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Posted 17 June 2016 - 01:30 PM

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I'm mulling over swapping out the bridge pickup on my PRS Bernie Marsden, but not sure what might suit it - i see all sorts of pickups being described as 'working well with maple necks', or 'longer scale / seven-string guitars etc'

I guess the BM is much like a Les Paul in construction, but with a slightly shorter 24.5" scale.

I've got a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates in my strat, but that's deliberately chosen to be bright, hot vintage sounding in that guitar.

Any experience of swapping out pickups in a PRS SE, and what did you find worked really well?

I saw Whole Lotta Humbuckers mentioned once before, but haven't heard them first hand.

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 02:26 PM

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 10:25 PM

Check out Oil City pickups. UK based, nice guy with good products at a fair price. They love him over on The Fretboard.

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:23 PM

Give Josi Warman a look up. (http://www.warmanguitars.co.uk)

No idea where he sources his stuff from, but I fitted a pair of humbucker sized P90s to one guitar and a single zebra humbucker to another. Whether or not you feel they're too cheap for a PRS is one thing, but from a personal perspective, both mods have (to my ears) been a significant improvement to both guitars.
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Posted 19 June 2016 - 07:45 PM

+1 for Bare Knuckle pickups.
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Posted 20 June 2016 - 09:18 AM

+2 for Bare Knuckles. One of my guitards has swapped out the stock Gibsons in both of his Custom Shop re-issues and they make a world of difference.

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 06:48 PM

And another for Bare knuckle pickups (so that's +3). 3 of my guitars are equipped with BKPs now after previously using Seymour Duncans. Vintage style, I'd recommend Mules and for something a bit heavier I've gone for Rebel Yells and Nail Bombs.

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 08:16 PM

Lead guitarist in our band had a nice Epi LP that was lacking a bit of 'oomph'.

Our guitar tech fitted a pair of Fatboy pickups and changed all the pots, switch, Jack, caps wiring etc to quality parts at the same time.

Totally transformed it. It sounds absolutely huge now and has great sustain.

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:44 AM

What do you find lacking with the current pickups?

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 10:58 AM

I keep mulling over the idea of replacing the pickups in my Yammie MSG but am nagged by a doubt. What if the replacements don't sound all that better than the originals...? Plus the pickup surrounds will need custom replacements...a complete ballache altogether.
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Posted 23 June 2016 - 02:50 PM

Thanks for all these responses - sorry i'd forgotten i'd posted this question!

In terms of the current set up, its just not as clear or distinct sounding as my Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates-equipped strat.

The BM's neck pickup I do like a lot, but back to back with my SD-equipped HSS strat, the bridge pickup is just a bit generic.

Not by a huge margin in fairness, so it could be opening a whole Pandora's Box searching for some elusive tone in my head, when there's a very useable one right there. Hmm.
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Posted 02 September 2016 - 06:24 AM

I don't know if it would be the same for the BM, but I had the PRS SE One, the Les Paul Junior a-like. I also found it a bit generic but changed the pot and wiring instead of the pickup and it made a huge difference to my ears. More transparent tone and much better control. Maybe try that first, if you were changing pickups you ought to upgrade the wiring too.

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 07:18 AM

I put GFS pickups in my PRS Singlecut SE and they transformed it for the better. I had a 59 in the bridge and a Mean 90 in the neck.
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Posted 25 September 2016 - 09:09 AM

Forget Bareknuckle, contact Ash at Oil City, he will sort you out. The other option is to get the Bernie Marsden signature pickups from Mojo Pickups.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 06:38 AM

Personally, I put Tonerider Classic IV's in all mine in preference to p/ups 2 or 3 times the price. But...it depends what sound you are after....
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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:17 PM

Another for Bareknuckle.

Also, if you can source some Dragon 1's from a PRS, they make a wonderful sound.

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:38 PM

View Postrandythoades, on 02 September 2016 - 06:24 AM, said:

I don't know if it would be the same for the BM, but I had the PRS SE One, the Les Paul Junior a-like. I also found it a bit generic but changed the pot and wiring instead of the pickup and it made a huge difference to my ears. More transparent tone and much better control. Maybe try that first, if you were changing pickups you ought to upgrade the wiring too.

I swapped out the pickups on a strat last year and the bridge pickup didn't live up to my expectations, whereas the other two did in spades...
At first I thought I didn't do something right or that the unit was faulty. After going through extensive trouble-shooting without much success, I gave in and changed all of the wiring, pots and the pickup selector... and there it was.
The difference was night and day. Happy with that guitar ever since. :)

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 08:44 AM

Some good stuff here - cheers.

I think if i change the p/ups i'll get the wiring upgraded too.

saying that, I'm quite liking the sound as it is at the moment so i'm just gonna get on with playing it.
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Posted 24 October 2016 - 09:05 AM

Sounds like you're already a fan of Seymour Duncan, excellent pickups! I put their P-Rails in the neck on my USA PRS, and it's an amazingly versatile pickup.. more so than I am a guitarist!
SD's website has a really handy tone comparison chart and audio clips for each pickup, which may prove useful in decision-making.
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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:05 PM

I really like the Gibson Classic 57 Plus. At quiet volumes it sounds a bit insipid, but push your amp and it comes alive.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:17 AM

I've been looking at bare knuckles and oil city. They look expensive. In fact you can get dimarzio or seymour duncan for less than that.
Toneriders are better vslue pickups but they were unable to answer my questions.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 03:22 PM

What about a PRS HFS? I've got one in an S2 Custom 24 and I really like it, especially with coil tap for more options.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 03:39 PM

 adamg67, on 13 July 2017 - 03:22 PM, said:

What about a PRS HFS? I've got one in an S2 Custom 24 and I really like it, especially with coil tap for more options.
Nah i ordered some from irongear

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:03 PM

Bare Knuckles are good, but get in touch with Hayden at Bulldog Pickups, great service, great quality, great bloke who'll listen to what you want, and wind some great sounding pickups.

He knows his stuff, is a great guitarist and he just so happens to also work for Matamp.

He wound a couple of sets of custom humbuckers for me a few years back, the best I've ever tried (that's after being through a good few of the BKP range).





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