This didn't really need a tutorial since it's pretty damn basic, but I had a camera, a guitar, some Schallers and some boredom, so I figure - why the hell not?
The PRS SE stock tuners are absolutely AWFUL. If you own one, you want a set of Schallers. They are a direct replacement, no drilling, and take about 15 minutes to swap out.
Here we have the new tuners, direct from Societ Decibelistan.
And some strings, because the SE shipped with 9s on it.
The old offensive tuners that are useless, full of backlash and soon to be on eBay for about a buck:
Let's get this off, since we'll need to be in there. I haven't swapped strings on this (or really played it) since I got it, since I was waiting until I could get proper tuners on there. Thus, it still has plastic on the cover:
Feels good man.
Let's get these shitters off there:
To hell with you, thin, weak strings!
Let's clean this guy up while it's topless...
Get rid of these:
The ball ends were really jammed in there, and Dave's penis wasn't available, but fortunately I had something else small enough to stuff down there and dislodge them.
The nuts on the stock tuners (and yours when you replace them) are just hand tight. You'll need a 10mm socket. Don't be an asshole and use pliers or a wrench. (Well, you can on your old ones, but you'll want to keep your new ones pretty ).
Let's toss a Schaller in there. Perfect fit.
Don't screw them all in yet, though. Use the 10mm socket to get the nuts somewhat less than hand tight, so you still have some wiggle room to line them up.
Once you're happy, go to town. Protip: The screws that come with the Schallers are a good deal thicker than the stock ones. Since they were both gold, and since these screws just keep the tuner centered, I opted to reuse the old ones rather than guerilla in the new ones.
Once you've got 'em all screwed in, go through and hand tighten all of the top nuts.
Then, using a ratchet, give them juuuust a little nudge to keep them in place.
Now we're ready to..
String this fucker up!
It appears that PRS Korea only wants people to use tiny ass strings on their guitars. This .054 was WAY too big for the factory slot.
However, I am adept at widening slots (both in Donnie's prom date, and guitars), so I have some of these:
Now let's do it four more fucking times.
I'm no AVH, but hey, not too bad for a newbie. The strings are in there snug with no pinching.
Grab the old Pitchblack, which I have two of because that video with the asian dude was so awesome. This is not the key I'm looking for though..
Here we go:
Flat as hell and this guy is starting to lift up..
Blah blah blah..
Strings administered, let them stretch for a bit and then make a picstory. I have no pictures of the making of the picstory, because this IS the picstory, and that would be like dividing by zero.
When all's said and done, your PRS SE should look like this, and will no longer be held back from forging epic triumphant odes to Norse gods by cheap Chinese tuners.
Well done. I will probably be doing something similar tonight or tomorrow