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    Any HB owners tried Martin Retro strings?

    Martin Retro acoustic strings have a nickel-copper (Monel) wrap as opposed to the phosphor bronze wrap on more common acoustic strings. This should give it better plugged in performance than acoustic strings. Monel is also one of the best materials for salt water corrosion protection. And...
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    A surprise NGD?!

    This was on my doorstep when I came home today (SE HBII) - I don’t know why or how, it was a total surprise. I’ll share the details if/when I get them. There was that card that says ’…it’s a new instrument but we hope it soon feels like an old t-shirt.‘ When I picked this thing up I started...
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    NGD 1.1!!

    Unfortunately or fortunately my first guitar had to go back, and PRS decided it should be replaced. This new guitar just feels SO solid, yet SO resonant and with such magical sustain - it has this really elegant gentle taper that never seems to end. Oh yeah, and it’s got PTC installed 57/08s...
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    Warranty support - need advice

    I’ve been having some issues with my SE Hollowbody Piezo. Most of it is minor, and since I live on an island and bought it online, I figured I would address it myself, and I’m extremely detail oriented and do quality work, and trust myself way more than any luthier on this island (that I know...
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    Somebody PLEASE buy this!

    A nice, used Hollowbody I for $2500 - seems like a good deal! No birds, no fancy finish, single piece back and sides... but I bet it plays and sounds like a dream. If only I saw it a year ago, before buying 2 kits, building supplies, then the SE HB II.... For the same money I could own what I...
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    Piezo potentiometer values? PRS replacements?

    Do the core Piezo guitars use a standard 500K log/audio volume pot? And what is the piezo volume/blend pot value? I want to upgrade my SE Piezo with better pots. I found my guitar has a B500K magnetic volume pot which is really bizarre. Is it possible to get the Piezo volume pot from PTC...
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    SE Hollowbody Piezo Electronics/Wiring Thread

    I just started working on the electronics of my SE HB Piezo. I’ll post some pics and stuff but wanted to ask if there’s anything specific people want to see or know. I’m not great at organizing threads and pics but I’ll do my best. I’m totally open to mods or anyone else editing this if it turns...
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    PRS classic strings play heavy?

    My SE HB piezo came with PRS 10’s. When replacing I’ve tried DR, PRS, and D’Addario, all 10’s. The PRS is always louder and plays heavier - I get used to the PRS strings and I can hardly play the others, although the DR and D’Addario are way easier to bend. What gives? And I’m not complaining...
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    Error in Custom 22 Piezo (P22, P24) Schematic?

    I noticed the schematic shows the red switch output (hot side) going to the tone pot, but the verbiage says “Red (hot) wire to volume pot first leg.” It also says “Solder neck pickup harness shielding to volume pot casing” but is pointing to the tone pot...
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    Register your new guitar!

    Just a friendly reminder that we have 30 days to register a new guitar, and apparently there’s a lifetime warranty, even for SE models?! At the time of this posting there’s even a free gift when you register (90 days’ use of instructional videos.) I have a receipt, tags, a tool, and business...
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    SE HB Bridge post lean - excessive? (No!)

    (Edit: This is an illusion created by the curvature of the top. The bridge is parallel to the strings and flat part of the top. See below.) I was doing a string change and noticed posts are leaning forward a bit. The guitar is a month old. It's not the bridge leaning inside the post space, it's...
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    Understanding noise

    I've got a little noise in my system that I'm trying to understand and mitigate if possible. Guitar is SE Hollowbody II Piezo, using MAG output to Effectrode Blackbird preamp, and headphones from the preamp. I believe I have 60hz 'hum' as well as a 'buzz'. Both noises go away when I roll down...
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    1st PRS: SE Hollowbody II Piezo in Peacock Blue Smokeburst

    I posted about this in the Hollowbody thread, but considering I've been wishing for a PRS SE (full) Hollowbody for 20 years, and I'm thrilled to be part of this community, I felt it deserved it's own NGD thread :) It came from Willcutt Guitars (PRS Signature Dealer) and I highly recommend them...
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    Luthier recommendation for neck shaping and refinishing (PTC not an option)

    I'm interested in having an SE Hollowbody neck thinned out and refinished, and PTC isn't doing that kind of work in the foreseeable future. I got one very acceptable quote from a quality luthier, but also read that working with him from far away can be risky. So I'm interested in getting a few...
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    SE Piezo wiring question: push/pull with outside coils in series

    I know there’s not much info out yet on these guitars. PRS doesn’t have a schematic on their site yet but I sent an email asking about it. I was wondering if anyone has any idea if I’d be able to wire in a push/pull pot so I can drop a coil from each humbucker and put them in series with each...
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    SE Hollowbody Standard vs Piezo, buying online

    I got to play an SE Hollowbody Standard for like 2 minutes in the store, unplugged. I’m interested in the Piezo and wondering if they pretty much feel and play the same? I don’t like buying a guitar w/o being able to play it first, but I’m on an island that’s in complete lockdown so I don’t...
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