Well as the title says I want to make the best custom PGM from a 2001 PGM30 that I restored. Here are a list of changes I want to make and I thought best to see what people here thought or would do differently and why...Now my aim is not to make the PGM30 into a higher end PGM but to make it as great as it can be! With its own personality...There are a few things which I definitely want to do as well as a few that I could use that bit of jemsite expertise
First change will be to replace the TRS II trem for an original Edge Lo Pro. Already brought one. But I am thinking I shall have to route out the trem cavity. Can anyone give me dimensions that I would need to change on the cavity. i.e make it 3mm further back that sort of thing. Trem not arrived yet so without looking difficult to gage...but would like to have it done by the time it arrives...which brings me on to the next change....
Replacing the TRS trem studs with Edge Pro 2 trem pivot posts. Looked on the Cottam guitars website and they are a direct replacement for the trs. As I didn't want to replace the inserts decided was the way to go.....
Next up for change are the pickups....I decided that I was going to go for Dimarzio Evolution's in the bridge and neck. So have managed to get hold of a pair cheap from a four letter auction site lol!!!
Now all the changes from now on are ones that I shall need you guys help with.... Should I just wire the 2 evo's to the 5 way and bypass the inf single coil or should I wire it in there...TBH not a big fan of it so thought better just to bypass....By doing this how different will positions 2,3 and 4 sound opposed to the single coil?
Now my next thought is changing the volume pot...A worthwhile upgrade or not?...Then I thought what about a 1 meg pot... definitely need opinions on this with evo's in a basswood body, especially as that leads me to the next upgrade. I thought about a brass block to add sustain and clarity, could I get away with a 42mm block...I don't keep the trem cover on anyways... If anyone can think of any better mods or upgrade that will make this PGM spectacular please chime on in...
Lastly...a new paint job...after all these new bits seems only fair to give the old girl some new clothes lol!!! Being inspired by the new Jem...I was thinking seafoam green with white f-holes and SFG headstock with either white or chrome Ibanez decal....
To sum up for those that got bored here a quick list of changes both brought and proposed!
1. change TRS II for Lo Pro Edge
2. New Edge Pro 2 trem posts
3. Pickup change to Dimarzio Evolutions Bridge and neck...Thoughts on wiring options please!
4. Volume Pot Change either to better one or 1 meg possibly... Definitely need help with this one in terms of what to choose and why!
5. Big Block Brass for the trem...and what size?
6. Thoughts on Brass trem claw...is it worth it and what does it do or indeed would it do to the sound after the other upgrades?
7. What does everyone think of my choice of SFG and white F-holes any other colour schemes that would do the old girl justice?
Many thanks Jase...will post pics when I get my post count up high enough lol!!!