The Siggy Mira Special - Wanda

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by justmund, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    778
    As mentioned in the Modified Monday thread, here's the build of my S2 Mira Semi-hollow. A bit of background first: I've got a SE Semi-hollow with 53/10s in it and my plan was always to put "Siggy" switching on it (2 x mini-toggles for the coil taps), plus some more US parts I had lying around, a toggle left over from a CE22 I put a Graphtech Ghost in, plus some US pots left over from a Stripper I put push-pulls in (that's sounds way more dirty than reality). I never got around to it, and actually I don't play that guitar much, not sure why, but the 624 got about 95% of my play time. I've always had a ping on for Seafoam Green too, I considered a refin in Seafoam on the 624 but my budget juts wouldn't allow it at the time.

    Then the S2 semi-hollows were released and the Mira in Seafoam was right up my alley. Right off the bat I knew that I had to have one, and that I would drop another set of 53/10s I had in there, plus do something about the pick guard, I considered buying a white pearloid from the store, hacking off the "rings" and putting proper rings on it, but then I wondered what else I had in my drawer... Oh there's a Narrowfield left over from pulling apart my SE EG, there's a proper toggle, and some US pots, and some mini-toggles. Surely I can route a hole in there for the Narrowfield, at least any mistakes will be covered up by the pick guard...

    Then came time to procure one, contacted a dealer, no stock for over a month. I looked at my timetable and if I didn't get the guitar here and done within 4 weeks, it would be another 9 weeks before I could touch it again (work/holiday/work). My hammer of broness Timmy Lee BallztotheWallz hooked me up with DFD from WildWest who had one on their shelves. A quick deal was done and the "Mighty Seafoamer" was on it's way to me. A few projects around the house took priority but a week before I was due to head off I went into guitar mod land...

    On the operating table:

    [​IMG]

    A peek under the hood

    [​IMG]

    Nekkid

    [​IMG]

    Testing the pick guard shape with MDF

    [​IMG]

    Trialling the new pick guard (I had this cut by a luthier after supplied the template)

    [​IMG]

    Put some copper tape on the back

    [​IMG]
     
    #1 justmund, Aug 20, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014
    g.wizz and grausch like this.
  2. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    778
    Loaded pick guard

    [​IMG]

    Wiring almost done, just the earths to do

    [​IMG]

    Taped and marked out for the new hole

    [​IMG]

    The start of dremeling

    [​IMG]

    End of routing, a bit of paint chip but that doesn't matter

    [​IMG]
     
    #2 justmund, Aug 20, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014
    g.wizz and grausch like this.
  3. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    778
    Before

    [​IMG]

    After

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    F-hole

    [​IMG]
     
    #3 justmund, Aug 20, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014
    shimmilou, dogrocketp, g.wizz and 4 others like this.
  4. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    778
    So the name, Wanda... I originally thought "SMS", as in Siggy (Siggy switching), Mira (obvious), Special (like the original Swamp Ash Specials with an uncovered single coil between 2 covered humbuckers). Then the guitar turned up smelling like... fish... My hangover didn't help but it wasn't the most pleasant smell, certainly not the chocolatey goodness I'd had with my last 2 new guitars. Some jokes were made :) and I settled on Wanda (as in "A Fish Called Wanda").

    Why did I put a NF in the middle? Because I use the " 2-4 positions" pretty often. I settled on re-using the original push-pull to activate the middle pickup, mainly because I wanted to keep the toggle and I never use the middle pickup by itself. I used all the original caps and even put it the original tap resistors (they're inside the bits of heat shrink coming off the mini-toggles).

    This was a bit of a step up for me, I've never routed a hole in a guitar (I've extended/deepened a cavity) and the funny thing was I had to use a dremel, simply because my routers base is too wide and would have fouled on the neck! Was time consuming and not the neatest job because of the 10 or so passes I did, but you can't see it so it doesn't matter! Also never rewired a guitar that completely, I should have drawn a wiring diagram but I just went off logic. I was pretty surprised when everything worked (actually I'll admit I wired the mini-toggles in upside down, but luckily I did a "tap test" with a screwdriver before I strung up).

    How does it sound? Fantastic. I can't put it into words right now since I haven't played the guitar much, but it was very nice. Split tones are great, but I wasn't 100% happy with the tones once the NF is activated. I think the NF is slightly too low (there's a limited amount of adjustment) to get really quacky, so I may need to cut a little bit out of the springs to enable a bit more height. I also forgot to connect the bridge ground wire too (doh!), so I'll need to pull it apart next string change anyway.

    I'd love to go all uncovered, if PRS ever do a squabbin \m/ and I can find an uncovered neck 53/10 (from a P22), I'll be all over that combo like white on rice!

    Tone samples in a few weeks if I get a chance between work trip and holiday.

    Thanks again to TLW and DFD for helping me make this happen!

    Sorry about the epic posts, congrats if you made it this far!
     
    #4 justmund, Aug 20, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014
    dogrocketp likes this.
  5. HighGain510

    HighGain510 Just one more...

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    294
    That's a very cool project man!!! Looks like it came out great! :D
     
  6. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

    Joined:
    May 4, 2012
    Messages:
    3,403
    Likes Received:
    1,938
    THAT is hot. Do you find the 53/10's to be quite bright in the semi hollows?
     
  7. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    778
    Thanks guys!

    No, not bright at all. The Mira is all hog, so you get warmth plus body from the semi-hollow. I've never considered the 53/10s to be bright either, warm yes, but less bite than say 57/08s or 59/09s (IMO). Having said that I'm coming from the 624, which is very bright and focused (Alder body, maple neck/board, bolt on, steel block, narrow 408s) so that may be skewing my perception/ears.
     
  8. JustRob

    JustRob Just a member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2012
    Messages:
    2,497
    Likes Received:
    1,011
    That is awesome! Love the detailed documentation of the process. Makes me think I really need a project guitar.
     
  9. garrett

    garrett Lurkin'

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2012
    Messages:
    5,049
    Likes Received:
    4,707
    You're a legend!
     
  10. Shawn@PRS

    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 1985
    Messages:
    6,048
    Likes Received:
    11,060
    Damn nice work Justin and I love the pearloid guard!
     
  11. markie

    markie 11Top's personal Chauffeur

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,529
    Likes Received:
    830
    Yah-mund! :rock: :rock:
     
  12. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2013
    Messages:
    2,727
    Likes Received:
    5,679
    That's just insane...in a good way. Great work!!! I love the creativity of your mods.
     
  13. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    23,229
    Likes Received:
    16,577
    Just freaking awesome!
     
  14. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    6,811
    Likes Received:
    3,358
    Looks awesome! Nice job:beer:
     
  15. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    2,984
    Likes Received:
    1,163
    I have to admit, this makes me sad. Sad, because it is just so badass, and it isn't mine. :beer:
     
    dogrocketp and markd21 like this.
  16. WEDGE

    WEDGE Almost was a FG22 owner..

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,160
    Likes Received:
    1,631
    That pickguard is a huge improvement over stock. Well done.
     
  17. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2014
    Messages:
    1,513
    Likes Received:
    951
    Outstanding!
    Very clean work... :top:

    ...but what's up with the fish aroma...???
     
  18. NomadMike

    NomadMike New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2014
    Messages:
    887
    Likes Received:
    1
    Really nice!
    I thought it would me more hollow though.
     
  19. Windymiller

    Windymiller Follically Challenged

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    60
    Good work on that!
    Turned out very special, hope you have fun with it.
    :D
     
  20. Egads

    Egads Happy

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2012
    Messages:
    2,646
    Likes Received:
    64
    Day-yum! That's awesome! Congrats on another drool-worthy mod project. I do really like the new pickguard over the S2 original. I hope a permanent change to the line happens soon.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice