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    olslowhand John Mann's Avatar
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    SE Santana upgrade project

    PRS SE Santana upgrade

    Just beginning a fun new project. We have a brand new PRS SE Santana, in Santana yellow (of course!) that sounds awesome right out of the box.
    Check out the demo I just posted on John Mann's Guitar Vaultwebsite. But... since I'm a gear-head... I have to tweak it...

    Here's the plan. I am going to up-grade the guitar with all new American made parts, either from MannMade USA or from PRS Guitars.
    I plan on replacing one component at at time, and documenting it with videos and recordings. The goal is to improve the guitar's tone and playability, and also
    to show the benefit of upgrading your guitar with quality components.

    Stay tuned for the first update... installing a MannMade USA #2000NOS PRS Vibrato Bridge.
    John Mann

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    Cream Crackered Mikegarveyblues's Avatar
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    Cool stuff John. Looking forward to the updates!
    Modified SE Bernie Marsden, SE Custom 24 2012, Fender Strat
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    Wishing for a Blue Bernie!
    Click here for SE Bernie Marsden demo!
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    This should be fun!!! Will the fully upgraded guitar be for sale at the end of this process?

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    Very cool John!! Very interested in this, looking to buy a trem off you for my Tremonti Custom SE...which one would be best? Mike
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    2012 PRS Tremonti Custom SE Grey/Black PRS Phase 2 tuners, Mannmade 2000NOS Trem,Refret with DGT frets at PTC, USA nut, PRS USA pots and knobs

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    olslowhand John Mann's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeful Sinner View Post
    This should be fun!!! Will the fully upgraded guitar be for sale at the end of this process?
    Everything is always for sale... as long as Paul keeps making new ones to replace it with
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    olslowhand John Mann's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael B View Post
    Very cool John!! Very interested in this, looking to buy a trem off you for my Tremonti Custom SE...which one would be best? Mike
    Mike, Thanks. I have both the original NOS version and the PRS current production version in stock.
    My preference, of course, would be the original NOS version, but I might be biased ;-)
    Last edited by John Mann; 03-24-2013 at 01:31 PM. Reason: sp
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Mann View Post
    Mike, Thanks. I have both the original NOS version and the PRS current production version in stock.
    My preference, of course, would be the original NOS version, but I might be biased ;-)
    Thank you John!! I will take your advice and be in touch with you soon!!
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    Mine too, John! I just ordered a Private Stock last month, and spec'd it out with your NOS trem. It rules!

    Quote Originally Posted by John Mann View Post
    My preference, of course, would be the original NOS version, but I might be biased ;-)
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    Any update? I just ordered tuners, nut and bridge from you today John and would love to hear how this turned out. Thanks!

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    lookin forward to this
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    Bangin'!

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