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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    Well then I'm definitely not selling the 2000NOS I already own :p
     
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  2. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    Lucky you!
     
  3. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Alright let me see if I can recall the mods I did:

    2004 Custom 24 Brazilian Edition: changed VB/HFS to older covered 59/09’s, then to 53/10 neck with \m/ bridge, then swapped the 53/10 to an 85/15 and kept the \m/, changed to 58/15LT neck with 59/09 bridge, swapped out the 58/15LT for 57/08, swapped that set out for Dragon 1’s, and finally landed on early P22’s. Also changed the rotary out for a 3 way toggle, changed pickup rings to rosewood, rosewood tuner buttons, rosewood vol & tone knobs, rosewood switch tip.

    2009 Standars 24: bought with a set of Tremontis, swapped out for Dragon 2’s. Stupidly sold that one.

    2012 408: Ivoroid tuner buttons *sold years ago*

    2012 Signature Limited: didn’t do much, changed the pickup rings from white to dark and back

    2008 SC245: came with #7’s which I swapped to BKP Mule & Riff Raff, then swapped the Riff Raff to Mule bridge, Schroeder gold adjustable bridge, gold Phase 3’s

    SE One Korina: SE locking tuners, swapped P90 to Paul’s Guitar treble, core nut, Schroeder adjustable Stoptail and locking screws

    2009 Mira Korina: swapped out Mira pickups for early unetched 57/08’s, tuner buttons to ebony *Really wish I had that one again!

    2009 Starla: Callahan Bigsby upgrades

    20th Anniversary Singlecut Trem: swapped #6’s out for 58/15LTs

    1991 Standard 24: changed the VB/HFS to P22’s, then to Dragon 1’s and then back to the VB/HFS (swapped magnet in VB to Alnico 4), tuner buttons to ebony

    2006 Standard 22: Dragons 2’s swapped to 53/10 & 85/15 combo, then swapped to Dragon 1’s

    2010 Custom 22 Soapbar Limited: changed tuner buttons to box wood, previous owner changed the bridge soapbar to Dimarzio P90 sized humbucker

    2006 Swamp Ash Special: swapped McCarty’s for 53/10 neck and 85/15 treble, cream rings to black. Still looking for phase 2 ebony buttons. If you have some to dispose of let me know!

    SE Torero: EMGs to Blackouts and then back to EMGs when I got rid of it.

    I think that about covers them all :oops::oops:
     
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  4. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    By the way, I have modified 3 of the 6 PRS guitars that I have owned. I still own two of the guitars that I modified (2019 CE24 and 2010 Mira Korinia) and one that I did not modify because it was perfection from the factory; namely, a 2011 MC58 that I purchased at Experience 2012. That was the year when the Experience guitar was the Multi-Foil Limited Swamp Ash Studio. I went into the showroom to purchase a Multi-Foil and came out with the MC58. It is one of the nicest PRS guitars I have ever played.

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  5. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    Here's my 2009 Mira Korina. I purchased the guitar new in early 2010. I swapped out the black pickguard and truss rod cover for a white pearl pickguard and a white pearl truss rod cover (it currently sports an engraved black truss rod cover that says, "Li'l Miss K" in white). I almost eBayed the guitar until I sent to the PTC to have a free set of 57/08s installed (I received a PTC coupon with the guitar). It was like they sprinkled fairy dust on the guitar at the PTC. From what understand, PRS only manufactured 100 of these guitars, so they are as rare as any other limited production instrument.

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  6. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    I haven't owned a guitar I haven't modded somehow since probably 1996? There may have been one or two very short lived SEs I bought from Guitar Center used online and then returned without any modding because they were in very rough shape, much worse than described. But those, we're talking "owning" for less than a week, not really owning.
     
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  7. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    I tweak on everything I own. It's a bad habit I have no intention of breaking as it's half the fun of a hobby to me. The best PRS outcome to date has been my 30th SE Cu24 Floyd. I pulled ALL the electronics from a DW CE including jack, switch, pots, pups, etc I sanded the gloss off the neck for a silky smooth satin feel. It obviously doesn't need lockers with the locking nut but they look so cool I put on some hipshot tuners from the parts drawer. Swapped out the rest of the miscellaneous hardware, buffed, polished, and oiled everything to what we see today...

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    If I closed my eyes and didn't know the differences like violin carve one would be hard pressed to tell this from core in sound and feeel. I second guess myself sometimes but in all honesty this started out as one of the best SE's I've played to date and now it's absolutely phenomenal!
     
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  8. chicagoslim

    chicagoslim New Member

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    Three out of six.

    Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Specials on my S2 Singlecut Semi-hollow.
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    Starla pickups and Gotoh tuners on my Zach Myers.
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    Vibramate Spoiler on my Starla.
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    Porter, Vintage Clean pickups, for a warmer sound, in my S2 Custom 22.
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    In the past, I had older core models where I changed the 5-way switch to a 3-way. Replaced the pickups, because I didn't like them. And replaced tuners because they went bad. I've actually made less changes on newer S2 models.
     
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  9. JMintzer

    JMintzer Bobble Head Moderator
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    Just one...

    57/08s in my BRW McCarty...
     
  10. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I modify all of my guitars. Usually I swap a pickup or two. Sometimes I add a cool function. I modify about half when I buy them and the other half down the road when they finally annoy me enough or when my tastes change.

    SC245 changed pickups
    P245 added a battery off switch so I can leave it plugged in, changed TRC
    Singlecut changed pickups, changed fixed bridge to adjustable, changed knobs, changed TRC
    HBii changed bridge pickup from archtop to 58/15LT, added treble bleed, changed TRC
    Silver Sky - removed TRC
    SE One - born perfect. So far.

    I play the heck out of them, so I “modify” the finishes. Scratches and dings on the lot, even though I really do treat them with kid gloves. I’m a bit of a bull in a china shop.
     
  11. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    I'm 6 for 9 - stock ones are the 594, S2 Studio, and SE acoustic. Wouldn't change a thing on the 594 except maybe shielding the control cavity. The only thing I could see doing to the Studio is a Mann trem, again maybe.

    SE CU24, ZM, and Akesson have all gotten pickup swaps (although the Akesson didn't really need it, but I had a set of 57/08's), S2 Satin 22 and Custom 22 SH each had one of their #7 pickups swapped out, different one in each case, those S2 #7's are an oddly matched set.
     
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  12. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 15 years of bad tone

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    All four of mine. Mainly cosmetic changes.

    Paul's SE - Wood pup rings, black chrome covers, bone nut, Gotoh locking tuners, shielding, jack plate, new TRC, knobs.

    35th SE - PRS pup rings, pearl chrome covers, Tusq nut, Mannmade saddles, wood backplates, knobs, jack plate, Gotoh locking tuners, new TRC.

    Singlecut - Everything.

    Angelus A50E - TRC, locking tuners.
     
  13. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    One! Well you all know.:D
     
  14. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Yeah but Scott and I don’t count!;)
     
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  15. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Forgot 2007 CE 24: pulled the VB and Duncan that was in there, replaced with Dragon 1’s (such a killer combo!!!!), swapped to 57/08 & 59/09 when I traded it away.
     
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  16. NoisyDante

    NoisyDante There’s a fine line between stupid and clever.

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    2 out of 6 are modified for me. I might change some knobs on my HB and Archtop but I won’t be doing anything else, and I’m not touching my Santana or the Zappa.

    My Holcomb SVN got a nut upgrade.

    And it’s quicker to list what’s original than changed on my CU22. The tremolo block, claw and springs, and the tuner guts are original. Everything else was changed, even the finish as many of you have seen.
     
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    aphantomvaper New Member

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    6 out of 6. Nuts or tuners and a couple of control knob changes.

    Oh, and yes Alnus...245 brass bridge posts!
     
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  18. Iceman63

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    I put DMZ 36 anniversary's in my core Mira. But then a couple of years ago went back to the stock pickups. That's it. My McCarty P90 and NF3 are stock
     
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  19. dogrocketp

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

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    EG lll with Dominos- bone stock
    Custom 22 soapbar- bone stock
    Swamp ash Special- wood pickup rings and a Freeway 6 way switch. Now there are 6 sounds I can get to with the
    flick of a switch, 12 total
    509- Bone stock
    Johnny Hiland- Bone stock
    DC3- badass to the bone stock
    SE Hollowbody piezo- locking tuners with plastic tuning buttons (thanks, Eddie Kim) to counteract
    neck dive. It worked.
    CE 2- basket cast that had been rode hard and put away wet. Rebuilt by Philtone Music with 57/08’s
    S2 Studio- bone stock
    S2 Custom 24- wood pickup rings only.
    30th Anni SE Custom 2 - Hipshot tuners, core nut, USA electronics with stock pickups, John Mann
    milcom trem, Puretone input Jack on a brass plate
    SE Tremonti Custom- Hipshot users, USA nut, all new shielding, core Mira pickups on maple rings,
    center detente rotary pickup selector, USA electronics with 2 push pulls. Puretone input Jack on a
    brass plate.
    SE Singlecut 2-P90’s- another basket case rebuilt by Philtone Music, Hipshot’s, USA nut, 300k volume, Fender
    TBX tone, Schroeder bridge & locking studs, brass plate/ input Jack.
    SE Singlecut Custom- Hipshot’s, USA nut, USA #7’s with wood pickup rings, rotary pickup selector.
    SE Singlecut- Hipshot’s, locking studs, done.
     
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  20. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    We’re all 12 years old around here.
     
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