View Full Version : SAS back from the PTC - a complete SLAM-DUNK!!

01-25-2013, 01:11 PM
Shawn and I have been talking about doing some neck work on my 2000 SAS for the last year. Back before Christmas, I made a pilgrimage to Stevensville. Actually, one of my best friends was getting his 'H' combo tweaked that day - by Doug himself. But that's another great story!

Anyway, Shawn had kind of wet my whistle by telling me about an '89 CE (I think) that the PTC had totally restored - body/neck refins, refret, new custom tuners (shared screw housing with phase II guts). When I went to the '12 Experience, Shawn had it beside him in the accessories tent, and he opened up the case long enough for me to see the amazing work they had done. I knew then that if I could stop buying PRS guitars for a month, it would be time to get my SAS neck worked on.

This SAS was someone's beater, and I paid a beater price, nicks and dings abound on the sides and back. I couldn't care less about those. What was tough to get past was the increasingly small fret profile (from use), coupled with the clear-coat on the neck. I found that, during gigs, with the more I sweat there was considerable drag and friction, most importantly during bends.

Well she's back from the PTC, and the results are STUNNING! DGT frets, rolled fretboard edges, amazing finish of the neck itself - almost feels unfinished. Actually, it feels much like my DC3. This neck is brand new, and this guitar now plays as good as any I have. This was so well worth it. Kudos to Shawn and the PTC!! I shouldn't have waited this long!


01-25-2013, 01:17 PM
Conragts man, its perfect!

01-25-2013, 01:53 PM
I Love it!


John Beef
01-25-2013, 01:58 PM
Nice!! I bet with the larger DGT frets that neck feels mighty in your left hand.

Is that still the original body finish with nicks and scuffs? Looks pretty good to me!

01-25-2013, 02:20 PM
Thank you, guys! Yes, the front has some touch-ups that were done before I ever owned her. It's actually the cleanest side. The sides and back have a couple of deep dings. Shawn and I have spoken about a future body refin, but now that I have the guitar back, I'm not sure I want to let her go again!

01-25-2013, 02:22 PM

01-25-2013, 02:33 PM
Love the DGT frets they put on!

01-25-2013, 04:39 PM
I'm glad you're enjoying the new frets Mike. Scotty B (PTC) does the best refret in the industry according to Paul Smith.

01-25-2013, 05:12 PM
I'm glad you're enjoying the new frets Mike. Scotty B (PTC) does the best refret in the industry according to Paul Smith.

I'm a believer, Shawn!! Many thanks to you and Scotty!

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01-25-2013, 05:14 PM

01-25-2013, 05:55 PM
Large frets rule!


01-26-2013, 12:12 AM
Thank you! I WAS on the fence about the fret size, until Shawn pointed out that the DC3 model transitioned to DGT wire at some point. I checked mine and confirmed it. It made the decision simple.

Mike Duncan
01-26-2013, 06:32 PM
You can't go wrong with those frets!

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