Modified Monday

Maertl513

Sherlock 513
Joined
Nov 29, 2012
Messages
771
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abroad
My residence is not in the USA, but in Europe, more precise in good ol' Germany.
A few of you might know Crazyparts. They deliver nice aged spare parts for those who are keen on young but old looking guitars, for pickups (Bernie Marsden's The Beast f. e.), or as the manufacturer for spare parts which PRS in general installs on PS guitars (wooden knobs, tuner buttons, tips...).
My personal advantage is, that I live very close to them as of AUG 17. No, it was not the purpose. Before that, the opportunity was given to visit them, if we stayed at my parents in law's home. 15 min distance from their position.
As far as you know my 513 MT ran through some optical and functional mods (first: security strap locks and pins; second: Crazyparts ebony tuner buttons and EIRW tips for the switches and the vibrato arm instead of the genuine stuff) and then to a severe electrical and sound influencing mod (from PCB to hand-wiring and enhanced shielding). My friend Peter Steinacher (an Austrian based luthier) made me (and my dear friend @g.wizz) two EIRW back plates, which for my guitar I etched to the shade of the tips.
A few months later I noticed in Crazyparts' webshop LS type of knobs in a shade '"Baltic Sea" Amber Style'. By short noticed an appointment has been arranged, I bought them. They look amazing on the Black Gold top, from my perspective ;-)
Recently I saw additional products on their homepage: tips... I needed to acquire them. "Andy, time for an appointment? I'll be there within 10 or 15 min." "Yes, sure. I'm in my workshop doing some aging."
Unfortunately material is currently off, therefore tuner buttons can't be produced. But as soon as they are available...
But that will be the last mod.

Long story short a picture of the current outlook:

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bodia

Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved
Joined
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Location
Suburban Chicago
My residence is not in the USA, but in Europe, more precise in good ol' Germany.
A few of you might know Crazyparts. They deliver nice aged spare parts for those who are keen on young but old looking guitars, for pickups (Bernie Marsden's The Beast f. e.), or as the manufacturer for spare parts which PRS in general installs on PS guitars (wooden knobs, tuner buttons, tips...).
My personal advantage is, that I live very close to them as of AUG 17. No, it was not the purpose. Before that, the opportunity was given to visit them, if we stayed at my parents in law's home. 15 min distance from their position.
As far as you know my 513 MT ran through some optical and functional mods (first: security strap locks and pins; second: Crazyparts ebony tuner buttons and EIRW tips for the switches and the vibrato arm instead of the genuine stuff) and then to a severe electrical and sound influencing mod (from PCB to hand-wiring and enhanced shielding). My friend Peter Steinacher (an Austrian based luthier) made me (and my dear friend @g.wizz) two EIRW back plates, which for my guitar I etched to the shade of the tips.
A few months later I noticed in Crazyparts' webshop LS type of knobs in a shade '"Baltic Sea" Amber Style'. By short noticed an appointment has been arranged, I bought them. They look amazing on the Black Gold top, from my perspective ;-)
Recently I saw additional products on their homepage: tips... I needed to acquire them. "Andy, time for an appointment? I'll be there within 10 or 15 min." "Yes, sure. I'm in my workshop doing some aging."
Unfortunately material is currently off, therefore tuner buttons can't be produced. But as soon as they are available...
But that will be the last mod.

Long story short a picture of the current outlook:

dscn3204-jpg.586784

Such a great looking guitar!
 

toothace

Zombie Thirteen, DFZ
Joined
May 30, 2013
Messages
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Location
Rocky Hill, CT
My residence is not in the USA, but in Europe, more precise in good ol' Germany.
A few of you might know Crazyparts. They deliver nice aged spare parts for those who are keen on young but old looking guitars, for pickups (Bernie Marsden's The Beast f. e.), or as the manufacturer for spare parts which PRS in general installs on PS guitars (wooden knobs, tuner buttons, tips...).
My personal advantage is, that I live very close to them as of AUG 17. No, it was not the purpose. Before that, the opportunity was given to visit them, if we stayed at my parents in law's home. 15 min distance from their position.
As far as you know my 513 MT ran through some optical and functional mods (first: security strap locks and pins; second: Crazyparts ebony tuner buttons and EIRW tips for the switches and the vibrato arm instead of the genuine stuff) and then to a severe electrical and sound influencing mod (from PCB to hand-wiring and enhanced shielding). My friend Peter Steinacher (an Austrian based luthier) made me (and my dear friend @g.wizz) two EIRW back plates, which for my guitar I etched to the shade of the tips.
A few months later I noticed in Crazyparts' webshop LS type of knobs in a shade '"Baltic Sea" Amber Style'. By short noticed an appointment has been arranged, I bought them. They look amazing on the Black Gold top, from my perspective ;-)
Recently I saw additional products on their homepage: tips... I needed to acquire them. "Andy, time for an appointment? I'll be there within 10 or 15 min." "Yes, sure. I'm in my workshop doing some aging."
Unfortunately material is currently off, therefore tuner buttons can't be produced. But as soon as they are available...
But that will be the last mod.

Long story short a picture of the current outlook:

dscn3204-jpg.586784

So sweet!
 

Callan

hack guitarist..
Joined
Jul 16, 2014
Messages
405
Location
Melbourne, Australia
I finally got around to installing a set of BKP Mule's into my Hollowbody II this weekend.
I had the new pickups in my les Paul for a few weeks to get a feel for them and finally worked the courage to take a soldering iron to one of my PRSi. (Point of no return)
To be honest I was a little unsure where to start. Where's the access panel??
But after a few drinks I decided to find out how hard could it really be?
Thankfully it all went well, but will give it a run at rehearsal this week to see it how it goes in a full mix.

*Edit: Added a few pics instead of IG link.\

The finished product
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Keeping the excess cable neat and tidy
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Ground wire on the back of the bridge pickup - same as the original.
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Modcat decoder said this was a custom colour, which is kinda cool
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The switch removed and where the new pickups get wired too
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The calm before the storm
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You-S4-It

New Member
Joined
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Messages
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Had some spare weekend time so, in anticipation of modified Monday...
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We play several outdoor gigs without anything more than moonlight/ambient light and I would occasionally mis-fret a half step going from rhythm to lead so thought I'd give it a shot to install some Luminlays. Installed them on my Tremonti SE and SHSC as both had no binding and both originally had white fret markers for an "even swap". Fairly easy to do, as always, just take your time. Used a 2mm brad bit to center mark and start the hole by hand, followed up with a 3/64 drill bit and cordless drill to slowly tap out the original markers. A dab of super glue followed by some sanding. Hardest part was sanding flat the upper fret markers by the neck joint. Just have to mask off the body to prevent scuffing and use a small sanding block. As I already satin buff my necks, a final rub with the scotch brite pad and all done. Took maybe 30 mins per guitar and in the day light, just looks stock.
Cost all of $21 so it was even cheaper than buying a light and eliminates my romantic evening anxieties!
 

Boogie

Zombie Two, DFZ
Joined
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Messages
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Location
Indy, IN
Had some spare weekend time so, in anticipation of modified Monday...
37803229534_bac92a12c5_c.jpg


37803233584_487b43a3c5_c.jpg

We play several outdoor gigs without anything more than moonlight/ambient light and I would occasionally mis-fret a half step going from rhythm to lead so thought I'd give it a shot to install some Luminlays. Installed them on my Tremonti SE and SHSC as both had no binding and both originally had white fret markers for an "even swap". Fairly easy to do, as always, just take your time. Used a 2mm brad bit to center mark and start the hole by hand, followed up with a 3/64 drill bit and cordless drill to slowly tap out the original markers. A dab of super glue followed by some sanding. Hardest part was sanding flat the upper fret markers by the neck joint. Just have to mask off the body to prevent scuffing and use a small sanding block. As I already satin buff my necks, a final rub with the scotch brite pad and all done. Took maybe 30 mins per guitar and in the day light, just looks stock.
Cost all of $21 so it was even cheaper than buying a light and eliminates my romantic evening anxieties!
That
Is
Cool!
:cool:
 

bodia

Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved
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Had some spare weekend time so, in anticipation of modified Monday...
37803229534_bac92a12c5_c.jpg


37803233584_487b43a3c5_c.jpg

We play several outdoor gigs without anything more than moonlight/ambient light and I would occasionally mis-fret a half step going from rhythm to lead so thought I'd give it a shot to install some Luminlays. Installed them on my Tremonti SE and SHSC as both had no binding and both originally had white fret markers for an "even swap". Fairly easy to do, as always, just take your time. Used a 2mm brad bit to center mark and start the hole by hand, followed up with a 3/64 drill bit and cordless drill to slowly tap out the original markers. A dab of super glue followed by some sanding. Hardest part was sanding flat the upper fret markers by the neck joint. Just have to mask off the body to prevent scuffing and use a small sanding block. As I already satin buff my necks, a final rub with the scotch brite pad and all done. Took maybe 30 mins per guitar and in the day light, just looks stock.
Cost all of $21 so it was even cheaper than buying a light and eliminates my romantic evening anxieties!

Sweet!
 

sergiodeblanc

Don’t you ever cry again for the rest of your life
Joined
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Messages
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Had some spare weekend time so, in anticipation of modified Monday...
37803229534_bac92a12c5_c.jpg


37803233584_487b43a3c5_c.jpg

We play several outdoor gigs without anything more than moonlight/ambient light and I would occasionally mis-fret a half step going from rhythm to lead so thought I'd give it a shot to install some Luminlays. Installed them on my Tremonti SE and SHSC as both had no binding and both originally had white fret markers for an "even swap". Fairly easy to do, as always, just take your time. Used a 2mm brad bit to center mark and start the hole by hand, followed up with a 3/64 drill bit and cordless drill to slowly tap out the original markers. A dab of super glue followed by some sanding. Hardest part was sanding flat the upper fret markers by the neck joint. Just have to mask off the body to prevent scuffing and use a small sanding block. As I already satin buff my necks, a final rub with the scotch brite pad and all done. Took maybe 30 mins per guitar and in the day light, just looks stock.
Cost all of $21 so it was even cheaper than buying a light and eliminates my romantic evening anxieties!

Official Bangin’! Award winner
 

tonytester

PIC YOUR STRINGS WISELY
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parma ohio
I'll never understand why some people insist upon ruining their guitars with modifications :iamconfused: ... The negative effects on resale value alone is enough for me to keep all of my PRS stock from the factory as Paul intended!

If you want to tinker with pickups or something just get a kit guitar or a partscaster to mess around with. Once you break that first solder joint or install a TRC with a non-factory spec screw the guitar is worthless... you might even scratch something.
boy talk about a drag.
 

Ovibos

Naughty Wood Librarian
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Jan 9, 2015
Messages
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Location
Wilmette, IL
Made a few tweaks on the RLCE24.

Already had Schaller straplocks and the MannMade bridge.

You may know from other threads that I'm not totally enamored of cream plastics. Felt like it was unneeded contrast.

The RL Vela is all black, so why not the CE?

Added PRS black rings and toggle tip:

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I do wish the rings were matte, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Oh, and switched to 9.5s also.
 
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