NGD: PRS SE Mark Holcomb

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  1. Ericjutsu

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    It came Monday but I brought it to Guitar Center to replace the nut with a Graphtech TUSQ and setup in drop C tuning. I got a great deal (500USD). It has a pretty large ding in the finish that I'll have to get fixed eventually butfor now I'm okay with it. This guitar sounds and plays great. Only issue I have are the frets per usual with non high end guitars. They arn't that bad but eventually I'll get the frets leveled. I think I'll get locking tuners for my next upgrade. Anyone have any suggestions? How do you guys like the guitar?

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    Amazing guitar! I made changes to it as well.

    (sorry for the video plug)
     
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    That's a great deal! I really want to wait for one of the used limited runs to get into that price range, specifically the Trampas Green.
     
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    What tuners are those? Are they locking? How is the new bridge? Is it any better quality than the stock one?
     
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    Grover 406BC mini-Locking Rotomatics (no drilling needed)

    The new bridge is the exact same bridge by the same manufacturer, but in black.
     
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    How are the tuners? Are they good quality? Do you notice a different between them and the stock ones?
     
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    Stock tuners were ok, but Grovers are always a plus and the locking mechanism is nice. Everything stayed in tune much better with the help of the new nut.
     
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    Did the tuners fit right in or did any modifications need to be made? Did it change the angle from the nut to the tuning post?
     
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    I showed/mentioned that in my video/previous reply :) , no drilling needed, perfect fit.
     
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    Well sometimes people say that but then when you ask more specifically they will acknowledge certain things. Would the guitar need to be set up (nut re cut) with the new tuners? I read comments from a few people online saying that the new tuners they got (schaller, hipshot, etc) made the angle slightly different which needed nut filing.
     
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    In my case, the Tuqs nut + Grover tuners were a perfect fit, nothing else was needed aside from an intonation/saddle adjustment.
     
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    Cool good to know. Thanks! I've been torn for like half the day deciding which tuners to get lol
     
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    No problem! I was the same, no drilling/extra work required was my main priority, it worked out.
     
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    How would you say the fretwork is? I've noticed it is similar to most budget guitars, in that it needs a fret level to really get rid of all the buzz. There isn't any horrible buzzing that really sounds through the amp but I still hate the way it feels. I'd also like the action to be able to go lower. Right now the 1st and 6th strings are about 2mm.
     
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    Sweet just ordered a set of Grover 406 mini rotomatics in gold for the guitar. Got a good deal too at 48USD shipped.
     
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    Frets were great on mine, probably needs a setup?

    Nice score!
     
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    Yeah they go for like 70-80 bucks usually. I got them "Used" but still unopened in the package. I did get a setup. I just am super picky about frets. When I say fret buzz I don't mean a massive amount that makes the guitar sound like shit and is audible through an amp. It's more of a feel thing for me. Either way, I'm getting a fret level done. That plus the modifications I made (new nut and locking tuners, plus cool knobs) will make this guitar really good. The price of the guitar, modifications and fret level will still only come to like 750USD.
     
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    Well I brought it into a local guitar luthier for a fret level, bridge saddle touch up (there was a bur or something on the high e saddle that made the string buzz), nut touch up (he said the nut needs to be fitted and filed more even though I brought it to Guitar Center) and blemish repair. I have gold Grover locking tuners and hipshot o ring knobs on the way. Maybe I'll replace the bridge with a gold one so it's all gold matching hardware. I'll give an update when I get the guitar back in a week.
     
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    Never heard good things about Guitar Center's work, sounds like the tech will get it going better than before!
     
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    Yeah I think I'm done with guitar center. The local luthier seems legit.
     

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