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New Pickups For PRS McCarty Soapbar: Mick's Vlog

Published 9 Jun 2020

Welcome to my vlog! In this episode I’m fitting some new pickups to a guitar that has always been fantastic to play… but has never really had a sound that I’ve loved, purely personally speaking. Outgoing are the original Seymour Duncan-made P90s and incoming are a pair of Lollar Soapbar P90s.
Acoustically, the guitar has wonderful tone and resonance so I have high hopes that a less powerful bridge pickup especially might bring more of the guitar’s natural voice forwards.
I begin by listening to the old pickups, using my much-loved Collings 290 DCS as a reference, before installing the new pickups in the PRS and playing again. There’s also a quick track that I made so that we can hear all the pickups in the context of some, erm, ‘music’.

Quick note about the track: All the guitars are recorded throughout use exactly the same amp and pedal settings; cab, mic, mic pre and EQ treatment. The levels are set exactly the same in the mix too.
There are four guitars in the track towards the end – sorry I managed to not video one of them! (It’s the little button with the red dot on, for future reference.)

Enjoy the episode!

The new pickups are Lollar P-90 Soapbar.

Pedals in this episode
• Thorpy Warthog
UK & Europe:

• Dan Drive Tweedy 5E8-A
Try instagram: @dandrivepedal or ATB Guitars in the UK:

• Analogman / Maxon OD-9 with Bad Bob Booster

• JAM Pedals Delay Llama Xtreme
UK & Europe:

• Supro Tremolo
UK & Europe:

Guitars & amp
• 2002 PRS McCarty Soapbar
• Collings 290 DCS (with Lollar Dogear P90)
• Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature with Two-Rock 212 cab / TR 1265B speakers

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Welcome – what are we doing here?: 00:00
- The problem is the pickups: 02:00
- My fave P90 guitar: 02:43
- Sounds, pre-pickup swap: 03:45
- Ooh – Dan Drive Tweedy! 05:25
- Clean with tremolo: 08:15
- Original neck pickup sounds: 09:36
- Post playing thoughts, old pickups: 12:49
- Wiring diagram?: 14:50
- Pickup swap begins: 17:48
- Comparing the old and new pickups visually: 18:25
- The covers don’t fit: 19:22
- DC resistances: 21:40
- Mounting the new pickups: 24:05
- Making a template for the cavity wiring: 24:51
- Pots values? 26:55
- Wiring progress: 27:34
- Wiring harness almost finished: 28:44
- Putting the harness in the guitar: 31:10
- Does it work?: 32:35
- New covers! Damian to the rescue: 36:10
- Wiring finished: 38:05
- Sounds with new pickups: 37:16
- All pickups in a track: 46:13
- Closing thoughts: 48:55

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