NGD - Tremonti SE - Full Rebuild!

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  1. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    So, you may remember back in December of last year, I bought a whole load of guitar parts, with the intent of taking a Tremonti SE, and converting it to a US Tremonti.

    I am fully aware that the actual US built version is still superior... but for less than half the price, I've taken a brand new 2018 Tremonti SE, and completely gutted it, and rebuilt it with US parts.

    Here's a shot of the new Tremonti SE:
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    Here's the pile of parts I have for her (basically gutting everything):
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    • 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 Strap Buttons
    • PRS Lampshade Knobs
    • CTS Potentiometers (PRS spec)
    • Orange Drop Capacitors
    • Switchcraft 3-way Switch
    • Switchcraft Output Jack
    • Wiring Harness
    • Black TUSQ Nut

    Within 10 minutes, I had her on the operating table... completely gutted.
    Every single part, less the wood body is being replaced with US parts, including the nut.
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    Fitting the new Mann-Made Locking Tuners:
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    Tremonti Bass Pickup:
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    Tremonti Treble Pickup:
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    The holes had to be reamed-out, to accomodate the CTS pots and Switchcraft 3-way Switch:
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    Even the jack was replaced, with a Switchcraft:
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    I got carried away, and forgot to take pictures of the 2000-NOS Bridge installation.
    But if you want to see the process, here's one I did on my CE24:
    https://forums.prsguitars.com/threads/2000nos-upgrade-and-a-few-other-mods.28321/

    Well, here's the finished product:
    The SE comes with 9-42 strings, but I re-strung it with 10-46 D'Addario strings (per the US spec)
    They sound a lot better with the Tremonti pickups, and the Black Tusq nut was setup for these strings.
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    Spent about an hour setting up the bridge and doing intonation...
    Let me say; "it sounds friggen wicked!"

    The Tremonti pickups are snarly as heck. Especially the neck pickup.
    I really love the sound of it. Very different than my CE24.

    About 5 hours of total labor... totally worth it.

    Total cost was less than half the price of a proper US Tremonti.
    I've asked the local guitar store to call me when they get a US Tremonti in, because I want to compare how this one sounds vs. a true Tremonti.
     
    #1 JimmyDee, Apr 25, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
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  2. Bill SAS 513

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

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    Frickin rockin'...nice job!!! Enjoy!!
     
  3. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    You did a fine job!
     
  5. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    Awesome work!
     
  6. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Very nice.
    Great job.
     
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    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    Most excellent!
     
  10. Kynlore

    Kynlore Your name here

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    Looks like it was a fun project!
     
  11. bodia

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

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    Sweet as sweet! Well done!
     
  12. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    Interesting project. Looks like a good job you made there.
     
  13. ScottR

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

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    Woah! Thats killer! Congrats and kudos to you on the build!
     
  14. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    You ain’t “Pretending”!!;)

    Play the heck out of that bad boy!:D
     
  15. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    I actually built this guitar for my kid.
    I still think my CE24 feels nicer to play... but honestly, I think this Tremonti sounds better.
     
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  16. C.j.

    C.j. New Member

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    Absolutely beautiful job. I’m planning on fitting some 59/09s in my se cu22 do You know if the core pickups will fit in the se mounting rings?
     
  17. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    Awesome thanks so much for your reply I’m betting they will fit if those were universal! If my guitar turns out half as good as yours I’ll be happy! Beautiful work
     
  19. JimmyDee

    JimmyDee New Member

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    I just remembered...
    The rings fit fine, but to mount them; I had to use the SE screws, as the SE screws are larger than the core screws.
     
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  20. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    Excellent Job
    Enjoy>>>
     

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