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Watch me hack up my PRS with a Forstner bit and a chisel

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by tfarny, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Holic

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Like a dog with a fire hydrant, a guitar isn't really mine until I've modded it in some way. A sickness I know, but I'm not the only one around here...
    This is my PRS SE One, a dirt cheap Craiglslist impulse buy. It came to me lightly used with a concentric vol/tone mod and a SD antiquity, and a divot on the front from the previous owner routing out the P90 to accomodate the slightly larger Duncan P90.

    Turns out it's the best guitar I have ever owned, I like it more than my American PRS, my old Black Beauty, my Larrivee.
    So if you've finally found your #1 guitar, the one that makes you think about selling all the rest, what do you do? Get out the power tools of course!
    Step 1 was to replace the tuners with some open gear Hipshots that besides being great tuners, eliminated the very slight neck heaviness. Step 2 was to drill a new hole for a better Vol / Tone control setup. I hate concentrics.
    Step 3 is to add a neck pickup! I chose a Duncan A2 flat poled and I went for an angled approach - it's tight up there near the neck pocket, I want my pole pieces to align at least somewhat, and it looks rock and roll.
    Used an 11/16 Forstner bit to get the edges of the strat pickup hole on the pickguard, then finished that with a coping saw and some sandpaper. Turned out good. Then I I started cutting up the body. Used the forstner for most of it then grabbed a brand new chisel and started working by hand. Korina is soft! Or anyhow, this guitar is made from very soft wood that is supposed to be Korina.
    Turns out that the finish is this thick junk that tends to crack, not great. The plan is for all routs to be hidden under the pickguard.
    I know the pics look hipstery, for some reason my camera took them badly and I had to doctor them to be even visible.
    Tomorrow I'll add the tone switch (Mustang switch) and the Gibson toggle for pickup.

    brookdalebill and AAT65 like this.

  2. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan

  3. naneek

    naneek TDPRI Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    looks like fun.

  4. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Good on ya!
    Bend it to your will!

  5. Crafty Fox

    Crafty Fox Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 25, 2011
    Perth Australia
    Love it! Great idea. I would like to get one of these SE Ones myself someday.

  6. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

    Admin Post
    When you said "hack up my PRS" I was quite interested... but you're actually doing a decent job... ;)

  7. Lonn

    Lonn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2007
    Wood and wires, that's all an electric guitar is. Enjoy.

  8. Norris Vulcan

    Norris Vulcan Tele-Meister

    Aug 7, 2015
    Somerset, Europe
    Best thread title I've seen in a while :lol:

  9. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    P90 bridge with a Strat neck pickup will be a great combination.


  10. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Holic

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I am undecided on the controls - originally my thought was volume, Gibson toggle for pickups (in the two current spots), then a couple of small value caps for tone on a slider switch somewhere north of the volume knob. But I can also see keeping the vol / tone as is, and using the slider switch for pickup selection. It would be easier to wire (that's not biggie though) and eliminate the chance of accidentally switching pickups mid-song.

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