As some of you may know, last year I went through a bloody, contentious divorce. To protect myself, I placed most of guitars and amps into storage. The only one of my expensive guitars that I kept with me was my FBJ Modern Eagle 1. I've been retrieving them and setting up my music room as I get settled. Anyway, today I spent some quality time with my 53/10 Limited.
Mine is an uncommonly beautiful example... better than a lot of Private Stocks. To be honest. I liked the guitar a lot when I got it, but I wasn't 100% on board with the bridge pickup. Don't get me wrong, I liked it. A lot! But compared to the 57/08 and 59/09, I felt like it was just a just a little lacking. Now I will say, the 53/10 neck pickup was, and still is, my all-time favorite PRS neck pickup. As a matter of fact, it's my second favorite neck pickup of all time...even better than a real PAF I used to own.
Anyway, today was totally eye-opening. My neck pickup sounded as great as ever. But that 53/10 bridge KILLED! I started out with my modded Plexi. (God, how I missed that amp! If you've heard Van Halen I, you know what it sounds like.). Instant VH. I tweaked the EQ, split the bridge, and I was screaming "Can You See Me?" Early Clapton sounded awesome. Next, I plugged into my Trainwreck Liverpool. That's a cool amp, but it can be a bit bright. The 53/10 sounded AWESOME through that. You know that sort of singing midrange PRSes are known for? It was just like that. I definitely found the perfect guitar for that amp.
I'm sure this is probably a fairly boring post. But I was lucky enough to spend about 2 and a half hours with my 53/10 today, and was simply floored how amazing it sounded, so I wanted to share. While I always liked the guitar a lot, today was pure tonal ecstasy. I was stunned to find out there are still a few of these 53/10 Limiteds on dealers' shelves. If you're in the market for a new guitar, I can't recommend these highly enough.