Another question about PRS Dragon I & II pickups

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  1. Lewguitar

    Lewguitar Member

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    Just received a used set of Dragon II's. Don't know what I'll put them in yet.

    I also have a used set of Dragon I pickups that came out of my '95 PRS.

    My question is this: are the neck pickups in both sets the same pickup?

    I measured the neck Dragon I and it measured 7.58K.

    Measured the neck Dragon II and measured 7.8K.

    I know both are alnico 5.

    So are they the same pickups? Same copper wire?

    Incidentally, I measured the bridge Dragon II and it came up 12K.

    Measured the bridge Dragon and it came up a whopping 18.83K!
     
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  3. Lewguitar

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    I decided to put the the Dragon II's in my '95 PRS Custom 22.

    Every time I play my blue '02 CU-22 onstage I wish it had a 3 way switch like I put in my old '95.

    My '95 is beat to heck! I bought it from a pawn shop for about $800.

    I did a fret job on it and it plays beautifully and it's nice and resonant.

    It just has a lot of road wear.

    The worn covers on the Dragon II's match the wear on the '95 perfectly and look "right".

    And I like the Dragon II's more than Dragon I's it came with.

    The neck pickup in the Dragon I is alnico 4 and the neck pickup in the Dragon II is alnico 5. I prefer alnico 5. Otherwise they're the same pickup except for the cover on the II.

    The bridge pickup in the Dragon I set is a little to strong for my tastes. I prefer the Dragon II, which is still pretty strong at 12K. But I really like the way it sounds.

    I did open up the bridge pickup and reverse the magnet to put both pickups in phase.

    It was pretty easy to do.

    The two guitars do sound just a little different from each other.

    My blue '02 is a little bit brighter than my '95.

    Not much. Just a little.

    And that's my '54 Esquire in that group photo. Just got it back from Naked Body Guitars and Dawn did a great job refinishing it and relicing the finish. Sometime in it's long past someone had painted it with red bicycle paint. I do have the all of the original parts though, including the pickguard, but I like the black bakelite pickguard better and I'll probably put it back together as a Tele since that's the way it was wired when I bought it 20 years ago.

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