SE Hollowbody Standard, pics and teardown

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  1. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Boredumb. Taking apart my newest guitar just for grins.



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    Looking around the insides, everything is precision carved and fits tight. I tried to get some photos but it's a ***** trying to get the camera up in there.



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    As for the wiring and such, the pots are Alpha, though they are shiny with brass parts as opposed to the dull grey Alphas usually are. They even used little adhesive plastic clips on the insides to keep the wires running in the right places.



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  2. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

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    Thanks for doing what I didn’t have the guts to do. :D
     
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  3. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Cool!

    So if I'm seeing it right, is the top super thick where the pickups are (like the core guitars)?
     
  4. bodia

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

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    Sure looks that way.

    Thanks for doing this, John.
     
  5. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    I was surprised at how thick it was, but it turns out those are support bars like on an acoustic guitar. If you put your finger in there, those are only maybe 1/4" thick or so. I really don't know how that would compare to a US model.
     
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  6. 88prs

    88prs OCD for PRS

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    So, how does it sound? Is there a style it's best suited for?
     
  7. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    I uh... fingered it again (don't tell my wife) and I think there's a block in there, not just rails. It's glued to the top and supports the pickups and neck tenon in between the neck and bridge.

    @88prs I am primarily a rock player, and I've been irrationally obsessed with finding a good hollowbody for probably 10 years. The PRS Core models were outside my price range. I splurged on a used Knaggs at one point that was a ridiculous deal (probably because it was gloss black) but couldn't justify the $$ for what wasn't going to be the best sounding guitar I owned for what I do. So far this SE is one of the best combinations of good tones and quality for a reasonable price. It works for rock, the rest of our band approves of me using it so it's sitting in mixes well. It would work for Jazz most likely as the neck pickup is pretty mellow.

    I have been toying with the idea of putting in some Lollartrons or similar, just because I already have several really good humbucker guitars.
     
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  8. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    Coolness!
     
  9. dogrocketp

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

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    Thanks, John. You’ve answered almost every question I had about mine, except one. The headstock is thicker than the other SE’s, so I couldn’t drop my hipshot tuners in. Has anyone found a locking replacement yet? The only thing I don’t like about the guitar is the tuners. Shawn? Do you have an idea?
     
  10. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Hipshot make them in different post heights. You can get them individually from Hipshot, or it's worth an email to SportHiTech to see if they can hook you up with a set of taller posts.
     
  11. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    Yup. They have super customer service. They’ll set you straight.
     
  12. snfrd84

    snfrd84 New Member

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    Great looking axe. I'm looking at this one, or the II, but just the flame top is different between the two?
     
  13. RallyFanatic

    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    standard is laminated mahogany top/back/sides for a warmer sound, the II is laminated maple top/back/sides for a brighter sound. They’re pretty much the same otherwise other than the II having bound f holes as well.

    I have bright amps, so I’m leaning toward the standard. The forum-correct answer is to get both!
     
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  14. snfrd84

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    Thanks. Makse sense. I'm using a Helix.
     
  15. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    The II has a mahogany rim.

    I don't see it specified on the PRS site, but I remember reading somewhere the Standard is three-ply and the II is five-ply.
     
  16. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

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    The PRS SE locking tuners fit perfectly in mine.
     
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  17. John Beef

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    I broke out the calipers and measured. The Hollowbody's headstock is slightly thicker by only about a half a millimeter compared to my two core guitars and SE277.

    Oh, I just couldn't contain my boredom, I mean curiosity, so I bought a $25 endoscope camera on Amazon so I can get better internal shots.
     
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  18. RallyFanatic

    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    Well, this thread was the final straw - I now have a new Standard in fire red burst incoming...
     
  19. bodia

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

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    Yes!
     
  20. dogrocketp

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

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    Thank you, Garrett! I went through my parts, and sure enough, there was a set with longer posts and the correct UMP plates. Duh! I had to measure my headstock. It’s 2.25 mm thicker than my others. Does anyone have a little bridge lean? By the way, I heard a rumor from a certain COO that Brian E might like the standard a little better.
     
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