The case handle for my old 1997 PRS McCarty has fallen off quite a while ago and I'm just now getting around to replacing it, yet I'm a bit confused by the construction of this case. The case for my newer 2007 PRS has little screws that attach the case to the case handle, that can be exposed and removed from the inside by removing the little boards that make the different compartments inside the case.
The problem is, the 1997 case doesn't have these same screws exposed - there's simply tolex over where the screw should be, though it's important to note I did feel a little screw-sized bulge in this location. And, using a razor blade, I cut a tiny screw-sized opening in the tolex, yet behind it was possibly particle board. I feel as though there is a long strip of particle board running the length of my case that is covering these screws, but I don't want to take the whole case apart and possibly damage it if this is not the case. I'm preparing to sell one of my PRSs with this case, and am fixing it up for the potential buyer.
Here are some pics:
I know it's difficult to read depth in this photo, but the beneath the screw-sized hole I cut, after the tolex stops, is a little lip underneath the piece of plywood that the tolex is attached to (it's hard to explain).
Does anyone have any experience with replacing the handle on a case like this? Many thanks.