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    JA 15 and the Pickups

    I was taking a look at the JA 15 on the PRS website. The overview says it comes with 53 10's, but the spec page says 57 08s. I have three quick questions? Which one is it? Why not the the archtop treb and bass pups? One last question. I asked before, but got no response. What is the output of the archtop pickups? When I read archtop, I think jazzy sounds. Which is great! I am leaning towards ordering a private stock 12 string or JA 15 at years end if everything goes right and I need some background on these pups. Thank you.

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    They ship with the 53/10's. I've got one and can say that for my ears they are a perfect match for that guitar. I have no insight into the Archtop pups, I'm sure someone else will chime in.

    EDIT: Doh! Forgive me. I spoke too soon! I consider myself fortunate to have JA-15 with 53/10's along with a Private Stock that has them as well. Sad to see them gone.
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    Perhaps if you find old stock, I thought 53/10's weren't available anymore.

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    The JA-15 was originally equipped with 53/10 pickups, but the wire is no longer available so now we use 57/08 pickups on this model.

    The Archtop pickups have output of 6.75K Bass and 7.25Kbridge.

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    Concur, they used to be 53/10s, but since they're not available any longer (for now?) I think they've gone to 57/08s. The discrepancy is probably just an oversight.

    No idea why they're not Archtops, possibly because PRS like to stick with the 5x/yz series at the moment (with some exceptions). Both the 57/08s and the 53/10s are very versatile pickups, I'd give the edge to the 53/10s for woody warmth, and if you can find a 2012 model JA, I'd be grabbing that one.

    As for your last question, maybe this will help (courtesy of google and Mr. vchizzle)


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    Thank you everyone for your responses. It was just the info I needed. I am leaning towards a Private Stock JA 15 12 string if the year goes well. That JA 15 is just sweet! Thanks again everybody.

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    I'm already impressed!!! Hope you can make it happen.

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    fixed it on the the model page. thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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