Anchored are getting ready to take 2012 by storm with their new album Listen To This (Trynd Music/EMI) which hits stores on January 24th. Guitarist Joel Estes gave PureGrainAudio some of this time to discuss his use of PRS Guitars. Read on to learn more about this piece of gear.

What one piece of equipment do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Joel: It has to be my PRS guitars. I haven’t found a PRS guitar yet that doesn’t feel and play amazing, so I change my tones with the pickups. I use the Tremonti pickups for most of our songs, and the 57/08’s on a few as well.

What about it makes it so important to you?
Joel: The clarity in tone from each set of those pickups is great. I drive the bass pretty heavy from my amps, so I need pickups that can still voice the notes well with a thick distortion tone.

What are the major pros and cons?
Joel: I can’t complain, I love both pickups for the wide tonal range they give me. I don’t have to carry many guitars on the road with me because two can handle whatever I need.

How long have you used this piece of equipment and would you ever change it?
Joel: I’ve been using this pickup arrangement for about two years now. I’ll only change them if we write something that needs a sound I can’t create with what I’m using.

Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Joel: It took me a long time to get good quality gear like my PRS guitars, and they make an unbelievable difference in playing, tone, feel, and look. I love my guitars.

Check out the song: “Savior”