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 #91541  by jcadillac1973
 Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:00 am
I finally have mustered the courage to send my Carvin out to have Tiger mods done. I love this guitar so I have delayed doing this. Is there anyone who can recommend a trusted Luthier near Massachusetts who has experience/knowledge doing this?

The guitar is a HSH and needs the middle pickup routed for a Humbucker & battery access/route for coil switches/do the wiring - add the buffer and replace the pickups. Not sure if I trust that my local guy can do a great job. Help?
 #91579  by myoung6923
 Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:25 am
Mouradian guitars in Winchester - talk to Jim Mouradian. He has done a number of Garcia type mods - he's worked on my Resurrection and recently modded my PRS with OBEL and super 2's. He routed out my PRS for a middle pickup and had a pickup ring made. He still has the CAD files for the pickup ring so he'll be able to have another one made from it.

http://www.mouradianguitar.com/contact_us

Here's a pic of my PRS
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 #91624  by myoung6923
 Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:19 pm
I love the PRS - it's custom 24. There was just enough room to squeeze in a middle pickup. It works out great. I also just put in Waldo's buffer and I've really been digging on that - together it sounds really great. I still have a couple of things to get finished up on it but it's really a pleasure to play.
 #91696  by jcadillac1973
 Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:08 pm
Spoke to Jim today. All set to bring it in. I thinking about putting in Dual Sounds. What type of control setup did you do on the PRS? Is it Tiger type wiring but with an added split coil humbucker in the neck?
 #91704  by myoung6923
 Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:44 am
jcadillac1973 wrote:What type of control setup did you do on the PRS? Is it Tiger type wiring but with an added split coil humbucker in the neck?
Yep - with a 5 way rotary switch and ganged concentric pots for the tone
 #91839  by myoung6923
 Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:09 am
keirweir wrote:I forgot if I asked you this question Mike but who fabricated the PU ring?

Your PRS is sweet man!
Jim Mouradian gave the specs to a machine shop that he uses. They created a CAD file for it - so it's easy to now pop out more at the drop of a hat! I still have an aluminum prototype on mine - I need to get it back in for the brass one to be put on and a couple of other fixes.
 #91851  by Rusty the Scoob
 Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:01 pm
myoung6923 wrote:
keirweir wrote:I forgot if I asked you this question Mike but who fabricated the PU ring?

Your PRS is sweet man!
Jim Mouradian gave the specs to a machine shop that he uses. They created a CAD file for it - so it's easy to now pop out more at the drop of a hat! I still have an aluminum prototype on mine - I need to get it back in for the brass one to be put on and a couple of other fixes.
Hmmm! This is sounding like a solution to the custom bridge that I'll need built for my EB0/3/whatever. :cool:
 #91858  by zambiland
 Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:00 pm
I second the recommendation of Jim. He did the initial mods on my Starfire, including the routing for the second pickup (it started life as a SF I). He also did fretwork on my strat and a bunch of other stuff. He was skeptical of the Starfire mods until he heard them (and after I gave him a recording of my band he became more convinced that I knew what I was doing). I also thought it was cool that he had a Fender PS400 lying around the shop!