Lessons Learned - US Parts on SE

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by MichaelS, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Lee B.

    Lee B. I stitch my wings and pull the strings.

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    This. I permanently mount my straps under the stock flanges using rubber strap blocks to make sure my suede strap doesn't find a way to wiggle off.
     
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  2. LTigh

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    It were more experimentation than anything else, but I went with the Mann bridge upgrade kit-- basically replaces everything on the bridge except for the plate and comes with all the new mounting hardware. Everything went in pretty damn smooth, and it's the best thing I ever did for my Orianthi. Maybe John Mann designed it that way for the upgrade kit, but there were no issues with the mounting hardware.

    It's about $75 less than a NOS 2000 and gets you about 99% of the way there.

    May think about trying to find another Orianthi and doing a NOS 2000 install just to compare, Imma little weird like that.

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  3. MichaelS

    MichaelS Jam. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

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    I prefer the bar of either PRS or full MannMade trems compared to the SE bar...
     
  4. LTigh

    LTigh New Member

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    Okay, slight update, thanks to some promo e-mailed from John Mann:

    They're now making a direct retro-fit bridge for the CE, S2, and SE called the #2040.

    Only difference is the metric measurements and it's a 2- piece brass bridge rather than a one piece like the 2000.

    Currently on NAMM special pricing for $175 (regularly $200).

    https://store.guitarvaultusa.com/mo...annMade_PRS_Vibrato_Gen_II_Bridge_p/2040.htm=

    EDIT:. Also looks like they're offering their CEs with a free install/upgrade of the MANN bridge for a limited time, meaning that you get the new bridge and installation free with the purchase of a CE.

    So's if you always wanted that new-school CE but we're put off by the filthy foreign bridge, here's your chance to get one with a MURIKA bridge at no extra cost.

    Thus endeth the PSA.
     
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  5. MichaelG

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    Oh man, that's a beauty :) What Seymour Duncan's do you have in that?
     
  6. Fro

    Fro New Member

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    I’ve installed two Mannmade 2000 trems on two different CE24s without any problems. I’m not sure if there is a tone difference but the tuning stability was noticeable.
     
  7. oldjock

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    great job Michael. How did you find the wider string spacing? Looks like the high e is quite a bit closer to the edge.
     
  8. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm aCk!!! Thbfftt!!! :P

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    I ended up biting the bullet and installing the MannMade trems on my Orianthi, a CE24, and a project guitar...
    They are like butter! Definite tonal improvements!!! Both of these guitars (CE & Orianthi) have custom Pure Wound www.Zhangbucker.com pickups in them.

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  9. tonytester

    tonytester PIC YOUR STRINGS WISELY

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  10. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I’m sure you know this anyway, but a little candle wax on the bridge screws may have helped to prevent breakage.

    It’s an old trick I learnt from a friend.
     
  11. andypiggins

    andypiggins New Member

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    Some really useful tips here - thanks everyone!
     

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