Darth Paul, my customized PRS S2 Standard 22

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  1. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    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:
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    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!

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    I installed only 3 springs for softer action and pronounced flutters and etc.
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    I got this guitar used. So, it has battle scars. I like guitars with a story than a brand new guitar.
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    #1 littlebadboy, Feb 16, 2020
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  2. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Congratulations on finishing. That is one badass hunk of wood.
     
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  3. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Great project and sweet result!!!


    so...what's next?
     
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  4. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Where’s the Hella-Like button? Meh, I’m pushing it anyway!
     
  5. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Thank you @Alnus Rubra for the nick stage name!

    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!
     
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  6. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Hey thanks! I hella-love how it turned out too! The tone coming out of it is stellar! The circuit designer did great!
     
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  7. Creag

    Creag We dance on the strings

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    Awesome! Looks and, I bet it sounds, great!
     
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  8. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    I just realized that I was not able to include a front pic of the Mann bridge. I added up in the first post.
     
  9. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    That’s cool af
     
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  10. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Project well done! Looks great
     
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  11. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    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 ;)
     
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  12. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid Other Alan!

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    Killer setup! I love the appointments!
     
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  13. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Oh my God! Stop giving me GAS project ideas! My wallet is already dry!
     
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  14. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Oops!:oops:






















    Sorry! Not sorry :p
     
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  15. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Nice work!
     
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  16. bodia

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

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    Yeah, man! Killer project with bada$$ results!
     
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  17. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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

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  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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

    John Mann olslowhand
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    Great job... sweet guitar!
     
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  20. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Thanks! Sir, if I may ask, why is the Mann trem arm shorter than the import?
     

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