I've been a long-time PRS user and along the years I've had many of the USA made models, including a 1993 pre-factory CE24, various Singlecuts, Cu22, Cu24 and both Tremonti models. As for SE models, I've gone through the Tremonti I, Paul Allender, Aekerfelt, Mushok & maybe others that I cannot recall right now.
Anyway, back to the point. Every time I've got a Singlecut, I've gone for the Tremonti pickup set. And every time I've gone the SE route, I've upgraded them to locking tuners, adjustable bridge, and ALWAYS a new pickup set because I was never keen on the stock pickups. I've always gone for Tremonti or 7 pickups.
Today, I've managed to get my hands on a 2nd hand non-modified PRS SE Tremonti Custom in grey-black flame with stock pickups, stock bridge, stock everything. Put a new set of strings on it, adjusted it in Eb, plugged into my 2i4 interface and started testing my amp sims (ReValver, Guitar Rig, BIAS & Amplitube).
HOLY CRAP! The tone on this thing! Cleans on the neck pickup are BEAUTIFUL! And I'm even impressed with the bridge pickup, it has some bite to it and sounds wonderful for hard-rock tones! Is this normal for the SE245 pickups? Am I mad? Is any of this thanks to the extra weight that the body has? I have a luthier made Singlecut Trem style guitar with Tremonti pickups but even that one isn't as clear as the SE is (and I don't think it's just the difference of having a new set of strings in the SE, or could it be that?)
Has anyone else kept the stock pickups in? I was all set to get a set of Seymour Duncan 59 & Custom for it but now I'm shocked and don't know what to do I've been so used to hating the old SE pickups that I'd never given the new ones a chance!