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    New Pickups in Singlecut Hollowbody II

    hey hey...just traded an SG custom to my best friend for a SC HB II. I love the 57/08's but I'll be taking them out and placing them in another one of my guitars. Any suggestions for a "different" PRS pickup for the guitar? Anyone here ever change the pickups out? I only own one other hollowbody (an ES-339) and it has that classic sound already.

    I play everything from brutal metal to smooth and sexy jazz, so any ideas would greatly be appreciated.
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    well, I really liked the original 5708's that came with my SCHB, but after a while you try to fine tune it, at least I do...lol
    I basically play hard rock, grunge and classic rock and I got all that covered with my SCHB. It's my main guitar right now and I replaced the original pick ups with a covered 5909 neck and a covered DGT on the bridge. To my taste and kind of playing it's just perfect. A little more modern then the 5708's. I do have a Tremonti guitar if I need to be nastier.

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    My SCHB came with SC245 pickups in them and they seemed totally RAWK!! in that guitar.

    Really not what I was expecting, so I put 53/10s in it and am really happy with them in that guitar. I also have 57/08s in a Hollowbody that I love.

    I was fooling around with pickup height on my 57/08 SC245 over the weekend and was really surprised how much of a difference that made. I've seen that advice here before and should have paid more attention to it!

    Just a turn or two of the screwdriver made a pretty noticeable difference between hot and tight, and looser and bluesier. So try raising your 57/08s for rock and lowering 'em for jazz and blues. If it works for you, hey it's easier and cheaper than new pickups!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aduayer View Post
    well, I really liked the original 5708's that came with my SCHB, but after a while you try to fine tune it, at least I do...lol
    I basically play hard rock, grunge and classic rock and I got all that covered with my SCHB. It's my main guitar right now and I replaced the original pick ups with a covered 5909 neck and a covered DGT on the bridge. To my taste and kind of playing it's just perfect. A little more modern then the 5708's. I do have a Tremonti guitar if I need to be nastier.

    This sounds like the truth....before you even commented I was thinking of doing just that...they key is finding a covered 59/09. I know tonally they are different animals from their uncovered brethren.
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    i have Miras in my HBII: ton of grit, decent cleans, ton of balls; very remeniscent of an old-school slutty blues guitar that can square a wave in a tasty manner
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbs7duke View Post
    This sounds like the truth....before you even commented I was thinking of doing just that...they key is finding a covered 59/09. I know tonally they are different animals from their uncovered brethren.
    If you can't find a 5909 with cover I would suggest you to give the \m/ neck pick up a try. It's not that hot/metal oriented as the name suggest. I have the neck one on my Tremonti and it's pure magic

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    I was thinking about those \m/ pickups. any idea on how they might blend with that amazing piezo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbs7duke View Post
    I was thinking about those \m/ pickups. any idea on how they might blend with that amazing piezo?
    it's funny, I never blend them magnetic and piezo pick up. I always use one or the other. I have 2 favorites neck pick ups made by PRS and they are the 5909 and \m/. tried both on my SCHB and they do sound perfect. Never tried the \m/ on the bridge position of the SCHB, but I am pretty sure they would be great. They are not as metal as the name makes you believe.

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