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    My "new" Alex Lifeson CE24

    I just got finished my Alex Lifeson CE24 project and wanted to share .

    A while back there was a thread regarding one of Alex's PRS guitars, a 1991 black CE24 (http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthre...-s-black-CE-24). I'm a big fan, so I did some research and it was fun learning about one of his iconic guitars from the 90's.



    A couple of months later I found a 1993 CE24 for sale. I didn't need or want another guitar, but the price was just too good to pass up. The NGD thread from the guy I bought it from is here: http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthre...ntroduction%29

    It was a beater, but like I said, the price was right.



    I wasn't a fan of that color but otherwise the guitar was great - 7.45 lbs, one piece trem, and 20+ years of breaking in already done. Then it struck me that with a little bit of modification, I could convert it into Alex's PRS. All it needed were black pickup rings, Phase II tuners (which I was going to get anyway since I'm not a fan of the winged tuners), one of the old metal 3-way toggle switches and a new black paint job.

    So, I sold the Phase I's and bought Phase II's (and came out ahead a few bucks on that transaction). Then, I swapped the creme pickup rings for black ones with a guy in Wisconsin (gotta love internet guitar forums, right?). It took some research to find the right toggle, but the answer was in yet another thread on this forum (seeing a trend, here?): http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthre...rs-Please-help. So, for about $6, I bought a switch on eBay. I invested in a black Sharpie and touched up the headstock dings and some chips in the knobs.

    The last step was getting it painted. I have no paint skills and I normally don't spend money on cosmetic stuff. But I love solid color PRS guitars with the maple trim (see my avatar) and I've always wanted one in black. So, I went ahead and did it. I sent the body to a guy in California and he did an excellent job.

    Putting it back together was a bit of a task. Good instructions for installing the PRS trem can be found here: http://www.vintagerocker.com/forum/s...-back-on-a-PRS and a wiring diagram (which I ended up not using) for one way to hook up the old 3-way switch can be found, yet again, in a PRS forum thread: http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthre...wiring-diagram! That ended up taking me several frustrating hours, as I'm mostly a "solder-by-numbers" guy and I couldn't find an exact diagram of what I wanted. But I think I possibly learned something, maybe. Maybe not.

    So, now I'm done, I'm having a beer (Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA - thank you, Matt!) and spending yet more time on internet guitar forums.

    That's enough talk. Here are photos that are about as good as my soldering skills:








    Thanks to everyone on this forum who unknowingly contributed to this project. I can't wait to gig with it

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    Very nice project! Looks very classy. I love finding deals on PRS'!

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    wicked nice. i would love to get a black ce with a wraparound bridge
    I like surprises!!!

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    Wicked nice indeed! Great project.

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    Man, she looks great!!! Bravo!!!

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    Bangin'!!!!

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    Wow, that paint job turned out great!
    -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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    That came out perfect, Andy! That Dogfish Head Ale is the perfect way to celebrate a job well done, glad you're digging it! The opaque black top with flamed maple binding always looks classy, and the CE carve looks great with solid black paint! I'll have to make it out to a gig soon!
    -Matt

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    Congrats !!!
    Nice story and guitar !!!
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    Thanks, everyone. I just got done playing it for a couple of hours. Once I get it set up a little better it will see a lot of playing time.

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    Wow thats pretty cool, I almost want to paint my CE24 black now hahaha

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    Great story, sweet guitar!

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    That looks fantastic
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    Sweet as can be. Seriously.
    I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken...

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    As soon as I saw the finished picture, YYZ started playing in my head. Enjoy your awesome guitar!

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    That looks perfect Andy! Really great job.

    I know I'll never part with my black CE24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlinchi View Post
    As soon as I saw the finished picture, YYZ started playing in my head. Enjoy your awesome guitar!
    That's funny - the first song I played when I put it back together was YYZ.

    Thanks again for the feedback everyone. I'm surprised to see so many people are fans of plain black tops. I like PS Friday as much as the next guy, but it's good to see the appreciation for the non-bling as well.

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    Cool project and mean guitar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFC View Post

    Thanks again for the feedback everyone. I'm surprised to see so many people are fans of plain black tops. I like PS Friday as much as the next guy, but it's good to see the appreciation for the non-bling as well.
    I look at that kind of stuff in a more subversive way... I love seeing flamed binding peeking through an opaque guitar..it's like a woman that's so fine that her refusal to wear makeup makes her THAT much more attractive.. It's an attitude thing.

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    Nice job...Enjoy...and remember to handle with kidd gloves...(sorry...???!!!)

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