Hans' Standard Mods: Stoptail & Trem Bridges

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  1. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    I see a lot of posts lately asking about common mods for PRS guitars so I thought I'd share my thoughts. While I am never a fan of making modifications to a guitar unless they improve the instrument for MY needs/tastes, there is certainly some benefit to sharing what we've done, how we've done it, and the results of the mods we've made so others can make more informed decisions. To that end, I offer you the first two of four modifications I make to almost every PRS I own. One mod is for the stoptail bridge and the other is for the trem bridge.

    It is fair to say that I detest sharp edges on a guitar. My style includes a lot funky licks and palm-muting so the heel of my right hand is grinding on the bridge in one way or another most of the time. I immediately notice any sharp edge(s) on a bridge. Such is the case with the end of stoptail bridges - just above the upper bridge stud.

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    To resolve this, all you need is a hobby filing kit and a set of micro mesh pads (3,000-12,000 grit). First, get rid of those evil sharp edges, but just those that extend past the top of the bridge stud.

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    Then get after it with your Micro-Mesh, starting at 1,500 or 3,000 grit until you finish with 12,000 grit. The finished product will look something like this.

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    When you reinstall the bridge with new strings, it will look like this. You'll wonder why you didn't make this mod years ago.

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    I make a similar change to every tremolo bridge. Note the corner of the low 'E' saddle (against the trem) relative to the corners of the 'A' and the 'D' saddle. The photo isn't sharp but you get the idea. And it's so nice when its done. While you're there, shorten the grub screws by filing down the side under the saddle (if they are not already counter-sunk into the saddle). Those will shred your hand too.

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    Here is a look at the same mod on nickel-plated saddles.

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  2. bodia

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

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    Hmmmmm......that red looks oddly familiar ;)
     
  3. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Nice work Hans!
     
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  4. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    Hey, by the way, I forgot to put the original saddles in the case. Lemme know if you want them and I'll get them in the mail.
     
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  5. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    Dude! That's so simple, it's brilliant! [goes to find angle grinder and hacksaw]

    Sharp edges...wasn't there a Markie mod involving sharp (wood) edges? My mind is going.
     
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    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    Not sure. The Markie Mod is usually where the volume pot is moved further back. He and I once ordered PS guitars that were supposed to have another 'Hans' mod'. That's where the upper-edge of the top of the guitar (forearm area) was a lot less less sharp.
     
  7. bodia

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

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    Will do. I should be good with what’s on there.
     
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  8. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    The mod that I make to my guitars that makes them sound much better is to change the player.
     
  9. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    That was it! I didn't remember that you were involved, too. Makes sense, especially in light of this thread.
     
  10. kipkohl

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    Great mod! Simple and greatly improves comfort/playability.
     
  11. vchizzle

    vchizzle Zomb!e Nine, DFZ

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    Cool stuff! I wouldn’t say I have any that apply to every new guitar. There for awhile, I would yank the tone knob and rewire any 2 knob guitar to have 2 volumes because it’s more useful for me live. I use the neck pickup volume around 4 on my dirty channel a lot as my clean sound then the middle position for moderate gain and full bridge for all out.

    I’ve considered this before.
     
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