Tricked out Zach Myers SE!

pallajt

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ah yes it worked, I just saw these beauties.

They're such great guitars, especially for the price (the Trampas Green is a 2017, back when they were only $679 USD). As I mentioned I've got a 2019 McCarty 594 and I actually prefer these (I'm considering trading the McCarty in for a Fender Jazz Strat).
 

Broseph

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From afar it only looks like covered pickups were added.
Far from the truth: Stormy Monday pickup pair, CTS pots with Push/Pull tone knobs for coil splitting, orange drop caps, changed Pickup ring colors to more cream/ivory, Mann Made locking tuners, Switchcraft 3 way, and a core nut.
Love the new blue version. I look forward to seeing this thread updated with the 2021 version. I would def change that Blue to covered pickups with white/cream rings and tuners/selector knob.
 

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Limited edition run from C&M. The whole guitar has a Satin finish; maple cap with a natural quilted maple veneer. Ebony fretboard with black binding.

36th anniversary pickups
Mann made adjustable bridge
Kluson locking tuners
Core nut
upgraded the pots and installed push/pull tone pots; re-wired to make similar to McCarty 594 layout (helps my pea brain not get confused between models I have)
Added treble bleeds
Strap locks
Changed the knobs to core lampshades
Changed the truss rod cover.

yeah I went crazy. But that’s to me the beauty of SEs if you find the one you like. All this and I’m still under the cost of a new S2 singlecut.
 

Eddie kim

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Limited edition run from C&M. The whole guitar has a Satin finish; maple cap with a natural quilted maple veneer. Ebony fretboard with black binding.

36th anniversary pickups
Mann made adjustable bridge
Kluson locking tuners
Core nut
upgraded the pots and installed push/pull tone pots; re-wired to make similar to McCarty 594 layout (helps my pea brain not get confused between models I have)
Added treble bleeds
Strap locks
Changed the knobs to core lampshades
Changed the truss rod cover.

yeah I went crazy. But that’s to me the beauty of SEs if you find the one you like. All this and I’m still under the cost of a new S2 singlecut.

baller!
 

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Limited edition run from C&M. The whole guitar has a Satin finish; maple cap with a natural quilted maple veneer. Ebony fretboard with black binding.

36th anniversary pickups
Mann made adjustable bridge
Kluson locking tuners
Core nut
upgraded the pots and installed push/pull tone pots; re-wired to make similar to McCarty 594 layout (helps my pea brain not get confused between models I have)
Added treble bleeds
Strap locks
Changed the knobs to core lampshades
Changed the truss rod cover.

yeah I went crazy. But that’s to me the beauty of SEs if you find the one you like. All this and I’m still under the cost of a new S2 singlecut.
Love!
 

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Finally dialed in the 36th anniversary pickups right. My bridge pickup was set too low and sounded way too thin and chimey, almost like a tele bridge. Quick turn of the screws and found the perfect height. Very sensitive to the slightest change in heights. But wow this is now a lovely sound. Props to whoever suggested this pickup for the Zach Myers. Very articulate tone. Much cleaner (less muddy) than stock pickups. I would say a brighter pickup for sure, but this ZM I have also had a ebony fretboard which makes it sound naturally snappier and brighter than rosewoods.
 

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Back at it again after selling my last Zach myers to a friend. I decided I needed 1 PRS single cut in my life and I wanted a nice light one that if it faded it would look cool.

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90% of these mods were left over parts from other projects. I like the blue/cream look and eliminated nearly all the black from the front:
- Phase 3 vintage locking tuners. Used silver sky locking screws
- custom truss rod cover
- MannMade 2300 bridge
- Bareknuckle Abraxas Pickups. I installed covers on them using 58/15s covers from a previous guitar.
- cream pickup rings
- switchkraft 3 way toggle
- PRS drop in Tremonti electronics kit. No Push Pull. Love the core feel to the knobs.
- clear imperial speed knobs
- Schaller guitar locks.

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Maybe for poops and giggles I’ll consider a bone nut.
 

AZGiant

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I picked up an amazing PRS SE ZM from Brians guitars. I looks amazing! But I can't leave anything alone. As soon as I saw it I had a plan!

So here are the mods:

Dimarzio 36th Annie pickups
White pickup rings
CTS pots with push/pull Volume knobs to split the coils
Lampshades
Orange drop caps
Switchcraft 3 way and input jack
Mannmade bridge
Phase 3 locking tuners
Graph tech nut

Oh, and all the hardware is hybrid style!

She rip!! What an amazing guitar!!
Stock pics first.

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NOW!!

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Progress pics:

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What do the orange drop caps do for tone?
 

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FYI since I’ve seen some different opinions when looking at pickup options and hope future guys can find this post: long legged pickups fit fine in the Zach myers. No routing is necessary. In fact PRS routed for long legs. This really opens up the door for pickup options if one is looking to upgrade. And it’s not only this line. All the s2 McCarty take long legs fine, including the thin line. It’s like they want you to upgrade for the 58/15 LT
 

Broseph

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For what it’s worth: I settled on a used set of APH2 Seymour Duncan’s (with covers). These are Slash’s set that are suppose to mimic his Appetite for Destruction sound. I love it in the Zach Myers. It helps tame some of the innate brightness with this semi-hollow guitar but still allows it take gain beautifully. Cleans up great. No push pull on it which was fine with me since I’m rarely satisfied with push pulls due to the volume drop. I find all positions to sound great! It can be had for great prices used (whole set close to 1 PRS USA pickup price).
 

The Bird

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For what it’s worth: I settled on a used set of APH2 Seymour Duncan’s (with covers). These are Slash’s set that are suppose to mimic his Appetite for Destruction sound. I love it in the Zach Myers. It helps tame some of the innate brightness with this semi-hollow guitar but still allows it take gain beautifully. Cleans up great. No push pull on it which was fine with me since I’m rarely satisfied with push pulls due to the volume drop. I find all positions to sound great! It can be had for great prices used (whole set close to 1 PRS USA pickup price).
I’ve thought about trying those same pickups since I’ve been on a huge Slash fix lately. Haven’t listened to him much for the last 15-20 years, but been really digging his playing and sound again. But my ZM has Pearly Gates pickups for now and they work really nice as well, giving me kind of a classic 335 sound.
 

Broseph

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I’ve thought about trying those same pickups since I’ve been on a huge Slash fix lately. Haven’t listened to him much for the last 15-20 years, but been really digging his playing and sound again. But my ZM has Pearly Gates pickups for now and they work really nice as well, giving me kind of a classic 335 sound.
Search some of his solo stuff. Killer tones and riffs.
 
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