I just got an SZ520 and here's what I'm planning. I haven't actually done any of this stuff yet
but maybe some others can comment and tell me I'm on crack.
Originally Posted by Type O-
First off, I would definitely like to change out the tuners. Since I have never bought and replaced any tuners before, I have a few questions. What size tuners will fit the SZ720? What are the most important things to consider when purchasing tuners (other than fit and color of course)? What brand is typically the best if any one is really that much better?
The Planetwaves Auto-trim tuners sound really nice. They're locking, have a pretty high gear ratio (18:1), and clip the strings automatically as you tune up.
Problem is, on Stewart Macdonald, they have diagrams of the tuners which show that the 6-in-line tuners have the offset screw (same as SZs) whereas the 3-on-a-side have the screw hole centered with the gear casing. Other sites show the offset screw for both, so I'm not sure what's going on.
Secondly, I am thinking about changing out the stock pickups. I am really looking for opinions from other SZ720 (or similar) owners as to what they chose and why. I am also curious if you altered the stock wiring to achieve more/different sounds.
I'm thinking a Fred in the bridge and PAF Joe in the neck. I think of the SZ as a Les Paul with a more comfortable body shape, so I figured I'd go for PAF-type pickups with a little more output. I mostly use the neck pickup for clean sounds, which is why I'm going with the PAF Joe, which has a lot of high end--I want a bright sound from the neck.
I was considering EMGs but I hadn't realized how expensive those things are.
I'm not crazy about the two volume knob setup so I might change the wiring to be one volume and one tone, but I'm not sure yet.
Oh, I'll be putting on Schaller strap locks.