Great post. Anything PRS I’m game for jumping into. They are simply amazing guitars.
You inspired me to create a taste test for the Dual Sound in the middle versus in the neck and my conclusions are not what I expected.
Check out these two sound clips:http://soundcloud.com/james-tuer/dual-s ... kup-in-the
This soundclip is my modified PRS Torero in the neck position, single coil mode with a Wald Electronics preamp (UGB). The neck pup is a Dual Sound. The fretboard is ebony. The Torero is a 25.5" scale through neck guitar. The longer neck makes it more "snappy" as Trey Anastasio would say, or more glassy and less fat than a 25" standard PRS scale neck. Compare it to the PRS CU22 soundclip where the Dual Sound is closer to the bridge (middle position). This one is brighter and crisper, while the CU22 Dual Sound is fatter and softer. You would think it would be the opposite.http://soundcloud.com/james-tuer/dual-s ... n-the-neck
This soundclip is my modified PRS CU22 in the middle position, single coil mode with a Wald Electronics preamp (UGB). Compare it to the PRS Torero soundclip where the Dual Sound is further from the bridge. This one is softer and fatter, while the Torero Dual Sound is crisper and brighter with a touch more bite. You would think it would be the opposite.
I think the neck scale has more impact on the tone in these to guitars than the location of the Dual Sound but I think you can also get a great Jerry tone out of either pick-up location. If you want it brighter in the neck position just crank your tone pot to 10. I find I play at 10 more often than not and I’m sure Jerry probably did as well. Not that I sound like Jerry, nor really know what I’m doing!
I checked out one of your Eyes of the World videos from when you first got your Ultra rig. You guys really can rock! Great vocals as well.
If I was in your shoes I’d go for three pick-ups, put a PAF style PRS in the bridge, a Super 2 in the middle and a comparable PRS in the neck. Then you would have everything! My CU22 with a similar layout offers me so much more access to different sounds than my Torero, which feels like as you say, a one trick pony. I play both, a lot, so I’ve got the best of both worlds.