PRS McSoapy Standard beater MOD project!

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  1. HighGain510

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    I had a PRS McSoapy a long time ago and that guitar was all sorts of awesome! It had a teal black maple top so not only did it sound and play sweet, but it was definitely a looker too! I moved that one in a fit of GAS (some things don't change... haha) but I've had a long-term burning GAS to find another one. I stumbled across a teal black McSoapy STANDARD (as in the solid-mahogany version) recently and pulled the trigger. This one is quite beat up and has a bit of fretwear going on too, I didn't take pics when I first got it (should have though... blech!) but it was quite disgusting as well. Looked like the dude hadn't cleaned it since he bought it, grimy-ass fretboard and dings galore! The dings range all the way from those little BB-sized jobbers all the way to chunk of wood missing from the edge of the top. Normally I'm okay with a bit of a beater guitar, but I have BIG plans for this baby. Here's the mod list:

    1. Have the bridge studs removed and filled, then have a 2Tek professionally installed:

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    2. Swap out the stock Duncan P-90s for a set of Thorn GT90-H stapletop humbuckers like the ones I have in Thorn #180:

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    3. Send her over to Phil @ Philtone for a Stainless Steel PLEK refret

    4. Send her over to Chris Bavaria (previously employed as one of the paint guys @ PRS) for a refin in chameleon Gold-to-Silver finish like this:

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    Here are some shots of her after I cleaned up about everything on the guitar I could on Friday evening:

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    It plays great and sounds pretty good as is but I think the mods are going to make it a MUCH cooler guitar! Have to hold off a bit to get the mods all taken care of since I'm short on funds right now but I'm really looking forward to seeing this one come together!
     
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    Garrett Blinded By Ibanez

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    This is going to turn out very sexxy.
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    That is going to be awesome :yesway:
     
  4. HighGain510

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    Derp missed one picture of the top:

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    mhickman2 The Abiding Dude

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    Please get this done soon. I've always wanted to mod a PRS Custom 22 or 24 with a hardtail to this bridge or possibly a hannes. I also want to fill the screw holes and go direct mount.
     
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    Yeah I was thinking about going Hannes but I wasn't sure if it was compatible with the body of a PRS, and since I know I like the 2Tek and I KNOW Mike can retrofit a PRS with a 2Tek I figured I'd play it safe. I still want a guitar with a Hannes bridge but hardly anyone makes an affordable guitar with them stock. :lol: I know Mike's luthier plugs the holes with the same wood type, so since this is mahogany it's really straight forward but his guy is excellent, on maple tops he tries to find pieces with similar figure and even blends the finish in as well! :eek:

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    Mine doesn't matter as much as long as it gets plugged correctly since I'll be getting the refin done right after it comes back from the 2Tek install. :D
     
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    White Cluster Gives Life Meaning

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    i really wish prs came with a stock bridge similar to that.
    this project is gonna turn out awesome!
     
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    That 2tek blending looks amazing. I wonder if he routes out 2 circles of the existing top underneath where the 2tek would hide. Flawless color matching.


    This sounds like a really cool project. You should also check out those kluson direct match locking tuners that tone pros makes.
     
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    that is gonna be sick!
     
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    Little update!

    Pickups have arrived, ordered all new electronics as well so this baby is getting a full swap-out in 2-3 days! :D

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    She also just returned home from Washington state, freshly "whacked" with a 2Tek bridge! Mike's tech buddy was kind enough to offer to fill in some of the missing wood chunks so it would be prepped a bit better for the refin while he was filling in the stud holes, although in the meantime the guitar looks like the ESP Truckster model! :rofl: :ugh: I asked for raw brass saddles too which Mike was kind enough to supply, figure since the finish will have some gold in it the hybrid hardware will be a nice touch. :D

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    It's coming together! :D Working on getting a date to drop her off with Phil and Chris for the refret/plek and refin! :wub:
     
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    :yesway: - can't wait to see this pan through.
     
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    Can you take a pic of it now
     
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    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! This is going to be awesome!
     
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    Very nice! I have wanted a McSoapy for the longest time and although I would let that thing wail in pure stock glory, your project looks killer and I know it will turn out great. Definitely staying tuned here.
     
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    Looking good :yesway: Got to try on of those 2Tek bridges at some point...
     
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    Can't wait to see the final product. Cool project man
     
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    This looks like a really cool project! Subscribed! :)
     

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