PRS 1986

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  1. Wolf

    Wolf New Member

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    Hi guys, so I´m about to buy a prs from "1986". The only problem is that there has been some work done to it and im trying to figure out whats original and what has been changed on the guitar.

    The paint has unfortunately been stripped and someone has tried enlarge (?) the space where the pots are placed. Main question though is how to date the potts and the guitar and how i see if the pickups and threeway swich are original or not.
    The main problem is that when the paint was stripped the serial number was stripped too, so is there anny way to actually claim that it is from 1986???
    And if the case is original, but i doubt it...
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    Dont have too many photos but here are some, hope they can give some clues atleast...
     
  2. Wolf

    Wolf New Member

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  3. swede71

    swede71 Tja ba!Läget?

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    Looks cool!I don't like the pickuprings though,looks too much Ibanez for me :)
     
  4. Wolf

    Wolf New Member

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    And something tells me that the threeway switch and one of the pots have at least switched position
     
  5. JMintzer

    JMintzer Bobble Head Moderator
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    Why is there a screw at just below the neck heel???
     
  6. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    My guess (and only a guess) is that is where a previous owner installed the strap button, and the screw there "hides" the hole.
     
  7. toothace

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

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    Yikes! Wonder what this beauty looked like originally...
     
  8. DHW

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    That's probably what's holding the neck on after some accident. Lol
     
  9. Jester

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    Pix of the pickup cavities?

    In any event, the mods have killed the collector value. Get it for the right price, sell off the T & B pickups, and set that bad boy up just how you like it. It'll make an awesome player.
     
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  10. gush

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

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    Just curious why you would sell the T and B pickups? Do you not like them?
     
  11. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    I'll take the pickups.
     
  12. Wolf

    Wolf New Member

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    So the T B pickups aint original?
     
  13. wardog

    wardog What the gravy and cheese!!!!

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    it looks awesome!!! as mention, the pot shown is a replacement, original may have went bad. it is an old guitar and was played. I also agree on the switch and the reason for the screw in the back (strap button). The T and B pickups I think are legit- just not everyone's favorite-- you may like them alot!!!!. I do have a question, there seems to be two holes on the front between the bridge pickup and trem. I wonder if that was for a synth setup. Also if you can get picks of the cavity so we can see writing that would be cool.
     
  14. gush

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

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    I didn't notice the midi pickup screw holes. My used CE22 has the same thing. Some idiot screwed through the maple top but the guitar was cheap and it rocks so I don't care.
     
  15. Wolf

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    I didnt notice those screw holes, but I think you´re right, I wouldn´t be surprised if they were for midi pickups... Il try to get some picks of the cavity, havent seen nor played the guitar in years, but i remember that it was an awesome player...
    Btw, shouldnt there be more than just 2 springs? and anny comments about the tuners, and how can you know if the pots and threeway switch has been changed?
     
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  16. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Are you sure that it has been stripped? Looks like a nice standard to me
     
  17. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    In 1986, the all-mahogany model known simply as "The PRS Guitar" (now referred to as the "pre-standard") was painted the same color all over. Headstock color only differed on the Customs. The headstock color on this guitar (if original) was the guitar's original color. Unless it's been removed or covered, this information can be found in one of the pickup cavities.
     
  18. Wolf

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    and the serial number is gone too, so they must have stripped the paint...
     
  19. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    That info should be in the pup cavity too. In some cases the first number (within the complete serial number) differs between the headstock and the cavity.

    If a guitar was started in December of 1985, the number might read "5_0480". If it was finished in January of 1986, the headstock might read "6_0480".

    If the pup cavity has been painted, a little sand paper will probably reveal the info.
     
  20. Wolf

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    il make sure to check the pup cavity when i get a chance!
     

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