SE Mods

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

  1. NazgulUK

    NazgulUK Oops I did it again

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    :D
     
  2. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Ooh, I have an old set of drums that sound great but are in rough shape cosmetically. This would be a good source for new wraps.
     
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  3. NazgulUK

    NazgulUK Oops I did it again

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    I've ordered some samples to get the right type :)
     
  4. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    My latest mods

    Re-covered headstock of Santana and back plates, new TRC
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    Got a second Benie a couple of weeks ago and decided, If Joe Walsh can have a signature McCarty, then so can Bernie.

    PRS SE Bernie Marsden "McCarty" Singlecut
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    Mods are =
    Custom Ebony & MOP McCarty TRC
    Gotoh SD-90 HAP machineheads
    PRS "Core" tailpiece
    PRS "Core" McCarty pickups
    Upgraded wiring & pots
    Push / push tone pot for coil split
    Russian K40P-2 .022 Paper In Oil Capacitor
    Gold bell knobs
    Wide nickel strap buttons
    Pure Tone (4 point) Jack Socket

    Just deciding how to finish the headstocks on my 2 Bernie's now?
     
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  5. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 16 years of crappy tone

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    Fantastic! Btw, I love both but that Bernie is just killer.
     
  6. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    Decided that since I'd covered the headstocks on a couple of my SE's I'd give all of them a little attention. All guitars feature upgraded wiring, switches, pots and 4 point full contact jack sockets.

    First up is the Nick Catanese (werewolf). This was virtually finished but never liked the headstock.
    Refinished the headstock in textured wood wrap and raised silver PRS logo
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    The full guitar
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    Complete mods i=
    Vinyl headstock overlay with raised silver logo
    Custom Ebony & MOP TRC
    Gotoh SG-381 machineheads
    Bone tuner buttons
    EMG 85 Bridge pickup
    EMG 81 Neck pickup
    Schroeder aluminium adjustable tailpiece with brass saddles
    Upgraded wiring & pots
    24 Volt Modification
    Black numberless speed knobs
    Wide nickel strap buttons
    Pure Tone (4 point) Jack Socket

    Next up Chris Robertson
    Refinished the headstock in vinyl wood wrap
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    The full guitar
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    Complete mods =
    Vinyl headstock overlay (waiting on gold raised logo)
    Custom Ebony & MOP TRC
    Wilkinson hybrid machineheads
    PRS 57/08 bridge pickup
    Custom wound alnico 3 P-90 neck pickup
    PRS "Core" Adjustable aluminiun bridge
    Upgraded wiring & pots
    Spraque Hyrel .022 Paper In Oil capacitor
    "Core" black lampshade knobs
    Wide gold strap buttons
    Pure Tone (4 point) Jack Socket

    My Santana/Custom 22 Hybrid
    Refinished the headstock in vinyl wood wrap with black eagle
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    The full guitar
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    Complete mods =
    Vinyl headstock overlay with black eagle decal
    Custom Maple TRC
    Gotoh SG-381 machineheads
    Ebony tuner buttons
    PRS Dragon II pickups
    Milled solid brass hybrid tremolo
    Upgraded wiring & pots
    5 way rotary switch
    Russian K40P-2 .022 Paper In Oil capacitor
    "Core" amber lampshade knobs
    Wide nickel strap buttons
    Pure Tone (4 point) Jack Socket

    Bernie Marsden "The Beast"
    Refinished the headstock in matt black vinyl with "Bernie Marsden" signature
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    The full guitar
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    Complete mods =
    Vinyl headstock overlay with Cream "Bernie" signature
    Custom Ebony & MOP TRC
    Gotoh SD-90 HAP machineheads
    Custom wound alnico III pickups
    ABM aluminium wraparound tailpiece
    Upgraded wiring & pots
    Russian K40P-2 .022 Paper In Oil capacitor
    Gold bell knobs
    Wide nickel strap buttons
    Pure Tone (4 point) Jack Socket

    Finally we come to the latest SE I've acquired - a 2nd BM. with this one I thought if Joe Walsh can have a signature McCarty, so can Bernie.

    Refinished the headstock in Red burl wood vinyl with "Bernie Marsden" signature
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    The full guitar
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    Complete mods =
    Vinyl headstock overlay with Cream "Bernie" signature
    Custom Ebony & MOP "McCarty" TRC
    Gotoh SD-90 HAP machineheads
    PRS McCarty pickups
    PRS "Core" aluminium wraparound tailpiece
    Upgraded wiring & pots
    Russian K40P-2 .022 Paper In Oil capacitor
    PRS "core" amber lampshade knobs
    Wide nickel strap buttons
    Pure Tone (4 point) Jack Socket
     
  7. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 16 years of crappy tone

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    Noice!!! Where did you get that silver prs signature decal btw?
     
  8. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    Its listed on ebay. they are pretty good - words are a little close, but easily respaced when applying. they are press and stick, so no messing around with waterslide decals
     
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  9. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 16 years of crappy tone

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    Found it! I might rather go that direction than do the waterslide. Those work about half the time for me. Thanks!

    And that Bernie...oh, that is my favorite of all of them.
     
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  10. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    The ones on the bernies are similar but the guy will make them from any clear signature in various colours.

    It is Bernies actual signature (photographed from the inner page of his "tales of tone & volume book"
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  11. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 16 years of crappy tone

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    Thats great! I was wondering where you got that one.
     
  12. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    I have a signed first pressing of "Dude where's my guitar" but that signatures gold on black and hard to photo/scan. I also have the PRS covered version of "Tales of tone and volume" that is limited to 300 copies. this has a white page with gibson headstock outline has bernie signed and also tells you your number out of the 300.
     
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  13. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 16 years of crappy tone

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    Very cool. I sorta wanted to stick a PRS logo on my Soltero. My nefarious plan was to turn that into a sort of hypothetical SE McCarty, which will probably never exist, but I wanted to drop PRS parts on her to bring it up to that idea.
     
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  14. Dante Treccase

    Dante Treccase New Member

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    2021 zach myers, prs phase iii locking tuners, tusk nut, push pull pots, black lampshade knobs, white pickup rings and switch tip, gold hardware. looking to get a mannmade bridge and bare knuckle emeralds soon.
     
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  15. NazgulUK

    NazgulUK Oops I did it again

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    Thanks to @Alnus Rubra for the source for brass studs, they're WAY nicer than the image on the shop website suggests!

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  16. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Looking good brother.
     
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  17. aphantomvaper

    aphantomvaper New Member

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    Go Alnus!
     
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  18. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    That looks noice!! The unfinished/brushed brass look is my fav. I take it that’s a secret Scottish source? ;)
     
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  19. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Aye!;)
     
  20. Dolebludger

    Dolebludger New Member

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    I installed PRS locking tuners on my 2012 Orianthi SE. makes string changes easier. I also installed a brass trem block. Lastly, I installed a screw - type trem block. The last two mods really improved tone and sustain IMO.
     
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