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bongo122819
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Oct 30th, 2018 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a PRS SE semihollow w/ soapbars.

Thinking of an upgrade but not sure if it would make a discernable difference.
Anybody try upgrading from PRS soapbars ?

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Oct 30th, 2018 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

The PRS SE Soapbars are supplied by G&B pickups, and they are very very good. You're not going to achieve much of an improvement even if you spend $250 on new pickups. But if you want to experiment, that's fine too.

G&B also supplies pickups to other huge, well-respected names in the business (see link).

If you haven't had your SE professionally set up yet, the ~$70 cost (depending where you live) will be the absolute best investment you can make to get your guitar playing and sounding the best it possibly can.

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Oct 30th, 2018 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I ordered a Gibson soapbar and it wouldn't fit in my PRS SE One, but it's not a semi hollow so I don't know if it would apply in your situation. In my case, the Gibson was too thick and I would have had to cut the pocket deeper.

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Oct 30th, 2018 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a PRS SE soapbar solid body. I think the stock PUs are outstanding. They are the reason I bought the guitar (well traded for anyway).

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Oct 30th, 2018 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a SE Singlecut and I thought the stock pickups sounded great also.

The only reason I sold that guitar was I didn't get on with the neck. Otherwise, it played & sounded terrific.


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Oct 30th, 2018 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't "get on" with the neck on mine, either. My hand starts to hurt if I play it too long.....that doesn't happen on my LP with a 50's baseball bat neck.
I like how it sounds acoustically, so it sits next to my chair in the living room, and I probably play it (unplugged) more than my other guitars.

bongo122819
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Oct 31st, 2018 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

thanks for the input guys, looks like i'll just sit back and enjoy the SE as is.

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Oct 31st, 2018 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

One thing that you haven't mentioned is what you are not liking about your pickups or the sound you are trying to get. Just wondering if there is something that you wanted to achieve with them and what they are not producing?
Maybe we could talk about that and find a solution. Woody

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Oct 31st, 2018 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a PRS 245DC of which is the USA model that is similar to the SE Soap Bar. Paid more for it than most of my other guitars. I've had it for about 9 or 10 years. Finish on it is crap for the most part but, that's for another thread.

I was thinking that the pickups in mine are built by PRS and thought if an upgrade was wanted, why not the PRS Soaps? But, as I've read all of this thread, I can see that what's in the SE are probably good enough and I'm not sure the PRS soaps would make much of an improvement.

bongo122819
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Nov 1st, 2018 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not unhappy with the SE Soaps, except for some single coil hum close to the amp.
Mostly just wondering if there's another step up since I like the SE size & feel & light weight.

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Nov 1st, 2018 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would only change them if there was a specific thing the current pickups aren’t doing to my satisfaction.

I’ve changed pickups for no particular reason, in the past. It was part of my learning process. My big lesson learned was that it’s not always beneficial.

Have you experimented with pickup heights? That can be quite interesting. And it’s free.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 11:29 AM, Nov 1st, 2018)

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