PRS S2 Standard 22 Guitar Modification Project

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  1. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Very nice!
     
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  2. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    I was just mostly being contrary to DRP, Paul changed out the metal buttons to plastic to save weight on the headstock which was explained as a tone improvement.

    Ebony buttons are going to be lighter than metal ones in any case. I would definitely go ebony myself!
     
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  3. littlebadboy

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    In my desire to go as black as possible, I swapped my bridge with a WD black bridge. It was affordable at $60+ shipped from eBay. I had to use my stock saddles and screws though as they seem to be better to me.

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    Is it a good bridge? I don't know! Let's see when I put the guitar back together if I just wasted $$$ that I could have saved instead for that Mann bridge. I also had a custom pickguard made. It will have a black anodized look. I'll post pictures when I get it.

    I hope I installed it right...

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    I also got ebony buttons.
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  4. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Looks like you could tighten the trem claw a little, so that it’s level with the guitar top.

    Check out John Mann’s you tube video of trem installation, if you haven’t already.
     
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  5. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    Heh, I don't think there are any strings on that, and it's just floppin' about at the moment. ;)

    Here's the thing, when you have 6 knife edges and 6 divots, you have to match each one up pretty dang exact not to have any tuning stab problems or damage possibilities.

    As long as the base plate on that thing is perfectly flat, and all the screw notches line up perfectly with that, it's not going to be a problem.

    If they are not ... well, you may find out why Mann charges as much as he does for that bridge. I don't think there's a cheap way to get the precision he does.
     
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  6. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    The strings will pull the back of the trem up even more, so adjustment will be required.;)
     
  7. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Oh I just wedged the trem block. That's why it's not level. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
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  8. littlebadboy

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    I watchd Mann's video and used a 2.5mm allen hex wrench as a feeler gauge.

    Strangely, the WD bridge screw did not have a groove for the knife edge. So, I used the original ones. Let's see if I just wasted money.
     
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  9. John Mann

    John Mann olslowhand
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    There is... I offer any bridge I make in black nickel.
     
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  10. littlebadboy

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    Yes sir, I found that out already. Your bridges do look well made and all. But, I cannot afford it at the moment with a humble public teacher pay. I will try to save for it.Thanks for checking my thread!
     
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  11. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Black Nickel or as some call it Ruthenium is so sexy!
     
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  12. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Oh heck yeah! I just can't afford it now. I might go for the plain PRS/MANN Vibrato bridge when I'm ready.
     
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  13. bodia

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

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    Agree completely
     
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  14. littlebadboy

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    I think the WD bridge is not working out. I may have to get the plain PRS/MANN Vibrato bridge.
     
  15. Eddie kim

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    What’s going on?
     
  16. littlebadboy

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    As I mentioned earlier, the WD bridge screws did not have a groove for the knife edge. So, I used the original ones. I noticed this afternoon that when I dip the trem arm down, the bridge is clicking in and out the groove of the screw at the 1st string. I also noticed that the bridge is kinda flexing too. The knife hole on the 6th string was also not perfectly circle as if it bleeded out of the mold when it was made.
     
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  17. dogrocketp

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

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    The picture of the bridge saddles also showed them at the wrong height. Borrow somebody’s radius gauge to get them set up properly. You need a 10”. This is truly a badazz guitar.
     
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  18. littlebadboy

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    Ordered one on eBay! Thanks!
     
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  19. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Here he is with the Mann bridge in black nickel with nickel saddles, anodized look pick guard by WD, ebony tuner buttons, and all!

    Presenting, Darth Paul...

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  20. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    Looks truly killer!

    How is the bridge stability with the strings on, did is sort out that issue?
     

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