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    Modding a Zach Meyers

    I've joined the forum today to ask a specific question about a guitar I'm planning to build.
    The new Zach Meyers SE, is to me a great looking guitar, not only because of the unbelievable price tag.
    http://www.prsguitars.com/sezachmyers/

    However, I would like split coils, and the guitar that better fits my specifications best is the equally fantastic, yes more pricey S2 single cutaway semi.
    http://www.prsguitars.com/s2singlecutsemihollow/

    So my question is how difficult would it be to do a mod very similar to this one, installing some 53/10's (though if anyone has other suggestions I'm all ears) and push/pull split coils on the tone pots?

    Or maybe the pickups on the Zach Meyers are ready to be tapped? I would rather start that way, as the pickups may not need changing.

    I'm used to having a soldering iron in my hand, but if I could buy it already done that would be even better.
    The would give me my perfect guitar for around $1400 here in Europe.

    Any pointers most graciously appreciated. For example wiring diagrams, etc.

    Cheers!

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    I'm fairly sure the SE245 PUs in the Zach Myers can't be tapped. Having said that it is actually possible to modify a humbucker with a tap wire.

    What would the tapped tones be like? No idea.

    Installing new pickups and coil taps is very simple if you're used to soldering. I haven't really bothered with wiring diagrams when I've done it, it's generally been copying what's already there and then wiring the tap wire of the new pickups to the push-pull so that it is connected to ground when the pot is pulled up (check with a multimeter and you need to solder a bridge wire from another lug of the push-pull to ground).

    This may help:

    https://www.prsguitars.com/csc/schem...3waytoggle.pdf

    53/10s are great pickups, and sound really good tapped, but they are hard to find and commanding a bit of $ now. They typically come with a tap (white) wire but you need to make sure they do (there are non-tappable versions out there).

    Depending on what styles of music you play will influence other pickup suggestions...?

    I recently put 53/10s into a S2 Mira Semi-hollow and they sound great in that, but stock pickups were also very good. I was in the market for a ZM until the S2 Semi-hollows came out. Great guitars for the money!

    Edit - just saw your other post. I'd go the S2 Semi-hollow. US Bridge, better tuners, better electronics, better pickups, better build quality etc. Find one with a top and colour you like and you'll never look back!
    Last edited by justmund; 09-05-2014 at 06:20 AM.

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