Should i buy spare parts?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Cris_muschilensis, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Cris_muschilensis

    Cris_muschilensis Amateur Extraordinaire

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    The reason to ask this is, considering my guitar has 27 years old and of course, some parts have wear on that time (specially the mechanical ones) like the rotary switch for example. That one has me intrigued because i've read that the one that has a pcb is different working than the "waffer" one. Also, considering i live far from any original spare parts source, should I invest in it? The switch is my main concern for now (i was looking the one from Stew Mac that seems to be cheaper) but also was thinking in importing a new nut and maybe some condensers for the tone/bleed. All of this was in my head,while also considering i have some tunning stability issues.

    I read you guys!
     
  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    My oldest PRS is only 25. I’ve never felt the need for spare parts and don’t expect to start stashing any away.

    I do have a spare guitar though, so I'd still be in business if I ever had to wait for a replacement part to get here.
     
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  3. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I started picking up 5 way rotary switches just because I saw them on CL and thought I'd like to have a couple spares. I also bought a couple nuts from the PRS store. That's about all I'd need. I did have to replace the switch on my 88 CE but if you look around you can find a direct replacement.
     
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  4. RallyFanatic

    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    Better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them!

    That being said I have zero replacement parts for any of my guitars, but enough strings to get me to 2022.
     
  5. helmi

    helmi single & satin

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    I’m the weirdo. I have spare switches, pots, and nuts for my satin singlecuts.
     
  6. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    I thought that was Viagra.:D
     
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  7. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    “It’s always better looking at them, then looking for them.”
    If it’s a part that isn’t made anymore, absolutely grab it while you can.
     
  8. Jazzedout

    Jazzedout More Guitars than Time...

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    I am still kicking myself for not trying to source 513 white scalloped nuts that were put on the early Brazilian 513s....
     
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  9. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    The PRS Accessory Store has drop-in replacement electronics, including the "rotary switch" electronics for CU22/24 guitars. Although, I don't see any "sweet switch" options--so if that's part of it, I'm afraid those are long-gone from ready-to-install status. (Though I'm sure there's sources who have figured out the components and could tell you how to rebuild those, too.)
     
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