N(U)GD: PRS SE Bernie Marsden

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  1. timmypix

    timmypix New Member

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    About 6 months ago I bought this PRS SE Bernie Marsden in Trampas Green.

    Ever since the Bernie was announced I've been kind of curious, as I grew up in the same area as Bernie and he was one of my earliest guitar heroes - I could listen to his albums at home and then bump into him in the village shop or the pub or his short-lived record shop (he was a bit bored before the PRS/Beast hype kicked in, I think).

    Then they did the limited runs and I adore Trampas Green, so my attention was definitely piqued; however, I lacked the funds/justification at the time of release and missed out. By the end of last year circumstances had changed, and one popped up for sale. A little above market value but the colour was rare as hell and I wanted it.

    I already had an idea of how I'd want to personalise it after a long time lurking on this forum, and once I'd got in my hands I worked out what I liked and what I wanted to change. The pickups were okay but a bit too hot, compressed and muddy, especially the bridge, and the nut was awful and causing some nasty buzzing; I also wanted to be able to intonate the bridge properly for tuning/gauge changes. I was surprised to find I loved the fatter neck, and now find my other guitars a bit skinny!

    So, it's now done! Pictures below, but here are the upgrades:
    • Bare Knuckle Pickups The Mule set, with gold polepieces and brushed nickel covers
    • Mannmade 2300 bridge (annoyingly purchased a week before he announced the availability of metric posts)
    • Gotoh locking Kluson-style tuners
    • Three push-pull pots with splits for both pickups on their respective volume pots and a phase switch on the tone knob
    • Knobs taken from my Les Paul
    • Graphtech TUSQ nut
    The Mules sound wonderful - open, clear, dynamic and a wonderful smoothness when you dig in. And I absolutely love how well the pickups match the bridge in terms of aesthetics. The Mannmade 2300 has subtly enhanced sustain and evened out the frequency response a bit (it was very bright before), and is a beautiful piece of engineering, very solid and reassuring.

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  2. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Those appointments look AWESOME!!! Nice job. Congrats!!!
     
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  3. Orange Tiger

    Orange Tiger New Member

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    Looks great. The bare Knuckle stuff is really good. Tim knows his product inside out! Trampas green is a cool colour.

    Welcome to the forum too Timmy.
     
  4. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    Very nice mods on an already excellent guitar with a cool color

    Congrats and enjoy.
     
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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Looks superb, plus you have it sounding the way you want - nothin’ better!
     
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  6. timmypix

    timmypix New Member

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    Thanks! Yeah I've had Mules before, and I've got BKP in two other guitars as well, so I knew they were perfect.

    I was actually looking at the Forces Sweetheart by Oil City Pickups too, but decided that ultimately I knew I would love the Mules, and I could get them in full PRS-bling spec too.
     
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  7. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Bangin’!

    Bernie’s rule! They’re like Rolaids for SC/LP GAS, every time I get to thinking I want a new one I pick up my modded Bernie and realize I’m good.
     
  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Very nice.
    Cool mods.
     
  9. bodia

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

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    Bernie's are sooooo cool! Not that they need it, but it's a great mod platform. I put BK Abraxas in mine. You're take on the 2300 is right on the money, too. Congrats!
     
  10. tyfu20

    tyfu20 New Member

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    That's an awesome looking axe, my Bernie is black with black Gotoh bridge, and whole lotta love buckers. Love it, enjoy!
     
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  11. dogrocketp

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

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    Best looking Bernie I've ever seen!
     
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  12. drawshot

    drawshot Just one more...and that's it!

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    A gorgeous Bernie with locking tuners, custom wiring, John Mann adjustable bridge, and BK pups.

    What's not to love?

    I gotta get me one of those!!!!!! :)

    Hope you enjoy it for a lifetime, sir!!!!
     
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  13. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Very complimentary modifications, both cosmetically and tonally!

    Welcome and enjoy!:D
     
  14. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    I love the Trampas Green.
     
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  15. grausch

    grausch New Member

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    That looks awesome. Bernies with Mules kick an incredible amount of a$$.

    Mind sharing what hard case you are using with your Bernie?
     
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  16. timmypix

    timmypix New Member

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone! Feel free to show yours off too, a couple have been mentioned that sound cool.

    @grausch the hard case is a leftover from its predecessor, generic LP-shape hard case that does the job.
     
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  17. Jacobite

    Jacobite New Member

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    Did you wire the "three push-pull pots" (with splits for both pickups on their respective volume pots and a phase switch on the tone knob) yourself?
    If so, do you have a wiring diagram for that set-up?
    I'm a recent Bernie Marsden buyer and that's one of my ideas for a future modification.
    I am liking the stock pick-ups so far (about two weeks) but a Bar Knuckle Mule set might be in my future as well.
    Thanks.
     
  18. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Awesome guitar, congrats!
     
  19. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    Nice job!!! Nice guitar!!! Love Trampas!

    I think I'm going to have to mod my newsed Bernie as well. Definitely want the adjustable wraparound bridge.
    Agree 100% about the pickups. While serviceable, too much mud for my tastes. Just so happens that I have a spare
    set of Zhangbucker.com pickups lying around in a box.... Hmmmmmmmm... Probably some CTS pots (if they're imports) and a complete
    rewire.

    Love the feel of the guitar, though. The nut on mine seems to be fine, though.
     
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  20. Mark Ray

    Mark Ray New Member

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    HOT DAMN that's HOT!!!
     

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