Paul Allender Upgrade

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  1. 62Strat

    62Strat New Member

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    This is a great guitar, even though I was unfamiliar with Paul Allender till I bought it, but I got it at a great price. This is my second PRS SE, the other being a Zach Myers. I’ve played Strats, Tele’s and Gibsons for 40 + years. I was really taken with the way this thing played and decided to sink a few $ in it to make it more me. Here’s what we did - Changed the pups (the original were not bad, but I wanted zebras and to try these) to Seymour Jazz and JB, with the triple shot pickup rings, which do the coil splitting. I upgraded the pots, switch, jack, and some wiring and added another volume pot because I like to blend the two pups. There was plenty of room for the new pot. Then I added gold barrel knobs, but also have a set of black ones if I want a change. I love it - I play this thing all the time. Once the strings are stretched it holds tune really well, even when giving the bar a work out. Of course this model has the bat inlays, so I bought a coffin case for it to sleep in.
     
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    Will get pics up soon
     
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    Will get pics up soon
     
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  5. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Nice job of making it your own!
     
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    I've got one, blood red. It was my first electric and I put mine in a coffin case as well. I just thought it was hilarious to be walking out of the guitar store with a guitar themed so distant from anything I will ever play or spend much time listening to. (Is Buddy Guy into goth?) Upgraded the nut, the jack, pots, some wiring and I presently have the trem blocked. I've owned some guitars that I've sold for various reasons, but I still have the Paul Allender. I also have a G&L ASAT Special Deluxe and an Elite Strat. I am shopping for a 594.

    I am truly surprised at how nice this PRS plays. Surprised at how great this guitar feels as compared to guitars at several times the price point. The play-ability is so quick and easy. The neck is just dreamy to move my palm over, it is bound and finished the same as the body. The fretting is so smooth, there is no sharpness catching at the ends of the frets, even if I wanted it to, it's like warm butter at the fret ends. The G&L is Pleked and the while quite a dreamy feel as well (although much beefier, rounder neck), the frets ends are sharp and catchy at different times of the year, and I have had them redressed. The Strat neck (not as beefy and has the compound radius frets) act very similar to the ASAT neck, catchy at times, redressed. I live up in the mountains at about 6500 ft. in a rather dry Northern California - so weather variations are significant.

    The Paul Allender has binding on the finished maple neck, rosewood fretboard.
    The ASAT and the Strat are both one piece (?) maple neck/fretboards, unfinished though coated.
     
  7. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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  8. 62Strat

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    Thanks.
     
  9. 62Strat

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    Yea, I’m not an Allender style guy for sure, but the platform for this guitar is great. I like my Zach Myers, but this just feels better to me. I have a G&L Bluesboy Tele style which I picked up from MF for $299 - GREAT deal. It is a great little ax as well.
     
  10. 62Strat

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    Thanks, man.
     
  11. bodia

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

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    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    Ok....tell me about those pickup rings????

    They have switches???
     
  13. 62Strat

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    Thanks!
     
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    Yes, they should show up on the close up pic. They are Seymour Duncan Triple Shots. You can get 4 settings from each pup. Full on in series, split to the front half, split to the rear half, and parallel. I had considered adding push pull pots but saw these and thought I would try them. I haven’t had them long but I like them so far. $35 each - a bit pricey but for the flexibility I gave it a shot. (No pun intended). I wanted to make this ax very versatile as I really like the way it plays AND looks. Hopefully the link will take you to more info.
    https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/...the-heck-did-that-sound-emerge-from-my-guitar
     
  15. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    Thanks!
     
  16. 62Strat

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    You are welcome!
     
  17. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Way to make it your own! Congratulations.
     
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  18. 62Strat

    62Strat New Member

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    Thanks!
     
  19. zircon encrusted tweezers

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    Super sweet mods. Way to go.
    Love your "Bat-tar!"
    My song practice list is named in my computer "The Bat List."

    I felt like I was attempting to hijack your thread so I started a new one called "Fret ends."
    Go get 'em 62!
     
  20. 62Strat

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    Thanks man, I appreciate the compliment.
     

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