SE Mods

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

  1. DK88DFW

    DK88DFW I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV.

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    Haven't noticed much of a difference vs. stock tuners, if anything there might be a negligible decrease in weight on the headstock end, due to the shorter posts. I opted for the ones that lock from the top with a coin for this reason alone.

    I like 'em. The one thing you have to be careful with is overtightening the cap of the tuning post, because occasionally it'll cause string breakage at the tuning post (which I had NEVER encountered prior to buying these Gotohs). Definitely worth the $50/set I paid for them. And... they do drop right in.

    Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been on here in many months.
     
  2. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    It started with simple Lampshade knobs...
    ... expensive little buggers.

    Then US wiring harness with push/pull because the SE switch wouldn't select the neck half the time. The US switch is just rock solid.
    While I was at it, I added the US HFS/VB pups.
    Mann-made trem once they're in stock again. Although this one stays very much in tune I found on my CE24 that the tremolo adds to tone (or in Paul's words "subtracts less").

    The new switch required some dremel action.

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  3. bodia

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

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  4. Korina Jack

    Korina Jack New Member

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  5. testedone

    testedone New Member

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    Here is my new to me PRS SE Custom 24..

    I have owned in the past U.S. models of CU24 and McCarty and I am honestly amazed at the SE...

    I bought used off of Reverb and for the price with the below mods, I thought why not.... :)

    DiMarzio Crunch Lab
    Bone Nut
    Schaller locking tuners


    Questions/Recommendations

    My input jack is a scratchy at times, what can it be replaced with?

    Bridge, looking at Mann bridge block, but wondering if it is worth it to change the saddles out?

    Also the 3 way seems a bit cheezy but other than that works fine

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  6. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    The PRS jack with plate will not cover the original screw holes https://us.prsaccessories.com/products/output-jack-1-4

    Any other quality jack should help
    http://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_...n=2017-05-gp&gclid=COH_gOCo8tMCFYpgfgodJ1ILlQ

    Are you saying change out saddles only on original trem or change saddles in MannMade bridge?
    I just ordered another MannMade. I also thought about just getting the upgrade kit with block, saddles, springs and screws. I went for the whole piece because I really the beefier trem arm that comes with it.

    I Also think a blade that's only a 3 way is goofy. I prefer mine with the 3 way toggle, but you could change your blade to a 5-way and add some coil split positions.
     
  7. testedone

    testedone New Member

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  9. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    You're looking at the PRS trem in that link. The MannMade is cheaper and should fit. I put one in my CE24 which came with the Korean bridge.
    http://www.mannmadeusa.com/products/bridges/vibrato-bridges/2000-nos-prs-bridge/

    Just go easy on the screws. Make sure to check the hole size and they should go in real smoothly.
     
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  10. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    I switched the wiring, pots and switch out on my SE. Much more solid with US parts. There were some differences in shaft and hole sizes between US and SE.
    Pics are not too far above in this thread.

    I have no idea on the blade switches.
     
  11. testedone

    testedone New Member

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    Yeah I figured if I change the pot's out for US I will replace the knobs as well... The blade switch I will ask Mann if they know?
     
  12. testedone

    testedone New Member

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    Looking at the Mann made NOS bridge it does not come with the bridge block hence why I was looking at the complete PRS bridge setup referenced above....
     
  13. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    The Mann NOS is milled as one piece so the bridge deck and block are not separate.
     
  14. testedone

    testedone New Member

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    Ok that makes sense then... that would be a better route
     
  15. Kridedude

    Kridedude New Member

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    I think I'm done with my mods now for the Åkesson sig. Installed a set of Schaller M6 locking tuners couple of days ago to finish the build. Might redo the headstock decal later on...

    Mods include TusqXL nut, Schaller M6 locking tuners, Schaller 455 bridge, Bare Knuckle Pickups Cold Sweat set and Hosco (MIJ) electronics. The bridge posts are stock locking Tonepros.

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  16. bodia

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

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    Nice!
     
  17. dogrocketp

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

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    Both the Schroeder and the Mannmade bridge are solid and milled, so you don`t encounter the string issue. In addition, I believe the solid mass subtracts less from the tone formula. Also, the locking studs give you an immovable mass of metal that is sure to transfer the string vibrations better.
     
  18. Jim

    Jim New Member

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    Ah, my SE Mods, both of them. I have altered the neck for slide, and put on 11s.
     
  19. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    ok... finally done. US EVERYTHING
    ('everything' that didn't require or leave visible drilling, such as jackplate and tuners)

    - US HFS/VB
    - PRS Pickup Rings
    - MannMade NOS2000 Trem
    - PRS 3-way, pots (push/pull tone), lampshade knobs
    - PRS core nut
    - PRS core strap buttons
    - Switchcraft jack

    I found the 85/15S pups harsh, plus I was curious what HFS/VBs sound like. Very happy with them.
    The MannMade trem (and probably the nut to an extent) took it from pretty dark to clear and full, with core competing sustain.
    Serious tone machine now.

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    ooooh, shiny...
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  20. blueboxer

    blueboxer New Member

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    Here's my modded SE Custom 24 Anniversary...

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    I refinished the headstock face (stain/ tung oil), added Kluson locking tuners, vintage audio taper 500k CTS pots w/ 180pf mica treble bleed cap & .022 Sprague PIO tone cap, installed cast alnico II & IV magnets in the pickups, replaced all the wiring with vintage style steel braid and cloth wires and various rosewood replace parts.
     
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