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    The Deep Dish II Pickup

    I absolutely adore these old PRS pickups. Every once in a while I see people looking for info on them so here's a post for the record. This contains all of the info I've ever run across concerning the model. If you have more info to add, please post it.

    Deep Dish II (Bridge Pickup) Specifications:
    DC Res:11.5k
    Turns: 7800
    Wire: 42 sp
    Bar Magnet: Alnico 2 (the original DD had an Alnico 5 magnet, all else was the same as the DD2)
    Cover: No
    Color: Black Bobbins & nickel
    Compatibility: 5-way rotary & push/pull
    Era: Late 80's to very early 90's
    Mate: I have never seen a DD2 Bass & there is no mention of one in old marketing materials
    Precursor: The original Deep Dish had alnico 5 magnets
    Similar to: As I recall, the Chainsaw pickup had almost identicle specs but ceramic magnets instead of alnico.

    Description from PRS Marketing collateral:
    The Alnico driven coils of this pickup are wound deeper and with more turns. Similar in sound to a P90 single coil, the tone is big and warm with nice high end. The Deep Dish II is the perfect bridge pickup for fattening up the tone without losing clarity.

    Alternate Description from the PRS Website (under discontinued pickups):
    The alnico driven coils of this pickup are wound deeper and with more turns than a vintage humbucking pickup. Similar in sound to an old P-90 single coil - big and warm with clear high end. The Deep Dish II is the perfect bridge pickup for fattening up the tone without losing clarity or adding unwanted grind and harshness. Mississippi Queen to jazz.

    My $.02:
    This pickup sounds fantastic through my '64 Twin, EF86/EL84 amp, and PRS 25th Anniversary amp. It shimmers when I want it to shimmer and rips when I drive the amps. It responds surprisingly well to tonal changes via the volume pot. It cleans up extremely well even with a slight roll-off. When the coils are split, the drop in volume is nearly imperceptible and the thick single coil tone is as rich and usable as the full bucker.

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    Whenever I read about a Deep Dish II I think of you, and rightfully so haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    Whenever I read about a Deep Dish II I think of you...
    Bummer.


    Whenever I read about DD2 pickups, I think about buying another one; and hot chicks. But I guess I always think about hot chicks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Bummer.


    Whenever I read about DD2 pickups, I think about buying another one; and hot chicks. But I guess I always think about hot chicks.
    I'm with ya on the hot women part.

    I'm not that into pickups...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I'm with ya on the hot women part.

    I'm not that into pickups...
    What's the use in hot women if you can't pick them up?








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    Heck, I'm thinking about pizza now.

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    I made a bunch of guys into DD2 believers last weekend in Muncie.
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    Interesting pickup. 42AWG wire wound to 11.5k.....that is ALOT of turns for that gauge of wire!! My guess is with those specs and an alnico2 magnet it would be a very warm sounding pickup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    I made a bunch of guys into DD2 believers last weekend in Muncie.
    No @*$#!!! I vote for a DDII reissue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie View Post
    No @*$#!!! I vote for a DDII reissue.
    +1
    I have a DD2 in my Tremonti SE.
    Man, that pickup REALLY brought that guitar to life!
    Should I ever sell the guitar, that pickup is staying with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    I made a bunch of guys into DD2 believers last weekend in Muncie.
    No joke man..... that thing ripped.
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    Do you know if the private stock team would recreate this pickup if you wanted to spec it out on a new build??

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    Do you know if the private stock team would recreate this pickup if you wanted to spec it out on a new build??
    Only on a PS DGT - looks like you're out of luck!
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    You used the word "magnets" instead of "magnet". Are there more than one magnet? Are the magnets the pole pieces like a Fender Wide Range humbucker or a Fralin Twangmaster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    Only on a PS DGT - looks like you're out of luck!
    Surprisingly the Deep Dish II pickup flew under the radar back in the day.

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    I seriously dug that DD2...Badassery at its finest....and It was great split as well....great pup!


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Beef View Post
    You used the word "magnets" instead of "magnet". Are there more than one magnet? Are the magnets the pole pieces like a Fender Wide Range humbucker or a Fralin Twangmaster?
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    You guys are killing me, I for real need to play one of these!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    Big thanks to Hans for letting us all molest the Raven!
    I want a teeshirt that says, "I molested the Raven".

    OK, maybe not.

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