PRS SE question

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  1. terrapin

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    I have a chance to pick up a PRS SE Fredrik Akesson for a very nice price. Was thinking of going for it, and using my extra $ to buy a good set of hums or P-90s for it. What are people's thoughts on this? And info, advice is appreciated.
     
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    Solidly built. If you're planning on changing out the pickups anyway (which is the weakest part), you'll have a hell of an instrument.
     
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    Saw this local with translucent SG/lp special red. Fantastic price and it has the wide fat neck. I never cared for PRS's until recently I found they have wide fat necks. Brings it closer to a gibson/fender meatier yet comfy neck.
     
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    They are amazing guitars, but they ARE very very different than fenders or gibsons and for me it's more of a novelty. I much prefer my fenders. But i also think the PRS design is maybe the best guitar design ever built. It's just a certain taste, and a very different one, and if that taste happens to appeal to you you can beat em. I find them just so different that i can't pull myself that far away from traditional sounds and feel to make it a main player. But they're amazing in any case. Perfection is a word i don't use lightly but it may be appropriate here. I keep wanting to sell it but i'm afraid i'd miss it even tho i rarely play it ! crazy, i know. By the way, note that most SE's use pickups with A2 magnets and they sound super fat and rich. But thats also a bad thing at times. they tend to be too smooth and fat for me at times. Theres not a lot of cut articulation and they sound best with a lot of OD IMO. Clean not so much unless they match the amp for that well. If u r getting a P90 model like i think you are suggesting, that i can't comment on because i haven't tried PRS P90's. But gibson stock P90's are excellent and a lot of people prefer them to anything including boutique. So that may be a good option.
     
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    I had the Akesson. It was a very nicely built guitar, and played quite well. I had Dimarzio Breeds in it. I only sold it because it was the heaviest F'ing guitar I've ever owned. :lol:

    But if that doesn't bother you, I'd say go for it.
     
  6. terrapin

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    I think I am gonna pick it up. It's a great bargain! So if/when I replace the pickups are there special considerations for size (total novice with pickups other than standard single coils) to get them to drop in easily?
     
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    Standard size hum buckers in the Åkesson model. I'd play it for a while before you change them though, the SE245 pickups are pretty good, considering how much the guitar costs.
     
  8. terrapin

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    That's my plan. Thanks. Specific PAF or P-90 recommendations for this guitar would be cool!
     
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    I think I would install Railhammer Gnarly H90s in that thing and it would be an absolute beast!
     
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    I love the SE line. Mine came already modded with fralin underwound p90's in it.

    Great pickups though the neck p90 route was a bit shallow. On some US versions, Ive read that the neck humbucker route can also be a bit shallow for aftermarket pups.
     
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    I picked up an Akkeson with bare knuckle black dogs in it for $500. Great guitar and pickups. Totally worth the money spent
     
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    I am such a novice to humbuckers! I know the guitar will be used mostly for blues and rock in the vein of early Beck, Warren Haynes kinda stuff. No metal or really high gain stuff. I like my tone to hover just over the edge of breakup. What pickups will get me there?
     
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    In my experience, you need "short legs" on the pickup baseplate or you will have to clearance route the cavity. I like Duncan customs in the bridge and a jazz in the neck for classic rock tones.
     
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    Thanks, I wondered about this! Standard mount?
     
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    Dont own one anymore, but imo the SE series used at a good price is the single best bang for the buck deal in the guitar world for a player.
     
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    So, as I look for pickups am I correct that I need Standard Mount, short legs? Any other specs I need to be careful with for direct drop in? Will the existing rings work for full-sized hums?
     
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    The standard ones will :D Whilst Åkesson is a very tasty shredder, and the guitar more than copes with that, he's a very flexible player with a good selection of tones - I've seen him play that guitar live recently, and it sounded superb from sparkly cleans up to full-bore death metal riffs. Very nearly bought one of these myself last year...
     

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