SE Mods

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by slev, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. TroyBaer

    TroyBaer Really knows where his towel is.

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    The one wonky thing to keep in mind about putting covers on SE pickups is that the string spacings are different -- the neck pickup has a 50mm spacing, but the bridge pickup has a 52mm spacing.

    FWIW, I got the covers I put on my SE Cu24's pickups from Philadelphia Luthier Supply via eBay.
     
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  2. Mr.Koozie

    Mr.Koozie New Member

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    Yep. I measured them right before you posted this and I came up with the same measurements. I just checked out a photo of your latest CU24 and the pickup covers look great. Thanks for the tip!
     
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  3. Mr.Koozie

    Mr.Koozie New Member

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    Now I can't decide which - raw nickel or nickel plated silver. What do you guys think?
     
  4. TroyBaer

    TroyBaer Really knows where his towel is.

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    Raw nickel is going to have more of a weathered "vintage" look. Also, do you want the pickup covers to match more closely to the saddles (raw nickel) or the rest of the hardware (nickel-silver)?
     
  5. Mr.Koozie

    Mr.Koozie New Member

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    I ordered the silver finish this morning. I like things that are shiny.
     
  6. prscat33511

    prscat33511 New Member

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    Oriented or un oriented
    polished??
    Does that stuff matter ?
    thanks !!
     
  7. TroyBaer

    TroyBaer Really knows where his towel is.

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    My only experience has been with polished A4 and polished, oriented A5 magnets. (A4 is always unoriented IIRC.)
     
  8. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Slightly off topic, has anyone put an A4 in a DGT neck pickup?
     
  9. TroyBaer

    TroyBaer Really knows where his towel is.

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    Dunno. Given its PAFishness, it may have an A4 magnet from the factory. (I wish PRS were more forthcoming about which Alnicos they use in which pickups...)
     
  10. jimistephen

    jimistephen New Member

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    I wish they were a little more forth coming with it also. It's just a guitar, whether or not it's a cheap tesco or a PRS Private stock the parts are the same. If you just do it right the first time then you're going to get a really good playing and sounding instrument. I wonder where I've heard that before...

    If all fairness, if someone wanted to get prs pups and take them a part the could reverse engineer the pickups. You might as well tell us and then just do the quality better than anyone else.
     
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  11. Coldvisions34

    Coldvisions34 New Member

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    Here's is a few of the projects I've got going on a couple of Mushok Baritones. Filled in the neck pup cavity and the selector switch. Brand new wiring harness, USA Phase II tuners, Graphtech nuts, clear lampshade knobs, a Bareknuckle Juggernauts in the surf green and a Bareknuckle Aftermath in the black one.

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  12. Duffy

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    This looks like a very special guitar - Slash alnico pro II's, Schaller Locking Tuners, LP Fifties wiring. Does it sound as good as I think it does? And are those Jumbo frets?
     
  13. nprince

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    Where can I get decals like yours? I am wanting to mod my prs se santana. Could you send me a pm? Thanks!
     
  14. Kridedude

    Kridedude New Member

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    Greets from Finland, here's my PRS SE Fredrik Åkesson.
    Probably going to get some hating but I sanded off the 'SE Fredrik Åkesson' text off the headstock :eek:. Not going to scam anyone, I just think it looks classier. This one is a keeper for sure! I'll probably dye the headstock but looks better IRL than in the pics. Much darker.

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  15. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Killer!!!
     
  16. markintime

    markintime Wood Grain Devotee

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    With a top like that, I can't believe it's an SE. Beautiful!
     
  17. Kridedude

    Kridedude New Member

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    Cheers! I lightly rubbed some black stain on the couple of 'oversanded' spots. Looks better now.
    Other stuff I've done to her I installed a Tusq XL nut, raw nickel covers on the original pickups (SE245), Schaller strap locks and I switched the control layout around.

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  18. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I think you did a great job with the headstock - it does look nice and classy. And I also like the raw nickel pup covers - my SE ZM completely changed looks when I put covers on the pups.

    How did you alter the control layout? I can't remember whether the Akesson (stock) is like a classic LP, or something else...
     
  19. Kridedude

    Kridedude New Member

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    I switched them around like on Gibson LPs for instance but the bridge volume would be the one closer to the bridge. It used to be like V-V top and T-T under them.
     
  20. pac90

    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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    That's a really nice guitar. I think the colour and finish is excellent and the quilt looks fantastic. I also think that a separate tone for the bridge pickup is perhaps a better configuration than 2 vol and 1 tone.
     

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