I almost broke not one but two PRS guitars

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  1. Casi1

    Casi1 New Member

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    Yep...

    My 408 and my Custom 24 were almost goners last night.

    Or at least it felt that way.

    This is how the tragedy went down:

    It was recommended to me to lower the pickups on my 408 to reduce muddiness. Ok... I figure I can take it to my luthier and pay him $25 for 5 minutes of work OR I can just do it myself. I choose to do it myself. Me and Youtube can do this!

    So I'm turning the lil screw to the left then I'm checking the sound then turning the lil screw. Uh oh... Pickup stopped moving and now screw is sticking up looking all crazy. I turn some more. Bad decision. I play the high E and the most horrible sound comes out of this PRS. Like a hiss / screech. Sounds like a bat out of hell (and not Meatloaf's version). Sad me furiously googles what to do. I end up cutting strings and freeing the pickup and as soon as I did that the pickup just dropped into the guitar.

    :confused:

    The next hour is a blur but I'm sure tequila was involved.

    Next thing I remember is looking at my Custom 24 and my new black pickup rings, thinking once again 'I can pay the luthier or just do it myself'. Guess which one I thought was the best option. Thats right. I take one last glance at my Cu24 and note that from the bass side, the bridge pickup looks SO much taller (closer to strings) than the neck pickup.

    Next thing I know my cream rings are on the floor and I'm getting beat up by four lil springs. I will hate springs for the rest of my life now.

    At least an hour passes and by some miracle, my custom 24 has black rings now. I plug the guitar into my amp and suddenly realize that the guitar doesnt sound the same. It sounded awesome before. Sad me realizes (too late) that the pickup heights are now different than they were before and all I remember is that the bridge pickup was supposed to be A LOT closer to the strings than the neck pickup. My Custom 24 now looks awesome but sounds like shyt.

    :oops:

    I just want somebody to buy me a JM PRStrat to make it all better again. I promise I wont touch the pickups this time.
     
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  2. toothace

    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    DOH!
     
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  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    Taking them to a luthier to get the heights right might be a good Valentines present. You know you’re worth it.
     
  4. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    Basic set up skills are so under rated.... ;)
     
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  5. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Look at it this way...you are learning how to work on your guitars. You won't make that mistake again, and once you finally gete them back to correct, you haven't lost anything.

    There is a set up guide on the website that will tell you how to set the pup height. ;)
     
  6. BWV548

    BWV548 New Member

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    That guitar has become sort of the Macbeth of guitars. Mention it by name, and people get all cranky, crazy, and defensive. Probably best to call it the “SPRS” rather than the whole JM thing. ;-)
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Everyone's missing the point........she got to pound some tequila!
     
  8. Cbouty

    Cbouty Anger is a gift

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    Funny thing is I was thinking recently, how hard can it be to switch out my white rings for some black ones?

    On second thought, The white ones are fine!;)
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I'm a Lady, I do lady things.

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    Yeah, good job keeping your wits about you, most people forget the tequila part.
     
  10. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Pickup acrophobia...
     
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  11. Cocorosa

    Cocorosa New Member

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    Underneath it all I suspect you are too curious about how it works not to have another go at something :) So maybe time to drink some more tequila and learn about pickup heights? You can do it:D
     
  12. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    The PRS rings are a godsend for those pickup height springs. It's much worse with the generic Gibson style rings.

    http://prsguitars.com/csc/setup.html

    Check out the bit on pickup height adjustment to get you back in the ballpark.

    Good call on the tequila. Liquid courage.
     
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  13. TwelfthTangent

    TwelfthTangent Drop D Sonic Assault

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    Whenever I start thinking about changing pickup rings I know it’s time to start saving for another guitar. ;)
     
  14. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Truth!
    Especially since they have the little plastic nubs that hold the spring in place for you.
    I was pleasantly surprised the first time I took the rings off of my PRS
     
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  15. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    You took the words right outta my fingers dude! I wonder if the PRS setup guide reads...Step1. Grab a bottle of tequila. Cause it should!
     
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  16. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    I like where your heads at man!
     
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  17. Casi1

    Casi1 New Member

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    My neighbors probably think I'm insane. You know its bad when you start yelling at the lil innocent springs.

    I may have yelled something like 'SQUISH DOWN YOU LITTLE MOFO!'

    Repeatedly.

    :mad:

    I'm 5'10'' and these tiny 1.5 inch springs kicked my @ss for hours last night.
     
  18. Casi1

    Casi1 New Member

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    The pain and suffering was worth it though:

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  19. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    WOAH! That looks great Casi! See you did it! It looks great AND you got to drink tequila...that's a win, win, win! Kudos!
     
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  20. pennyroyal

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    I thought this was going to be a thread about guitar straps slipping, resulting in broken necks.
     
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