Paul Explains PRS Pickups and The Release of the New 85/15 & 58/15 Designs

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<p>PRS Pickups</p>

In this blog you can learn more about PRS pickups, their history, and our desire to continually improve. Also, watch Paul explain some of our philosophies in a video!

Recently, an article was released from the folks at Guitar Player Magazine. The article titled, “The 33 Biggest Innovations in Pickup Design” named PRS guitars as an innovator for our 1985 Standard Treble and Bass Pickups. We are obviously proud of our past innovations, but part of our company’s philosophy is to never stop improving. This year we released our latest pickup design, the 85/15 & 58/15 pickups. The 85/15 pickups take our 1985 pickup design and update it with the things we’ve learned over the past 30 years of research and development.

Paul Reed Smith has this to say about the recent accolade from Guitar Player, “Thanks to everyone at Guitar Player magazine for naming PRS’s Standard Treble and Bass Pickups as one of the 33 biggest pickup design innovations. I am honored.” Smith added, “The Standard Treble and Bass pickups from 1985 were more about the special wiring to get different sounds and the beginnings of getting single-coil tones from a humbucker. We’ve learned a lot since then, and I believe we’ve done a very good job advancing the art into modern and vintage sounds, and greatly refining single-coil sounds all out of hum-canceling pickups.”


In the video below, Paul briefly walks us through the past PRS pickups and explains a bit more about our latest designs.

The new 85/15 pickups can be found on the following Core models:

30th Anniversary Custom 24

The new 58/15 pickups can be found on the following Core models:


SC 245


P245 Semi-Hollow

58/15 Limited Run

Comments (22)

Aaron April 13, 2018 - 10:56am
Are you able to tell me what the wiring color codes are for the SE 85/15 humbucking pickups? I was given an SE Custom 24 to rewire. (1) vol, (1) tone - push/pull coil split.
[email protected] January 08, 2018 - 10:52am
Hey Nicky, TM indicates "Trademark."
Nicky December 30, 2017 - 6:35pm
What does the TM indicate....? As in 8515TM
liam November 14, 2017 - 7:02am
ok, my guitar completely baffles me, i have the 58/15's on a custom 24 with a 5way switch. i cant find any other guitar like mine other than others like mine been sold lol.
Barry November 10, 2017 - 1:32am
I bought a new 594 about 6 months ago, love the guitar but not the LT version of the 85/15. Recently played a Custom 24 that had 58/15 regular and loved it. Is it possible to send my LT ones back and replace them with regular 85/15 or 58/15’s?????
David Richardson September 28, 2017 - 11:19am
So my 2016 S2 Custom 24 has the new pickups?
James June 27, 2017 - 9:18am
Bought a new JA-15. Use 11 flats. The 6th string is way too boomy relative to the other five strings. Not real pleased yet about the balance of sound on this guitar. Any suggestions?
Stefan Kozlowski May 08, 2017 - 8:44am
I just bought a 2015 Custom 22 with 5815 pickups and I noticed that the covers actually have the inscription "58/15TM" written on them. I've read about the low turn versions versions and the designation "LT" but I'm wondering what the "TM" on mine stands for.? Thanks, Stefan
Michael April 10, 2017 - 12:59pm
yes, a pickup guide would be great! 85/15 Treble seems VERY glassy on my CE24 standard satin. was hoping for a little more punch. even the Santana on my Core Signature has more 'umpf'. I guess the wood on that one helps too. Bass is fine, but looking for something else in treble and can't figure out whether HFS, \m/, or Tremonti is what I'm looking for... can the covers come off an \m/?
Tucson Thump March 11, 2017 - 8:42pm
What is the difference in sound between the new 85/15 pickups and the originals I have in my 1985 standard?
[email protected] February 07, 2017 - 4:46pm
Hey Herb, the team is still working on it! However, you can contact our customer service with specific questions. If you are looking for something specific in tone they can help point you in the right direction! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Herb Fried February 05, 2017 - 12:58am
I'm a Strat guy new to the PRS world. On 9.20.2016 Hunter said ~we're working on a pickup guide. Did it get done and where can I find/buy it? Thanks, Herb
[email protected] December 19, 2016 - 12:37pm
Hey Brian, only a few of our pickup models are sold individually, copy and paste this into your browser to take a look: [url=][/url]
[email protected] December 19, 2016 - 12:36pm
Hey Jason, contact our customer service department to see what's possible: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Brian Auer December 18, 2016 - 6:47am
Hi Guys! I purchased a SE model. Love the sound and guitar plays great but my hands are too big for your cutaway. So, rather than chopping the horn off, I want to put those pickups in my LTD. Where can I buy them?
Jason Read December 17, 2016 - 9:46pm
Can the 85/15 "S" pick ups in the S2s be wired to a 5-way switch like tbe Cores?
[email protected] November 21, 2016 - 2:02pm
Hey Yuka, yes, many models in the SE/S2 lineup are fitted with the new 85/15 "S" pickups. They are designed by PRS and built by our partner manufacturer overseas. The original 85/15 & 58/15 designs are built in our USA shop.
Yuka Tan November 18, 2016 - 9:55am
I just saw the news that the 2017 S2 line will get the new 85/15 "s" pickups. Are these the same pickups as on the new SE range, and can you tell us where they are made?
[email protected] October 13, 2016 - 12:22pm
Hey Chip, at the moment you can get 85/15's in our Custom 24, P24, and CE24 models!
Chip Howley October 11, 2016 - 3:39pm
Which guitars have the 85/15 p ups?
[email protected] September 20, 2016 - 4:06pm
Hey Mike, great questions! We're working on a guide to help customers understand our pickups better, but in the meantime you can ask specific questions to our customer service folks! You can reach them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you're looking specifically for Pattern Thin necks, check out our "Floyd" models which come standard with thinner necks!
Mike Grieco September 16, 2016 - 2:02pm
What is the difference in tone you can expect from the 57/08 pickups and the Mark Tremonti, Neal Schon, and Dave Grissom guitars? Also what model PRS other than Mark Tremonti's guitar have the Pattern Thin necks? I have small hands and have a hard time playing fat necks like Les Paul's. Have a great weekend. Mike

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