... as opposed to subjective muck raking.
I'm seeking to categorize PRS's CURRENT pup offerings along some more-or-less objective lines. Let's stick with current pups for now...
To start, I'd like to look at a few key properties: articulation; overall loudness; treble strength; midrange strength,; bass strength; and ranked from "bluesy" to "metally".
Edit: If it helps, think of how the various pups would sound in an unassuming maple over mahogany body guitar with a mahogany neck, RW board, stoptail bridge and standard McCarty electronics - arguably a vanilla PRS guitar and well-suited as a neutral platform for comparisons.
Let's not make this difficult project harder than it is already going to be.
From what I can tell, the current offerings are listed below. If there is a currently offered pup not listed, let me know. If you have a suggestion for a parameter to be ranked, I'll entertain those suggestions too.
In no particular order:
PRS Singlecoil (same as 305?)
Narrow 408 Treble
Narrow 408 Bass
57/08 Treble (covered)
57/08 Treble (uncovered)
57/08 Bass (covered)
57/08 Bass (uncovered)
Brent Mason 408 Treble
Brent Mason 408 Bass
What I want to create is a chart for each parameter, for instance listing the pups from the most articulate to the least(or most muddy). I expect Chris (CRGTR) would have some insight here since he compared many of these pups side to side.
So, how would you rank these pups? Most articluate? Least? The degrees in between? Loudest? Bluesiest? I want to rank each property individually since they are not necessarily dependent upon one another.
As we go, I'll build a spreadsheet and post and update it here in the OP. This will take time and I need your help, but when we are done, it will be a valuable resource.