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Blackbear
05-02-2012, 09:40 AM
I nominate 57/08 pickups as the best pickups PRS has ever made, in fact they are the best humbucking pickup ever made by anyone (including vintage PAF). I've played guitar since the late 60's and have owned several vintage instruments along the way but nothing sounds as sweet as the 57/08's.

The worst for me has been the HFS, I bought several PRSi in the 90's and ended up selling because I couldn't bond with the HFS + the five way rotary switch. The HFS was to hot and bright for my amps and when I would dial down the volume it seemed to get thin. I would be curious to know what pickup PRS has sold the most in the last couple of years.
(Sean, can you give us that info?)

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
05-02-2012, 09:45 AM
I don't think you need actual production numbers to know what isn't doing well in the market. Just look at which pups are no longer made. That said, not all pups out of production were bad, The Deep Dish 2, as an example, might be my all-time favorite PRS pup. And the HFS just rips through a Budda Twinmaster 10. Not so much through some of my other amps...

I agree, the 57/08's are quite special. The 59/09's are killer too. Probably my favorite all-around PRS pickup. But I am a hug fan of uncovered 53/10's in my Swampy.

WEDGE
05-02-2012, 10:18 AM
Dragon bridge...winner!

Dragon II.........didn't do it for me.

Do love the 57/08 and DGT's as well, even though they are tame they sound great.

vchizzle
05-02-2012, 10:46 AM
I've found that a lot of pickups that people really dislike are based on tonal preference more than anything. The HFS has worked very well for many players. All depends on the guitar, amp, player combination. I have a pretty hard time picking a best & worst here because I like a wide variety of tones and music. I've been able to make most PRS pickups work for me - even the most hated #6...I actually used that pickup for quite some time with good results.

I could actually put 5708/5909 and hfs all in the best catagory depending on the situation. BTW - I know you qualified it with the hfs - didn't work for YOU...I'm not tryin to start nuttin' :mrgreen:

slev
05-02-2012, 10:59 AM
Dragon bridge...winner!

Dragon II.........didn't do it for me.

Do love the 57/08 and DGT's as well, even though they are tame they sound great.


+1 on the Dragon, also love it in the neck position. 57/08s and the NFs are just sweet sounding and very versatile, there are some think round tones your can coax out of them when the are overdriven that I have never heard out of any Gibson I've every owned. I do like the Dragon IIs (covered) that I have in my semi-hollow. Very thick and full sounding and much more dynamic in the semi-hollow than a CE22 I had then in.

Faded
05-02-2012, 11:03 AM
Im a fan of the McCarty and the 57/08 (cant decide between the two) series for warm fat PAF and excellent split HB tones. The 59/09's take the cake for open clear PAF sounds.

Worst...Dragon II's

ArtG
05-02-2012, 11:19 AM
I nominate 57/08 pickups as the best pickups PRS has ever made, in fact they are the best humbucking pickup ever made by anyone (including vintage PAF).

Bold statement Blackbear :D
I had no chance to try all PAF style pickups ever produced but have to admit that I just love 57/08s.
Also have a soft spot for McCarty's & #7s
As a fan of not overly bright tones I'd also like to try 53/10s sometime.
I haven't heard bad (US) made PRS pickups so far.
However the least appealing to my ears were RP's...
...but this can only attest to the fact that I'm a little deaf at my age :lol:

sergiodeblanc
05-02-2012, 11:38 AM
I am a big fan of the HFS, feel free to send me your unwanted pickups.

VHTStark
05-02-2012, 03:20 PM
Favourites are the Dragon1's for sure! Great balance of output, warmth and clarity! Pretty unique sounding for a ceramic based high output 'bucker. The Dragon1 neck is also amazing!

Least favourite? Probably the HFS and Dragon2. Not that either are bad, they just don't really blow me away.

The "year" pickups I have played....the 57/08, 59/09....sound amazing!

crgtr
05-02-2012, 03:37 PM
408's the best
Dragon II's my least fave. Not horrible, just not great.
Also don't like the DGT neck pup by itself. Only when blended with the bridge does it bring tonal bliss! :ugeek:

Twinfan
05-02-2012, 03:37 PM
Best PRS pickups? 408s without a shadow of a doubt. I like to see PRS doing new things, not trying to recreate 55 year old Gibson PAFs. Plus the 408s sound KILLER...

Blackbear
05-02-2012, 04:16 PM
Almost everywhere I read people love the 408's but when I went to try out the limited sig model I didn't care for them, I should have tried different amps before I made up my mind and bought a Artist V instead. (I do love my A5 though).

11top
05-02-2012, 04:37 PM
While 57/08s are OK, they are far from my favorites.
My top three are:
59/09
408
DGT

tdarian
05-02-2012, 04:55 PM
I really like the older non-engraved 5708s, and I thought the SC58s with the more current 5708s were only lacking in one thing, and it was a horrible deal breaker...the Pattern necks on the guitars they were installed in were one size too small.

strat63
05-02-2012, 06:23 PM
With the right amp, my favorites are still the original T & B's. The T cuts like no pickup I have ever had but it is a bit hard to control at times. A little on the bright side in my 86 CU24.

Not a huge fan of McCarty pickups but I could live with them.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
05-02-2012, 07:15 PM
With the right amp, my favorites are still the original T & B's. The T cuts like no pickup I have ever had but it is a bit hard to control at times. A little on the bright side in my 86 CU24.

Not a huge fan of McCarty pickups but I could live with them.

It bears repeating... T-pups in a (pre)standard are the business!

vim fuego
05-02-2012, 08:08 PM
different pickups do different jobs.. I don't think there is any one pickup to rule them all..

SuperFly53
05-02-2012, 08:45 PM
I REALLY like the stamped B in the neck....

T's are great in an all mahogany guitar.... I find the 408T to be very similar.

I always felt the need to swap out McCartys.

Chester
05-03-2012, 01:08 AM
Great - Artists / 5708s / 408s / and NARROWFIELDS!

OK - McCartys / DGTs / 5909s

Dislike - Gragon IIs

docbennett
05-03-2012, 07:36 AM
Favorites:
Dann Huffs and Chainsaws.

Now please try to find some for me!

Least favorite:

RP's and 245's

AP515
05-03-2012, 08:14 AM
I haven't trried them all, but of the ones I have tried I like most. Must be easy to please...

Favs: Dragon 1's (in all hog guits), #7's, 57/08's, Starla's, and yes I like the HFS.

Not Fav's: Dragon 2's, #6's

John Beef
05-03-2012, 12:19 PM
The same pickup can sound drastically different in different guitars. IMHO, you just have to find the right pickup for the guitar you're playing.

MichaelSaulnier
05-03-2012, 12:49 PM
I was never a big fan of the HFS...

But my McCarty with stock pups always sounded great in my rig...

And my new DGT and its stock pups are getting big props from my other musician friends.

The 245 pups don't seem to be big favorites here, but in my SC245 they sound very nice!

Pups are so much personal taste... the good news is that there are a bunch to pick from!

M

Jimbob
05-03-2012, 04:06 PM
The same pickup can sound drastically different in different guitars. IMHO, you just have to find the right pickup for the guitar you're playing.

I agree! I didn't like the DGT pickups at all in my first DGT, so I initially formed a general opinion of dislike for them. However, with my DGT STD they sound incredible. I like 57/08s, too, but not in every PRS I've tried them in. I've also tried Throbak, Wolftone, and WCR pickups in a few PRS's with some great success as well, and I wouldn't go as far as to say the 57/08 is the best PAF-style ever made. They're certainly nice, but they sound best to me when they're in the right guitar. I'd love to try the 408s, too, but I can't buy a Sig Ltd. at the moment to justify doing that.....LOL.

AaeCee
05-03-2012, 06:30 PM
I am a big fan of the HFS, feel free to send me your unwanted pickups.Same here. The VB/HFS combo in the right Cu24 (with a 5-way rotary of course! ;) ) is tonal bliss!

sergiodeblanc
05-03-2012, 06:50 PM
I am a big fan of the HFS, feel free to send me your unwanted pickups.Same here. The VB/HFS combo in the right Cu24 (with a 5-way rotary of course! ;) ) is tonal bliss!
My man.

slev
05-03-2012, 07:43 PM
The same pickup can sound drastically different in different guitars. IMHO, you just have to find the right pickup for the guitar you're playing.

+1 From this thread its clear Dragon II have no fans. I've got them in my SE semi-hollow and they sound fantastic. Very open sounding, not chimey but thick and clear. Definitely the guitar in this case because they never sounded that good in the CE they came out of.

LSchefman
05-03-2012, 07:45 PM
I'd have to agree with the poster who pointed out that different pickups work for different styles of music, different amounts of gain, different players, different amps, etc. Obviously, the opinions in this thread simply reflect of the tastes of the people posting, and they're going to vary. In fact, it's likely that they change over time as people play different styles over the years.

With that, I'd agree that the 57/08s are incredible pickups. I love them in the Stripped 58 and CU22 SH Ltd., two very different guitars. That tells me that they really ARE wonderful! I'm also a big fan of the Artist V pickups. Their clarity and openness is wonderful, and they split beautifully. Gotta also give props to the Soapbars the PRS offered; I believe they were Duncans (?) but in any event they suited my guitars well.

The PRS pickups that worked least well for me were the ones that came with my old Artist II (I think they were just called "Artist" pickups; I kept wishing for something a little more vintage sounding), and the #6 pickups that came in the Singlecut Trem. I also had a hard time finding tones I liked with the #6s. Again, not saying either of these were bad at all, just not for me. And that's why PRS offers alternative choices, of course, as do third party manufacturers.

I never had a hard time with the ones that came in the Customs and Custom 22s over the years, and I liked the McCarty pickups a lot.

Next up will be 53/10s. ;)

hippietim
05-04-2012, 08:25 AM
My favorite pickups from PRS depends on the vibe I'm going for.

Narrowfields are awesome - on 10 they're P-90's and on 8.5 they're Fender tones with more beef and most importantly no noise.

The 408's are brilliant IMO. I've got a PS Sig and a LTD Sig and they're fantastic. The tapped tones are excellent. The bridge pickup tapped can get you a ballsy Tele tone.

5909 bridge pickup with a 5310 neck pickup is just about as good as it get for thick punchy humbucker tone while retaining warm and clarity. That's a stupid good pickup combination. I'm thinking my HB II needs this treatment.

hippietim
05-04-2012, 08:27 AM
Don't like Dragon II's and I didn't like the pickups in the Santana III I had about 9 years ago.

Proxmax
05-04-2012, 10:15 AM
i like the 57/08s but can't wait to hear the 59/09s i'll get next week
in my Goldie McRosie - any experience with that?
but my pup favs are Haeussel pups - specially the 1959 custom plus series!
watch the perfect spacing!


http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t336/proxmax/PUs-gold.jpg

baiff
05-05-2012, 05:52 AM
59/09
58/08
DGT

All winners for me.

The P90's (Duncans?) are pretty good too!

ducmike
05-05-2012, 07:27 AM
I love the older non-engraved 57/08s the most. I really like my DGT bridge, the neck is a little woofy for me by itself (with gain, clean it's beautiful). I love the DGT neck split. I also like the 59/09. I need to try the 53/10s, for some reason I have not played anything with these.

My least favorite are the #6s. I just couldn't make them work in my singlecut trem.

I agree that it depends on the style and tone you are going for. I love the HFS and other hot pups for a high gain/heavy tone. My problem with higher output pups (not just PRS) is that they seem to loose the touch dynamics in lower to mid gain, and sound sterile clean IMHO.

I also really like the 408s, they cover so many things well. My finances dictate that it's going to be a long time before I can own a set.

strat63
05-07-2012, 05:32 PM
With the right amp, my favorites are still the original T & B's. The T cuts like no pickup I have ever had but it is a bit hard to control at times. A little on the bright side in my 86 CU24.

Not a huge fan of McCarty pickups but I could live with them.

It bears repeating... T-pups in a (pre)standard are the business!

They do go well in an all mahogany body.