PRS Dragon II Treble Humbucker Review

Something different today at GAS, a pickup review! I must admit, like a lot of guitarists, I love pickups and tinkering with them to achieve ‘that sound‘.

PRS Dragon II Treble Humbucker Review Underside

PRS Dragon II Treble Humbucker Review Underside

Now today we’re checking out the PRS Dragon II Treble, which is fully made in the USA with ‘PRS USA‘ embossed underneath the pickup. This particular pickup has the chrome/nickel cover, you can also get them with a Gold plated cover.

Now I won’t waffle needlessly so I will get right into it, Firstly I tested this out on a Gold-top MIJ Orville Les Paul with a mahogany body, so a typically darker toned guitar which will of course color the tone coming through the pickup.

This pickup was in the bridge position for this review and the guitar was strung with the standard 10 – 46 gauge strings.

There is a video below that has Darren, our resident Guitar GAS guitarist showing the features of this PUP., make sure you check it out.

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OK, so whenever I’m trying out something new, I always start out on a clean tone and play for at least 15 minutes so I can hear the dynamics and response of the gear without anything influencing the sound.

My initial impression of the PRS Dragon II Treble Humbucker is that on clean it was a little bit dull and lacking some dynamics. However I do realize that a bridge position humbucker on a Les Paul can be a little dry and its strength is not the clean in this position.

But let’s click my Big White Monkey TS808 clone OD pedal into action and Whoa!!! Here we go!! Sweet, Screamin, Lovely Full and Rich Fat Arsed sustained lead tone. Very clear and articulate, hence the title ‘Dragon Treble‘ (I keep wanting to say ‘Dragon-balls’ as I am grossly immature for 38). The┬áPRS Dragon II Treble has a lovely balance of mids and treble (but not in an icepick way) which works perfectly with high gain applications.

Here’s the video I promised earlier, most of the time Darren is using the PRS Dragon II Treble, but he also switches between the middle and neck, which is a Gibson BurstBucker No1 Humbucker Pickup.


So in summary (told you I would be short n sweet!) this pickup is a great bridge choice for killer OD and distortion tones.

Distorted chords were clear and ‘Open‘ sounding, no mush or fizz. Just right! I suspect that on a PRS or a less ‘darker‘ sounding guitar the cleans may be a different story, but if you want a great humbucker clean then switch to a great neck humbucker, such as a Gibson BurstBucker No1 Humbucker Pickup.

PEACE TO ALL.

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Born in Brisbane I am a bedroom guitar player, although having played in front of churches (tough crowd!!) for quite a few years so some understanding of band dynamics, timing, gear (private use compared to public use) and melodic structure, instrumental breaks (okay leather pants solos....) and of course amps! Besides from my love of guitar and the G.A.S that goes with it (hey email me I am always offloading gear!! lol) I love languages, and can converse in basic Japanese, and study biblical Greek. I live in Logan with my young family (so not heaps of time at the moment) and will be contributing gear reviews based on a lot of gear I have or still currently have.

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