#1
Okay, so the parents of the lead guitar player in my band ordered him a Paul Reed Smith SE Soapbar guitar as a late Christmas gift.

We both know that PRS guitars are amazing guitars, and we love them (actually, as i have already said here in UG, my dream guitar is a PRS Custom 22), and that's why his parents wanted to suprise him.
The guitar is supposed to arrive in the next couple of weeks or so.

But the thing is, we got worried because it comes with Soapbar pickups...
And our band does some extreme metal stuff (like doom metal, and Opeth's prog death metal, etc.), so he needs really powerful pickups (and i need a new guitar, but that's in another thread).
We know it'll handle our rock songs perfectly, but what about the most brutal stuff?

Do you think those pickups will handle it fine?

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#2
Have you tried to youtube it to see if someone has got a recording of it playing metal?
#3
Strats can handle it.
Soapbars can too.

Not well, but it'll handle it.
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#5
Quote by Rokeman
Have you tried to youtube it to see if someone has got a recording of it playing metal?

I'm doing it right now, but keep in mind that YouTube recordings usually have bad quality, and can give you a bad idea of the reality.
I rely more on UG'ers personal opinions and experiences.

Quote by Seth Shadows
Strats can handle it.
Soapbars can too.

Not well, but it'll handle it.

...and that's why i need a guitar with humbuckers.
If Soapbar pickups handle extreme metal like a Strat, my bandmate will need a guitar with humbuckers as well.
That's what we feared. Damn.

Guess a couple of Les Paul copies is the future for both of us.
Squier "VMC" Stratocaster
PRS SE Singlecut
tc electronic polytune
CMAT MODS Signa Drive
Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina
DIY gaussmarkov Dr. Boogey
EHX Small Clone
Mooer ShimVerb
DIY Beavis Devolt
T-REX Fuel Tank Chameleon
Ampeg GVT52-112
Last edited by Linkerman at Feb 10, 2009,
#6
Well what is the guys amp?

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#7
Quote by Chrisiphone
Well what is the guys amp?

He's thinking of getting a Cube (as soon as his guitar arrives).
Squier "VMC" Stratocaster
PRS SE Singlecut
tc electronic polytune
CMAT MODS Signa Drive
Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina
DIY gaussmarkov Dr. Boogey
EHX Small Clone
Mooer ShimVerb
DIY Beavis Devolt
T-REX Fuel Tank Chameleon
Ampeg GVT52-112
#8
A change in pickups may help (especially if its got a higher output)
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/specialized/progressive/sp902_hot_soapb/
This is my number one recommendation

Active pickups won't help much with a cube but i'll throw them out there.
http://www.emginc.com/products/index/87

Epiphone Les Paul Standard w/ SD Alnico Pro II's
Fender Aerodyne Telecaster & Stratocaster
Marshall JCM 800 4104 combo


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#9
Quote by Chrisiphone
A change in pickups may help (especially if its got a higher output)
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/specialized/progressive/sp902_hot_soapb/
This is my number one recommendation

Active pickups won't help much with a cube but i'll throw them out there.
http://www.emginc.com/products/index/87

Hey man, he hasn't received the guitar yet, and you're already suggesting mods! LOLOLOL

He is saying that he'll do what i'm doing: i'll use my Strat and he'll use the PRS Soapbar for our general rock songs and softer stuff, and we'll get a couple of cheaper guitars, like Epiphone, Vintage or Tokai's Les Paul copies just for the more extreme songs.
Squier "VMC" Stratocaster
PRS SE Singlecut
tc electronic polytune
CMAT MODS Signa Drive
Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina
DIY gaussmarkov Dr. Boogey
EHX Small Clone
Mooer ShimVerb
DIY Beavis Devolt
T-REX Fuel Tank Chameleon
Ampeg GVT52-112
#10
Haha sorry!
Normally I don't but it seemed you really wanted it for metal!

Instead of cheap epiphones, tokais or vintage have a look at some cheaper end LTD's, ibanez' and jackson? They are more metal designed.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard w/ SD Alnico Pro II's
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Marshall JCM 800 4104 combo


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#11
Quote by Chrisiphone
Haha sorry!
Normally I don't but it seemed you really wanted it for metal!

Instead of cheap epiphones, tokais or vintage have a look at some cheaper end LTD's, ibanez' and jackson? They are more metal designed.

Well, we just talked about the LTD EC-50, but people here tend to bash that particular model...
Squier "VMC" Stratocaster
PRS SE Singlecut
tc electronic polytune
CMAT MODS Signa Drive
Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina
DIY gaussmarkov Dr. Boogey
EHX Small Clone
Mooer ShimVerb
DIY Beavis Devolt
T-REX Fuel Tank Chameleon
Ampeg GVT52-112
#12
Quote by Linkerman
Well, we just talked about the LTD EC-50, but people here tend to bash that particular model...


If you're looking at like 400$, I'd go for a used Jackson DK2M, or some sort of Jackson Dinky.

P-90s are sort of like in the middle between a single-coil and a humbucker. Honestly your best bet is to try them out for your metal songs, you may be pleasently surprised. I always thought they had a very gibson-y sound to them, kind of warm. Not to mention thats in a mahogany body, so it won't sound too bright.