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    53/10s in HB2 ?

    Hi, first time here.

    I have a 25th HB2 with 57/08s which are great but I was thinking of putting them in my old McCarty.

    Would you advise me to either
    a) get 53/10s in the HB2
    b) just get another set of 57/08s for the McCarty

    Thanks for your help.

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    I don't think you can go wrong with either 57/08 or 53/10's, but Starla pups also sound great in a Hollowbody

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    I'd recommend a set of 59/09s for the McCarty. Just my $.02 (which is about what it's worth).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    I don't think you can go wrong with either 57/08 or 53/10's, but Starla pups also sound great in a Hollowbody
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    I've had both in my HBII, I prefer the 53/10's. They are awesome, more clarity than the 57/08's in my opinion. And they can be coil tapped.
    Last edited by LJD; 11-12-2012 at 02:49 PM.

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    Thanks for the replies guys,

    Could you tell me more about the starla pickups in comparision to the 53 or 57 as I have not heard them.
    Which pickups blend with the piezo the best? The 57s seem have a similar top end which is why I was thinking about the 53s but did not want make it too mellow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJD View Post
    I've had both in my HBII, I prefer the 53/10's. They are awesome, more clarity than the 57/08's in my opinion. And they can be coil tapped.
    Thanks LTD what styles do you play and what amp are you using?
    I need to cover most styles but mainly clean, blues and rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJD View Post
    I've had both in my HBII, I prefer the 53/10's. They are awesome, more clarity than the 57/08's in my opinion. And they can be coil tapped.
    I should clarify... Starla's in a HB "through a Chimey amp - like an AC15, Bad Cat, 65 Amps London, etc."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! © View Post
    I should clarify... Starla's in a HB "through a Chimey amp - like an AC15, Bad Cat, 65 Amps London, etc."
    Ok thanks [-] I have a GP3 / 2502 rack so it is very clear and fat so the 53s and 57s might be better.

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    I play through a Fender Twin, and I think the 53/10's lend themselves perfectly to the warmth and clarity of any amp with a 6L6/6V6 type tube sound (I'm all about a good clean tone, and I use OD pedals). I play similar styles: blues, rock, jazz... they're versatile. Vintage-y, and the edge is there if you want it. I lowered mine a bit (16th of an inch or so )and it really brings out the hollow-woody tone of the hollowbody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJD View Post
    I play through a Fender Twin, and I think the 53/10's lend themselves perfectly to the warmth and clarity of any amp with a 6L6/6V6 type tube sound (I'm all about a good clean tone, and I use OD pedals). I play similar styles: blues, rock, jazz... they're versatile. Vintage-y, and the edge is there if you want it. I lowered mine a bit (16th of an inch or so )and it really brings out the hollow-woody tone of the hollowbody.
    I am starting to lean towards the 53s in the HB, Thanks LJT.

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    Dane's employee HBII sounded amazing with the 53/10s...especially thru an old JCM800+1960a. I know, crazy, eh? But the warmth prevailed and was a great experience. The guitar (and pups) made the amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie View Post
    Dane's employee HBII sounded amazing with the 53/10s...especially thru an old JCM800+1960a. I know, crazy, eh? But the warmth prevailed and was a great experience. The guitar (and pups) made the amp.
    Actually Boogie - that guitar has Archtop pups in it....my Bernie has 53/10's.
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    I'm using my SC58 with 53/10s and getting absolutely wonderful results. Having had essentially the same guitar with 57/08s, here's my take on the differences:

    The 53/10s are a little rounder on the attack of the note, and clean up really well with the volume control but retain their openness and clarity. The 57/08s are a little hotter, have a sharper note attack, especially at the bridge position, and are a bit closer to a PAF to my ear.

    With the 53/10s, I can get beautiful clean tones with the volume rolled way back, even when I've got the HXDA's gain set pretty high. Then I can roll the volumes up and the thing rocks pretty hard. These pickups are great for having those kinds of choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I'm using my SC58 with 53/10s and getting absolutely wonderful results. Having had essentially the same guitar with 57/08s, here's my take on the differences:

    The 53/10s are a little rounder on the attack of the note, and clean up really well with the volume control but retain their openness and clarity. The 57/08s are a little hotter, have a sharper note attack, especially at the bridge position, and are a bit closer to a PAF to my ear.

    With the 53/10s, I can get beautiful clean tones with the volume rolled way back, even when I've got the HXDA's gain set pretty high. Then I can roll the volumes up and the thing rocks pretty hard. These pickups are great for having those kinds of choices.
    Thanks, sounds like I will be happy with the 53s in the HB then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    Actually Boogie - that guitar has Archtop pups in it....my Bernie has 53/10's.
    Had a listen to a clip with a Bernie with 53s and I was impressed.

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    Decided to go for new 53/10s in the HB2 and put it's 57/08s in my McCarty.

    Thanks for your help guys, your advise made my decision much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrnut View Post
    Decided to go for new 53/10s in the HB2 and put it's 57/08s in my McCarty.

    Thanks for your help guys, your advise made my decision much easier.
    Please let me know how that sounds? I have been considering the same thing.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    Actually Boogie - that guitar has Archtop pups in it....my Bernie has 53/10's.
    Well ****!!! I'll just sit back here and shut my mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie View Post
    Well ****!!! I'll just sit back here and shut my mouth.
    I'm sorry man...
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