A friend of a friend had this beautiful Paul Reed Smith McCarty guitar refinished with an even more beautiful black finish. But, he encountered some difficulties putting it back together, and wanted me to look at his baby.
But some paint had dripped into the threaded bushings, and the owner was concerned that he would only damage the new finish more while trying to build this guitar. So he called in The Unbrokenstring Crew!
We had a big bag of parts and a guitar body in a case. Let’s get to work!
The chip was touched up, then allowed to cure for a week. Now, we’re protecting the finish of the guitar so that we can chase the threads in the insert. I had considered just changing the inserts but didn’t want to take the risk at this point.
This is a nice shot of the new pre-wired jack, already attached to the jack plate. The cabling was pulled all the way into the internal routed cavities of the guitar, where it would be attached to the selector switch.
Originally, I thought that the hardware for this guitar was nickel. However, these were used pickups, and had years of funk on them. I made the executive decision that these should be shiny, because the rest of the guitar was shiny.
Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about! By the way, treble pickups go closest to the bridge, and bass pickups go near the neck. Which begs the question, what are the middle pickups in a three-pickup-guitar called? Grand Staff?
The wiring diagram says that the taps go to the push-pull pot. I added some heat shrinkable tubing to all the solder joints I made. Too bad the factory doesn’t do this, because accidental shorts would be one less thing to worry about.
This TonePros bridge is an intelligent upgrade for wrap-around bridges. Here, I’ve run the individual saddles to the far end of each string, so that the vibrating part of the string will always be straight and not deformed because it once was bent over a saddle. We’re ready for strings!
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