Stumbled on this PRS

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  1. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    A GAS friend texted me the ad for this PRS SE Custom 22 a few minutes after it came up. I called the seller telling him, Keep it, don't move, I'm coming. Didn't have a clue what state the guitar was in, but at 250CAD, it was a no brainer.

    When I got there, just seeing the state of the property told me I'd have a guitar with some work to do on it. Some it was ... It was dark in the room where I tried the guitar. Saw that the frets were worn, also saw a heel neck crack, but didn't pry it. Nothing that can't be looked after.

    So ... this is what I got.
    A dirty PRS that has been intensively played and no well taken care of.
    Really deep gouges even up the neck on low strings. A full leveling job needed.
    Two major chips on top veneer, but fixable.
    Headstock tip missing a good chunk of wood.
    And icing on the cake ... a partly neck heel split from body.

    A lot of job to do, but I'm confident I can bring it back to most of its former glory.

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    Serious mojo
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    Frets before/after
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    Neck gluing
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    Refinishing, slowly filling missing poly with nail polish.
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    Great find, great score, and I'll keep a bottle of aspirin handy for you!
     
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    Congrats woo hoo!!!

    Lots of life coming back to this lucky guitar!
     
  4. DrBGood

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    I just looked up how much they sell for and I figure I might be able to almost double my investment (if I want to sell it ...). Not bad if I do.

    Next step, epoxy fill/reshape those booboos.

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    Well you done did it! Does it neck dive? Nice axe, and it looks pretty cool. Congrats.
     
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    Dunno, haven't played it yet.
     
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    Nice work doc! Keep us posted please with progress!

    Stunning top ... dang man it took a hit on the top of the tuners to remove that much wood from up there ...
     
  8. Layne Matz

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    That's what my SG neck crack looked like before it eventually came off. The tuning stability was not doing well until after it was repaired, i gigged with it nonetheless. I would slolwypry it apart far enough to get some gkue inthere then clamp it. Even if it hasnt split much yet it looks like the crack could grow and run deep.

    Great find!

    Also, on some high end PRS there are mod switches for various things posituoned usually between the dials. Something to consider... I frequently would use a control bypass, coil splitting, treble bleed(accidentally melted this later on). None of those are very challenging to install. Best of luck, and post more pictures please!

    Edit: I have a slow connection and did not see all the pics...pardon me
     
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    I remember well your destroyed G400 neck heel. This one is nothing like it. Much milder trauma.
     
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