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    PRS SE Project Guitar: TonePros won't fit?

    So, I got myself a "moon fret inlays" Korina Singlecut SE, and I've been doing little work on it. Pulled some minor dents out of the fretboard, cleaned up the frets, threw some Schaller locking tuners on her, and I've got some Duncan P-Rails on the horizon...but in the meantime, I had snagged a TonePros AVT2M-C bridge. Got her in, went to install and...the studs won't thread?

    I'm wondering if I was sent the wrong one by mistake since everything I've read said it's a direct swap. Can anyone in the know tell me if there's a way to tell? Thanks!

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    I think the stud receiver on the SE's is metric, and the US version isn't (could be the other way around but I think this is the case). Is it possible the Tonepros stud isn't metric? I would contact PRS, they put the Tonepros bridges on a couple of the SE's, and they could probably steer you in the right direction.
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    I contacted the seller first to see if maybe he sent the wrong studs. The AVT2M's are metric threaded and should slide right in (I just double checked a few places), I'm thinking I got the standard threaded studs by mistake. Ah well, the fun of doing a project guitar. Hopefully the other stuff I get doesn't present any issues.

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    the AVT-2M shoud work. the M stands for metric. the SE models are metric. so either TWO things happened. You got the wrong studs with the bridge. OR the former owner replaced the anchors in the guitar with USA ones then the metrics will not work. My luck with anything Tone Pro stinks so far. Sloppy fits- parts missing etc. I would just buy a new PRS adjustable bridge and you can use the stock studs.
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    Definitely not standard bushings in the SE, checked the TonePros studs against a set of Gotoh metric bushings I have...no thready. So, I definitely got standard studs. Oops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SausageofPower View Post
    I contacted the seller first to see if maybe he sent the wrong studs. The AVT2M's are metric threaded and should slide right in (I just double checked a few places), I'm thinking I got the standard threaded studs by mistake. Ah well, the fun of doing a project guitar. Hopefully the other stuff I get doesn't present any issues.
    If you bought this guitar new, I'm 99.9% sure it doesn't have US stud wells installed. At least, not from the factory. Someone either changed the wells after the fact or the part you received from Tonepros was mis-marked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SausageofPower View Post
    Definitely not standard bushings in the SE, checked the TonePros studs against a set of Gotoh metric bushings I have...no thready. So, I definitely got standard studs. Oops.
    did you get the tone pros bridge new?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    If you bought this guitar new, I'm 99.9% sure it doesn't have US stud wells installed. At least, not from the factory. Someone either changed the wells after the fact or the part you received from Tonepros was mis-marked.
    Oh yeah, the bushings/stud wells are definitely metric. The part in question was the bridge. It's a new bridge, but the seller may have mislabeled it. I contacted him for clarification/resolution.

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    I just put a set of Tone Pros metric studs on my SE EG ands they fit perfectly. You have to use the stock threaded bushings as the TP ones are way to skinny to fit the holes. Got 'em off Ebay for $30 shipped.

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    Send Tone Pros an email.
    I got the same bridge on a Bernie Marsden SE I bought and the seller did not send the adjusting wrench. I emailed Tone Pros and they sent one to me for free right away. Excellent customer service being that I wasn't the original purchaser of the bridge.

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    Expect to change TP studs every couple of years, if the guitar gets a lot of use. I've had mine and seen others where the top breaks off from bottom. Not a huge problem and doesn't damage anything else, also YMMV.

    Also the TP bridge simply didn't work with my custom. Apparently the neck angle is a tad more shallow then most and even with the bridge all the way down, neck straight, the action was too high.

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    Good news. The seller sent me replacement studs that are indeed metric, so the bridge is on there and works like a charm. Now the project can continue!

    Thanks for all the input guys.

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