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Thread: NGD: Back to PRS with a 408 in Frost Blue Metallic!

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    NGD: Back to PRS with a 408 in Frost Blue Metallic!

    Been a long time Gibson player but then started exploring PRS territory in the last couple of years: tried a Korina 24 (neck too slim), 25th SAS Narrowfield (shoulda kept it), SC250 (too heavy, tone wise), 25th Mira Soapbar (great tone, felt too light) and a McCarty Artist (uber-bling but too dark sounding) but none were quite right. Figured the Studio might be the model for me so dropped into my local store yesterday since they had a couple in. Unfortunately they didn't have the right combination of neck profile / colour for my liking.

    So, whilst I was there, I decided to try the Frost Blue Metallic 408 they'd just got in - just for completeness, wasn't necessarily expecting too much, but it looked too cool not to try it out!

    Didn't know much about this model but I clicked with it straight away:

    - Thicker 'McCarty' style body which is a great weight (~7.5 lbs) and very comfortable
    - Pattern neck which is supremely comfortable
    - A slick action to absolutely die for
    - Plus that gorgeous V12 finish!

    But what really blew me away was the pickups. Turns out they're made using the same wire, magnets, etc as the 57/08s ... so that's a very good start.

    The extra-wide bridge humbucker gives some huge chunky tones and the narrower bridge humbucker keeps the bass focused - no muddiness at all. And then you get to the coil taps: as well as splitting the coils, they also add in additional turns on the remaining coil to keep the output up. So, you go from a vintage output 8k humbucker to a equally vintage output 6k single-coil. And you can 'mix and match' since there's a separate mini-toggle for each humbucker.

    I found leaving the bridge pickup full and splitting the neck allowed for a great Hendrix neck single-coil tone, a fat AC/DC bridge rhythm tone and a slight Strat-esque 'quack' in the middle position. That'll do me for 90% of the time!! Splitting the bridge alone gives an almost P90 tone due to the oversized coils and the combined position with both split is even more Strat-like. I was seriously impressed and will be able to cover everything my band plays without compromising the 'right' tone or changing guitars.

    So, needless to say, I pulled the trigger. Still got my good ol' P90 Firebird - which I shall enjoy playing at home - but this baby is my new #1 gig-meister:





    2013 PRS 408 Standard Frost Blue Metallic | 2012 Gibson '61 Reissue SG | 2010 Gibson Firebird V w/BKP Nantucket P90s | 2008 Sewell Vintage Custom Stealth Tele | 2012 Jackson Ampworks Newcastle 30 Head / Dual-Ported 1x12 | 2007 Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker Reissue 2x12 Combo | 200x Epiphone Valve Senior 1x12 Combo | AnalogMan | Fulltone | ZVex | MXR | TC Electronic

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    Beautiful guitar, enjoy it! Love the 408 pickups myself.
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    What a great guitar! Love the color!
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    Very nice.......................... i dig it!
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    An excellent choice, if I do say so myself!
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    Very cool.

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    Great to get so many positive responses - wasn't sure how popular the plain colours are: so many insane flame tops on here!

    Recovering from a burst eardrum at the moment but should be back jaming with the band towards the end of the month - can't wait to get the new 408 cranked up through my full rig alongside the rest of the guys!
    2013 PRS 408 Standard Frost Blue Metallic | 2012 Gibson '61 Reissue SG | 2010 Gibson Firebird V w/BKP Nantucket P90s | 2008 Sewell Vintage Custom Stealth Tele | 2012 Jackson Ampworks Newcastle 30 Head / Dual-Ported 1x12 | 2007 Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker Reissue 2x12 Combo | 200x Epiphone Valve Senior 1x12 Combo | AnalogMan | Fulltone | ZVex | MXR | TC Electronic

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    Congrats, that's a great looking guitar!!!
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    Congrats!! Thanks for sharing, I'm also thinking about getting a 408 here soon and your review helps my decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAJ View Post
    Congrats!! Thanks for sharing, I'm also thinking about getting a 408 here soon and your review helps my decision.
    Cool - glad I could help!

    For me, it seems to be the best blend of other PRS models I've had - and have liked - but have ultimately not quite been right. It's got the feel and playability of my old McCarty but the pickups - when split - have the clarity and 'chime' of the Narrowfields from my old SAS whilst still getting a huge crunch tone out of the bridge in humbucker mode.
    2013 PRS 408 Standard Frost Blue Metallic | 2012 Gibson '61 Reissue SG | 2010 Gibson Firebird V w/BKP Nantucket P90s | 2008 Sewell Vintage Custom Stealth Tele | 2012 Jackson Ampworks Newcastle 30 Head / Dual-Ported 1x12 | 2007 Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker Reissue 2x12 Combo | 200x Epiphone Valve Senior 1x12 Combo | AnalogMan | Fulltone | ZVex | MXR | TC Electronic

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    Man, that EXACT guitar would be on a very short list of possible choices if something happened to my current guitars and I needed a new one fast.
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    Man, that's purty! Reminds me of Fender Ice Blue. Metallics do a great job of showing off the PRS curves.
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    Very nice.
    Glad you are enjoying it.

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    cool blue.

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    408's are great. Love this color. Congrats.
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