Considering butchering my PRS

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  1. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, it's an SE. First generation stoptail, dark trans blue modded with aftermarket pups (Lollar Imperial and DiM Bluesbucker neck) and Planet Waves cutting/locking tuners. It's a great guitar, featherweight, sounds great, and, but, I need arm carves on all my guitars to be able to play my best. In my 48th yr of playing guitar, I'm pretty sure I've got that right for me :) There have been times when I haven't played it much and considered selling it, but it just doesn't have as much market value as it's worth to me. So...... I'm thinking about getting my belt sander out and going for it. I'm capable of doing a reasonable job, but refinishing would be a whole other challenge. I suppose I could hunt around for deep blue aniline dye/stain or something (I have no idea what they used) and spray some nitro on top, etc. Or just leave it unfinished as a beater. I'm not particularly concerned with appearance, esp for a cheap ax. Still, I'm hesitant to sink my teeth into it, destroying what is a very nice finish. But, I think I'd really like it as a player if I could get more ergonomic with it and I have found no substitute for an arm carve. Just thinkin' out loud......

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  2. Guitar Josh

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    Maybe you could put some sort of padding on top rather than destroying it.
     
  3. Jon Silberman

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    If you're truly not concerned with appearance (or resale value!) why not give it a try.
     
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    Just make the carves, and reach for the Rustolium.
     
  5. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Wouldn't help. It's about the angle of my wrist. If I'm going to do anything, I have to change of angle at which my forearm rests on the guitar.

    jon
     
  6. DrBob

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    Do it, Do it, Do it.
    Jeff Beck did it with his Esquire.....
    James Tyler offers a naked forearm cut on his guitars...
    You know it makes sense.
    If it's a guitar that you like that ultimately has no real vintage value then cut it up and turn it into a guitar that you love.
     
  7. Shreve

    Shreve Katzenjammer Kid Gold Supporting Member

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    Yea, I say go for it since you've already done the PU/Tuners. Make it yours. (Insert belt sander smiley here.)
     
  8. smorgdonkey

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    Can't you just cut a chunk out of your arm?
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    Oh yeah...I'm a great 'idea guy'.
     
  9. Garrett Bagby

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    Why not just buy a newer used one that already has the arm carve? Transfer your mods to the newer one, put the stock stuff back in the older one and sell it. You could probably break even for a lot less effort and you won't ruin a perfectly good guitar.
     
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    Seems to work OK for Tylers....and people think they look great...:D
     
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    Go for it. Post before/after pictures. The worst case is that it will go from having low value to zero value. On the positive side, you will likely improve the playability and make the guitar much more fun to play. If you have been playing 48 years, you probably comprehend what you are doing and the possible consequences. Enjoy.
     
  12. hogy

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    Yes, go for it. Don't breath the dust from the plasti-dip finish though.

    The thought of a butchered PRS makes me happy. :Devil
     
  13. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    OK, stay tuned for pics (in a day or two)...... :D

    jon
     
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    CHOP IT UP DUDE! I have an old old old ce24 and i reshaped the neck and took the heel completely off even more so than the original design. Now i get really great access to the 24th fret. I also scalloped the last 4 frets and put in a burstbucker pro and a phat cat. Sounds orgasmic.
     
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  17. bluesdoc

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    OK, day one. Belt sanded rough, finer with an orbital and then by hand. Stain with minwax, a combination of dark walnut and ebony, which brought out sanding hash marks I hadn't noticed before. I'll sand them out tomorrow, touch up stain, and then coat with something the 3rd day. But it feels WONDERFUL. Exactly what this guitar and I needed. It looks like the deep blue color of the guitar is in the finish, not on the wood. And the finish (plastic) is extremely thick. Amazingly so. I'll bet if I refinished the whole ax, I'd get 1/2# of weight off :eek:.

    btw, there was no place local to pick up any blue wood stain so I figured I'd just make it generally dark and more like the fretboard. Gettin' there ---->>>>
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    Wow, no turning back no huh? :)

    You should just strip all the hardware off and feather the bevels out a little more. Then strip the finish off and finish with whatever you like. If it were me I would finish the body with some Re-Ranch or something and leave the neck unfinished and hit it with a couple of coats of Tung Oil. :)
     
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    looks good dude! good call!
     
  20. hogy

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    Pull the bevel down some more towards the strap pin. It'll look better if you mirror the body outline. Look at Jeff Beck's Yardbirds Esquire.

    I'd leave the wood blank and let it get dark/dirty naturally.

    LOL at that finish. Looks to be about 3mm thick. I'd strip it all the way, I'll bet the guitar will sound much better. :munch
     

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