NGD - Tremonti SE - Full Rebuild!

JimmyDee

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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.
 
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ScottR

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Woah! Thats killer! Congrats and kudos to you on the build!
 

JimmyDee

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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.
 

C.j.

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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?
 

JimmyDee

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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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