Refinished CE 22

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  1. JJJ

    JJJ asleep

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    Hey guys I haven't been on in a while...

    You may remember I bought an emerald CE some time ago. The past owners played it hard, so did I for a while. I had the neck refinished and some other work done, but it ended up just feeling tired and it had run out of wire after the last fret dress. Coupled with an intermittently cloudy finish and some cracks and I thought instead of a new guitar this year it would get some TLC, because I always liked the way it sounded.

    So it's had a complete refinish, it's now a sorta faded sky blue and it's got jumbo wire on it. The original headstock face is preserved so you can still tell it's an old CE. This is all poly now. Feels identical to my other PRS which has the old acrylic top coat.

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  2. Sybo

    Sybo New Member

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    Really nice job from what I can see!!!!
     
  3. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    thats a great idea. Good job too.
     
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  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Nicely done.
    I really like the colour.
     
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    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    mookyshoots Mom always told me I was special

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    Aahzz Bluebeard Member

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    Sweet!!
     
  9. Warmart

    Warmart Fani PRSi

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    Wise choice, I bet you're one happy camper! Looking awesome!
     
  10. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    Sweet and welcome back!!
     
  11. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    That is really well done. Congrats!
     
  12. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules I'm sailing

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    Very cool! How about a “before” pic for comparison.
     
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  13. bodia

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

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    Looks sweet! Good call.
     
  14. JJJ

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    Yeah I'll try dig a decent one up that shows how dull it could get in natural light... I liked the emerald but half the time you couldn't tell it had a maple top on it at all
     
  15. JJJ

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    here's a before. From memory that's natural light and an overhead downlight. It's not so obvious in this image but the areas around the horns and upper bout are all cloudy (especially in the spoon cut). The first winter I had it, those areas almost turned white. Emerald is a pretty colour, so long as your clearcoat stays clear and you've got a nice top under it

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    The only issue I have now is setup related... I'm not sure the luthier was used to PRS trems so the screws were a bit off and it wasn't sitting on its knife edge in the grooves properly when I got it. I think the knife edges might be damaged but because this was so beat up before and I hardly used the trem, it could have been that way all along. It doesn't quite return to pitch after using the trem, so I'm thinking of blocking it or replacing the bridge plate. I'm thinking of finding a nice dry block of timber and blocking the thing off
     
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  16. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules I'm sailing

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    Oh yeah baby! Green to blue... that’s a win in everyone’s book. With one notable exception. :)
     
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  17. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    Beautifully done.
     
  18. tyfu20

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    Very nice!
     
  19. Jo-

    Jo- f-hole lover

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    I love the original emerald but you did a spiffy job too with the new finish. Very nice
     
  20. dogrocketp

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

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    The new color is fantastic, because as most of us know, blue guitars sound better. Before you replace anything on the trem, look at the position of the trem claw. I have a 2003 CE 24 that would never stay in tune, no matter what we did. I was adjusting the claw one day when it dawned on me that the position looked odd. After some investigation, I figured out that the screws had been drilled at the wrong angle, and that was why the springs slipped. Enter Philtone Music of Baltimore. Phil plugged the holes with a dowel that was glued in, and redrilled new ones. I also had him put in a brass trem claw. He used to work at the factory, so he knew how the claw should be set in. After 4 years of not being able to play it, it’s now a gig staple. This guitar had also been rode hard and put away wet. Enjoy yours to the max.
     
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