Let's see those modded PRS's

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  1. shallbe

    shallbe New Member

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    Here is my modded 2008 CU22 Artist with an ebony board and rosewood neck (got it from John Mann at Northcoast). I removed the overly compressed and covered Dragon II pickups and put in some covered Lollar Imperials, which was better. Then I found a mint set of one of my favorite pickups---old PRS Artist pickups from the 90's with alnico 4 magnets and gold poles/screws. Fantastic sound and like the look better as well.

    Then I replaced the stoptail with a Schroeder adjustable stoptail. I like the tone and appearance on this guitar. Finally, I removed the knobs and switched them for the ones on my DGT (I had an extra for the DGT).

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  2. Paladin

    Paladin New Member

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    Duncan Jazz in the neck, Duncan JB in the bridge of my 2014 S2 Custom 22.

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  3. John

    John https://deathbenotproud.bandcamp.com

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    Here's my 2011 Custom 24 with Painkillers, 2004 CE-24 with a C-bomb and Coldsweat, and my Archon with black taurus tolex and an LED/amp jewel swap to red.



     
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  4. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    if i needed a good 3-way mini toggle to irreversibly ruin a guitar, which one would i use?
     
  5. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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  6. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    These are just regular humbuckers and not the trembuckers? The white looks sooo sweeet.
     
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  7. Paladin

    Paladin New Member

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    Thanks, Eddie. The finish is Antique White.

    Yes, this is the Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker set - JB bridge and Jazz neck.

    https://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/hot-rodded-humbucker-set

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  8. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    There's not a huge amount of variation in quality, I don't think. I like to buy from Love My Switches because I admire their dedication to a niche. Most important is what are going to do with it. You may need an on/off/on or an on/on/on.
     
  9. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    i’m going to switch between two pickups on a 5-way rotary and a totally all by itself single neck pickup.
     
  10. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    I have a new set of the hot rodded set and pearly gates taunting me. The problem is that I like my 85/15s on my S2 cu 24. I guess I’m going to need 2 guitars to install these p/u.
     
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  11. John

    John https://deathbenotproud.bandcamp.com

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    -One that actually pertains to guitars, unlike a cheesy diagram about tea etiquette.

    -I've gotten spare parts from Philadelphia Luthier Tools, they should be able to accommodate supplying parts like that just fine.
     
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  12. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    sensitive. point of the cheese is i like your style and largely play the same way. then again i went to oxford.
     
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  13. Paladin

    Paladin New Member

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    I bought my 2014 S2 Custom 22 used, and the previous owner had installed the Duncans. I believe this guitar originally came with the #7's (?), so I never got to hear the stock pickups in this one.

    I will say though, that I really like the Duncan JB/Jazz set in this guitar.
     
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  14. goof1073

    goof1073 New Member

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    This is *NOT* mine...it showed up on Reverb today. This poor old thing from 1986 looks like it was re-routed for a Floyd at some point and then plugged up for this current 2-piece bridge.

    *oooff!!!!*

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  15. mookyshoots

    mookyshoots Mom always told me I was special

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    Is that Bondo that they filled the route with??? WTF?
     
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  16. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    i like it, but it’s almost certainly asking too much.
     
  17. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    It definitely needs to be rescued!
     
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  18. mookyshoots

    mookyshoots Mom always told me I was special

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    Or put out of its misery.
     
  19. Watersilk

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    Here is my 2003 SE Soapbar in Vintage Cherry

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    I bought this on eBay, paying quite a lot, hoping that the condition was as good as the seller stated. However, other than surface scratches, which I was able to remove using D'Addario Restorer
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    there were some dents which had to be repaired before these areas became worse.
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    Apart from these small blemishes, the guitar was in fabulous condition, so time to start modding!!

    I wanted to keep the PRS character intact, but enhance the tone, sustain and make some cosmetic changes.

    I changed the nut to a PRS core one, then changed the cast aluminium bridge for a machined ABM PRS style wraparound in bell brass with nickel plating. This was held down by a TonePros PRS locking system.
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    Electrics:
    the original wiring harness
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    Actually, this looked pretty good, but experience with a Korean Hamer had shown that anything here that wasn't up to standard was going to wreck the tone, so it all came out. In it's place, CTS pots, a Jensen oil in paper cap, a Switchcraft Jack & Selector switch.
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    Cosmetic changes:
    A change from Metric to Imperial pots also necessitated a change of control knobs. I didn't like the original 'Speed' knobs, the smooth surface was slippery and I didn't like the way they looked.
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    Choosing replacements was an easy choice, PRS Lampshades, transparent and black to compliment the 'Moon' inlays and 'Soapbar' logo on the headstock.
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    At this point, I also changed the switch tip from black to cream, then changed the black P90 pickup covers from black to Bare Knuckle cream ones.
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    The guitar had come with a gigbag, but I preferred a PRS case to keep her in; there is something very satisfying about opening a case like this, to find a beautiful guitar waiting to be played... not quite the same feeling as opening a gigbag...
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    I tried changing the tuner buttons for grained ivoroid ones from Crazy parts, but I never got on with them, they didn't fit properly, making tuning hell! So I removed them, using the originals again!
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    Here in company with my McCarty Satin Soapbar (I changed the original Speed knobs to bronze Lampshades on this one)
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    Finally, with some friends!
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    I'm hesitant to change the original pickups, they do sound good; does anyone know what magnets they have, ceramic or alnico? Perhaps the tuners will go next? Gotoh locking?
     
  20. dogrocketp

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

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    Leave the pickups. Different doesn’t mean better. I put Hipshot open back locking tuners on mine. I love them, and they’re USA made.
     

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