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Unread 11-16-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
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This is what I do to rejected PRS SE guitars (It sucks but someone has to do it)

So it's near the end of the year here at PRS and me and the other SE Inspector have decided to do something we havent done in about 3 years. And that is break all the SE guitars that had stuff wrong with them. I look forward to this because it's a crazy sight to see guitars just laying around and smashed. We take all the parts off of them and catalog them into our parts rack. These guitars have bad truss rods, cracked neck joints, tuner holes drilled off center, bad CNC body and neck carves, or shipping damage from Korea. They are all structral flaws. I figured I'd show you guys how it works. These guitars were collected over the last 3-4 years and have been sitting around waiting for a week to catalog all of them.

This is just a little pile we had going today that needed to be broken.




Here's another pile that we still have to strip all the parts off of.




These are the bodies after we broke the necks out of them. We just lean the neck on the edge of a wooden pallet and stomp on the body and the neck breaks out. We then take the bodies and lay them diagonally on the pallet and the ground like a ramp and stomp on the bodies to break them in half. (I dont have a picture of that.)



These are the necks after we break them out of the bodies. We write down every model that we destroy and the serial number on the headstock and why is was destroyed.




We still have some guitars left to do for the rest of the week. I know alot of people will be heartbroken or angry that we do this but it has to be done. Hope you guys like a little inside look at what I do from time to time.

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Unread 11-16-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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Unread 11-16-2010, 04:54 PM   #3
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It definitely does break my heart to see this, but at the same time it's actually interesting to take a peak behind the scenes. Like you said, someone has to do it. You actually have a job I envy . Can't you take one of those quilted-topped bodies as a souvenir?

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Awesome! So that the pile from 3 years? Holy shit thats not many guitars at all.

Also you can cut a body in half by curb stomping it? I imagine that has to be really hard.

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Glad you are doing, too many companies don't. Carvin posted a video of a near completion carved top being chopped up with a bandsaw. This stuff is nothing to be upset over, it is the sign of a good company.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 04:58 PM   #6
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It definitely does break my heart to see this, but at the same time it's actually interesting to take a peak behind the scenes. Like you said, someone has to do it. You actually have a job I envy . Can't you take one of those quilted-topped bodies as a souvenir?
Maybe every once in awhile they will let someone take a guitar body. I have acouple that my girlfriend is suppose to make into a clock or something.

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but at least the faulty ones, don't end up for sale in a music store...like some Schecters i've seen
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Awesome! So that the pile from 3 years? Holy shit thats not many guitars at all.

Also you can cut a body in half by curb stomping it? I imagine that has to be really hard.
I didnt take a picture of all the guitars we have to do. The total amount of guitars is probably 3-4 times what it is in the pictures. Which still isnt very many considering how many guitars we get a year. Our rejection rate is less than .5% actually. And yes you can break a guitar in half (length ways, from neck joint to bottom strap button) my doing what we do to it. I'll take a picture of how we do it so you can see.
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Glad you are doing, too many companies don't. Carvin posted a video of a near completion carved top being chopped up with a bandsaw. This stuff is nothing to be upset over, it is the sign of a good company.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 05:11 PM   #9
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I bet it kinda feels good to destroy something that looks so nice ... A guitar people drool over and would love to have..... I bet you feel naughty when you do it dontcha!

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You all could have just re-labeled them Agiles and sold them!

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I bet it kinda feels good to destroy something that looks so nice ... A guitar people drool over and would love to have..... I bet you feel naughty when you do it dontcha!
It's a good stress reliever for sure. I dont feel good because other people want these guitars though. I feel good because I like knowing that I work for a company that cares a lot about the product and that the other inspector and I were able to catch these before they went out the door.

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Are there any guitars that are still functional?I mean with small blemishes but are still functional?

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Man it looks like there were a lot of bad 25th anniversary Cu24's. Mostly all scarlet red and royal blue ones. Glad I got a vintage yellow
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I feel like I could have utilized at least one of those...
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The ones that aren't structural damage we will look at and decide whether or not to fix them. Sometimes we fix them and use them as give away guitars or promotional stuff. And other times we junk them or use them for mockups for different hardware/eletronics/paint combos.

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*cries* This is horrible! You are a sick sick man for posting such horrific imagery. To me this is no worse than taking pictures of a pile of dead bodies on the floor ready to be burned. I know these were just SE models, but I don't think my heart can handle the sight of anymore guitars destroyed. So don't get any crazy ideas! *Gently pats my PRS custom. It's okay baby the mean man wont hurt you, your in a good home.*
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*cries* This is horrible! You are a sick sick man for posting such horrific imagery. To me this is no worse than taking pictures of a pile of dead bodies on the floor ready to be burned. I know these were just SE models, but I don't think my heart can handle the sight of anymore guitars destroyed. So don't get any crazy ideas! *Gently pats my PRS custom. It's okay baby the mean man wont hurt you, your in a good home.*
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Whats up with the 6 string with what appears to be an EMG707 in it on the last pic? Just curious

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I count seven strings.
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Whats up with the 6 string with what appears to be an EMG707 in it on the last pic? Just curious
That's a P90 shape.

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It is the other inspectors SE One guitar. It came with a single soapbar but he took it out and installed a EMG 81 soapbar in its place. Sorry guys, it's not a 7, though that would be insanely awesome if it was.

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Being a huge PRS fan, its always cool to see a "behind-the-scenes" look at how the company functions. Which SE model had the most problems and what was the most common problem with that model ? Also, what do you do with all of the necks/bodies ?
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