They are finally HERE!!!
Have those words been spoken yet?
How many NF pups do you suppose PRS made? How many NF equipped PRS guitars have been made do you think? And the 408's NFs are not the same size as the 57/08NFs correct?
Are the NF numbers so small that it isn't worth it to come up with an aftermarket pup that fits? I mean it costs peanuts to grab a magnet, a drill, some wire, slugs and screws, spacers etc etc...but casting plastic bobbins..unless you're gonna make your own silicone molds or you have a 3D printer (IDEA!!!! Ding ding ding ding), getting a large run of NF bobbin castings probably aint gonna be cheap...or an injection mold or WHATEVER they do to make bobbins these days...aint gonna be cheap.
Hey...I absolutely LOVE my PRS NF pups BUT...I'd be interested in a few "options" like... splitting ability, maybe an actual P90 that would fit, or maybe even just some different magnets. Hey I haven't even LOOKED. Do the NF pups use standard sized bar magnets? If I had to guess I'd say they are AlNiCo5s? I prefer A2s usually in my (bridge) buckers but I have a feeling I would keep the A5s (if that's what they are) in the NFs. I think an A5's sparkle is what helps deliver those chimey and quacky in-between tones.
So...I'm not even really looking for a BETTER sounding or different sounding (maybe a P90 though would be sweet) pickup but more just ...it would be nice to know there is something out there that fits to at least have as a backup and...I'd LOVE to try splitting a NF. They give-up a GREAT SC vibe in positions 2 and 4 but on their own, to me...they sound like another (different) humbucker. and I'm very happy with that...BUT...
If there were a few other NF sized pups available...maybe some hotter ones. Some with less output maybe? Some with more P90 personality, maybe Splittable coils... I don't know...but I do know that I would be interested in some options and I would buy one or two different ones.
Heck, I'd even be interested in some different colored NF pup rings. Maybe.
So again...I guess my question is..I mean questionS are...
How many NF pups do you think are out in the world today? How many would there have to be in order for a company to find it viable to produce some aftermarket offerings? And of course... do you know of ANY aftermarket pups that will properly fit a NF PRS guitar? Do you know of any aftermarket Narrowfields at all? Has anyone heard any murmurs from any pup company mentioning they are considering making some NF replacements??
Hey...I love the NFs. I also LOVE my Jeep but... I don't ALWAYS pick the Jeep. Sometimes I want a more economical (fuelwise) vehicle to drive. Sometimes I need a pickup to haul stuff. Sometimes I wanna go REAL FAST. Sometimes I wanna go REAL fast for a short distance. Sometimes I want my ride to have only 2 wheels.
Sometimes ...as much as I LOVE my Jeep and NF pups...I just want to grab the keys to something else.
OK...bad analogies...those are all different vehicles... I MEAN..
Sometimes I want to drive my Jeep through MUD. Sometimes I wanna drive it with the top down and doors off. Sometimes I drive it in 60below zero so I need it to have a good heater...well SOMETIMES I wouldn't mind if I had something different than the stock NFs in my Studio.
Do you think there will EVERY be such an animal?
I hope so.
Sorry for the rant. YMMV, AFAIK, IMHO and all that. In the end I LOVE my Studio and I LOVE it's NF pickups. I just sometimes wish I could try something a little different in that guitar. Maybe even zebra bobbins? Variety...I like variety. I also love personalizing, modding and improving my guitars so that they perform and sound the best TO ME.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts or knowledge on this matter.