Lots of new parts... but no guitar to work on!

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  1. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    About a month ago, I had demo'd a PRS Tremonti Signature. It was friggen fabulous!

    Of course, I couldn't convince my wife that I needed to blow thousands on another new guitar, given the fact that I just bought a CE 24 only a few weeks prior...
    https://forums.prsguitars.com/threads/2000nos-upgrade-and-a-few-other-mods.28321/

    So, I went back and tried a Tremonti SE (thinking I could hide the credit card expense a bit easier).
    I have to admit, it was also very nice... but I still longed for that core Tremonti. It was just... well... better.

    They didn't have an SE in the color I wanted, so I ordered a 2018 Tremonti SE.
    I also ordered a pile of parts, to basically upgrade the SE to a US Tremonti.
    I realize it will never be a full-blown US model... but it'll be pretty damn close!

    I've got all the parts sitting here... now I'm just waiting for the guitar to arrive.
    I hate waiting...

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    Here's the parts I've got (basically gutting the entire guitar):
    • MannMade / PRS Stage II Locking Tuners (designed to fit SE model)
    • MannMade 2000NOS Tremolo Bridge
    • PRS Tremonti Chrome Bass Pickup
    • PRS Tremonti Treble Pickup
    • PRS Black Pickup Rings
    • PRS Core Nut
    • PRS Strap Buttons
    • PRS Lampshade Knobs
    • CTS Potentiometers (PRS spec)
    • Orange Drop Capacitors
    • Switchcraft 3-way Switch
    • Switchcraft Output Jack
    • Wiring Harness
    • I've also got a Black TUSQ Nut, which I suspect will fit the SE better... might end-up installing that.
    As mentioned, I am fully aware that this is an SE, and it will not be a Core US Made Tremonti... but it shouldn't be too far off.
    Every single part (less the wood) is being swapped for US parts.

    The cost of the SE Tremonti and all the parts to redo it, was about half the cost of what a US Tremonti would be...

    Now, I'm just waiting for this to arrive:
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    I'll be having a Fire Sale on leftover (brand new) PRS SE parts. Basically everything listed above, except the SE version.
    Plus, I also have another Korean PRS bridge, and cream PUP rings, that I pulled out of my CE24.
    I'd be willing to put the whole lot in a box, and sell it all for a decent price.
    If anyone is interested, PM me. Make an offer.
     
    #1 JimmyDee, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:22 PM
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018 at 2:41 PM
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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    Bangin’!


    Shoot... at least the guitar is on its way. I got a pile of parts with no where to go!
     
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  3. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    I ordered it exactly one month ago, and they told me 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.
    I live in Canada... so who knows when it will arrive.
     
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  4. toothace

    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    Sweet! Looking forward to the updates when the guitar arrives!
     
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  5. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    Daaamn bro, you don't fool around. I like your style.

    I had a Tremonti SE Standard with USA Tremonti pickups and it was a killer. Your project bodes well.
     
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  6. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    What?!?! Man, I can’t wait that long for paint to dry on a guitar! I suggest buying another one quick!
     
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  7. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Should be pretty darn cool!
     
  8. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    I hear ya... but it's a 2018 Model, coming from Korea to Canada.

    Know anyone that wants to buy a load of brand new SE parts?
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    I wish I did.

    I’m presently using them in old socks for home protection.
     
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  10. Elliot

    Elliot Still a New Member

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    This is actually really cool. If you get a core eventually you could find out if the wood/details make any difference in tone.
     
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    High marks for resourcefulness!
     
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  12. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Well now, that's what I call commitment! Your level of stealth and creativity applied to mission is very impressive. Kudos bro!
    I have to hide any new gear I aquire as if it were a dead hooker...so I feel your pain....is your wife a redhead by chance???
     
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  13. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    This is a double-edge sword...
    My plan is; to modify the SE, and then go back to the store, to compare its sound against the sound of a Signature Tremonti.
    My dilemma is; if I still feel the Core Tremonti is significantly better, then I'm going to be annoyed... and will be scheming ways to get one.

    As mentioned above; I played the SE Tremonti (it was an older version), and it sounded great... but it didn't have the same heavy growl as the Core Model.
    The feel and finish of the SE Tremonti seemed to be as good as the Core Model, but it sounded different... so that's what got me thinking about just rebuilding it.

    The Core Tremonti has a 'wicked heavy' sound to it. My goal with this project, is to try to is to recapture that sound with the modified SE.
    The newer Tremonti SE has a thicker body, than the older version. It's the same wood and dimensions as the Core Model.
    I'm hoping this will give me the sound I'm looking for.
     
    #13 JimmyDee, Jan 13, 2018 at 2:16 PM
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  14. bluenova

    bluenova Electrified since '84

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    A lot of the “wicked heavy” is that bridge pickup. When you get the USA pickup set in there I think you’ll be in sonic bliss. It’s one of my fav pickups.
     
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  15. bodia

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

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    Yeah, man! I like how you roll!
     
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  16. veinbuster

    veinbuster In the cards

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    I have to love a man with a plan.
     
  17. CVS

    CVS Not so new member

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    You obviously know your way around the guitar. Are you going to do the installation yourself? If yes, how many hours do you think it will take?
     
  18. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    Oh ya... I'm doing it myself.
    I reckon it'll take about 3 hours to do the full teardown and rebuild.
    Then another hour to do the bridge adjustments (saddle height and intonation) as well as tuning.
    Basically, half a day.
     
  19. CVS

    CVS Not so new member

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    Thanks for the feedback. If you had someone else do it, do you have any idea how much they would charge you for just the labor?
     
  20. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    ... and I love it when a plan comes together
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    #20 JimmyDee, Jan 13, 2018 at 3:31 PM
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