I am new to the forum but I am a long-time player of PRS guitars! Currently, I use two PRS Custom 24's (one is a '93, the other is a '95) for my stage work. I play between 175-190 shows a year and, since I'm in Florida and many of my gigs are outside near the sea, they take a lot of abuse. I baby them and make sure they are in perfect shape for each show but lately there has been a problem with the output of one axe. Both axes has the same pickups (HFS/Vintage) and are set up the same regarding pickup height, yet one of my axes has really lost some output compared with the other.
My question for all you PRS loving folk is this: what could be the source of this drop in output? Are there known issues of electronic failure that would be the first place to look? The main issue also includes a sub-problem. When running one axe (my amber 24), the output is low enough so I have to crank my amp a bit more, but when i kick in a pedal with the usual settings, the output is massive. Conversely, my clean sound is anemic. Yesterday at the gig, I switched from the amber to my green 24, the clean sound was so frickin' loud that i had to readjust the amp, but at least my pedals played nicely. That stated, I am still at a loss for what might be the source of my weak output on the amber 24. I don't want to take it to the local tech as I feel I could fix the problem just as well and he is very expensive.
I use the same axe so I don't have the problem of resetting all my gain staging and amp settings; I already have enough to think about and consistency is key. As such, I really want to fix this problem ASAP and would appreciate any good advice you all could offer regarding this problem.