NGD ‘03 CE 22 handyman special and I happen to know a guy

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  1. Daniel Elam

    Daniel Elam New Member

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    ...and the guy is me. Yesterday I was able to trade my 2009 Road Worn Strat + $300 for this. He said he didn’t like the “PRS sound”. Well, I didn’t like what I heard either but I figured it was a bad wiring job by whoever switched it to McCarty style. Anyway, the guy was willing to give it up for a Mexican Strat and a little pocket money. Whoever put in the McCarty harness did botch the wiring job. The volume pot did nothing, overall volume was quiet and got super quiet and thin sounding with both HBs together, and the coil splits sounded terrible. Had to switch the polarity of how the neck pickup was wired and ground the pickups to the volume pot rather than the tone pot. Anyway, it came roaring to life. This thing is so rock n roll. Sounds killer. Needed a setup and I had to shim the nut (will replace it at some point) but I came away with a killer guitar for well under 900 total investment. It came with original hard case, PRS papers, trem arm, bag o PRS tools, original wiring harness and knobs, stock TR cover, PRS guitar polish, and strap locks. It has a cool aluminum TR cover.
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  2. Jazzedout

    Jazzedout More Guitars than Time...

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    Nice!!! Enjoy it!!
     
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  3. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Nice trade!!
     
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  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    Sucker!!!

    Great trade.
     
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  5. bodia

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

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    Yeah, you got the good end of that trade.
     
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  6. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs "Hold on to your butts" - Samuel L Jackson

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    Hey I've got a Mexican Strat I can trade you...
     
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  7. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Excellent trade!

    I had the same issue some years back. Some guy tried to replace the switch on an 88 CE and wired the bridge pickup like anyone would who doesn't know that the bridge pickup magnet is flipped. The white is black and the black is white, (so to speak). It sounded like there was a wah pedal in the chain when there wasn't. I got it for $500 and just flipped the bridge pup wiring, and in 10 minutes I had a smoking 1st year CE!

    I need to get the old girl out and play her again!
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  8. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Man, you won that trade, for sure!
     
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  9. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Congratulations, very nice trade!
     
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  10. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Dude! Great score! You won big time!!

    Sweet top!
     
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  11. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Thief!:D
    Congrats, it’s a beauty.
     
  12. WA Paul

    WA Paul All dogs go to heaven

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    Congrats! Extra points for non-faded Whale Blue
     
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  13. Daniel Elam

    Daniel Elam New Member

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    He got a really great guitar too. Best Strat I’ve run into that wasn’t Custom Shop. I kinda hated to let it go but really couldn’t pass up the CE.
     
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  14. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    Nice trade! You won for sure!

    I do agree with you that he got a good strat.
    I've almost picked one up on more than one occasion.
     
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  15. Cris_muschilensis

    Cris_muschilensis Amateur Extraordinaire

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    Congrats! i wish mine was blue, but guess can't have it all. Looks amazing!
     
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  16. Aahzz

    Aahzz Bluebeard Member

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    Sweet!!!
     
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  17. aphantomvaper

    aphantomvaper New Member

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    Nice work and seems everyone is happy! Nice CE!!!
     
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  18. ScottR

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

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    Dude!! WINNING!! Nice one!
     
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  19. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Sweet score! Congrats

    Yep, the RW are terrific (have 2), the Tex Mex pups are some of my favorite single coils, very vintage sound.
     
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  20. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    Sweet trade, congrats
     
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