PRS S2 Standard 22 Guitar Modification Project

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  1. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Hello all!

    Back in the early 90's I saw this ad in a guitar magazine.

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    It was different compared to the mainstream super strats and Les Paul types at the time. I wanted one. But being in a 3rd world country, I couldn't afford one.

    But now that I am here stateside with a better life, the closest I could get is a PRS S2 Standard 22. Not a full American guitar, but it was good!

    This was my demo of the guitar:



    And these are the pictures in its original stock specs:

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    The original PRS #7 pickups were good, but I wanted more! I opted for a Dimarzio D Activator X set. A forum friend was so kind enough to wire it up plus more on my pickguard!

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    The wiring is an art piece!

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    It now has the following:
    DiMarzio D-Activator X bridge and neck
    Schaller Megaswitch "T"
    Emerson Pro CTS 1meg volume pot
    C&K USA DPDT Mini Toggle Switches
    Geesatis Open Black Humbucker Covers
    CTS 250k SPST Split Shaft Push/Pull Pot
    Pure Tone Jack

    The Pure Tone jack has a different "feel" than a Switchcraft jack when putting the 1/4" cord plug into it. It has a very solid double "click" because of its design, as opposed to the normal single "click" of a Switchcraft jack.

    The Schaller Megaswitch operates like a normal 3 way switch... rearward is the bridge p/u, middle position is both p/u's and frontwards is the neck pickup.

    It has 2 mini toggles, the front switch is for the neck p/u, and the rear switch is for the bridge p/u. In the "downward" positions, the pickups are in series. In the upward positions, the pickups are in parallel. They give the guitar tremendous control over the guitars overall tone depending on what position the switches are set to, and what the Megaswitch is set to.

    The tone control is normally out of the circuit. It is engaged when you pull the tone knob up. It is a 250k CTS pot with a .01uF CRL ceramic disc cap. It will give a clean tone, an overdriven "blues" tone, or a high gain tone. It will have the full potential of the p/u's output when the tone knob is "down" in its normal position, since the tone pot and cap are disengaged in that position.

    The volume pot is 1 meg . This will result in the most output the pickups are able to produce, short of wiring them directly to the jack! It also has a treble bleed circuit, with a 220k resistor and a .006uF cap wired in parallel.

    The guitar is with the luthier now for a set up. He will be installing the loaded pickguard too. I will be posting the final pictures when it is done!
     
    #1 littlebadboy, Nov 30, 2019
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2019
  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Owner!
    I like it.
     
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  3. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules I'm sailing

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    Very cool guitar, and very cool set of mods! DIG!
     
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  4. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Sweet
     
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  5. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Nice mods!
     
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  6. bodia

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

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    Way to be a fookin’ owner! Love it!
     
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  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Nice work. Stage name, Darth Paul (Reed Smith) by any chance? ;)
     
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  8. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Darth Paul it is!
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Bangin’!
     
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  10. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    That is a quality wiring job.
     
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  11. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    Nice upgrades
     
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  12. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Here's my Darth Paul!

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    It sounds amazing! Sound samples will be coming soon!
     
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  13. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Sorry, it’s not black enough.
     
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  14. bodia

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

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    Nice work!
     
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  15. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    I know! There's not much parts choices for the S2! But I will be replacing the tuner buttons to ebony black ones.

    Any improving difference if I opted for the original PRS plastic black buttons aside from it being cheaper?
     
  16. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Beats me, but I never heard anyone say " I think I'll put more plastic on my guitar to make it sound better"
     
  17. frankencat

    frankencat Guitarded

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    What about per coating the bridge black? How cool would that be? :D
     
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  18. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    I believe Paul said exactly that when he chose the tuner buttons on both the new 594 and the John Mayer signature.
     
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  19. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    I have not been in America for long. Sometimes, I can't read between the lines. I am not sure what you guys mean, but would it matter if the tuner buttons are plastic or ebony?
     
  20. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Yeah I wish there was a black bridge option.
     

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