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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Guitargonish, Jun 28, 2012.
Hi all, I purchased my first guitar, an as-new condition 2017 PRS SE Bernie Marsden in Vintage Sunburst, about a year ago, but I did not start to learn to play as I had intended to.
I then watched a lot of YouTube videos about modifying PRS guitars and listening to the sound of different pickups and decided to modify my guitar. I considered that I would enjoy doing this in of itself whilst also learning about basic guitar setup. Also, thinking I would hopefully be motivated enough to start to learn to play with the modded guitar!
I have just finished and tested the guitar adding all the parts that appealed to me and setting it up according to the standard PRS setup as a starting point.
· 57/08 Bass & Treble Pickups (these were the best sounding pickups to me, followed by the 53/10s) [Treble pickup springs shortened to enable correct pickup height range]
· Core Series Pickup Rings
· Core Series Stoptail Bridge & Studs
· V Coil Kit to convert original SE metric studwell threads to the core series 5/16 UNF threads
· PRS Wide-Fat Nut (perfect Fit)
· GOTOH SD90 Locking Tuners with Height Adjustable Posts (to retain the correct 21mm post hole height)
· Alpha Push-Pull Pot Tone Pot for Coil-Splitting
· Switchcraft Short 3-Way Switch
· Lampshade Knobs
· D'Addario EXL110-3D XL Strings (10s)
· PRS US Line Signature Gig Bag (preferred this to the original maroon coloured gig bag)
· Schaller S-Lock Strap Locks
Bass side 1st fret = 1.5/64 = 0.6mm
Treble side 1st fret = 1/64 = 0.4mm
Bass side 12th fret = 5/64 = 2.0mm
Treble side 12th fret = 1/16 = 1.6mm
Truss Rod Adjustment
0.01” at the 8th fret = 0.254mm
Bass side = 3/32 =2.4mm
Treble side = 5/64 =2.0mm
Set at the 12th fret
When I started watching the YouTube videos the sound that inspired me was the 2020 Les Paul Standard 50s (with burstbuckers 1 & 2), but 2K was outside my budget, and therefore that was what I had in mind when modding this guitar. It turns out that overall I have spent about three quarters of the cost of the Les Paul (albeit over a couple of years), but hopefully this will be an even better guitar (when I actually learn to play!)!
Welcome to the forum, and congrats on your Bernie. Fabulous model. Nice upgrades, too.
Hello, I am a newbie from East Brunswick, NJ. I have my first PRS ( a low price guitar) two year ago. I have practiced some easy song like Scarborough Fair, Lagrima... but I am a poor player. Glad to chat with you guys
Hi and welcome
Update: my guitar just might be back at the dealer today, so it might be NGD part 2. Can’t wait to be able to post pics and/or start a thread.
the PCT was fantastic. The dealer as well.
Well, tomorrow should be the day. I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve. The silly part is I’ve got a broken left arm. The good part is once I get this cast off, I’ll be going through physical therapy and playing scales and modes and soloing over loops will be just what the DR ordered.
It’s finally here. Can’t play it with this broken arm. And for the life of me I cannot figure out how to post a picture of this burled beauty.
You have to host the photo somewhere else, imgur is popular, then you can link to the image here.
Another new guy here, UPS just delivered my new guitar, PRS SE Paul's guitar in fire red. It's beautiful and plays great. Love the pups on this thing. Anyway, I'm a retired machinist in Wa state, generally an acoustic player but enjoy playing electrics as well.
Welcome to the forum.
Long time lurker first time poster!
I've had a few PRS SE over the years and liked them; a 2017 Santana Yellow was the one that caught me. Amazing hunk of wood.
I just purchased a S2 McCarty 594 in McCarty Sunburst and figured I'd join in. Thank you Mr. Smith for crafting such a fine oscillator!
Welcome to the forum aphantomvaper
So here it is sure it’s no core or 10 top. But for what I will use it for its awesome. I cannot wait to get this darn cast off my left arm play play PLAY!!
Hello, all. Happy to join and learn from you guys. Great forum
Welcome to the forum. Just an FYI, no sales section on this forum. Not allowed here.
sorry 'bout that I deleted my first post.
No worries! Hang around and participate
So let me reintroduce myself, I'm Dan Weldon, and this is my 1994 CU22. I would like to hear from people that have tried a standard PAF style pick-up set (Throbak, or whatever brand you like), and a standard three way switch with just volume and tone (no splitting, tapping, etc), with a Custom 22. I'm not a fan of the Dragon pickups or a splits, I just love the way the guitar feels, but not the electronics.
I, actually the PTC, put a 59/09 in the bridge, and a 57/08 in the neck, and replaced the 5 way rotary with a 3 way. I did have them install mini-toggles for tapping. I know you aren't interested in that, but I wanted to paint the whole picture. I am really pleased with that pick up combo.
Other than that, I have had Suhr Doug Aldrich pick ups in a KL-33, and Throbak PG-102 in a 594. The Throbaks are pricey. Bare Knuckle Abraxas in an SE Bernie, and a set of Klein Epic '59 in another 594. If you're looking for a good PAF, check out the Kleins. They're really nice, and not as pricey.