Hey everyone, hope someone can help me out here...
Maybe 8 years ago I bought my first PRS and got a '94 Custom 24 with HFS & Vintage Bass pickups. Best sounding guitar I have ever played...nice warm, fat tone.
Just a couple weeks ago I bought my next PRS and this time got an '06 20th Anniversary Singlecut Trem with PRS #6 (uncovered) pickups. Now with the singlecut body shape and thickness, it definitly has more wood and is a heavier guitar than the Custom. In terms of sound I was expecting this to have a heavier, thicker, fatter tone than the Custom. To my surprise (and dissapointment) the singlecut actually seems to have less bass and a thinner tone as compared to my Custom. I am using the exact same amp/fx setup as before with no adjustments, so I know the change in sound I'm hearing is all in the guitar.
Was I wrong in thinking the thicker mahogany back should have given me more bass and thick tone? I may try playing with my pickups height adjustment first, but I don't expect too drastic of a change from that.
Does anyone else have experience with the #6 pickups? I am considering changing them out with something else...but I have never changed pickups in a guitar before so I don't know how much of a change in sound to expect. Also wouldn't even know what pickups to go for that would get me closer to the tone I'm looking for. I'm thinking Tremonti pickups right now just going based on that he also uses a singlecut body shape and I like his sound.
So bottom line is I'm trying to figure out if changing pickups could help me or if maybe I just don't like the sound of this guitar and it's wood combination for some reason. I would love to hear what you guys think and what experiences you have had with various pickups and singlecut guitars.