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Has anybody tried to upgrade their PRS P-90s?
My McCarty Standard Soapbar IRW came with Duncans; I bought it brand new in 2001, before PRS wound their own P-90s. Almost immediately I had Lollar P-90s installed and never looked back.
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Lacking Talent

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Oh, and this minty '09 SE Tremonti arrived in this morning's mail...

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While it's taken a year and a half for me to get around to this project, I'm really pleased with the results, and so thought I'd share in the hopes that some of you might enjoy, and/or find some useful ideas herein for your own mods.

The PRS you see above was a 2009 Tremonti SE that I picked up used, but in seemingly unplayed mint condition (the SE gig bag, too), for an unbelievable price. Wasn't interested in the stock sounds -- previously had another example of this exact model and year and so was well familiar with what I was buying -- but was wanting a lightweight mahogany electric in a natural finish that I could transform into a guitar that does more or less what a P-90 equipped Gibson SG does...

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...Only, without that horrendous (to me) SG body shape, cherry red finish color, non-robust neck joint, snappable headstock, Gibson pricing (new and/or used), etc.

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So, one set of made-to-order (and yet very affordable) humbucker-sized P-90s from Q PICKUPS later, a refinished headstock face minus the original signature model branding and plus a less-specific replacement decal, and color-matched personalized plastics as a nice cosmetic finishing touch, and now it's "Live At Leeds" all night long (only, played pretty poorly), and cheap as chips!

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Peegoo

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Here's a trio of Custom 22s, all from 2009.

The two 'bursts are from the July 300 Collection, both with matching figured maple 'burst headstocks and Starla pickups; Starlas are the PRS version of the Filtertron...brighter and twangier than their usual humdingers. The blue and white one is chambered, with The Artist pickups. All three have the wide/fat neck and they are really wonderful players.

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60s Pop Man

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Here's my DC S2 594 with a McCarty sunburst.
The pattern vintage neck is a dream to play. The wider neck notches it above my previous favorite, the AO 50s tele with the U profile neck.
 

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