408's then the 57/08 but I am trying to get my hands on a set of covered 59/09's . Just saying hint hint :creep:

01-01-2013, 10:28 PM
I've been a fan of the 57/08s, but am digging the 53/10s in my P22. My father had an older SAS that had the sweetest sounding neck pickup I have ever heard. It was really mellow, clear, and smooth. Every time I played that guitar, I'd just sit there and noodle, without any thought except: TONE.

Herr Squid
01-02-2013, 01:19 AM
I've been partial to 59/09s for as long as they've been around. Sadly I've only got one guitar equipped with 'em.

I was playing with some Rush Hemispheres-inspired Hiwatt/chorus sounds today. Was building 'em with my 59/09 Experience LE guitar and loving it. On a lark I switched to my SCHB with SC245 pickups and they were horrible with the Hiwatt-style breakup -- shrill and harsh and just not at all good. The real surprise, though was that 53/10s sounded great for that, even better than the 59/09s. Huh!

01-02-2013, 01:17 PM
I prefer the HFS or the SC250 so far for the bridge. For the neck, the Dragon's taking the cake.

01-02-2013, 02:12 PM
408s all day every day for me - they fix the problems I have with all other humbuckers (too boomy in the neck, too thin in the bridge).
+ 1

01-02-2013, 02:30 PM
408's. I also really like 57/08's.

01-02-2013, 03:09 PM
I didn't think the Dragon 1's were going to get this much love, but they are way up there for me too. I have them in a CE22 STD, and I just love the tone. Neck and bridge are great in that all hog body with a maple neck. :proud:

Haven't tried all the new ones but I really like the 57/08's.

Back to old school, I also like the HFS/Vintage combo in the Cu24.

01-02-2013, 04:26 PM
:adore: DRAGON I

01-02-2013, 04:43 PM
:adore: DRAGON I


01-03-2013, 03:00 AM
I'm a big fan of the #7's. I found them to be pleasantly warm and full sounding with a thick and in your face overdriven sound that I loved.I haven't spent a lot of time playing guitars with the newer pickups though.

01-03-2013, 12:37 PM
Mira (I know these are just uncovered 245s, but it makes a difference!)

01-03-2013, 01:32 PM

01-05-2013, 06:50 PM
Really love the combination of the HFS/VB combo, especially with the 5-way rotary switch. Most versatile guitar I've ever played. In the same token, I really love the McCarty pickups in my Hollowbody as well, tons of clarity even when I'm tuned down.

01-05-2013, 08:03 PM
1) 408
2) 59/09
3) DGT bridge
3 1/2) #6 set. Great balance, clarity and balls. Highly under-rated.
If I wanna go EVH/Lynch/80's crazy. HFS is a LOT of fun. The original Dragons are also good for that.I do have a set of magical McCarty's that are like no other McSet I've ever tried. And I only paid $35 for the set!! They have some magic mojo in them that puts them somewhere between a 57/08 & a DGT (bridge). Maybe the boys and girls where drinkin' a bit the day they wound this set, but there IS something special about them. Can't sell 'em, cause no one else would ever wanna pay what I think they are worth. I've tested every set of PRS pups I could get my paws on & this set is in the top 5 EASILY!

01-06-2013, 03:11 AM

01-06-2013, 03:39 AM

01-06-2013, 11:39 AM
408s all day every day for me - they fix the problems I have with all other humbuckers (too boomy in the neck, too thin in the bridge).

I agree with MR FAN of TWINLINESS. His taste in tone is totally tops!!! Ta,Ta,Ya All

01-06-2013, 12:51 PM
I like them all, which is why there is no space left in the music room.
I really like the HFS and VB in the early SAS.
I like the dragons a lot.
I like the versatility of the 408 with mini toggles.
59/09 are all good general use pickup.

01-07-2013, 09:09 AM
1) 57/08s
2) DGTs
3) 408s
4) 53/10s
5) Dragon II
6) 59/09s

I have never heard them, but what is the general opinion of RPs? I noticed that they haven't been mentioned yet.

03-19-2013, 07:01 PM

03-19-2013, 07:49 PM
Dragon I