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The_Nightfly

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PRS Tremonti Custom SE
« on: September 24, 2013, 11:51:03 PM »
I'm the proud owner an awesome Tremonti Custom SE. Wasn't too impressed by the 245 copy pickups in it though so I swapped them for the real MCoy, installed a set of PRS Tremontis. Sadly I don't like them either, way too hot and bright. I own a VOS R7 les paul which frankly just sounds massive, If I could get the PRS into the same ball park I'd be happy so I can switch guitars without blowing my amp settings. Having spent a long time reading what people have to say here I'm thinking a couple of Mules might be what I need.

I mainly play Classic Rock/Blues with some Metal thrown in for good measure.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

The_Nightfly

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Re: PRS Tremonti Custom SE
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2013, 12:32:16 AM »
Mule, Abraxas or Crawler are the three that leap to mind, depending on the brightness or otherwise of your guitar. I'll focus on just the bridge pickups for now and we can look at the neck later.

Of those three, the Mules are the brightest and as they're using a light wind with vintage wire and an AIV magnet, you can expect them to be bright and open with a rounded sound. Very much a traditional PAF. The Abraxas is a modern take on a traditional PAF. Again, it uses an AIV magnet but a more modern wire in a hotter wind. This will give the pickup more cut while the AIV magnet retains its sweet PAF nature. The hotter wind will give it a bit more bottom end and more mids, which will also help with the cut. Like the Abraxas, the Crawler also uses a more modern wire to help with the cut but this is a hotter wind again, producing a thicker and darker tone that is very rich and satisfying. It's not dominated by bass but there are also a lot of low mids, which gives it that dark, fat character. Naturally, this is the most compressed of the three but it's not excessive and has a real growl to it. All three will go from Blues to Classic Rock with relative ease and cover a little bit of Metal.
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Re: PRS Tremonti Custom SE
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2013, 12:35:26 AM »
Hi and welcome!

Nice catch! Those SE's fors sure are value for money. Like you a lot of players are just looking for better pickups.
Mules will do a great job in a mahogany setneck guitar and will be close to your R7, although you can't compare those guitars. The Mule-bridge is tight enough for metal-esque stuff. They do the blues/classic rock-thing excellent and if you don't need extra output or mids, I would stay with Mules. You'll be amazed about the dynamic, open, and clean nearly 3D sound. I find Mules perfectly balanced. They sound full but will a lovely crispiness to it. You will love the in between sound too, which is great for rhythm and fingerpicking.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2013, 12:37:27 AM by Telerocker »
Mules, VHII, Crawler, MM's, IT's, BG50's.