Recently, I acquire a PRS SE EG from a local pawn shop with the intention of learning how to fix/work on my guitars. My end game with this piece is to completely converted this single-coiled, tremolo-tailed beauty into a hum bucking, hard tail beast. As I get deeper into this project, I'm discovering how little I really know about the instrument that I truly love and realizing that I haven't the slightest clue where to begin. Each piece that I'm changing has an impact on the others. So, rather than pretending that I know what I'm doing, I wondered if I could ask the experts a few questions before I ruin anything. I realize that the questions that I'm about to ask are ridiculously novice, but, as I've learned with most things in life, it's better to ask questions than assume you know what you're talking about/doing.
Question 1: My aim with the tail of the guitar is to replace the tremolo with a 2Tek bridge. This is going to require some cutting to make space for it. Is there a certain distance from the neck/nut/12th fret that the bridge needs for good/proper intonation?
Question 2: I'm working on a pick guard template at present and struggling with the dimension for pickup spacing. Is there a possibly that the PTC has a .pdf or other scale image file that I could use for a template? If not, any guidance for cutting humbucker holes from the SSS pattern would be wonderful!
Thank you for the opportunity to field my questions! I'm looking forward to drawing from others' wisdom on this area and hope to be able to pass it on some day.