PTC Pickup Install

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

The Paul Reed Smith Tech Center (PTC) is a group of talented guitar repairmen who are dedicated to the responsible repair and authentic techniques true to a PRS guitar’s original construction. Thousands of customers from around the world trust our PTC for anything from a setup to a complete guitar overhaul.

This particular musician wanted to add a bit more tonal variety to his PRS 408 model. The PTC properly re-routed the body in order to add a middle pickup. The 408 traditionally comes with two 408 pickups controlled by a 3-way blade switch. The PTC added a middle pickup (our DC single-coil pickup) and converted the 3-way blade to a 5-way blade for more complete tonal control. The existing mini-toggles convert the neck and bridge pickups to either single-coil or humbucking modes. A push-pull tone knob was added to activate the neck and bridge pickup in any switching position.

Here’s what a traditional 408 looks like:

Here is the customer’s newly modded 408:

If you need someone you can trust to work on your treasured PRS guitar, contact our PTC guys here!

Comments (11)

[email protected] January 08, 2018 - 10:51am
Hey Dan, you'll want to contact our PTC folks. They have a solid understanding of the guitar's schematics and what wiring is involved in order to achieve coil splitting. Shoot us an email at [email protected]
Dan S. December 27, 2017 - 10:20pm
I have a stock 2002 Singlecut 10top with #7 pickups.. am I able to add the PRS Push Pull tone pots to get more diverse sounds? Thanks!
[email protected] April 26, 2017 - 4:12pm
Hey Steve, contact our customer service for advice! You can reach them at [email protected]
Steve Whaley April 23, 2017 - 4:55pm
Hi, I have a 2016 PRS Custom 24 Wood Library with '57/'08 pickups. After a gig this weekend, I got back in town and noticed that my neck pickup was totally slanted in on the high E side. I also found that I could not removed the spring supported screws as the spring was locked in on both sides. How do I repair this problem?
[email protected] June 30, 2016 - 1:07pm
Hey Jack, that's a good question for our customer service department! You can reach them at [email protected]
Jack Kranz June 29, 2016 - 3:51pm
I have a 98 hollow-body II archtop McCarthy I want to change the pickups 2 a Seymour Duncan antiquity PAF , will they fit ?
Mark Faustino June 28, 2015 - 3:03pm
I have an S2 custom 24 that I purchased from Sam Ash in Sept. 2013. I love this guitar... I was excited when I found the s2 line... Finally the opportunity to get into PRS without breaking the bank. Lately I have noticed that the 3 way blade switch has gotten very sloppy and I'm getting crackling when adjusting volume. Are these items covered under warranty? Regards, A Happry PRS Owner
Jim Balcerek June 02, 2015 - 2:09pm
I would like to change my 91 custom from the rotary switch to the 3 way McCarty type switching. Does the kit you offer in your accessories work for this mod ? Thanks
PRS Guitars April 23, 2015 - 9:48am
Hey James, cool of you to chime in! Thanks and glad you're enjoying your instrument!
James Clent April 20, 2015 - 4:52pm
This is my guitar, and I cannot say enough about the guys at the PTC!!!! I played the Brent Mason collector series IV and VII, and both are amazing guitars, but at 12,000-14,000 a bit to steep for me. I also checked in on private stock because this was the guitar and pickup combination I wanted. I also played the 408 & 513 and I loved the 408 so much more than the 513. So I got myself a 10 top 408 and send it to the PTC for them to rout a new cavity and do the mod described above. They are helpful all the way doing multiple specs for me until we settled on this. The price was very good, less than I expect it done anywhere else, and with factory tools and techs I could not go wrong. The experience was awesome, and exceeded my expectations. The guitar is a dream, the sound combinations are limitless. I can recommend this route to anyone, if you see the guitar up close and personal, you would never be able to tell that it didn't come out of the factory this way. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you PTC!!
Richard Pearcy January 25, 2015 - 5:18am
I purchased a SE custom gold top from guyar center,i removed the the stock pups replacing with seymore duncan jb hotrodders.i pretty sure i folloewed the wiring to a T but i guess not i also replace hr cheap korean fiveway wiith a new fender five way all im runnimg is a volune and tone pot, but the ive wire the switch wrong not reaching the mid and bass tones only lesd switch HELP ME PEASE IM FLOUNDERING IN PICKUP SWITCH HELL!!!

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