PTC Guitar Overhaul - Refinish and Pickup Install!

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC (PRS Tech Center)

The Paul Reed Smith Tech Center (PTC) is in the business of making your guitar dreams a reality. In addition to standard PRS repairs and maintenance, the PTC specializes in overhauling your guitar to meet your unique needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features an extensive overhaul of an older PRS Singlecut Trem model. The PTC team did a great job, lets check it out!

This customer’s guitar began its life as a Singlecut Trem in a Satin Vintage Natural finish. The guitar’s 3-way toggle controlled the two humbucking zebra pickups with a volume knob and push/pull tone knob.


The PTC stripped off all the hardware and prepared the body for re-routing. The customer requested a third pickup to be installed in the middle position as well as an additional knob between the existing volume and tone knob. The PTC was able to perfectly route these areas to accommodate the request.


Next, the guitar would begin its refinish process. A grey stain and poly base coat was applied before being sanded out and stained again.


After the refinish was completed the new electronics / control assembly was laid out. This customer had a few unique requests that our techs were able to accommodate. Instead of the standard Volume/Tone lay out, this guitar was reassembled with a three volume set up - one volume for each pickup. Additionally, the knobs became “push - push” knobs that were spring loaded and split the coils when pushed. The routed area where the 3-way toggle use to live was changed to a master tone control!



We’re confident that the customer will be thrilled with the outcome. To dream up a new layout for your guitar, contact our guys in the PTC!

Comments (10)

[email protected] January 11, 2018 - 2:18pm
Hey Kim, contact our customer service folks to see if they can set that up! [email protected]
Kim Woody January 10, 2018 - 12:53am
Dear PRS, I have owned a PRS FOR OVER 30 years and it’s time to have it overhauled / refurbished. I’ll be in Annapolis this spring and wonder if I can meet w/ someone, go over the best way to move forward on the aforementioned. Best to call & make an Appt ? Appre it - as I await a reply in earnest - FLY NAVY ! R/, Kim Woody Detroit, Mi.
Eddie Espinosa June 18, 2017 - 12:28pm
I'm interested in turning my Makena 513 chrome hardware into a Faded Vintage Yellow 513 with gold hardware, black body. I'd like to leave the neck as is, unfinished rosewood. Is this possible or is the blue dye in too deep into the wood to go from dark to light? How much would it cost?
Kyle July 06, 2016 - 9:43pm
I would love to paint my ZM 3pickup this color. This is amazing!!!
Bill Warren November 18, 2015 - 10:19am
Beautiful craftsmanship!!!!!!! GEEEEZ almost makes me want to overhaul one of mine that really doesn't need overhauling!!
glen radkey September 25, 2015 - 12:33am
how much is the guitar that I put together the with 3 pick ups $$$$$
Alan September 18, 2015 - 7:14am
What an amazing and beautiful transformation! Very reassuring to know that a company has invested so much into customer care.
Tom Hilliard July 19, 2015 - 12:48am
What a beautiful instrument. I have a Hollowbody II. What would be the hottest pickups you would recommend for this guitar? It's a 2007 model with gold hardware and piezo.
Alberto Sanchez July 15, 2015 - 4:16pm
What a great job PTC did with this guitar. It is great that you have the PTC.
Wardog July 02, 2015 - 10:16pm
Simply Awesome work!!!!

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