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AaeCee
02-15-2013, 05:38 PM
I'm seriously considering grabbing one but am wrestling with the pickup option. There are a few with each available.

Tampabaynsx-r
02-15-2013, 05:58 PM
I expect you'll receive votes for each. My ME 1 really livened up when I dropped some 59/09's in it. I also had a McRosie that I had the PTC put some 57/08's in and that was a really great match. I cast my vote for the 57/08's all the way.

Serious Poo
02-15-2013, 06:23 PM
I like the RP's a lot on my ME. At full volume, they're darker, hotter and thicker sounding than 57/08's, which I like.. They clean up well when the volume is rolled back, too. 57/08's are more articulate IMHO, but they sound a little thinner to my ears when cranked.

11top
02-15-2013, 08:55 PM
59/09s. I really don't like the RPs at all.

cjmwrx
02-15-2013, 09:15 PM
59/09s are fat. 57/08s not so much. My 59/09 rosewood Cu24 is my darkest/fattest sounding guitar (no boom). Makes my LP std sound like a cat with a strat up it's ass.

I always felt 57/08s were a bit thin for my taste. I shortly had a 25th Cu24 with 57/08s and it was OK. I didn't keep it.

WEDGE
02-15-2013, 09:20 PM
59/09's rock in my ME

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02-15-2013, 09:25 PM
59/09's rock in my ME
Mine too.

Buildermike
02-15-2013, 09:34 PM
Non TM 59's

wilerty
02-15-2013, 09:36 PM
Easy ...5708s. ...or 5310s

kingsleyd
02-15-2013, 11:03 PM
RPs for me.

Hopeful Sinner
02-15-2013, 11:54 PM
RPs are a no go for me, though I've never heard them in a RW neck instrument...

I prefer 53/10s. In this case I would say go for the 57/08s.

PRSHB2
02-16-2013, 02:35 AM
I'm glad this thread came up. Soon I will be shipping off my ME1 to the PTC for the glossy look. I'm leaning very heavily towards having them install some 59/09 pickups while they're at it. Thanks for reminding me!!!!

Brad737
02-16-2013, 03:38 AM
I liked the RPs well enough when I first got my FBJ ME1...till I played my 57/08-loaded Singlecut right after. I slapped a set of 57/08s in the ME1 immediately. That guitar totally came to life. When I recently picked up my Emerald Green ME1, it was loaded with RPs, so I did a quick comparison. To be more precise, I tried to do a comparison, but it was impossible. There was no comparison. The 57/08s blow the RPs away.

markie
02-16-2013, 07:24 AM
ME II P-ups are Killer as well .............:D

LSchefman
02-16-2013, 11:09 AM
I love the 57/08s and 53/10s, but I do prefer a more vintage tone.

Twinfan
02-16-2013, 02:27 PM
RPs for me - something different...

enigma
02-16-2013, 03:04 PM
RPs for my ME I

tdarian
02-17-2013, 04:41 PM
Through thick and thin I've never been motivated to pull out the RPs in a 2005 ME1. They work very well in that guitar. I'll bet 5708s/5909s would also be glorious, and fortunately pickups can be swapped out for those who are still seeking or are curious.

jfb
02-17-2013, 04:58 PM
RP's are just fine to me.

Roddie
02-17-2013, 09:27 PM
Forgive me, but what are RP's?

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02-17-2013, 09:32 PM
Forgive me, but what are RP's?
RP's are the stock pickups found in original Modern Eagle guitars (RP Bass and RP Treble). RP stands for Ralph Perucci, a long-time employee of PRS. He's now a sales rep in the North-East US.

He's also a smokin' guitar player.

Roddie
02-17-2013, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the info.

themike
02-17-2013, 09:43 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;51369']RP's are the stock pickups found in original Modern Eagle guitars (RP Bass and RP Treble). RP stands for Ralph Perucci, a long-time employee of PRS. He's now a sales rep in the North-East US.

He's also a smokin' guitar player.

Got to hang with Ralph at Rudys in NYC - super cool and funny guy!

daa2202
02-18-2013, 08:09 AM
I like the RPs in my ME1. I also have an early ME2 with 57/08s...they sound different but both sound great.

BlackMoons
02-18-2013, 10:22 AM
Makes my LP std sound like a cat with a strat up it's ass.

Best quote on this forum. Ever.

11top
02-18-2013, 10:45 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;51369']RP stands for Ralph Perucci, a long-time employee of PRS. He's now a sales rep in the North-East US.
He's also a smokin' guitar player.

+1. Alien Cowboys rock.


RP deserves a better pickup. :flute: