Darth Paul, my customized PRS S2 Standard 22

littlebadboy

New Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2017
Messages
626
I know this was posted before in another thread. But, this is it... the final version and finally done!

A friend of mine and I were working on this mod project. The goal was to spec it out to my liking. The PRS S2 series is a guitar line wherein the body was made alongside their core series stateside but outfitted with overseas electronics and other hardware.

Presenting "Darth Paul", a modified PRS S2 Standard 22 in satin black.

This was its stock form:

It now has the following:
DiMarzio D-Activator X bridge and neck
Schaller Megaswitch "T"
Emerson Pro CTS 1meg volume pot
C&K USA DPDT Mini Toggle Switches
Geesatis Open Black Humbucker Covers
CTS 250k SPST Split Shaft Push/Pull Pot
Pure Tone Jack (double contact)
PRS/Mann Vibrato Bridge (black nickel bridge with plain nickel saddles)
Custom anodized look pickguard by WD Music Instruments, Inc.
Ebony tuner buttons

The Pure Tone jack has a different "feel" than a Switchcraft jack when putting the 1/4" cord plug into it. It has a very solid double "click" because of its design, as opposed to the normal single "click" of a Switchcraft jack.
The Schaller Megaswitch operates like a normal 3 way switch... rearward is the bridge p/u, middle position is both p/u's and frontwards is the neck pickup.

It has 2 mini toggles, the front switch is for the neck p/u, and the rear switch is for the bridge p/u. In the "downward" positions, the pickups are in series. In the upward positions, the pickups are in parallel. They give the guitar tremendous control over the guitars overall tone depending on what position the switches are set to, and what the Megaswitch is set to.

The tone control is normally out of the circuit. It is engaged when you pull the tone knob up. It is a 250k CTS pot with a .01uF CRL ceramic disc cap. It will give a clean tone, an overdriven "blues" tone, or a high gain tone. It will have the full potential of the p/u's output when the tone knob is "down" in its normal position, since the tone pot and cap are disengaged in that position.

The volume pot is a 1 meg . This will result in the most output the pickups are able to produce, short of wiring them directly to the jack! It also has a treble bleed circuit, with a 220k resistor and a .006uF cap wired in parallel.

It has PRS/Mann Vibrato Bridge in black nickel bridge, but I opted for the plain nickel saddles. The original Mann trem arm was also in black nickel but was too short for my liking. So, I used the original overseas trem arm in shiny chrome. I am still waiting for Roxanne at @John Mann 's to let me know if they can bend me a longer arm.

This is it! This should be the end of my GAS. Thank you so much to Dr.**** who patiently designed and built the electronics!

























I installed only 3 springs for softer action and pronounced flutters and etc.






I got this guitar used. So, it has battle scars. I like guitars with a story than a brand new guitar.


 
Last edited:

littlebadboy

New Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2017
Messages
626
Thank you @Alnus Rubra for the nick stage name!

Great project and sweet result!!!


so...what's next?

Thanks!

What's next... been thinking if there's a better nut. And... I think I'm going to bevell that back trem string cover. It's starting to annoy me. Probably, a custom truss rod cover.

Then... a demo coming soon!
 

littlebadboy

New Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2017
Messages
626
I just realized that I was not able to include a front pic of the Mann bridge. I added up in the first post.
 

Alnus Rubra

Loving nature’s wonders
Joined
Oct 17, 2017
Messages
17,108
Location
Scotland
Hey @littlebadboy when is your Kylo-Ten top arriving? Black burst finish with black/red uncovered HBs, red pickguard and clear/black lampshades. Red strings like the coloured ones that Howard Leese uses!

Just saying ;)
 
Last edited:

littlebadboy

New Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2017
Messages
626
Hey @littlebadboy when is your Kylo-Ten top arriving? Black burst finish with black/red uncovered HBs, red pickguard and clear/black lampshades. Red strings like the coloured ones that Howard Leese uses!

Just saying ;)
Since you made me think about a Kylo Ren guitar, I think I already have a prospect in my stable. It's not a PRSi though... it's an Ibanez RGIB6 baritone.

Small picture because it's not a PRSi...

710x528_16962035_7972193_1481908253.jpg


Perhaps just changing to a red knob should do it...

s-l500.jpg
 

Alnus Rubra

Loving nature’s wonders
Joined
Oct 17, 2017
Messages
17,108
Location
Scotland
Since you made me think about a Kylo Ren guitar, I think I already have a prospect in my stable. It's not a PRSi though... it's an Ibanez RGIB6 baritone.

Small picture because it's not a PRSi...

710x528_16962035_7972193_1481908253.jpg


Perhaps just changing to a red knob should do it...

s-l500.jpg

But in your heart you’ll know it’s not really a Kylo-Ten top! ;):p
 
Top