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    Upgrades to my SE Custom 24

    Hi guys,

    I am thinking about doing some upgrades to my guitar, could you give me your thoughts? Anything missing?

    - Seymour Duncan JB & Jazz pups (already have them)
    - Graphtech Black TUSQ Nut
    - DiMarzio 500k pots
    - DiMarzio Pickup Selector Switch
    - DiMarzio Switchcraft Output Jack

    Links below. Thanks!


    http://www.amazon.com/Graph-Tech-Slo...lack+tusq+6060

    http://www.amazon.com/DiMarzio-Custo...arzio+500k+pot

    http://www.amazon.com/DiMarzio-EP120...=push-pull+pot

    http://www.amazon.com/DiMarzio-3-Way...ickup+selector

    http://www.amazon.com/DiMarzio-EP130...F4+output+jack

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    Add PRS Phase 2 licking tuners & US saddles and there's nothing left to tweak.

    Unless did a US trem bridge too.
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    I have the 2012 version, but I pretty much like it as is.
    Only mod is Planet Waves Autotrim locking tuners.

    What advantage does this give?
    DiMarzio Switchcraft Output Jack

    Would I notice a difference?

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    That's a good, solid list.
    Dimarzio pots are very good and the Graph Tech nut is a requirement to any guitar I buy (excluding USA PRS's and Floyded guitars).
    I've had a number of SE's and the Tusq nut has kept all of them in tune no matter how crazy I got with the trem.

    I'll second the Planet Waves tuners, they're excellent.

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    +1 on the Tusq Nut. Fitted one to my Bernie and my Strat and i'm more than happy with the results.

    That's a solid list of upgrades and suggestions. Only thing i'd maybe add is straplocks?
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    Guys, thanks a lot for the tips!

    The locking tuners are a little bit out of my budget, so it might have to wait...
    @Coreyt, I don't know what difference will the jack make, perhaps reduce noise, if there's any...
    My strap is from Planet Waves and already has a locking mechanism, so no need for straplocks so far.
    About the saddles, will it make any difference? Graphtech have them too:
    http://www.graphtech.com/product-235-2/
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acces...ddles-set-of-6

    Once again, thanks!
    Last edited by godoy.rafa; 11-09-2012 at 05:25 AM.

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    Just a suggestion, because I am pretty sure many readers have also put alot of time and money into their SE's, as well. It could get expensive doing these modifications to an SE, especially if you are having someone else do the work...labor costs, etc... (thankfully, you already own the PUs...$$$) Have you figured a final cost?? I have seen quite a few very nice used USA made PRS guitars available from different sites in the $850 to $1300 range, with all quality components already on them. Of course, your custom's USA made counterpart is most likely NOT in this price range, but there are some used USA made beauties out there that are pretty inexpensive. Again, just an option...BTW, If you are overseas, then I am sure there are less used USA models for sale. (????)

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    No final cost figured yet... Those parts (besides the saddles) are cheap, but I don't have the labor cost yet... Do you think it is expensive to install everything?

    I live in Brazil... PRS guitars are extremely expensive and rare in here... I paid US$ 700,00 for my brand new guitar in Las Vegas when I was on vacation. In here, it would cost US$ 1500,00. An american PRS, new, would cost around US$ 6000,00 and it is very hard to find. An used one, around US$ 4000,00, that is about 6 times what I paid for my new PRS SE in USA! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by godoy.rafa View Post
    No final cost figured yet... Those parts (besides the saddles) are cheap, but I don't have the labor cost yet... Do you think it is expensive to install everything?

    I live in Brazil... PRS guitars are extremely expensive and rare in here... I paid US$ 700,00 for my brand new guitar in Las Vegas when I was on vacation. In here, it would cost US$ 1500,00. An american PRS, new, would cost around US$ 6000,00 and it is very hard to find. An used one, around US$ 4000,00, that is about 6 times what I paid for my new PRS SE in USA! LOL!
    Aaaahhhh...wow...Very expensive...I think you can do most of your work, if you are ok with a soldering iron...and just note the existing pickup wiring vs. the new wiring for the new replacement pickups, (in case you want to swap back later) although there may be no difference at all !!! *****Unless you have some luthier experience, I think the nut installation may be best left for someone with experience. Good luck, and please post pics when done!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    I have the 2012 version, but I pretty much like it as is.
    Only mod is Planet Waves Autotrim locking tuners.

    What advantage does this give?
    DiMarzio Switchcraft Output Jack

    Would I notice a difference?
    Are those locking tuners a direct fit or will drilling be required?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris528 View Post
    Are those locking tuners a direct fit or will drilling be required?
    No, the shop had to drill new holes, and cover up the old ones.
    In my picks for my Custom 24 and Santana, I do not have any close-ups showing the details very much.
    The shop did a great job though.

    I think these are the best tuners out there right now, I have them on all of my guitars including my sons SE Semi-Hollow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris528 View Post
    Are those locking tuners a direct fit or will drilling be required?
    Just as an alternative that fits directly, I use Schaller locking tuners on my PRS SE guitars. Direct fit, no drilling and they work great. They don't auto trim, but that's a small price to pay for me.

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    The only thing I'll do is maybe a TUSQ nut and tuners - Grover 406Cs are a drop - in replacement
    A paper in oil cap was suggested to me earlier, but I dont think I'll notice a sound difference
    Otherwise its perfect as is IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by SausageofPower View Post
    Just as an alternative that fits directly, I use Schaller locking tuners on my PRS SE guitars. Direct fit, no drilling and they work great. They don't auto trim, but that's a small price to pay for me.
    Thanks, I don't really care about the autotrim I just want locking tuners. Do you have a model number for the Schaller tuners?

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    I just use Schaller M6 Mini Locking Tuners.

    Quick Google gave a thread over on Rig-Talk that has pics and a writeup. I can confirm it's an extremely easy swap, and I love mine.

    http://www.rig-talk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=70568

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris528 View Post
    Thanks, I don't really care about the autotrim I just want locking tuners. Do you have a model number for the Schaller tuners?

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    Is the tusq nut a direct replacement requiring no modifications?

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    Modifications to the guitar? None required.

    Modifications to the nut? Oh yeah, you'll need to sand the bottom to reach the correct height at the very least.

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    What did you use for glue?
    Superglue ?
    And how do you get the old one out ?
    Heatgun ?
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by SausageofPower View Post
    Modifications to the guitar? None required.

    Modifications to the nut? Oh yeah, you'll need to sand the bottom to reach the correct height at the very least.

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    Hi guys,

    So I did all the mods! Push-Pull volume pot replacing tone, 3-wat toggle replacing volume, nothing on old 3-way switch, TUSQ nuts and saddles.
    Got old nut out pushing it, glued new one using Super Bonder.
    But the intonation is not good, as I explained on the post below:
    http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthre...ing-up-saddles
    Can anybody help me please?

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