How many of your PRS’ have you modified?

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  1. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs "Hold on to your butts" - Samuel L Jackson

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    And follow-up: Did you buy with the intention of making changes?

    I’m 3 out of 4 modified.

    I looked at the wall and at first wondered why I can’t seem to leave well enough alone. But then I realized I sometimes buy with the idea of what they can become.

    Johnny Hiland: I actually bought this guitar after I found a pair of 53/10 pickups that needed a home. Replaced the 3-way blade with a 5-way for Custom 24 switching. Might still put a MannMade 2000NOS bridge on.

    McCarty AP: I bought this one for the purpose of having a low-tuned guitar. So I knew I’d replace the pickups. Ended up with a 85/15 + \m/ combo. And I already had a MannMade 2300 intonatable bridge waiting for a home as well. Bingo.

    CE-22: This was a cool guitar as-is, but had the potential for much more. So I had the PTC go to work on it. Actually kept the VB/HFS pickups tho. But it got a Floyd, paint job, bass cut switch, and gold hardware.

    McCarty 594: Stock! It’s a Goldtop and the 58/15LTs are perfect, what can I say?

    So where are you on the “spectrum”? *PS and custom spec counts, you just modified it before it was built.
     
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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    15 outta 16? I think? My Santana is the only stock one... for now.

    Edit, no wait, 14 outta 16? Or is it 15 outta 17? IDK... :rolleyes:
     
  3. Tosca

    Tosca Zombie 10, DFZ

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    I’ve significantly modified 7 (not counting strap locks or changing tuners). 2 PS, 2 SE, 3 Core.

    (For a total of 9 additional mini-toggles)
     
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  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    It has to be 15 out of 17 - otherwise you would be out of compliance with the prime directive.
     
  5. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    I've probably modified about 50% of mine. Common "mods" are pickups (obvious), but also tuners (yes, I removed winged tuners; no I didn't get rid of them), gold --> nickel hardware, swapping stoptail bridges (fixed --> adjustable or Paul's style), and even the humbucker-splits on my SAS.

    Also--does it count if I've UN-modified a guitar? A previous owner had installed aftermarket rings that I didn't think "worked" with the look of the guitar; so, I went back to what would've been the stock cream rings & switch tip.
     
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  6. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    One. That God awful Dustie Waring got the pink sparkle paint job and higher quality chrome hardware and 57/08 pickups.
     
  7. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    that pink was great great great.
     
  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    For realz
     
  9. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    one of these days, when i ain't owing $40,000 in taxes. god dammit.
     
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  10. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Pretty sure I’ve modified every single one that I’ve owned
     
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  11. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs "Hold on to your butts" - Samuel L Jackson

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    Actually, didn’t I get that 85/15 and \m/ set for my McCarty from you?
     
  12. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs "Hold on to your butts" - Samuel L Jackson

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    Boy do I remember that one.
     
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  13. Aahzz

    Aahzz Bluebeard Member

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    None, unless you count a pick guard swap or a sticker...
     
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  14. RJK Tech

    RJK Tech New Member

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    none. i don’t think truss rod cover counts.
     
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  15. Gorlag

    Gorlag New Member

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    I have only modified my S2 custom 24. 57/08 in the neck, 59/09 in the bridge, updated bridge and pots. It’s wale blue and I’ve been leavening it in a sunny window to try and get the color to fade it’s a lot brighter.

    I agree with the gentleman above my McCarty 594 is perfect.
     
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  16. Wakester

    Wakester Re Member

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    Lets see...... hmmm.... I have modified

    SECU24 with: wiring harness, nut, locking tuners
    SE245 with: wiring harness, nut, locking tuner, adjustable bridge, and knobs
    SE Santana with: wiring harness and nut
    SE A55E with: Tonewood Pre-Amp/Effects
    SE Hollowbody 2 with: Lampshade Knobs

    The only one that has not been modded is the SE Kestrel.

    Knobs were obviously changed for the aesthetics, everything else was done after playing the guitar, and wanting to take them that extra step to make them more personal to my liking.
     
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  17. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    I guess it depends on the definition. I was on the Fractal Audio Forum this morning and there was a discussion on "relic'ed" guitars, which I think is the best sales job since the Pet Rock. One of the guys responded, knowing me to be a PRS player, that a relic'ed PRS was one with the hang tag removed. If that counted, I'd be a modding fool.

    All of them get strap locks and their own strap, but that's been about it. I am seriously considering changing the pickups in my McCarty Hollowbody (Archtops) to better match the 58/15LTs in the 594 Hollowbody, but that would be the first real mod I've done to any of them. If I have my way, I'll just get a second 594 HB, and a second HB Spruce, and leave them all stock. That's dreaming, but I like it.

    So, as far as real mods... zero for the dozen-ish I've owned. Really, a tip of the hat to them, as I see it. There just wasn't a need.
     
  18. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    3 out of 5 of my present guitars. Nothing major mind. Pickup change here, tone cap there....
    I'd say my PRS has a couple of tweaks rather than mods as such, I've disconnected a leg of the treble bleed cap and changed the tone cap to .22uf. Everything else is cosmetic - wooden back plate and a nicer switch tip from crazy parts (I hated the seeing the mold line in the plastic part)
     
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  19. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Does tweaking the truss rod count?
     
  20. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    After one of the Experiences...and talking to Eric down there...I moved a single wire in one of my older Swamps to be in Single coil mode with the push/pull in the "down" position. Need to pull up to get full/both HBs.
    And have slowly replaced some of the chrome with gold on the same guitar...going for my own "hybrid" look.

    And I swapped the cream PU rings on a green Swamp with black...Looks better to me...
     
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