#1
I bought a new PRS for 500. I love the construction of the guitar, but the pickups are plain sounding. I play instrumental rock music with a lot of clean rhythm and distorted solos. I have a strat and I want this PRS to sound different than it. Can someone please tell me which pickups I should be looking for? I tried the Gibson 490s and they were awesome. I read the 57 Classics are better. Are those the pickups I should look into? Are there other suggestions for me? I read Seymour Duncans are the best, but their web site is terrible.
#2
Before I start mentioning pups, what amp are you playing through.
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#3
I have a Gibson with a 57 Classic in the Neck and a Burstbucker Pro in the Bridge. This combination is great. The 57 Classic has all of the attributes you describe and I think it would be a perfect choice. The Burstbucker Pro might be a little hotter than you want.

I have a few Seymour Duncan pickups, P90s and Tele Bridge pickup. They are great. I don't have any SD Humbuckers but I love the sound of some of their vintage output pickups.

Just keep in mind that pickup choice if largely subjective. So what sounds good to one person will sound terrible to another.

As Itdguy27 mentioned above, your amp will be a factor in this decision.
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#4
Hmmmm, most of the stock PRS PUs are really pretty damn good.

What amp are you running through and who are your player tonal influences? Post a youtube track of something you are going for.
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#6
Quote by Cajundaddy
Hmmmm, most of the stock PRS PUs are really pretty damn good.

What amp are you running through and who are your player tonal influences? Post a youtube track of something you are going for.


I completely forgot to mention what type of sound I want. I want some earthly, colorful, dynamic, crunchy, and special. After listening to lots of pickups on YouTube — such as GFS Fat Pats, GFS 59s, Gibson 57s, etc — I really like the GFS Fat Pats and GFS Crunch. Here is a video of a comparison of Fat Pats, 57s, and SDs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UdR5dXe2CM

The Fat Pats are really, really close to the 57s.

I really like the tone on these two videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehkiPFBsQU8 ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aDhY-2zKKk


He plays the Fat Pats with a Fender though. It might be why his sound is so fat and crunchy. I am thinking now that my drier sound might be more from my amp. Am I right?
#7
496R is pretty damn good for warm sounds. Very good choice if you want a classic pickup
#8
I plugged into a Fender today. It produces the clean sound I wanted, but the distortion is not what I like. I used to play guitar from about 1998 to 2001. I restarted now.