Is this thing beyond saving?

Discussion in 'PTC - PRS Tech Center' started by SonicBlur, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. SonicBlur

    SonicBlur New Member

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    I recently picked up this 1995 Custom 24 a few weeks ago. When I got it I knew it had issues but that the bones were solid overall. I gave it a good setup and deep cleaning, etc. and it seems to be really great.

    Some of the issues are:

    - The 5 way rotary dial/ Some positions don't work very well (if at all), it cuts out intermittently. I was ultimately just expecting to swap to a 3 way toggle.

    - At one point, a previous owner added a synth pickup. It is now long gone but the holes remain. Is there any way to fill these holes and make them disappear?

    - The rest of the body looks rough, even after a few rounds of scratch remover, polish, etc. Some dents and dings are just too much.

    - The frets need some work, I can see some dead spots.

    - There are holes from a previous owner's decision to add some different tuners.

    Overall, my question seems to be, is this guitar within the realm of saving at a decent cost? If I have to spend the cost of another PRS to fix this one, I may just leave it as is or try repairs myself.

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  2. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    The PTC should be able to fix the issues and get it back to like new condition.

    As for the cost of the work and whether it is worth it to you to go that route?
    Shoot them an email and they should be able to quote a price and go from there.
     
  3. toothace

    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    Dang...just beat me to it!
     
  5. SonicBlur

    SonicBlur New Member

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    Thanks for the reply! I did send a formal request for a quote to PRS but there wasn't an option to add pictures. Just thought I'd post up here and get some additional opinions.
     
  6. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    If it were me and I got a good deal on it to begin with, I'd just fill the holes w/ glue or putty, fix the other issues until it plays right, and just play the snot out of it... :cool:
     
  7. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Great minds.... ;)
     
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  8. SonicBlur

    SonicBlur New Member

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    As far as if the cost is worth it? That's what I'm trying to find out. My guess is that it'll be absolutely ridiculous but it doesn't hurt to ask.
     
  9. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    So to make it like new will be near $1500 ish if you have PTC do it but it will be a new guitar, and since they are filling holes I would go phase 3 for the tuners I just love them.
    If you are capable put in a new switch drop fill what you can make some small maple filler ( dowels or toothpicks ) for the holes match the color as best you can and cover with clear and call it a killer player.
    I am struggling with the same decision with my DGT it is a well loved example and plays and sounds great as it but it would be so cool to have it back to 100%
     
  10. bodia

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

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    Just to be clear, that is a 1995 Cu24, not a 2005 Cu24. If it sounds good, I think I'd do the fret work, and leave the rest. Actually, I'd also hit up John Mann's store for a set of winged tuners too!
     
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  11. SonicBlur

    SonicBlur New Member

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    Well, I'll be damned! You're right! I dated this thing off of PRS' page incorrectly, I do have a 1995! Thanks for the info!
     
  12. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Agreed. Everything is cosmetic except the frets. If you want a guitar that looks new, sell this one to someone who doesn't mind the cosmetic stuff, and buy a new guitar!
     
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  13. bodia

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

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    Yea! Like me!
     
  14. SonicBlur

    SonicBlur New Member

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    I'll probably never get anything for this guitar that would justify selling it.
     
  15. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I'm with the "fix the frets and play the snot out of it" crew.
     
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  16. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Have the PTC fix the frets, buy a used set of winged tuners and a 5 way and put them in yourself, forget the holes and play it. I did that on a 90 CE24 and I'm really happy. It had a synth pickup too. Same holes. Adds character. You'll only be out a few hundred and you have years of great music ahead of you.
     
  17. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Club Vice President

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    Somewhere, a wedding band's guitarist has no CU24...

    PTC will fix that thing right up. Opaque top and take off the black from the back, and you're in business :p
     
  18. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    I'm definitely in the camp of getting it to play nice and leaving everything else alone.

    The tuners on there now are not original to the guitar. They look like the type used on Hollowbody and non-trem Custom guitars in late 90's - early 00's. Those would've had ebony or black plastic buttons, so who knows where these nickel ones came from. It's a good thing they didn't put new screw holes in the headstock. You can buy some Schaller M6 keys, or keep an eye out for some of the older winged keys with the shared screw for the D/G tuners. Maybe you can get Sergio to part with a set from his stash?

    The wiring is an easy fix. I'd be inclined to send to PTC to have them do a setup, which includes fret level and a new nut. They could absolutely restore the whole thing into immaculate condition, but certainly won't be cheap.
     
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  19. Jazzedout

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    Regarding the tuners: It looks to me like no extra holes were drilled for the new non locking ones.
    Find an old set of winged tuners (shared D & G screw) and you are good.
    I'd fix the frets, nut, tuners and enjoy it.
    If at a later you would like a refinish, I'd do a metallic opaque front with a natural back.
     
  20. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    I'm all out. Have you seen how many guitars I have with PII & III tuners? Tough times, man.
     

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