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Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by slev, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. slev

    slev New Member

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    What have you guys done to your favorite SE? I've got Dragon IIs in my SE Custom Semi-hollow that may be coming out for some Starla pickups, not sure yet. Anyone upgraded their tuners? What type?
     
  2. Danerada

    Danerada Goatee Practitioner

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    I have a PRS US nut on my PRS SE EG as well as Starla pups in her. I have Phase II locking tuners on it as well.

    I have put a Tusq nut on my BMSE an will be experimenting with RP pups, then a 5909 in the bridge...fun fun fun.
     
  3. Will Chen

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    Still experimenting with pups, but I've got the neck pretty much nailed down to a custom wind I had done for me. I pulled the tone pot and substituted in a 9-Way rotary switch for the tone control with a full bypass option. Its been kinda cool, but I find myself really only using 3 positions so will probably swap it out at some point. really want to get my hands on an SE One and mod it into an SE Three! You can read about the tone control mod here: http://forum.frugalguitarist.com/yaf_po ... hread.aspx
     
  4. slev

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    Swapped out the pickups for TV Jones Classics and changed out the pots, cap and wiring with a RS Kit in my Bigsby equipped Silver Sparkle Semi Hollow SE.
     
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    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Super turbo SE ONE!
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  8. Dan-d-1985

    Dan-d-1985 New Member

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    Hans, that looks cool as hell!

    Don't suppose you could point out what some of the changes were such as what the new bridge is?
     
  9. slev

    slev New Member

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    Now that's an SE Mod! Love the neck and did you move the tone and volume pots?
     
  10. Danerada

    Danerada Goatee Practitioner

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    they are completely different animals than Dragon II's. I think they are some of the best pups PRS makes. They do sweet cleans, chime, and serious rock. I absolutely love these pickups....
     
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    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    I did. In fact if you look at both pics of the top you'll notice that I moved them twice. In the first iteration, the two pots were too close to one another.

    The pickup is the legendary (at least in my head) PRS Deep Dish 2.
     
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  12. MichaelSaulnier

    MichaelSaulnier New Member

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    Of the 4 PRS SE guitars in my hands... two have mods... both new pups.

    On the Tremonti SE I have a set of McCarty pups. This was a huge change in this guitar... it's now much more of a blues/rock machine rather than a rock machine. That's good for the material I'm doing now. The clean neck pup is so sweet, the other members of my jazz combo complain when I don't bring it... even over my DGT.

    I also picked up a used SE Custom Semi-hollow soapbar that was modified by the previous owner. He put in a set of Fralin noiseless P-90 pups and that guitar really SINGS! It's become another favorite and competes for playing time with my US PRS and other guitars.

    I have two "un-modded" PRS SE's... a singlecut trem, and a singlecut soapbar. Neither one is really crying out for a mod... both are very fun as is... and still great sounding.

    M
     
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  13. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    If I'm buying a less expensive guitar like a PRS SE I'm basically thinking about the mods I'm going to do to it the moment I pay for it.

    But I have to say this, my 03 Santana SE, I returned to stock in order to sell it to fund another purchase. Nobody bought it. I'm really happy nobody bought it, because factory stock, with the exception of a replacement volume pot, it's just a great guitar all around. It plays amazingly. If you blindfolded me and put the neck of my favorite guitar ever, my 05 Custom 22 in my left hand, then put this Santana SE in my left hand, and asked me based on feel which was which, I honestly couldn't tell you. The neck carves and low action are virtually identical. The stock pickups are clear and have the right amount of output for my tastes. It's super light weight and I like the neck binding and pickguard.
     
  14. CharlieFoxtrot

    CharlieFoxtrot New Member

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    SE 245:
    US PRS nut
    Schaller locking tuners
    DiMarzio 36th Anny pups
    Schroeder Adjustable Stoptail - TonePros metric locking studs
    Switchcratf jack and 3-way switch
    10% CTS pots and PIO caps
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    SE Standard:
    bone nut
    Schaller locking tuners
    Bare Knuckle matched set "The Mule"
    Tremel-no
    Switchcraft jack and 3-way switch
    RS Guitar Works Super pots PIO cap (two volume one master tone)
    two mini toggles on/on/on for series-humbucker/split-coil/parallel-humbucker
     
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  15. slev

    slev New Member

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    Looks like a lot of you replaced the nut. I've been relatively happy with the stock nut on the SEs that I've owned. What was the the driver for changing the nut?

    Also, have a chance to put McCarty's in my Semi-hollow. Any thoughts on the potential tone that would give me?
     
  16. gag halfrunt

    gag halfrunt Big Bad Bill

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    Locking tuners, petrified woolly mammoth tusk nut, TRC.

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  17. gag halfrunt

    gag halfrunt Big Bad Bill

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    Clear/Black lampshades, Anderson H1/H3 pickups, coil taps.

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  18. Hopeful Sinner

    Hopeful Sinner Angry Southern Gentleman

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    2011 Santana SE
    PRS McCarty P'ups
    PRS McCarty Switching Upgrade
    Amber Lampshade Knobs
    PRS U.S. Nut
    Brazzy TRC
    Phase II Tuners
     
  19. MykeWright

    MykeWright Bridge constructor

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    As my buddy Evil Mike is not a member over here yet, I'll post this one that I whacked for him.

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  20. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    Nicely done, Mike!
     

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