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    Cool Modifying a Swamp Ash Special !

    With it's top neck and its resonnant body, I was disapointed of the limited possibilities of my SAS .

    So here we go : this axe is great enough to worth a more sofistiqued electronic !

    I choose Rio Grande pickups coz they can provide an humbucker made with two single coils ! ( halfbreed humbucker )

    SO I could have a SUPER strat single coil neck sound !

    Then I put an halfbreed RW/RP in the middle position == quack and typical 'out-of-phase' strat sounds.

    and finally a Barbecue humbucker in the bridge : this humbucker is the 'cool' deal == GREAT split sound and a spicey 'Texas' sound in humbucker mode !

    To deal with all these, I've installed a five rotary switch giving the 5 usual strat positions and a push-push to split the neck and bridge humbuckers.

    ... do I need to tell you ALL the possibilities I get now ( S/S/S, S/S/H, H/S/S, H,S,H ).

    I've had something like 15 strats ( I was building strats from friends some years ago from the BEST parts I can find on eBay ... ... ), I still have 3 of them ( not the worst, you can believe me ... )

    and this SAS kills them in every points !!! ... and I get the humbuckers ... and its whole new dimension and "another story "

    ... so : WHEN PRS will build the SAS directly this way ?

    http://jose.kramp.free.fr/SASmod.JPG

    Hb

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    I had mine modified with uncovered 53/10's and have found similar results. When in "split mode" (tone pot pulled) the middle positions neck only position are amazing.

    But... when in full humbucker on the bridge, I get a rip-roaring blend of Angus and Eddie too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    I had mine modified with uncovered 53/10's and have found similar results. When in "split mode" (tone pot pulled) the middle positions neck only position are amazing.

    But... when in full humbucker on the bridge, I get a rip-roaring blend of Angus and Eddie too.
    AH ! happy to meet someone who agree with the fact that the SAS worth real better pups and wiring ! never tried the 53/10, but after the video on Youtube ... I'm sure it will be 'funny' in a SAS !!!

    ... and yes I didn't mention strongly enough that with a good medium pup on bridge, you can get the 'brown' sound ... as a bonus !!!

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