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Where to get PRS backplate screws?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by 85db, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. 85db

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    Anybody knows where the after-market PRS backplate screws can be purchased? Their thread is different from Fender's. PRS does sell them but only with backplates...
     
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    You're talking a Custom right,,not SE? And I think they're quite a bit longer than a fender but thread-wise it's still a wood screw so you should be able to use any screw that fits. With that said however, I know the need to keep it original. I'll check work today and see if we have a stash.
     
  3. 85db

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    Yes, they're longer than Fenders. The thread feels different too because Fender screws get stuck in those holes.

    My PRS is a pre-factory CE-24. My understanding all of them always used the same screws though.
     
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    Exchanged a few e-mails with PRS Customer Service. They couldn't tell me the thread/length of their screws and pointed me to Stewmac and Allparts instead. Stewmac and Allparts pointed me back to PRS. PRS told me I can buy the backplate kits and get all 9 screws I want. Those two kits are only $70 total :D.
     
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    That's only about $8 per screw. After all it IS a "PRS" screw. No seriously you should be able to find stainless steel or zinc plated versions of the same screw just about anywhere. They are just sheet metal screws with an oval head. Probably #4 Phillips x 1/2'' length. Just guessing I don't have one here to measure but there shouldn't be anything special about them unless you must have plated in nickel or chrome or gold.
     
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    Sorry,,,I dropped the ball on this one and forgot. I'll check my stash at work Monday
     
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    I was hoping to just order them and be done with it... but ok... I had to sit down and figure out what they are. These PRS screws are nickel (steel?) plated #4 Philips (oval head) x 5/8". Even though now I know what they are, I am still unable to find them. Doubt Home Depot would have them.
     
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    Do a Google search for "Fastener" and maybe your zip code and I bet you will get some results.
     
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    McMaster Carr industrial supply house...
     
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    Was the first place I checked. No luck there.
     
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    ,,,and no luck at my shop, sorry :(
     
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    Don't feel too bad. The 6 brass screws for a PRS trem sell for about $50. And because they have a specially machined groove right below the head there is no hardware store equivalent.
     
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    Did anyone ever figure out where to get these? I suddenly find myself needing 9.
     
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    OK, so like regular fender pickguard screws, but skinnier and longer? (i genuinely don't recall what PRS backplates used, coulda sworn it was those humbucker mounting screws i linked...)
     
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    Ron Thorn - you're awesome!
     
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    And so is McMaster Carr. Ron's post is nearly 6 years old and the link still works!
     
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    and actually allparts now sells those "pickguard screws but way longer" that PRS uses.

    one thing i always appreciated about PRS is how they used extra long screws for things like backplates and strap buttons, that way they never strippped out.
     

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