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Rango
12-18-2012, 06:02 PM
Normally I leave "Set Up" to pro's but as I play more...I'm getting bolder about wanting my guitar HOW I want it to be... ;)

So the action on my P22 was pretty high after everything settled in... High enough that it bothered me playing some stuff up the neck. I was thinking about getting it set up and looking the guitar over there were really only the TWO bridge screws to adjust! So I started digging on our PRS site and found THIS:
http://www.prsguitars.com/csc/setup.html

Which led me to THIS:
http://www.prsguitars.com/csc/bridges.html

So after reading it I got brave! Hey I was going to get it set up anyway, what have I got to lose? So I followed the directions and was able with a couple of cycles to get it back in "spec". All by my lonesome! :D

So have you worked on your own guitar?
If so and how far do you go? :biggrin:

->Man I don't even change STRINGS... :flute:

->Okay, I change strings but THAT is it :p

->I'll tweak small stuff, saddle heights, truss rod adjustments :proud:

->It's mine, it's all fair game! Pass the soldering iron!:top:

Blackbird
12-18-2012, 06:18 PM
Congrats on the adjustments :top:

My level of involvement varies with how expensive and new the instrument is. Typically pickup changes, pot swaps, and a small amount of soldering are my limits. But I go really slow and take my time.

The scariest task I've tackled was using a reamer to make the hole larger for the 3-way drop-in kit. Talk about puckered.

JMintzer
12-18-2012, 07:51 PM
After a "Tech Day" at Chiba's house, many moons ago, I do all of my own set-ups, tweak the truss rod, as needed, set the intonation. AFA wiring goes? No way, no how... I suck at that...


Jamie

cjmwrx
12-18-2012, 08:05 PM
->It's mine, it's all fair game! Pass the soldering iron!

Dirty Bob
12-18-2012, 08:11 PM
I do my own setups too...I've done pup swaps before but I prefer to leave that to a pro....I always feel like my soldering skills need improvement.

Egads
12-18-2012, 08:13 PM
Funny timing, and ties into my post (http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?2425-Guitar-personalization). The funny timing piece is that I just received a rosewood pickguard for my Mira (pics soon). When I went to install it, one of the pot holes was too small. Of course, I tried to force it, and got it stuck half way. To get it out, I had to wiggle it back and forth...which lead to the ground from the mini-toggle breaking.

Out came the soldering iron, a drill, and a little bit of nerves. All is well. The pickguard is awesome, and guitar sounds the same as before (no additional hum).

On my PRS guitars, I'm pretty timid. Setups and slight adjustments are normally it. It's was my first soldering iron experience with a PRS.

sergiodeblanc
12-18-2012, 08:14 PM
It's mine.

Blackbird
12-18-2012, 08:21 PM
..I always feel like my soldering skills need improvement.

I always felt like this too. I designated one of my cheap Epiphones as a crash test dummy for pickup swaps. After changing several and getting comfortable with it, doing it on my more expensive guitars was really easy. In most cases it was easier on better guitars because everything was cleaner, better routing, higher quality wire and components.

The thing I still struggle with is securing the pickup springs retracted high enough on the screw to allow the tip to bite into the hole. Usually a tiny pair of alligator clips will work. But on some pickups like the Tremonti's, the pickup spring is like 2 feet long and much harder to squish and secure.

JustRob
12-18-2012, 08:31 PM
I solder to mil-spec for a living. No problem there. Intonation, action, no problem.
Woodwork and finishing, NEVER on my PRSi, but an Epi LP I got cheap on Ebay?

Went from this:
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t427/leeotto9/2012-06-10_14-32-25_17_zpsf3c4c85b.jpg

To this:
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t427/leeotto9/DSCN2097_zpsd801bb0a.jpg

Egads
12-18-2012, 09:39 PM
To this:
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t427/leeotto9/DSCN2097_zpsd801bb0a.jpg

Nice work!

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12-18-2012, 09:50 PM
Mine.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lydt3zyGF71rns5lro1_400.jpg

clcwarlock
12-18-2012, 09:54 PM
I am very comfortable with an iron and I ripped pick ups out of anything but I still need help on intonation and height adjustments. I am going to try one of these days.

nik
12-18-2012, 10:01 PM
The only thing I've touched on my SE was filing sharp corners off the nut. Someone should send those guys a memo! It wasn't a big deal i just got excited trying not to bleed on the new guitar was all.

Blackbird
12-18-2012, 10:05 PM
I solder to mil-spec for a living. No problem there. Intonation, action, no problem.
Woodwork and finishing, NEVER on my PRSi, but an Epi LP I got cheap on Ebay?

Went from this:
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t427/leeotto9/2012-06-10_14-32-25_17_zpsf3c4c85b.jpg

To this:
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t427/leeotto9/DSCN2097_zpsd801bb0a.jpg

Wow! Very nice work man!

alantig
12-19-2012, 01:09 AM
The only tool that touches my PRSi is ME!

Swapped pups in my CU24. Strap locks on everything. Other than maybe a truss rod tweak or intonation, that's it.

Mikegarveyblues
12-19-2012, 01:16 AM
I've done a fret dress on my Squier and Dean bass but wouldn't dream of doing it on my SE's or Strat.

Happy to do my own setups and electrics.

cosmic_ape
12-19-2012, 03:08 AM
Being a lefty, I had to get over myself pretty early in the game. Some lefty guitars come with regular "right handed" pots reverse wired (just so us lefties can use them as you righties do). The only problem when reverse wiring is that for the most part, when the pots are reversed wired they almost function as on/off switches, which defeats the purpose of the pots in the first place. Fender does this (soooo annoying!!!). Gibson on the other hand, doesn't bother figuring a mirrored system and wires everything right handed, which makes for a fun adjusting period while switching guitars!

Personally, I like to wire my guitars left handed, so when I want to turn either knob up, I roll them in a motion away from the bridge (just like you guys do). In order to do that, I have to purchase lefty CTS pots for all my guitars and rewire every single pot! Fun!

It gets better! There is no such thing as a lefty push/pull pot, so my PRS's volume knob is wired lefty, while the tone knob (the one doing the splitting) is wired righty. Mind bending when you play live, to say the least!

MykeWright
12-19-2012, 06:07 AM
I've done everything from a nut replacement (on a SE), pickup replacement and rewiring with resistors on the coil-tap to ground and a new push-push tone pot (McCarty), fret levelling, crown and polish (pretty much all my PRSi), fret-end rounding and rolling/scalloping fretboard edges (McCarty) and all basic set-up work. I'm not inclined to do a refinish work as I've not got the space or equipement (and therefore haven't got the experience yet).

There's a few more pickup swaps coming, including a swap in my SCHB Standard Piezzo, which will probably include the addition of two 408 style coil tap switches - if I can work out the best place to put them. The ME is going to be getting new pickups as well. The SCHB and Studio will probably get the fret-end/fretboard edge treatment as well as it's improved the McCarty immensely.

crgtr
12-19-2012, 06:15 AM
I'll do everything but fretwork & "real" finish work. Actually I think its impossible for me NOT to tear my guitars apart and tweak them until I get them to fit me. Tone & feel.
Even my NOS ME has been bastardized. 4 or 5 sets or pickups, new knobs & pickup rings, volume bleed kits, etc...... I feel it's all just a way of making the guitars "mine". I think they play & sound better.

Mikegarveyblues
12-19-2012, 08:02 AM
I feel it's all just a way of making the guitars "mine". I think they play & sound better.

Same here. I'll only do mods if I feel it's needed but i'll admit I get some pleasure out of the fact it's the way I want it and isn't the same as every other one out there.

wilerty
12-19-2012, 08:56 AM
Give me a capo and a feeler guage and I'm ready to go on the neck. No wiring or refinishing though ...

_pete_
12-19-2012, 03:47 PM
I'll take any tool to any guitar if it needs to be done. Screwdriver, hammer, soldering iron, drill, router, whatever it takes.
You just haven't lived until you've routed Les Pauls and Singlecuts for Floyds!

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h247/pete2112/My%20Guitars/FR17.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h247/pete2112/My%20Guitars/FR35.jpg

JustRob
12-19-2012, 05:27 PM
[QUOTE=_pete_;35975]I'll take any tool to any guitar if it needs to be done. Screwdriver, hammer, soldering iron, drill, router, whatever it takes.
You just haven't lived until you've routed Les Pauls and Singlecuts for Floyds!

Nice work. That's sweet!
Not yet ready to "live" like that on my PRSi, because if it went wrong I would certainly feel like dying.

s.fitzsimmons
12-19-2012, 10:07 PM
Done it all short of frets and finishes. Would love to have the time to learn fretwork though, finishing not so much.

Jazzedout
12-20-2012, 12:40 AM
I do everything I need on my guitars.
Pickup swaps, piezo install, complete setups, even refinishes when I had more free time.
My last (yet unfinished, needs clearcoat) project is this, inspired by PRS's faded blue Jean finish.
http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg191/Jazzedout/JPM7/DSC00176.jpg

Bryan Gunsher
12-20-2012, 09:06 AM
I do pretty much everything my guitars need. I trust myself over the techs in my area.

LSchefman
12-20-2012, 09:30 AM
Soldering irons? No problem. Screwdrivers? I'm fine with them.

I do not fear the tool any more. ;)

Taller
12-20-2012, 09:39 AM
Pass the soldering iron. The only things I don't try to tackle are frets and refinishing, but I can't imagine ever wanting to refinish my PRSs - they're beautiful just as they are.
Pickups are a different story. :)
Oh...and I drank the Kool Aid and replaced pots and caps, too!

John Beef
12-20-2012, 10:29 AM
I used to do almost all of it before I played PRS. I was convinced I could get cheap guitars and upgrade them and they would be just as good. This involved routing for pickups, refinishing, pretty much anything short of working on the frets.

My main PRS has not needed any of these things. I did swap the pickups but that's it (I'm pretty sure most will agree DGT pickups are better than Dragon 2s).

I really enjoyed working on the guitars in all phases, planning, purchasing, executing, playing. If I won the lottery I'd probably go to Roberto Venn and learn to make guitars, set up a small shop and work on them whenever I wanted to. However, that's the stuff of dreams. The reality is I work, have a family and play in a band. There just isn't enough time for much else!