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PRS Brent Mason Model PTC Overhaul

by PRS Guitars on June 10, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

<p>Brent Mason PTC Overhaul</p>

Imagine’ve purchased your dream guitar and it feels and sounds great in your hands, BUT there’s just one little thing that you think would really make it tailored specially for you and your style. Enter our PTC department. They are in the business of making your guitar dreams a reality.

This PTC customer wanted to overhaul the electronics configuration of their PRS Brent Mason signature model. For reference, the Brent Mason Model comes standard with “Narrow 408” treble and bass pickups as well as a 305 Singlecoil in the center position. The two coil taps can give you a choice of 9 different tonal varieties.

The PTC modded this Brent Mason by installing the two “Narrow 408” pickups in the center and neck positions.  In the center was the 408 Treble and in the neck was the 408 Bass. The original bridge pickup was changed to a wide 408.  One more coil tap was added so that each pickup could be coil-taped. The tone pot was modded to include a “push/pull” knob.  When the pot was pulled up it activated the neck and bridge pickup in addition to whatever was selected on the switch.  This allowed for use of the outside pickups together or all three pickups together.

These modifications resulted in 22 different tonal varieties to choose from! If you have an idea for your PRS guitar, contact our PTC department HERE.

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PRS Guitars October 23, 2014 - 3:36pm
Hey Mark, There is an additional tone cap on the Paul’s Guitar and 408 to tame the high end. You can remove this get the tone closer to a Mason.
Mark October 10, 2014 - 10:08pm
Could you explain the wiring difference between the Brent Mason model and the Paul's guitar model? I have heard there is an extra tone cap in place on the Paul's guitar and the 408 that tames the treble. Ultimately I would like to get the same tele type bridge sound found on the Mason model on my 408 equipped guitar.
James October 01, 2014 - 8:28am
I was so happy when I read this page. It inspired me to mod my 408 in a similar way. I added the 305, and used the same pull/push pot modification. The PTC does an awesome awesome job. Thanks guys!
PRS Guitars August 18, 2014 - 10:12am
You can use graphite in the nut. There isn’t a special claw adjustment but we do recommend about a 1/16” measurement at the back edge of the tremolo. For tuning issues you might check the nut for any pinching by pulling the string up and out of the nut slot looking for any resistance coming out of the slot.
richard August 17, 2014 - 11:01pm
hi guys. I was just wondering if useing graphite at the nut, is a good idea.also if there was a special claw adjustment for maintaing better tuning. regards Rich
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