Lots of new parts... but no guitar to work on!

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  1. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    No idea...
    A number of years ago, I bought an Ibanez Premium. I didn't like the tremolo on it, so I had a local guy swap it out for a Floyd (ended-up hating that too).
    I suspect it took him about four hours, as it required a bit of routing, and he charged me $450.00

    Based on that; I would estimate that around 100 bucks an hour, times 4 hours to do the work I'm proposing... probably 400 - 500 bucks in labor.

    It was the above scenario (paying $450 to still not be satisfied) that annoyed me, to the point where I went online and started learning everything I could about rebuilding guitars.

    Since then, I've modified every guitar I've bought... It's much less intimidating, once you've done a couple.
    I would also caveat this, by saying; I have an electrical background... so that helps.
     
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  2. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    I was just going to ask how you planned to do it. Play it for a while, then do mods one or two at a time to see the changes, or just tear it down and rebuild as soon as you get it.

    Should be really nice. Enjoy!
     
  3. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    This.
    I've got the goods... I'm just going for it!

    Ideally, if I could have ordered the guitar without the parts (just wood), I would have done that.
    But PRS sells guitars... not parts of guitars.
     
  4. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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  5. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    Sounds like fun!
     
  6. CVS

    CVS Not so new member

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    Thanks - just trying to figure out if it makes sense for someone like me (I barely know a wrench from a screwdriver & have zero electrical background) to do what you did with the exception that I would have someone else do all the labor
     
  7. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump New Member

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    This must be the limbo space that is between air guitar and the real thing.
     
  8. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    If you live in Canada, I could help... I actually enjoy doing this kind of thing in my spare time (of which I have little).
     
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  9. gush

    gush New Member

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    I am happy for you ! Very cool project indeed.

    I got parts coming for a project I've been sitting on for quite a while.

    Torero is getting ALL USA wiring. Just not sure which pickups to put in it.
    T and B reissues
    Dragon 1s
    Hfs/VB
    5708s
    5909s
    5310s

    I have all of these pickups in my drawer plus 8515s that won't work with 5 way.
     
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  10. gush

    gush New Member

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    You COULD do all the parts removal yourself and pay somebody to put it back together. Save some labor costs that way and you get to really see what your guitar is made of.
     
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  11. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    I’d probably go with the D I’s.

    I’ve been scoping out a few white torero’s for nothing more than looks.
     
  12. gush

    gush New Member

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    The Torero will satisf my floyd urge plus I like the neck through design and ebony board. Mine is a nice red color.
     
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  13. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    “Don’t call 911 folks, next time your house is burglarised, call Sergio-Pro”!

    There’s so many you tube instruction videos out there, you could have a go at a simple mod to begin with, to get some confidence and go on from there.

    Happy modding!:eek:
     
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  14. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    Fffaaaaa.... Just got an email from the Guitar Shop.
    The Tremonti SE that I ordered was damaged in shipping.
    The replacement, won't arrive until late February!
     
  15. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Can’t bring myself to like your post, because it’s like I’m mocking you!

    I can’t find any words to quell your pain!!

    At least 7 minutes and 18 seconds of pain will subside watching this song and it’s aptly named “Pretending”!!

     
  16. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    I feel like I should be offended by this... but I don't fully understand what you're saying here.
     
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  17. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    No offence meant!

    The track is cool and was supposed to take your attention away from the wait for your new guitar, if only for a short while.

    Ironically the track is titled Pretending, which is what I would be doing if I was waiting, pretending I didn’t care, even though I did.

    Hopefully your new Tremonti arrives soon and you can get to work and enjoy her.
     
  18. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    Argh!
     
  19. bodia

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

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    Sux!
     
  20. bodia

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

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    Hmmm....70th birthday for Clapton was 2 years ago. I don't think I've seen anything with Mayer playing a NF loaded guitar. I might be wrong about that.
     

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