SE Mods

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

  1. mookyshoots

    mookyshoots New Member

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    I have one of the red SE245's and so far, I've swapped out the pickups and caps for a set of DiMarzio 36th Annivesary PAFs and Mojotone paper-in-oil caps. I still need to go back in and do a volume mod on both volume pots. I'll eventually get around to a new nut and some locking tuners.

    Overall, these are great guitars.
     
  2. gjrp18

    gjrp18 New Member

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    No need to do some routing on the body? Im thinking changing the pickups to humbucker. I want to put dimarzio pafpro on it. Do i need F spaced pickup?
     
  3. ESPImperium

    ESPImperium New Member

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    PRS Mike Mushok SE Baritone

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    Schaller M6 lockint Tuners
    Di Marzio Air Norton DP193 (Bridge)/Di Marzio 36th Anniversary Bridge DP223 (Neck) (Ibanez style wiring)
    CTS Pots
    5 Way Allparts Superswitch
    ESP LTD F-50 Black Metal Knobs

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  4. Harw00d

    Harw00d New Member

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    Heres my SE245 mods...

    -Planet Waves locking and auto-trim tuners
    - Jim Dunlop Strap Locks
    -Warman Guitars wrap around bridge with individual adjustable saddles
    -Warman Guitars HB-P90 in the neck
    -Warman Guitars Destroyer Humbucker in the bridge
    -Bridge pick-up wired for series / coil tap / parallel & phase reversal using two micro switches.

    sorry for the poor quality of the picture,

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  5. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Harw00d New Member

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  7. Bainesbucker

    Bainesbucker Custom 22 Appreciator

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    Love this stuff :congrats:, was thinking of doing a similar thing to my SE Tremonti UK Custom as your SE Standard.
    What kind of Tremel-No did you use on it?:dontknow::dontknow:
    How easy are the Schallers to put in?:dontknow:
    Can you coil tap all Bareknuckle humbuckers?:dontknow:
    Would you recommend replacing all pots, jacks and switches?:dontknow:
    Thanks!!:cheers:
     
  8. Mikegarveyblues

    Mikegarveyblues Cream Crackered

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    For the BKP pups you'd need to order them with 4 conducter wiring. I'd also recommend short legs. For the SE's a bridge pup with either 50mm or 53mm spacing will be fine.
     
  9. Bainesbucker

    Bainesbucker Custom 22 Appreciator

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    I see you used switches for coil tap and phase reverse, but what pot would you recommend for a push/pull coil tap? Was thinking the PRS USA one (500k), also how easy is the Tremol-No to put in (any pictures of the process)?
    Thanks:beer:
     
  10. prsrocker1988

    prsrocker1988 New Member

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    SE on the left got a new nut, locking tuners, Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB pickups, and new electronics.
     
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  11. Saruman

    Saruman New Member

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    SE Santana mod

    I've got a PRS SE Santana II, 2003 I think (D serial):
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    Beautiful sound, except for the low/open frets of the G string. Hence a trip to the guitar tech, and in came the following stuff:
    * Gibson Classic '57 P'ups
    * Orange Drop
    * Gibson pots
    * new wiring and jack
    * Gibson straplocks
    (take one guess which type of guitars my tech usually services :p ). Quite happy with the sound now - no need for further mods until I learn to play better than I do now :eek:
     
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  12. jbloggs

    jbloggs New Member

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    My SE Tremonti

    upgraded with Chrome covered hand-wound vintage paf style pickups and out-of-phase pull-push tone knob

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  13. oceantracks

    oceantracks New Member

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    Hey guys, I picked up PRS SE Standard a few years ago at Sam Ash. I would like to put locking tuners on it, and perhaps figure out a way to do a coil tap.

    First off, could someone point me to what locking tuners FIT this guitar, and where I get them? Is this a simple matter of unscrewing what is on there and just putting on the new ones or is something a tech has to do?

    Thanks!
    Tom
     
  14. Mikegarveyblues

    Mikegarveyblues Cream Crackered

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    There are drop in replacement tuners. Someone else will be able to name the exact models, but I know they're available.

    Coil tap may be more problematic if you have the stock pups or pups with two conducter wiring.
     
  15. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Grover 406c's are the drop in replacements that PRS recommends, but I think there may be one or two other models that drop in also, just surf back through older threads to see what others have used. I like the 406c's fine though. But quite honestly, I would recommend a new nut before new tuners. For coil taps, if you have the original pickups, you'll have to go in and add a wire lead to the wire that connects the coils. Not a bad job if you're familiar with how a tapped pickup works and you know how to solder, but if not I'd leave it to a tech.
     
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  16. Mikegarveyblues

    Mikegarveyblues Cream Crackered

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  17. prsrocker1988

    prsrocker1988 New Member

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    Definitely fix the nut first. You might not need the locking tuners (depending if yours is a trem model). I made the mistake of getting tuners first. Still wouldn't hold tune. Got a new nut put in and voila.
     
  18. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    +3. The tuners work great IMHO. I had some Gotoh magnum locking tuners (a direct fit) on my SE Santana for a long time and they were fine. I took them off and put the original tuners back on and have had no trouble.

    Also, I have added a coil split wire to a SE humbucker in the past. It's really not too hard to do provided you have experience soldering and stuff.
     
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  19. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    I did new tuners because I didn't like the feel of the stock ones. I got the locking Grover minis. Great tuners. A good tech could tweak the nut if the strings are hanging up. I just swapped mine out for bone.
     
  20. prsrocker1988

    prsrocker1988 New Member

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    Unfortunately mine had to be replaced (nut). He couldn't get them to not stick so he just put in a new nut and voila. He's a PRS dealer too, great guy. Does all of my guitar/amp repairs.
     

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