PRS McCarty p/u's... how hot?

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  1. imjustadrummer

    imjustadrummer Member

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    What are the ratings on stock PRS McCarty p/u's?
    HB vs. Tapped?

    I'm just trying to develop a ballpark for how hot the guitar is... it seems hotter than PAF?!?
     
  2. jlagrassa

    jlagrassa Supporting Member

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    I would say they are hotter than a hot PAF, I really like my McCartys pickups the neck sings and the bridge cuts nicely....in my setup anyway!

    Are you looking for dc resitance?
    neck is 8k
    bridge is 9k
    when split its about 1/2
     
  3. jetydosa

    jetydosa Silver Supporting Member

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    I always thought the McCarty p/us were quite low in output. Certainly lower than most other PRS p/us?
     
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    I would say they have average output and the split coil volume is much lower than in humbucker mode. I think they are decent pickups but I've been trying some different pups in my McCary anyway.
     
  5. imjustadrummer

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    yes, that's it... thanks...

    I do like the p/u's, the neck p/u is just so much hotter than the bridge p/u which is different than my experience with other guitars...

    I think that the geometry of the body/neck alignment places the neck p/u closer to the strings than the bridge p/u. Strats/Teles are the opposite as the body is nearly parallel with the neck so the bridge p/u is hotter by default of proximity to the strings.

    If you like soloing with the neck p/u, this set up works great and I actually prefer this stylistically, but I'm beginning to get the hang of using the bridge for the extra treble cut and the drop off in volume is annoying...

    What other p/u's are you guys using in the McCarty?
     
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    Taller Silver Supporting Member

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    I use a pair of Duncan '59s in my McCarty. Took out the pull-pot, so no coil tapping, and installed some RS pots and a Jenson oil/paper cap.

    It rocks!:RoCkIn​
     
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    Mine seem to be low to moderate output, but mine may have issues and they seem prone to feedback at high gain settings. I may wax pot them or change them out.
     
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    Anyone use the split function? I've never got a decent sound from it, regardless of pickups used.
    I read Robben uses the split function on his HB guitar so I guess it's useful for some but I never got anything from it...
     
  9. imjustadrummer

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    I use the split for fuzz pedals and a little more bite to the attack...
     

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